How To Root Starmobile Astra Android Jelly Bean

Published On Jun 13, 2013 | By France Abaricia | How To

How To Root Starmobile Astra Android Jelly Bean – Recently we’ve published an article about the Starmobile Astra Jellybean update procedure dedicated for all Astra users to give an idea on how to update his/her device, So we’ve decided to make a follow-up article about on this device, let say this is the part 2 of the previous article about Astra. So by the way! In this article we will show you the step-by-step procedure on how to root your Starmobile Astra Android Jelly Bean.

Updates: For those who are experiencing the problem or error about the “Invalid OTA Package.. “missing scatter installtion aborted” this is for you, Thanks to Mr. TheGuyThatGivesHelp for sharing this tip.

Hey! I know how to fix it. This is what I did : I repeated the step in rooting, where you need to open sp flash tool, BUT! you don’t need to remove the sd card and the zip files, while you’re repeating the steps, the sd card is still inserted. Get it? And in the part where you need to reboot in CWM, you should be seeing a blue screen instead of the original one. Reply if I helped :) – TheGuyThatGivesHelp

Note: This rooting procedure works only on Astra Jelly Bean if you want to update your Astra or for those whoever missed the updating procedure visit How to update Starmobile Astra to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Disclaimer: Rooting your phone does run a risk of potentially bricking it, do this at your own risk.

Installing USB Drivers:

  • Download the NEW USB DRIVER at this (link | mirror link).
  • Extract the NEW USB DRIVER to your PC.

For win7 32-bit or any other OS except win8 and win7 64-bit:

  • Turn off your phone, remove the battery and connect your phone to your PC.
  • Go to Control Panel > Device Manager and look for the USB driver for MT65xx Preloader (this flashes on and off every 5 secs or so).
  • Then right click it and select Update Driver.
  • Select the “Browse option” > browse > then navigate to the folder where you extracted NEW USB DRIVER.
  • Open new usb driver > then select Win7/WinXP/WinVista folder.

For Windows 7 64-bit connect your phone to PC (without battery) and let the drivers install. Once done, unplug the USB cable from your phone.

Rooting Starmobile Astra Android Jelly Bean:

  • Download these files MT6577_Android_scatter_emmc (link | mirror link) and recovery.img (link | mirror link).
  • Create a new folder name it to “recovery”
  • Place that 2 files inside the “recovery” folder
  • Download sp_flash_tool  at this (link | mirror link).
  • Open the flash_tool.exe
  • Click scatter-loading
  • Locate the “MT6577_Android_scatter_emmc”  inside the recovery folder that you made earlier.
  • Click “Download” (ignore the warning and click OK)
  • Turn off your phone, remove the battery for 4sec. then insert it back.
  • Connect your phone to the PC (during the phone is off)
  • When the green circle appeared, unplug your phone and turn it on.
  • Download these 2 zip files supersu apk.zip (link | mirror link) and su_bin.zip (link | mirror link).
  • Place it into your SDcard
  • Reboot to CWM (volumeup + power button)
  • Install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard
  • Install “supersu apk.zip”
  • Don’t reboot it yet, then install su_bin.zip
  • Reboot and your phone now is rooted.

Thanks and credit to Mr. Arnelo Escranda Palencia and Arvil P. Domingo of Starmobile Astra 2.0 Facebook group. Sign-up now for our free email newsletter or get updates about tech news, gadgets and promos on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

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  • jon

    Nice! Thanks for the tuts. : )

    • francel200

      Welcome! Feel free to share it to your friends. :)

  • zathan

    I cant root my phone.. always erro: Invalid OTA Package.. “missing scatter installtion aborted”.. and when i go CWM only i can see Apply update form sdcard not install zip from sdcard.

    • TheGuyThatGivesHelp

      Hey! I know how to fix it. This is what I did : I repeated the step in rooting, where you need to open sp flash tool, BUT! you don’t need to remove the sd card and the zip files, while you’re repeating the steps, the sd card is still inserted. Get it? And in the part where you need to reboot in CWM, you should be seeing a blue screen instead of the original one. Reply if I helped :)

      • francel200

        Thanks TheGuyThatGivesHelp for helping zathan for this problem. I want to add this tip to the article for the others who experienced this problem. Good job!

