Honor 8 is a flagship model manufactured by Huawei. It has a very eye-catchy design and amazing performance. Many users of this device are in love with it, but some find this phone to be filled with bloatware that they want to delete. For some, Huawei’s EMUI interface is not so appealing, so they want to try out a different ROM.
In any of these cases, users are required to root their phones. We have written this guide to help you accomplish the rooting successfully. To root your Honour 8, you need to unlock the bootloader of your phone. To unlock the bootloader of your phone, visit Huawei’s official website and unlock your phone’s bootloader. After that follow the guide to Root and Install TWRP Recovery on Honor 8.
Warning: Backup all your data before proceeding, I will not be held responsible for any damage to your device. Rooting your phone may cause your warranty to be void. Let’s begin.
- Firstly, setup and Install ADB drivers on your PC.
- Download´the official TWRP img for your device (Honor 8 / Honor 8 pro)
- Enable USB-Debugging – Goto settings/Developer options/Enable USB-debugging. (Note: If you cannot find the Developer options, go to settings/about phone and click on build number 7 times. Now you shall have Developer options available in the settings menu)
- Enable OEM Unlocking – On your phone go to Settings > Developer options. Then enable the ‘OEM Unlocking’ option.
- Backup all your data from your device as unlocking bootloader erases all the data.
- Charge your device upto 70% to avoid any shutdown during the procedure which might cause some big issue.
How to Unlock Bootloader on Honor 8 / 8 Pro
Unlocking your bootloader allows you to install custom firmware, root your phone and install mods. Unlocking the bootloader of your phone does void the warranty of your phone, although some companies do allow it as long as the phone has not been permanently damaged.
To unlock the bootloader follow the steps below:
Step 1. Register/login on Huawei unlock website. Go to downloads section & select unlock bootloader. (Agree to all the agreements)
Step 2. You’ll find a form as shown below. Fill the form with all your device details:
- Get your serial number from the box or from Settings > About Phone
- Your IMEI will also be listed on the box and the “about” section.
- The product ID can be found by typing *#*#1357946#*#* into your dialer app.
Step 3. After entering all the details, click on “Commit”, you’ll find an unlock code for your device immediately. Save the unlock code, we’ll need it later.
Step 4. Enable USB debugging mode & OEM Unlock in Settings > Developer options.
Step 5. Connect your device to a PC/Laptop, using a USB cable. Launch command.bat file from ADB folder.
Step 6. To boot into Fastboot mode, type the below command in the black window:
adb reboot bootloader
Step 7. Finally, to unlock the bootloader on Honor 6X, type the below command along with the unlock code.
fastboot oem unlock [unlock code]
This will unlock the bootloader on your device & also perform a factory reset.
How To Install TWRP Recovery on Honor 8 / 8 Pro
TWRP gives you compplete control over your device. You can use TWRP recovery to flash a custom ROMs, MOD apps and create and manage backups.
To install TWRP Follow the steps below:
Step 1. Power on you Honor 8 & connect it to the PC.
Step 2. Go to the ADB folder in your PC and open the command window in there by pressing and hold the ‘shift’ key then right-click anywhere in that folder and you’ll see an option to “open a command prompt”.
Step 3. In the command prompt, enter the following command to boot your phone into Fastboot mode.
adb reboot bootloader
Step 4. Now your phone is in Fastboot mode. Copy the TWRP image into the ADB folder as “Recovery.img”
Step 5. After copying the file, open command prompt again. Now write the command shown below and then press enter. It will flash the recovery on your phone.
fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
Step 6. Now TWRP is successfully installed on your phone. Now to reboot your device, enter the below command
This will reboot the device into the system. Now you have successfully installed TWRP recovery on your Honor 8 device. Let’s move on to the rooting section,
How To Root Honor 8 / 8 Pro
Rooting allows you to access the Android OS code. It allows you to modify the software code of the device and allows you to install other software and apps that the manufacturer would normally not allow you to download.
Step 1. Boot it into TWRP recovery by pressing and holding the Power and Volume Up buttons simultaneously for 8-9 seconds.
Step 2. When you enter the TWRP for the first time, Create a backup with unmodified system partition and then proceed with rooting.
Step 3. Go back to the main menu and select Install option.
Step 4. Choose the storage, Navigate to the PHH Superuser zip file and select it.
Step 5. Swipe right to flash the zip and then select the Reboot system button which appears on the bottom, upon completion of the process.
Step 6. First boot may take some time, so be patient and when your device turns up, install the PHH Superuser app.
Step 7. Using the PHH Superuser app, Users can control the root access and can limit certain apps from accessing the root permissions.
Viola, your Honor 8 or 8 pro is now successfully rooted with recovery installed. Cheers! To kick start things, you can check our list of Apps for Rooted Android devices or even install Xposed Framework & installer.