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  1. Heh, just checked. Seems like it would be pointless to do this on your Cubot p11 because not a lot of development for it yet. Maybe if you have another phone that is supported then you can do it (in other words, TWRP isn’t available for your device, nor will you find any custom ROMs for probably a few more months). You can do this just in case, but eh.

    Basically, this is how you can unlock the bootloader on your phone. This enables you to download and flash (hold on I’ll define it in a sec) things that modify the OS (Mods, etc.) such as Xposed (which is a handler for many mods) or even different OSs (they can be android-based like CyanogenMod or they can even be Linux-based like Ubuntu Touch if it ever comes out for your device – it probably won’t).

    I’ll give you a few terms before we start πŸ™‚
    -flash: kinda like install, but not really, but also install. You’ll see. Don’t look it up. It’s a term specific to rom people and such. If you look it up, you’ll find something like “expose your naked self to somebody” or something like that. Which is nowhere near installing anything and, while recommended, that is not required here (kidding).
    -adb: Android Debug Bridge allows you to send files from your computer to your phone and to pull files from your phone to your computer. Most people use it when developing games, apps, etc.
    -fastboot: Allows for your computer to access all parts of your phone’s software. Particularly useful for flashing partitions
    -recovery: Partition that creates system backups, flashes system backups, allows you to use many adb commands such as adb pull and adb push, and, with custom recoveries only, allows you to download .zips onto your phone that modify your system.
    -ROM: Read-Only Memory. Your storage. This basically just means OS, but it’s a more technically-correct term.
    -Kernel: Your ROM and hardware have to communicate somehow. This is where the kernel comes in. It controls CPU, RAM, all that good stuff.
    -bootloader: Part of your phone that manages which partition it is booted into. If you multi-boot anything, whether it be Linux and Windows, Linux and Linux, Linux and OS X, whatever, it will ask you where you would like to boot to. Generally, it will skip asking you which partition to boot into, and will just boot into a default partition (this is android-only).
    -bootloader: Trust me, this is slightly different. Your bootloader also protects your phone. It prevents people from pulling or pushing data to your phone, altering the ROM, Kernel, etc.
    -.zip: No, it’s not just a compressed folder of information with Android. It holds more. The answer to the universe? Possibly. But mostly just information telling the recovery how to flash everything.

    [WARNING: WILL ERASE DATA AND VOID YOUR WARRANTY – of course it’s mostly reversible πŸ™‚ and you don’t have to flash TWRP: you can do many things with fastboot and adb that TWRP does. You also should make sure that your manufacturer has released the factory images. You can do without the factory images for everything except bootloader, recovery, and radio :)]

    1. Download adb and fastboot on your computer http://androidmtk.com/download-minimal-adb-and-fastboot-tool and have the install in your root folder (C:/ for Windows, / for OS X and Linux) as simply “adb” (this is my personal preference, but you dont have to name it so)
    2. Find your device on twrp.me and download the recovery file. Rename it “twrp” and put it in your adb folder from the previous step
    3. On your phone, go to settings -> phone info and press on build number 7 times.
    4. settings -> developer options -> oem unlocking = yes and adb debugging = yes
    5. Enter your bootloader. Turn your phone off. While you’re holding the power button to turn the phone on, hold down volume down. Some weird stuff should pop up. You got it.
    6. Plug your phone into your computer and start a new instance (window) of Terminal (OS X and Linux) or Terminal (Windows)
    7. Go to your adb. This is why I told you to install it to your root folder as “adb” – it’s easier. If on Windows: cd C:/adb [enter] or if on OS X or Linux: cd /adb [enter]
    8. fastboot devices [enter] and make sure something weird is returned.
    9. fastboot oem unlock [enter] and go through it so that your bootloader is unlocked (this is the step that erases data, if your terminal/command prompt didn’t tell you)
    10. fastboot reboot-bootloader [enter]
    11. fastboot flash recovery twrp.img [enter]
    12. fastboot reboot-bootloader [enter]
    13. Now reboot into system and you’re as golden as Gold Finger’s dick πŸ™‚ (Austin Powers reference?)

    Again, I wouldn’t recommend doing this for your Cubot P11. There isn’t TWRP available yet (Team Win Recovery Project – it’s a custom recovery) and there aren’t any custom roms or kernels available yet. Keep checking XDA though. Maybe one of these days a Cubot P11 subforum will show up with a custom recovery, rom, and kernel waiting for you πŸ™‚ Talk to me at school if you wanna know more – I wanted to give you electronic version so that you can read it later and ask me questions you have.

    -Colton

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    1. Oh and yeah, probably won’t do this on the P11. I’m thinking of using my old HP touchpad maybe (runs android 4.1) or I could use a friend’s galaxy s6 edge. That must have taken forever to write, haha. So yeah, I’ll read it thoroughly over the weekend, and ask any questions I may have on Monday probably. Thanks!

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  2. Also, make sure you include sources! You can get copyrighted and sued the hell out of before you know what happened πŸ™‚

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