NX505J Nubia Z7 MAX: root, CWM recovery and CM11 ROM tutorial

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Sep 1, 2014 11:04:34 PM via Website

Hello everyone

I own a ZTE Nubia Z7 MAX, it's an amazing phone and the chinese community is quickly developing custom ROMs.
Unfortunately I do not understand chinese and I bet most occidentals don't understand it either.

I struggled to understand what to do in order to root, flash ClockWorkMod and CyanogenMod since all the information on the internet is indeed written in chinese. But I succeded and now I'm going to share with you how.

How to root:

  • Download Towelroot.apk and SuperSU Pro v2.0.0.apk
  • Copy them on your MicroSD
  • Run Towelroot.apk on your phone using any file manager
  • Tap make it ra1n
  • Wait for your phone to restart
  • Run SuperSU Pro v2.0.0.apk on your phone using any file manager

How to flash CWM recovery:

  • Root your Nubia Z7 MAX following the instructions above
  • Insert an empty MicroSD in your phone
  • Download USB_Driver.zip and extract it
  • Download cwm nx505j.zip and extract it
  • Install USB_Driver.exe
  • Enable USB debugging and connect your phone with the USB cable
  • Run FlashCWM.bat
  • On your phone, grant root access when prompted

How to flash CWM recovery with fastboot mode

How to flash CM11 ROM:

  • Flash CWM on your Nubia Z7 MAX following the instructions above
  • Download cm11 nx505j IV Edition.zip
  • Copy cm11 nx505j IV Edition.zip to MicroSD
  • Go in CWM recovery (With your phone switched off, hold volume up and power button)
  • Navigate the recovery using volume up to go up, volume down to go down and power button to select the highlighted option
  • Wipe data
  • Confirm
  • Wipe cache
  • Confirm
  • Advanced
  • Wipe Dalvik cache
  • Confirm
  • Go back
  • Install zip
  • Choose zip from SD card
  • Select cm11 nx505j IV Edition.zip
  • Confirm
  • Reboot

How to flash Google apps:

  • Flash CM11 on your Nubia Z7 MAX following the instructions above
  • Download gapps.zip
  • Copy gapps.zip to MicroSD
  • Go in CWM recovery (With your phone switched off, hold volume up and power button)
  • Navigate the recovery using volume up to go up, volume down to go down and power button to select the highlighted option
  • Install Zip from SD card
  • Choose zip from SD card
  • Select gapps.zip
  • Confirm
  • Go back
  • Whipe cache
  • Confirm
  • Reboot

Press here to download all the files you need

Credits
Towelroot: geohot
CWM: syhost
CM11: lwang, syhost, zhaochengw

Please do not copy/paste this tutorial elsewhere, link to this thread instead.
Please leave a comment if you used this tutorial.
Also leave a comment if you need any help or find any bug.

— modified on Nov 12, 2014 9:57:18 AM

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Sep 4, 2014 10:09:24 AM via Website

Updates:

04 September 2014:

  • I've been notified that some anti-virus software installed on your computer may cause the installation of ClockworkMod or CyanogenMod 11 to fail. This is a case of false positive, meaning the anti-virus software detects a non-malicious file as a virus. Please disable any anti-virus software before downloading, extracting or copying the compressed (.zip) folders.
  • FlashCWM.bat is now in english.

05 September 2014:

  • Added tutorial to flash CWM recovery using fastboot mode. This method does not require a rooted OS in order to work.

11 October 2014

  • III Edition added to the download link.
  • The reported app Statics.apk is safe, it sends statistics to a Chinese website and supports the original Developer. You may remove it from the .zip if you want. The third-app folder contains all the Chinese apps and can be removed from the .zip file. If you get any error flashing the .zip without those files, I suggest you to flash the original .zip and after that, uninstall those apps using System app uninstaller.

11 November 2014

  • IV Edition added to the download link.

