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I tried searching for a guide to root the 'lenovo' P780 w model - but this model doesn't seem to appear in the various lists of devices which can be rooted (such as Kingo Ready2Root or the list in this post).

The closest information I could find regarding the P780w was at xda-developer forums where one of the links there had a download with a rom and flash tool, but on the other hand indicated that there was no development for this type of phone, and that the rom was only for already broken phones.

I'm guessing that this is because the phone is a fake.

So my question is basically:

1) How can I safely root this fake phone and

2) [If it is actually possible to root this phone]: Is there a custom ROM for this phone so that I can update the operating system and Android version from 4.2.2 jellybean to 4.4 or higher?

I'm especially interested in advice from users which also acquired this phone and successfully rooted / updated it with a custom ROM.

PS: I'm sure it's the fake phone that I have. I purchased it via ali express China.

Also, if there are any necessary details about the phone which I haven't mentioned - please let me know and I will post them.

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    Well, we surely don't know if your phone is fake Lenovo or not, but the assumption that it's fake because it's not listed on that post is actually wrong (the title is "How do I root x?", not "Can I root x?"). It's because we haven't encountered this question before. Before I'm adding the entry there, could you confirm if your phone is Lenovo P780... or the fake P780W? – Andrew T. Jan 16 '15 at 2:18
  • @AndrewT. It's definitely the fake Lenovo p780w. That's also what appears in the 'about phone' in the settings. Also I edited the post - hope it's a bit more clear – Danield Jan 18 '15 at 8:24
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Most Chinese fake phones can easily be rooted as they do not carry any bloatware, skins, extra bundles etc. These phones contain a near stock version of android and thus, don't cause any problems (usually) while rooting. You should be able to use cyanogenmod, it usually works very well on Chinese phones.

Best of luck. Rahul.

PS: To be on the safe side, remember to take a backup.

  • Hi, Thanks for this answer, it seems like you have experience with these phones. Could you elaborate a bit about how I should go about rooting the phone. eg Which program you have used and which model phone I should choose (from the list of models) in order to root my P780w – Danield Jan 25 '15 at 7:50
  • You can use one-click-root. It usually works. You can select a similar lenovo phone. You can also download rooting apps from uptodown.com – rahuldottech Jan 25 '15 at 7:53
  • +1 Thanks. In your experience, if the root fails - will this 'break' /' brick' the phone or will I be able to restore the phone to the way it was before the root attempt. Also could you recommend a backup tool. Thanks – Danield Jan 25 '15 at 8:08
  • Also, oneclickroot seems to be dead now. Any other software which worked for you? – Danield Jan 25 '15 at 11:17
  • Rooting apps don't brick your phone, they just tell you if it isn't supported. Otherwise, recovering a bricked phone is often impossible – rahuldottech Jan 25 '15 at 11:19

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