How to Root the Nokia XL

Rooting is the process of gaining administrative rights on your Android device.  Once we root our Android device, we can then make changes to it to customize it well beyond what it normally can do.

Once you have root access on your Nokia XL, you’ll be able to:

  • Remove apps that were preinstalled by your carrier/manufacturer from your device.
  • Free up storage space (because of the above benefit).
  • Increase battery life (apps that might have been running constantly can be removed).
  • Increase performance (after removing apps that are always running, the device will be less bogged down and run smoother).
  • Update to a new version of Android (by flashing a custom recovery/ROM, see the end of this procedure for more info on that).
  • Tons of other customizations when you use your new found administrative rights to flash a custom ROM (again, see the end of this procedure for more info on that).

Interested? Here’s how to root your Nokia XL:

 I.  Before You Begin

1.  Back up everything you feel is important before you start.

2.  Charge your device to 75% or more before you begin to prevent unwanted shutdowns.

II.  Necessary Downloads

Framaroot-1.9.1.apk [or latest version, file attached to this post]

III.  Rooting the Nokia XL

1.  Enable installation of apps from unknown sources.  To do this, go to Settings > Security and tick the Unknown sources checkbox.

2.  Connect your device to your PC and copy the Framaroot-1.9.1.apk file you downloaded above to your device’s SD card.

3.  Use a file manager app (like the built-in File Explorer, for example), navigate to the location of Framaroot-1.9.1.apk, and install the application.  Make sure you have enabled installation of apps from unknown sources by going to Settings > Security and ticking the Unknown sources checkbox.

4.  Go to your app drawer and open up the Framaroot app.

5.  Select Install Supersu.

6.  Select Gandalf on the next screen and wait for the success popup.

7.  Wait for the phone to reboot.

All set! Now, you can head to our How to Flash a Custom ROM procedure for the Nokia XL to open up a whole new world of customizations for your Android device!

By the way, don’t be scared, you can always put your device back to stock by heading to our Rooting How To’s section, finding your device, and doing the How to Unroot listed for it there.

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