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How to root ZTE ZMax in Android 4.4 KitKat [Guide]

1 [1]The ZTE Zmax is a smartphone that runs Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box. There are two root methods which are known as working for this device. However, one of them does not work if you are running a kernel version past mid 2014. That’s the other guide I’ll be knocking up today shortly. Sadly, if you are running Android 5.0 Lollipop there is no way to open up the system internals as of yet. However, you can gain root access from KitKat and install a custom ROM which is based on the Android 5.0 Lollipop.



1. Download the Framaroot rooting package from here [2].

2. Do not extract the folder to the desktop. Keep the file zipped.

3. Connect the Zmax to the computer with the USB cable.

4. Transfer the Framaroot file to the internal storage SD card of the phone.

5. Unplug the ZTE phone from the computer.

6. Open the file manager application and tap on the rooting file to open.

7. Go back to the app drawer and launch the new app from there after it’s finished installing.

8. Open the app and tap on the SuperSu option to install the SuperSu.

9. Open this XDA Developers forum page [3] and learn which exploit works for your specific device.
– you must choose from Sam, Frodo or Aragorn.

10. Choose the correct exploit for your device.

11. Wait as the app now root your device. Do not touch any buttons until the program does its thing.

12. Reboot the handset once it’s done. Upon reboot, you have the root access you desire.

Note: The ZTE Zmax has had a lot of complaints when it comes to finding a rooting method that works. If you are experiencing a shaky ROM or wishing you hadn’t given it a try, you can learn how to unroot the device by following this post here [4].