Rooting the new KitKat based Emotion UI 3.0 update on Honor 3C using one-click tools like VRoot or Kingo Root is totally impossible. Now, the only practical way of rooting this firmware that I’ve been able to find is by using the inbuilt rooting feature of a permanent custom recovery like TWRP. Don’t worry, I’ve covered everything in this simple guide below.
Please make sure you’ve got the following things with you before starting out:
- Unlocked bootloader (Full Tutorial)
- Microsoft Windows 7 or below (Windows 8, 8.1 & 10 are not recommended).
- SP Flash Tool with V-Com and Huawei Handset USB drivers installed on PC.
- A just-in-case backup image of your current system created through the SPFT Readback function.
Step 1: Download TWRP 18.104.22.168 custom recovery for Honor 3C here and extract its contents on your PC.
Step 2: Start SP Flash Tool, click Scatter Loading and import “MT6582_Android_scatter.txt”.
Step 3: There should only be one box ticked in the partitions column.
Step 4: Check “DA DL All With Check Sum” option and then finally click the “Download” button.
Step 5: Power off your phone, remove its battery and connect it to the PC via USB.
Step 6: Almost immediately, SP Flash Tool should detect your device and start flashing the recovery.
Step 7: If everything goes well, a green circle should appear. In case of an error reinstall your drivers or try a different PC (this solution works more often than you think).
Step 8: Disconnect the USB cable, insert the battery and turn your phone on by holding Volume Up + Power buttons at the same time for a few seconds.
Step 9: Your phone should boot into TWRP custom recovery. Go to Wipe > Advanced Wipe, check “Cache” and “Dalvik Cache” partitions and proceed with formatting.
Step 10: Return to homescreen, tap “Reboot” and choose Power Off. At this moment, TWRP will ask you whether you want to install SuperSU (root) or not. Proceed with SuperSU installation and wait for your device to turn off.
Step 11: Boot your phone normally and wait for the system to optimize apps. Then, search for “SuperSU Installer” app and open it.
Step 12: Choose “Play” when it asks you to update. After updating, open SuperSU. It’ll ask your permission to update the binary. Tap “TWRP/CWM” – the Normal method does not seem to be working.
Step 13: Now you’ve got root level priveleges on your phone – do whatever you want!
Step 14: [Optional] If you want to restore the stock recovery then flash RECOVERY.img using Flashify or Rashr.
Credits to Codelover@xda for the TWRP port!
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