Rooting and installing Xposed Framework on Vodafone Smart Prime 6 (VF-895N)
I am a hacker in the original sense of the term, I like taking things apart, modify them and (when I can) improve them.
So, whenever I find myself in your hands a new smartphone (especially Android) i feel like a child in which was given a new toy :-)
Recently, my company has equipped me with a shiny new Vodafone Smart Prime 6 (VF-895N), a smartphone reasonably fast with support for 4G networks.
I immediately started to study it and I decided to go with my usual settings:
- Gaining root permissions
- Remove the bloatware and the pre-installed applications that i do not use
- Install the Xposed framework
- Install and configure Greenify and the respective Xposed module
Let’s see in detail the required steps
Gaining the root permissions with KingRoot
Get root permissions is quite simple: just install the well known KingRoot.
Version 4.5.2 works very well with the latest firmware update (Android 5.0.2–120FDN1): can be downloaded from the official thread on XDA.
Download the app, install it, start it and follow on screen instructions :-)
Replace KingRoot with SuperSU
For FlashFire compatibility (and privacy!) reasons, before proceeding with the other steps we have to replace KingRoot with SuperSU.
The procedure is always on XDA, at http://forum.xda-developers.com/android/general/guide-to-replace-kinguser-supersu-t3185998:
- Install SuperSu from GooglePlay
- Send the extracted folder “mrw” to the internal storage of your device and make sure that this folder contains 4 files
- Open Terminal emulator and type : su
- Allow root permission
- Type : sh /sdcard/mrw/root.sh
- It might display some error ignore these errors, at the end it will launch supersu or open supersu manually.
- Update SU binary from SuperSU app, then reboot.
The beta version of Xposed for Android Lollipop needs to be installed through a package that must be flashed with a custom recovery.
However, currently there is no custom recovery for the Vodafone Smart Prime 6 (it’s a young and not very common device).
To install Xposed, we should then use a tool alternative to custom recovery: FlashFire.
Currently in beta stage, FlashFire can be downloaded joining the developers community on Google plus.
After that, sign up on Google play with the same G+ account and open this link.
Once registered, the beta link on Google Play will be provided, now you should able to download the FlashFire tool.
Installing Xposed Framework
Finally, we start to install the Xposed framework.
First, go to the Official XDA Thread, download the XposedInstaller_3.0_alpha4.apk and the latest xposed-vXX-sdk21-arm.zip, and copy them in phone storage.
From phone, open any file manager app, head over to the folder where you have saved the Xposed installer, and select it to confirm installation.
Open FlashFire app and provide it root access.
Now use the Flash Zip option (from ‘Plus’ button on bottom right) to install the Xposed framework that you downloaded in the above step.
The procedure can take several minutes, do not worry if the screen remains blank for a long time.
After the restart, open Xposed Installer App and verify the correct installation of the framework:
Now, you can install a full feature Greenify with xposed module!