MediaTek Device Tips and Tricks

Hey there! As you may know, I use a MediaTek device, the Elephone P2000. These devices are really cheap, and of course, you get what you paid for. The devices usually run into a barrage of problems, most of which are easy to fix, but not many know how to, so here’s a compilation of the most common problems and their respective solutions.

Invalid IMEI: You can fix this problem by using MTK Droid Tools

  1. Download and extract MTK Droid Tools, and the NVRAM package
  2. Extract and launch MTK Droid Tools through the extractor (MTKDroidTools.exe > MtkDroidTools.exe)
  3. Enable ADB on your device (Settings > Developer options, or Settings > About phone > Tap ‘Build number’ 8 times > Back to Settings > Developer options)
  4. Plug in your device (Install the ADB driver if nothing happens, use ADBD Insecure for no root shell)
  5. Select ‘Backup/Restore NVRAM’
  6. Select ‘Restore NVRAM’
  7. Navigate and choose the ‘nvram.bin’ file from the NVRAM package
  8. Navigate and choose the ‘nvram.tar’ file from the NVRAM package
  9. Reboot your device

Device doesn’t boot anymore: You will need to reflash your ROM by using SP Flash Tool

  1. Locate your device’s ROM on needrom.com, or your OEM’s site
  2. Download and extract SP Flash Tool, and the ROM you have downloaded
  3. Launch SP Flash Tool (flash_tool.exe)
  4. Select ‘Scatter-loading’
  5. Navigate to the ROM folder and choose the text file, usually ‘MT6xxx_Android_scatter.txt’
  6. After SP Flash Tool is done loading, select ‘Download only’ and change it to ‘Firmware Upgrade’, then select ‘Download’
  7. Remove your device’s battery, or hold down the RESET switch/button, and plug in your device (if nothing happens for 10 seconds install the MT65xx Preloader driver)
  8. Leave the device plugged in until a green tick shows

<app name> force closes: You’ll need to determine the problem first

  1. Go to Settings > Apps > <app name>
  2. Select ‘Clear data’ and launch the app
  3. If that doesn’t work, root your device using iRoot and follow steps 4 to 8
  4. Download and install Titanium Backup
  5. Launch Titanium Backup, and select ‘Backup/restore’
  6. Navigate and select the problematic app
  7. Select ‘Un-install !’
  8. Reinstall the app if it’s available on the Play Store

<app name> doesn’t update: You’ll need to remove the problematic app and reinstall it

  1. Root your device using iRoot
  2. Download and install Titanium Backup
  3. Launch Titanium Backup, and select ‘Backup/restore’
  4. Navigate and select the problematic app
  5. Select ‘Un-install !’
  6. Reboot your device
  7. Install the app from the Play Store

WiFi SSID list shows an NVRAM Warning: You can fix this problem by using MTK Droid Tools

  1. Download and extract MTK Droid Tools, and the NVRAM package
  2. Extract and launch MTK Droid Tools through the extractor (MTKDroidTools.exe)
  3. Enable ADB on your device (Settings > Developer options, or Settings > About phone > Tap ‘Build number’ 8 times > Back to Settings > Developer options)
  4. Plug in your device (Install the ADB driver if nothing happens, use ADBD Insecure for no root shell)
  5. Select ‘Backup/Restore NVRAM’
  6. Select ‘Restore NVRAM’
  7. Navigate and choose the ‘nvram.bin’ file from the NVRAM package
  8. Navigate and choose the ‘nvram.tar’ file from the NVRAM package
  9. Reboot your device

‘Insufficient storage’ error on Play Store despite having enough space: This is a known problem for all devices

  1. Install the app using evozi’s APK downloader, or follow steps 2 to 3
  2. Free up at least 50% of your internal storage space
  3. Reinstall the app again (unfortunately there is no workaround for this, as the problem lies within the Play Store itself)

Google apps aren’t present: This happens occasionally on certain Chinese devices

  1. Download the latest Google Apps from XDA (4.4.2/4.4.4 devices only)
  2. Transfer the ZIP file you’ve downloaded onto your device’s SD card
  3. Download and extract MTK Droid Tools
  4. Extract and launch MTK Droid Tools through the extractor (MTKDroidTools.exe > MtkDroidTools.exe)
  5. Enable ADB on your device (Settings > Developer options, or Settings > About phone > Tap ‘Build number’ 8 times > Back to Settings > Developer options)
  6. Plug in your device (Install the ADB driver if nothing happens)
  7. Select ‘root, backup, recovery’
  8. Select ‘To use boot from phone’
  9. Select ‘Recovery and Boot’
  10. Select ‘Yes’ on the dialog reading ‘To make CWM recovery automatically?’
  11. Select ‘Yes’ on the dialog reading ‘If phone isn’t loaded, it is necessary to flash this file through FlashTool! Install patched boot to phone?’
  12. Select ‘Yes’ on the dialog reading ‘Install created recovery to phone?’
  13. Select ‘Yes’ on the dialog reading ‘To reload phone in recovery?’
  14. Using the volume keys and power button, select ‘install zip from sdcard’
  15. Using the volume keys and power button, select ‘install ZIP from (external) sdcard’
  16. Using the volume keys and power button, select the Google Apps ZIP file
  17. Using the volume keys and power button, select ‘Yes’ on the preceding prompt
  18. Using the back key, navigate back to the main menu
  19. Using the volume keys and power button, reboot the device

Interface looks crappy: You’ll need to use the Xposed framework

  1. Root your device using iRoot
  2. Download and install the Xposed Installer
  3. Launch the Xposed Installer
  4. Select ‘Framework’, then ‘Install/Update’
  5. Select ‘OK’ on the reboot prompt
  6. After the reboot, you’ll be able to use various modules such as GravityBox[KK] or Blurred SystemUI in the Xposed repository

Bloatware/Chinese apps: You’ll need to root your device to remove them

  1. Root your device using iRoot
  2. Download and install Titanium Backup
  3. Launch Titanium Backup, and select ‘Backup/restore’
  4. Remove the following apps if you do not need them:
    • 谷歌拼音/Google Pinyin Input
    • 百度*/Baidu Browser, Baidu Input, etc
    • 3D live weather
    • Android Live Wallpaper
    • AppGuidePlugin
    • Backup and Restore
    • Basic Daydreams
    • Black Hole
    • Bubbles
    • com.android.wallpaper.holos
    • File Manager
    • Flashlight
    • FM Radio
    • Home screen tips
    • MAGE Money Plant
    • Magic Smoke Wallpaper
    • Movie Studio
    • MTK Live Wallpapers
    • Music Visualisation Wallpaper
    • Phase Beam
    • Sound Search for Google Play
    • TalkBack
    • ToDo
    • VCalendar
    • Video Favourites
    • VideoOrbPlugin
    • Videos
    • Weather
    • Weather Service
  5. These apps are safe to remove, and replaceable by Google apps:
    • Android Keyboard (AOSP)
    • Browser
    • Calendar
    • Email
    • Exchange Services
    • Messaging
    • Music
  6. Alternatively, if you do not wish to remove the apps, you can simply disable them.

Feel free to leave a comment if you still have any questions or doubts!

See you next time!