Bugs:

II Edition:

  • Infrared port does not work.
  • Fails to mount MicroSD to external storage pc connection.
  • Lockscreen and launcher options are broken.
  • People app does not call contact on phone number tap.
  • Unable to add voicemail number on SIM 2

III Edition:

  • Fails to mount MicroSD to external storage pc connection.
  • People app does not call contact on phone number tap.
  • Unable to add voicemail number on SIM 2

IV Edition:

  • Fails to mount MicroSD to external storage pc connection.
  • People app does not call contact on phone number tap.
  • Unable to add voicemail number on SIM 2

— modified on Nov 25, 2014 9:51:52 PM

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Sep 4, 2014 11:22:57 AM via Website

Everything works well in CM11 nx505j II Edition or it has any bug?

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Sep 4, 2014 11:37:24 AM via Website

Eduardo Neila

Everything works well in CM11 nx505j II Edition or it has any bug?

Everything seems to work properly but as in any custom ROM there might be a bug or two somewhere.
I haven't spotted any yet, please post in this thread about any bug you find so we can look into it.

— modified on Sep 4, 2014 11:38:31 AM

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Sep 4, 2014 12:20:14 PM via Website

1st bug found :
Phone : contact search : first letter tapped.. phone closed.:(

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Sep 4, 2014 5:12:43 PM via Website

Phil Moi

1st bug found :
Phone : contact search : first letter tapped.. phone closed.:(

Thank you, although I can not replicate the bug on my device it has been reported and if indeed it is a bug it will be fixed in the next release.
I suggest to try restarting your device, it might fix it.

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Sep 5, 2014 5:26:47 AM via Website

Hello there,

I tried installing the rom on my CM11 Nubia Z7 Max but it did not work. But the worst is that now I "do not have access to the recovery menu.
Can anyone give me a solution?

Thank you in advance ...

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Sep 5, 2014 5:31:11 PM via Website

Kaz13

Hello there,

I tried installing the rom on my CM11 Nubia Z7 Max but it did not work. But the worst is that now I "do not have access to the recovery menu.
Can anyone give me a solution?

Thank you in advance ...

I need to know more about your issue first, please describe what happened.
From what you're saying you must have failed to flash the recovery, but that would be impossible because without a custom recovery you wouldn't have been able to even start flashing CM11.
Try to restart your device and go in fastboot mode. Press volume - while switching the phone on.
If you're able to power it on in fastboot mode you can flash CWM once again.

— modified on Sep 5, 2014 9:36:01 PM

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Sep 5, 2014 8:54:19 PM via Website

Thank you for your reply,
in fact, I have installed "Rom Manager" and I rebooted into recovery mode to flash CM11, but something must have gone wrong because since I no longer have access to the recovery mode ???
And Fasboot does not work either!
And when I turn on my phone I have a still white image and blurred for 4-5 seconds(like tv screen without antenna) and then the phone starts normally.(see photo)
And if i go in the phone storage i just have 5 files : Android, ClockworkMod (empty), DCIM, nubia nubia and music
I'm desperate.. because my phone is new :(

Please save my phone.

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Sep 5, 2014 10:06:01 PM via Website

Kaz13

Thank you for your reply,
in fact, I have installed "Rom Manager" and I rebooted into recovery mode to flash CM11, but something must have gone wrong because since I no longer have access to the recovery mode ???
And Fasboot does not work either!
And when I turn on my phone I have a still white image and blurred for 4-5 seconds(like tv screen without antenna) and then the phone starts normally.(see photo)
And if i go in the phone storage i just have 5 files : Android, ClockworkMod (empty), DCIM, nubia nubia and music
I'm desperate.. because my phone is new :(

Please save my phone.