        Added.

        • TheGuyWhoNeedsHelp

          Hey francel! Thanks for adding it :) Hope I’ll help others :)
          P.S. I am also “TheGuyWhoNeedsHelp” lol.

          And now I need help :( Cause now, I’ve changed my mind. So, I want to uninstall CWM Recovery and install my original one. I want to change it back to original factory default settings. How can I do that?

          • TheGuyWhoNeedsHelp

            I can’t view the webpage. Just tell me how did you find that site or post a new link instead :)

          • TheGuyWhoNeedsHelp

            Hey france! Thanks for the response. I’ll try it later. But, aren’t there any other ways? Cause I don’t want to rollback my phone (Mine is v24 and in the steps is 18). I just want to you know, like undo the step. I don’t want to top it up again with other roms. So, maybe there is other ways?

          • francel200

            Oh! Sorry about that hope someone see this, to help you to fix your phone.

          • TheGuyWhoNeedsHelp

            Hey what is the emmc scatter and recovery.img files for? Cause I found files like that in the v23 folder included in the Flash tool.

          • MeAgain

            I also some post that, if you install a new rom, the CWM itself will be erased. Is that true? If it is then I’ll just flash my phone again.

          • TheGuyThatHelpedHisOwn

            Hey!!! Good news! I fixed it! :D The CWM Recovery is gone now and the default one is back! Yay! Now I have “Android System Recovery 3e” (that is the default one right?) What I did is I repeated the steps starting in step 5 :) Looks like I’m the one helping myself :D lol

  • FrenzJaee

    Do you know how to root Starmobile JUMP? is the root for Astra applicable to JUMP? reply pls. thanks

  • TheGuyWhoNeedsHelp

    Need Help!!
    In CWS mode, I can’t continue installing the zip files. I always get the “Invalid OTA package. missing scatter” error. Why? What to do? Please help admin! :)

    • TheGuyWhoNeedsHelp

      No need :) I fixed it! Yey!

  • TheGuy

    Hey admin! Why is that when I press Power + Vol up + Vol down, I get a recovery in chinese version? Note that I get rid off cwm recovery. Help please :)

    • francel200

      Hello TheGuy try to join in this group https://www.facebook.com/groups/starmobilePH/ to help you for your problem in recovery.

      • TheGuy

        Hey admin. I want to know where can I download the original JB files for Astra and if I can flash my phone with IC again.

        • francel200

          I think these files are the original JB files for astra released by starmobile and I think yes you can flash it back to ICS again.

          • TheGuy

            Oh. How about the original files for Starmobile Astra? The system files. Do I need to root my phone before flashing a custom rom? Or can I flash it without rooting it. And is there available TWRP recovery for Astra?

          • TheGuy

            and, can I install the two zip files in the internal memory?

          • francel200

            I think its required to put it into your sdcard.

          • francel200

            If you want the original files or you want to downgrade your jely bean astra to ICS, you can check the tutorial at this page https://www.facebook.com/groups/579718332052421/doc/590205811003673/ then you need to root it first before flashing any custom rom to your phone. I think not yet available the TWRP recovery for Astra but i’m not sure about that.

            I forgot to add this tutorial on how to flash custom rom for astra https://www.facebook.com/groups/579718332052421/doc/590106587680262/

  • Kumar

    “Hey! I know how to fix it. This is what I did : I repeated the step in rooting, where you need to open sp flash tool, BUT! you don’t need to remove the sd card and the zip files, while you’re repeating the steps, the sd card is still inserted. Get it? And in the part where you need to reboot in CWM, you should be seeing a blue screen instead of the original one.” what is this im also experiencing the same problem. Fix help me..

  • RemigioB

    the rooting is not working with my upgraded Astra. It hangs by the start logo. can sombody help me?

    I tried every thing on this page already.

  • Oldmeadows

    Better use the Kingo Rooting software. Google Kingo Root, it’s free and available online.