Did you just buy a Huawei Ascend 2 and are looking for a way to root your device? Are you tired of searching for methods to root your Ascend 2 because you keep coming across complex methods? Do you want to install custom ROMs, mods and recoveries on your Huawei Ascend 2?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then continue reading to find out how you can root your Huawei Ascend 2 using your PC in just several minutes.
Unlike other Android devices. there aren’t many effective tested ways to root Huawei Ascend 2 and most universal rooting methods have failed on the device. That being said, the methods mentioned below should work on the majority of Ascend 2 devices and firmware versions.
Why Root Your Huawei Ascend 2?
After getting root access, you’ll be able to:
- Access and modify system files using apps like Root Explorer
- Install custom recoveries, such as CWM Recovery, on your device for accessing various functions
- Flash ROMs and mods from the XDA Forums
- Create Nandroid backups of your device
- Use root-enabled apps from the Google Play Store
Like rooting other Android devices, you should only root your device at your own responsibility as rooting can brick your device and you can lose important data. Before rooting your device, create a full backup on your PC of all the important files on your Ascend 2.
Also, make sure that your device is charged at least 50% before proceeding with the rooting process. For both the methods, you’ll need a Windows PC and a micro USB cable in order to root your device.
Method 1: Root SuperUser Universal
This method is probably the only effective method available for rooting Ascend 2 devices on almost all networks.
While custom recoveries can be flashed after rooting the device, this method lets you access CWM Recovery on your device through your PC for flashing the root utility on the device.
Download the root utility on your PC. The zip file can be downloaded here. Do not extract the file on your PC as the zip file will be flashed on your device.
Download CWM Recovery on your PC. The zip file can be downloaded using this link. Extract the zip file in any folder on your PC. Do not launch the apps from the zip file as they won’t work if not extracted.
Connect your Ascend 2 to your PC using a micro USB cable, click on Open folder to view files and transfer the root utility that you downloaded in Step 1 to your device’s root directory.
If you don’t have the relevant drivers installed on your PC, download them here and install them on your PC.
Disconnect your device from your PC and switch it off. While switched off, hold the Volume Down and Power buttons simultaneously to enter into fastboot mode.
Connect the device to your PC again while in fastboot mode.
From the Recovery zip file that you extracted earlier, run adb, fastboot and Recovery.bat. Make sure that you open the adb file first, then fastboot and Recovery.bat in the end. You’ll see command prompt windows after you run each file.
Your device should now boot into recovery mode. Navigate to Install zip from sdcard using the Volume buttons and select it using the Power button. Make sure that you select the root utility as the zip file that you transferred to your device earlier.
Wait for the installation process and select the Reboot system now option. That’s it! Your device should now reboot and you’ll have root access.
Method 2: Poot App
This is another method for rooting your Huawei Ascend 2 and if Method 1 didn’t work with your device, then this is probably the next best option. This method might not work on some Ascend 2 devices as it was designed for the Straight Talk version of the device.
Connect your Ascend 2 to your PC using a micro USB cable, click on Open folder to view files in the AutoPlay popup and transfer both the files to your device’s root directory.
Go to Application settings in your Settings app and make sure that the Unknown sources option is enabled.
Open any file manager, navigate to the directory where you transferred the apk files and tap on them to install the apps.
Open the Poot app and it will automatically launch the Ministro app. Wait for the app to download library files and make sure that your device is connected to the internet.
After the files are downloaded, tap on Press here to poot. Wait for the process to complete and reboot your device.
Open the Poot app again after the reboot, tap on Built-in rootcheck and wait for the app to display a Success message.
Download and install the Superuser app on your Android device. You can get the app through the Google Play button below. That’s it! You have successfully rooted your Ascend 2 and you can now uninstall the Poot and Ministro apps from your device.
While the Ascend 2 is still considered to be a decent low-budget smartphone, you can take your device’s usability to the next level by gaining root access. There aren’t many effective ways to root this particular device, but the methods mentioned below should work with most Ascend 2 devices and firmware versions.
Make sure that your device is charged and backed up before you proceed with any of the rooting methods. Method 1 is probably the most used method and it should work with most carriers. If Method 1 didn’t work with your device or if you’re using the Straight Talk version of the device, then Method 2 is the next best alternative. Whichever method you choose, make sure that you follow all the instructions properly on how to root Huawei Ascend 2 and feel free to shoot any questions below!