If you can't enter neither android, recovery nor fastboot, I'm afraid I can't be of any help and you'd have to send the phone back to the manufacturer for assistance.
I strongly suggest you to keep your phone connected to your computer and try many times to start your phone in fastboot mode.
If you manage to get in fastboot, then you can flash CWM once again and CM11 will be easily flashed. Proceed like this:

How to flash CWM recovery with fastboot mode:

  • Download USB_Driver.zip and extract it
  • Download cwm nx505j.zip and extract it
  • Install USB_Driver.exe
  • With your phone switched off, hold volume down and power button
  • Connect your phone to a computer with the USB cable
  • Open cwm nx505j folder
  • Hold shift
  • Right click in the folder's open window
  • Open command window here
  • Type fastboot devices
  • Press enter, if your phone is in fastboot mode it will appear on the list
  • Type fastboot erase recovery
  • Press enter
  • Type fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
  • Press enter
  • Type fastboot reboot recovery
  • Press enter

Good luck

— modified on Sep 5, 2014 10:40:56 PM

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Sep 6, 2014 7:34:28 AM via Website

You are the BEST !!!
I follow your instructions, and now i have CM11 and my phone works again great ;)
Thank you very very much my friend...

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Sep 6, 2014 12:31:45 PM via Website

Kaz13

You are the BEST !!!
I follow your instructions, and now i have CM11 and my phone works again great ;)
Thank you very very much my friend...

I'm glad I could help :)

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Sep 7, 2014 10:48:52 PM via Website

Hi Thank you for shearing this ROM. I love CM ROM.

I have 2 questions please

1: Can you please confirm if the GPS and Infrared is working in the cm11 nx505j II Edition.
2: Is the recovery in English?

Many thanks

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Sep 7, 2014 11:06:15 PM via Website

Jake King

Hi Thank you for shearing this ROM. I love CM ROM.

I have 2 questions please

1: Can you please confirm if the GPS and Infrared is working in the cm11 nx505j II Edition.
2: Is the recovery in English?

Many thanks

Hello,

Please check the second post in this thread.

The GPS is working, infrared isn't.
The infrared isn't working according to one user, I do not have any infrared devices so I can not test it.
But yes, both recovery and ROM are in english.

— modified on Sep 8, 2014 10:47:42 AM

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Sep 8, 2014 5:16:40 PM via Website

I have already restarting my device, but always the same bug.
I don't really care about this...

Otherwise it's not really easy to swap between the two SIMS. :?
For example , on my old WIKO there were just 3 switchs to turn on Sim 1 or on Sim 2.

Do U think is it possible to enhance this point ?

Philou

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Sep 8, 2014 5:58:43 PM via Website

Phil Moi

I have already restarting my device, but always the same bug.
I don't really care about this...

Otherwise it's not really easy to swap between the two SIMS. :?
For example , on my old WIKO there were just 3 switchs to turn on Sim 1 or on Sim 2.

Do U think is it possible to enhance this point ?

Philou

I am currently working on building another ROM for this device.
Also I'm not the author of this CM11 unofficial port, but I'll let lwang know. :)

— modified on Sep 8, 2014 8:51:28 PM

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Sep 9, 2014 1:11:05 PM via Website

Thanks !!!

Have you noticed this warning ? (CM11 NX505J for Z7 Max WARNING)
h t t p : //forum.xda-developers.com/android/help/help-zte-nubia-z7-max-t2832760/page6

Philou

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Sep 9, 2014 5:41:57 PM via Website

Phil Moi

Thanks !!!

Have you noticed this warning ? (CM11 NX505J for Z7 Max WARNING)
h t t p : //forum.xda-developers.com/android/help/help-zte-nubia-z7-max-t2832760/page6

Philou

I did not notice, no. But I don't think there is anything to worry about really.

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Sep 10, 2014 4:18:22 AM via Website

Hye, I would like to flash CWM recovery, but until now not succesful.

When I run "FlashCWM.bat", it says

waiting your device to be properly connected

but USB debugging shows connected

Thank in advance for your help.

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Sep 10, 2014 1:05:35 PM via Website

xPlay

Hye, I would like to flash CWM recovery, but until now not succesful.

When I run "FlashCWM.bat", it says

waiting your device to be properly connected

but USB debugging shows connected

Thank in advance for your help.

That happens when you do not install the drivers correctly.
Install the drivers, restart your computer and try again.