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ADB root access but Custom recoevery not an option, how can I root and flash gapps

Posted by: admin November 1, 2017 Leave a comment


So as the titles suggests, I have a device whos bootloader is unlocked and adb has root access. Running android 7.0.

Custom recovery isnt an option as there is no TWRP for this android device so I am looking to both root the OS as well as flashing gapps and cant figure it out.

Does anyone have any suggestons on how I can install and update su and install gapps over adb shell?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


You did not say what device you’re using, but the following approach should be universal to all devices. Note that i do not take responsibility of what you do with your phone. Flashing wrong images can result in soft- or hard-bricks, so take care. But on the other hand, this method is rather popular and works for a lot of people, so i would suggest to try it out.

First of all, there were files which were called cf-auto-root files. With them you can easily root your phone.

Since the cf-auto-root provider has beeen superseded by firmware.mobi this method has become even easier. So if you visit https://desktop.firmware.mobi/, you can select your device, select the proper firmware and then configure a package which contains the firmware and the auto-root file. Now just donwload this file.

I could explain how you have to go on from this point, but the .zip archive contains literally everything you need. Just follow the steps inside the README.txt.

Once you got your phone rooted, there are several approaches to flash things like gapps without the need of a custom recovery. Just google for apps with such options, e.g. “Flashify” or “FlashFire”. Just take the app which fits your needs best.

If you actually don’t know where you can get flashable gapps archives, visit http://opengapps.org/.

Last tip: If you got your phone bricked, just try to flash your firmware agian via ODIN (without auto-root i would suggest), to restore everything to “default”.