Chinese manufacturers are slowly making it to the top. Every few days we see a new manufacturer coming up with a great device, or an existing manufacturer bringing innovation in the smartphone world. There are manufacturers like Oppo, Huawei, Xiaomi rocking the smartphone world from China at the moment, but ZTE can’t be neglected here as well. ZTE’s smartphones are a choice for millions of users, the company is working hard to bring its flagship devices in the industry.ZTE-Nubia-Z9-Max-white-image

Recently, ZTE pulled out its latest smartphone, the ZTE Nubia Z9 Max, which follows the phablet trend set by Samsung. ZTE flaunts a beautiful 5.5 inch full HD display with an 8 MP secondary shooter at the top. At the back we have a 16 MP shooter. Nubia Z9 Max is powered up with Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 64 bit octa core CPU accompanied by 430 GPU. A RAM of 3 GB, internal storage 16 GB with a microSD card slot. ZTE placed a 2900 mAh battery under the hood. This device runs on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop out of the box. These specifications altogether make Nubia Z9 Max a powerhouse, but if you will have a look at the price, you might be shocked as it will be a lot less as compared to any giant like Samsung, Sony or HTC.

Nubia Z9 Max is now going to enjoy some custom stuff. To begin with the tweaks and mods, the very first thing you need to do is to gain root access on your phone. Rooting Z9 Max will allow you to install applications to remove bloatware apps from your phone. You can also tweak the CPU of your phone by using CPU underclocking and overclocking applications. You can also enhance performance and battery life of your phone by using various root specific applications. The second step in the customisation world is to flash a custom recovery, that will allow you flash custom ROMs, install MODs, backup Nandroid and wipe dalvik cache etc. Luckily, both the root access and custom recovery are now available for ZTE Nubia Z9 Max.

In the succeeding guide, we are going to show you a step by step method to install TWRP recovery on your Nubia Z9 Max. After install the TWRP recovery, we will also show you how you can root your device. Let’s put a full stop to our conversation here and head towards the method now.

Precautions & Prep

  • This guide is intended for Nubia Z9 Max only. Do not try this method on any other device otherwise you may result in bricking it.
  • Make sure that your phone’s battery is charged up to 80% in order to avoid any power issues during the flashing process.
  • Backup all of your important contacts, call logs, sms messages and media content to stay on a safe end.
  • Use your original data cable to establish connection between your phone and your PC.
  • Follow this guide to the letter to avoid any mishap.

Disclaimer: The methods involved in flashing custom recoveries and rooting the device are highly custom. Rooting the device and flashing a custom recover is never recommended by a device manufacturer. In case something goes wrong, Root-Android or the device manufacturers may not be held responsible. Make sure that you’re doing everything at your own risk.

Required downloads & installations

  1. Download ADB & Fastboot package file. Extract this ADB & Fastboot file on your desktop to access its contents.
  2. Download TWRP Recovery for ZTE Nubia Z9 Max, rename the downloaded file to only “recovery.img”. Now copy this recovery.img to the ADB & Fastboot folder that you just downloaded and extracted.
  3. Download file and copy it to your phone’s internal storage.

How To Install TWRP Recovery on Nubia Z9 Max

Step#1: Make sure that you’ve followed all the steps explained above.

Step#2: Now connect your Nubia Z9 Max to your PC. If it asks for some permission on the phone, check allow this PC and tap ok.

Step#3: Now open the extracted Minimal ADB & Fastboot folder where you also copied recovery.img file.

Step#4: Now click on py_cmd.exe file in order to open the command prompt.

Step#5: Enter the following commands in command prompt one by one.

Step#6: adb devices

This command will list the connected adb devices. You can verify whether your device is connected properly or not.

Step#7: adb reboot-bootloader 

This command will reboot your Nubia Z9 Max in bootloader mode.

Step#8: fastboot-i 0x19d2 flash recovery recovery.img

This will flash TWRP recovery on your Nubia Z9 Max.

Step#9: As the recovery flashing is over, select recovery from Fastboot mode on your phone. You will now see the TWRP logo on the screen, that means you’ve successfully flashed TWRP recovery.

Step#10: Tap Reboot > System in TWRP recovery in order to reboot your Nubia Z9 Max now & let’s root it now.

How To Root Nubia Z9 Max

Step#1: Make sure that you’ve copied file to your phone. In case you haven’t, do it now.

Step#2: Now boot your phone in to TWRP recovery mode. To do so, turn it off completely first. Now turn it on by pressing and holding Volume Up + Power Key.

Step#3: As you see TWRP recovery, tap “Install > Locate the copied file (should be at bottom) > tap this file > Swipe the bar at the bottom of screen to confirm flash”.

Step#4: As soon as file is flashed, go back to main menu in TWRP and tap reboot > system.

Step#5: Your device will boot up now. Find SuperSu in app drawer. Install Root Checker app to verify root access.

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