How to Root Nokia 6 and Flash Custom Recovery

If you are looking to root Nokia 6 and flash a custom recovery, then you are at the right place. Well, An XDA member hikari_calyx, found a way to root Nokia 6 smartphone without the need for any recovery or super su file. First of all, you need to install the official Firmware OFW on Nokia 6 by using the OST (Online Service tool).

You can download the firmware for Nokia 6 from below given link. The link given below will also contain, Nokia 8 and 5 firmware along with Nokia 6. So make sure you download the Nokia 6 firmware. Once you downloaded, also download the OST tool and the patch file to flash the firmware on Nokia 6.

How to Root Nokia 6 and Flash Custom Recovery

About Nokia 6:

Nokia 6 features a 5.5-inches display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The smartphone is powered by Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 and Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430 processor coupled with 3/4GB of RAM. The phone packs 32/64GB internal memory which can also be expanded up to 256GB via microSD card. The camera on the Nokia 6 comes with 16MP rear Camera with phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash and 8MP front shooting camera with autofocus.

Nokia 6 runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box with a Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery with Fast battery charging. It also has a Fingerprint sensor on the front. The handset supports single sim with 4G. It comes with connectivity options such as Bluetooth, Wifi, USB OTG, 3G, and 4G.

How to Root Nokia 6

  1. First of all, Open the OST LA exe from the downloaded folder and extract it.
  2. Patch using the method on How to flash Nokia Firmware Using OST Tool
  3. Now Load the OFW you downloaded with extension name nb0.
  4. Turn off your phone, then connect it to your PC using USB Cable.
  5. This will boot your phone to “Download mode” directly, in fact, it’s Fastboot mode.\
  6. Now tap on “Edit Phone Info” on Online Service Tool OST LA. This will load a service purposed bootloader. When your phone reboots and re-enters the Download mode, the service purposed bootloader is now loaded.
  7. You can now close the OST LA when it prompts “Boot FTM mode fail”, or just kill it in task manager if it’s not responding. (This is normal)
  8. Now Open a command prompt or PowerShell in OST LA Installation Directory by pressing and Holding shift key along with Mouse Right Click, This way it will show the option to open the command window (CMD)
  9. You can now type the command to flash the custom recovery: (You should put the Custom Recovery in Driver E and named it as recovery.img) Download Recovery Here
    .\fastboot-android flash recovery E:\recovery.img
  10. Once you have flashed the recovery, now type the command below to reboot your phone (read 11th step before entering the command.)
    .\fastboot-android reboot
  11. Now, this step is a little tricky. Press and hold [Volume Up] and [Power] on your phone, then execute the command above at the same time. DO NOT RELEASE both keys on your phone until your phone entered the custom recovery.
  12. Once your phone has entered a custom recovery. You may find TWRP in Chinese, I believe most of the users can’t read Chinese, so I’ll attach screenshots. Simply tap “Advanced” – “SuperSU ROOT” will root your phone. If you prefer your own root zip update package, tap “Install Zip” then flash your own zip package in your storage, or tap “Advanced” – “ADB Sideload” then use ADB to sideload a zip package.screenshots

You can install the Materialized Theme for TWRP to get English interface from…-play-t2915584 by @z31s1g

Warning: Currently, DO NOT FLASH Magisk, or your phone will brick as Qualcomm 900E.

After your phone rooted, you can reboot your phone. DO NOT INSTALL ANY OTA UPDATES OR YOUR PHONE WILL GET STUCK IN STOCK RECOVERY. Recommend to disable automatic update in settings.


I hope this guide was helpful to root Nokia 6.

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