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How to root the Nokia X, Nokia X+, and the Nokia XL

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How to root the Nokia X, Nokia X+, and the Nokia XL
Nokia made its fans all nostalgic, when it announced the Nokia X, Nokia X+, and Nokia XL handsets at the MWC expo - a tribute to what could have been, if the company went with Android, instead of Windows Phone. Actually, it could have been even better, as those three are low-end, affordable devices, running a forked version of Android.

The interface overlay might be called Nokia X UI 1.0, but, since we have the open-source Android platform underneath, the phones can have different launchers installed, which we demonstrated for you at the MWC. They can also be rooted, it turns out, which will open the floodgates of installing custom ROMs, and even a few Google apps are likely to sneak in, for a good measure. 

If you are interested in rooting your Nokia X model, it is really easy to do - just follow the four simple steps below, or watch the demonstration video. This procedure is likely to void the phones' warranty, so have this in mind when you fire up the root application on your historic first Nokia with Android.

1. Download the Framaroot.apk on your Nokia X, Nokia X+, or Nokia XL;
2. Use the built-in Astro file manager, and browse to the folder where you downloaded Framaroot.apk, then tap on its icon to install;
3. Upon installation, start Framaroot. There are two root exploits to choose from - "Aragorn" and “Gandalf” - tap on "Gandalf";
4. Now reboot your Nokia X, Nokia X+, or Nokia XL, and you should be rooted.


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posted on 18 Mar 2014, 03:27 2

1. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1038; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


it was always going to happen everyone saw this !

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 07:03

7. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Yup. Even with Elop talking trash about Android.

I wonder whats gonna happen if these phones turn out to be a huge success...

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 03:31 5

2. alterecho (Posts: 1091; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Another step:
5. Remove the Windows Phone design.

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 07:39 2

8. akki20892 (Posts: 3652; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Haha lol,

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 13:20 1

10. mrfwy (Posts: 20; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


Well, the first step failed ...LOL !!! :) Did you observe in this video how the touch frozed and did not respond and was later slower. mmmm, no wonder Android sucks !!

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 04:05 1

3. potatosalad (Posts: 40; Member since: 07 May 2012)


i'm jealous. my android device needs pc just to root :(

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 05:08

4. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 792; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Has anyone checked if the Settings app on the Nokia X differ from the original Android one?

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 05:09

5. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1139; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Nokia should contact Google and invite them to make a Chrome internet access browser for their X phones and allow Google to put a tool bar on the Chrome's browser that will allow X phone users to use Google services if they desire to do so. this way no one would have to root the Nokia X phones. the X phone users then would have access to Microsoft and Google services just like any desktop PC can today. Hmm the question is would Google be willing to do this. Google is not on good terms with microsoft Of well a guy can dream can't he?

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 07:00

6. fireblade (Posts: 714; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


I think Opera for Android is better

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 11:09

9. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1139; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


hmm so Nokia and Microsoft do not allow you to install Google play store unless you root their X phones. hmm apparently Nokia/Microsoft do not want to sell many of these smart phones. people can easily get Google services on a Windows PC without a scream from Microsoft. Why not do the same with a Nokia X, X+ or Xl. smart phones they could just make their Microsoft services Tiles permanent Tiles on these smart phone that you cannot remove but allow an X phone's Owner to down load an app from any source including the Google play store. I am sure Microsoft or Nokia Programmers are smart enough to program the Nokia "X" phones to do this. I expect this will be done in a OS update for these smart phones especially if they ever want to sell them in the USA. they should also have the UI look more like a Windows phone 8 UI since they are using tiles anyhow

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 10:56

11. hammohammo (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Apr 2014)


i tried but it failed
any help to activate google play

posted on 18 May 2014, 14:45

12. KM420 (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 May 2014)


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