How to Root Huawei Ideos X5 U8800

Procedure to Root Huawei Ideos X5:

  • Now, when you have downloaded the zip file, first and foremost you will have to unzip the file and while doing so you will be prompted to enter the password. Enter the password as As soon as the password is entered you will see that file is being successfully extracted. It’s always better to extract files right on your desktop so that it will be easy to locate the same.
  • Considering that the data will be lost and you have followed the pre root instructions, you now will have to power Off the phone. Once the phone is turned Off, you will have to turn your device in the DOWNLOAD MODE. The download mode is basically the safe mode for your Android phone and in this mode all the flashing / upgradation processes can be done safely.
  • To put the device in the download mode, you will now have to turn your device ON while holding ‘volume up’ and ‘volume down’ the screen will turn purple and once it happens then you will have to connect the same to the computer / Laptop with the help of the USB cable where you have downloaded the Zip file which is mentioned above.
  • After connecting you will see that many USB drivers will be shown On screen of your Laptop / Desktop which also includes a folder named “IMAGE”.
  • From this directory you will have to copy the downloaded image above to the directory of the image which is named as the boot.img.
  • After this all you need to do is to just eject the USB drive and restart the device which you can do by pulling off the battery.

That’s it you have now successfully rooted your Huawei U8800 or the Huawei Ideos X5 successfully. Do let us know if you face any sorts of issues or problems while updating your phone as we will be there 24×7 to help you as well as to guide you in the rooting process. Also, last but not the least do let us know about what are all things you expect from us in terms of coverage of this article about your phone in the comments section below.

  • Nickson

    …the download link for the root package cannot be found!…please help.

  • Min Han

    How to know it’s root or not after process.

    • Pradeep Neela

      download the root checker app from play store!

  • aleksander

    i tried to change the name from boot.u8800-modaco-superboot-r1.img to boot.img and i still get the blue screen, help anyone?

    • Pradeep Neela

      wht is te exact issue, you can just retry the process witht he correct file name!

  • Terrence

    Successfuly root my Huawei Android phone following youe step by step guide, but now I cannot turn on my WLAN, it show “error” near the “check box”

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  • codefrog

    Unboxed X5 with 2.2.1 on it; was able to root with z4root and made a backup of the system.
    Then (perhaps foolishly) I followed Huawei’s instructions for installing THEIR 2.3.5 image (copied large file to /dload/UPDATE.APP in the SD card, then reboot to recovery mode.
    Now I have a happily working 2.3.5 but when on the pink recovery-mode screen it no longer shares its recovery files over USB so rooting isn’t working.

    Does anybody know of a way to re-root after installing the manufacturer’s gingerbread update?

  • lovetide

    this .img does NOT work for 2.3.5 for me too… and yes, it keep rebooting

    • NeaL Pradeep

      please follow the instructions!

      • Ps3udo

        It definitively doesnt work with 2.3.5!


  • Muhannad

    Would this root the new version of firmware for u8800 android 2.3.5?
    I tried to do so , but it reboots multiple times and still booting ,what should I have to do?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      YES IT WILL WORK FOR 2.3.5 VERSION! is it a locked phone?

  • JT

    I tried twice and ended up to the blue screen. Then i renamed the \boot.u8800-modaco-superboot-r1.img\ file to \boot.img\ and no more bluescreen. Think it will work, now waiting for the phone to boot up.

    • NeaL Pradeep

      try removing the battery and then try to boot the phone normally!

  • Cr

    I rooted my phone as you said but……….same prob came with cam. upside down and with res of cam too. then I rooted my phone and now OC @ 1 GHZ plus using CM 7.1 (2.3.7) installed 200 softs .. working like butter :)

  • lbjdutch

    Ik heb gedaan zoals het is uitgelegd. Echter ik heb het originele boot.img in een nieuw aangemaakte backup map gezet en de naam van “boot.u8800-modaco-superboot-r1.img” veranderd in “boot.img”. Hierna de accu verwijderd en opnieuw opgestart. Inderdaad staat nu de app Superuser in de toepassingen. Via de Rom Manager heb ik gedownload en geinstalleerd. Alles werkt naar behoren! Ik heb nu Oxigen op mijn phone en kan nu veel meer met mijn apparaat. Nu maar wachten op de volgende uitbreidingen. Allemaal veel plezier met de rooten en het installeren van custom rom’s.

    • NeaL Pradeep

      Heb je paste de boot.img bestand op de beurs rom van MoDaCo of op de aangepaste rom? Moet je geprobeerd beworteling van het apparaat en vervolgens het toepassen van de boot.img bestand als de kernel is ook een andere als de “Oxygen” een! “Oxygen” een!

  • mantas

    my phone screen turned into blue after i turned it on after replacing boot.img. any problem?

  • Daniel

    Hi there,

    I have attempted to root as instructed above but when i reboot the phone it shows the ideos startup screen then goes straight to a blue screen and does not change from there. There is a recovery disc image file in the image folder as well, could this be causing any problems?

    Thank you for your time.

    • style

      same as me

  • Popipo

    How much time should the rooting process take after i turn the phone on again?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      it takes around 15- 20 minutes!

  • Popipo

    How much time should take the rooting process after turning the phone on again?

  • Ed

    So I did everything like you wrote and the phone works just fine, exept for the camera wich is upside down, as you said above, I should try resseting my phone, however i’m just to noob to find out how to reset it. If you could tell me how to i’d appreciate it (:
    And, do I lose my apps and data if I restart it?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      yes you may lose apps after rooting!

  • Johnny

    Uhhh… my phone is in DOWNLOAD mode (with the purple screen) and my computer can’t install drivers which means I can’t get into the phone. What have I done wrong?

  • mark cezar dulay

    this is really helpful ‘coz i’m new with “rooting” the device.however, i have some questions: 1.)do we have to replace the origina boot image with the downloaded image; 2.) do we have to put the phone to “debugging” mode before we proceed with the rooting?. i have found a similar procedure in another site(your instructions are more specific though) and after following the procedure,after re-starting my device,it just turned into blue screen.luckily i change it back to the previous boot image and was able to re-start it again.however, it was not rooted.please tell me what am i doing wrong.thanks.

    • NeaL Pradeep

      yes you need to replace the original boot.image file!@\

  • papas

    After rooting the device doing all the steps in this tutorial, I have 2 issues.

    The first one, that is not exactly an issue, is that the APNs were not reset, so I am not sure whether the upgraid succeeded.

    the other one is that now the device drains the battery twice as fast as the previous version, and the handset is getting a bit warm!

    Please also tell me if I can unroot the phone (back to previous stage) just by replacing the image I kept (I made a backup of the boot.img before rooting)

    Thank you in advance!

  • Gugi

    Hi, I’ve rooted my X5 by doing steps found in this article. The problem is that my camera is now turned up side down. How do I fix this.

    How to un root my phone? Is replacing the super boot by the original image will unroot my phone?


    • NeaL Pradeep

      have you tried resetting your device?

  • myoteza

    plz, can u post for huawei c8800 root

    • NeaL Pradeep

      we have already come up with the procedure, kindly watch out for the article on

      • Joern

        Hi Neal. When will the root tutorial for C8800 be available? I can’t find it…

        • NeaL Pradeep

          no, it wont root C8800!