How should I use this tool?

There are two instruction video's:

Windows Phone Internals Introduction Video
Create a Custom ROM with Root Access

The "Getting started" section of Windows Phone Internals also explains many scenario's.

Can we run Android on Lumia now?

Why people ask this is beyond me. If you want Android, buy an Android phone. If you still want it, it will be a big challenge. You can remove UEFI, EFIESP, MainOS and Data partitions and then add hboot and other Android partitions. But then you would still need Android drivers for the Lumia components.

Which Lumia's are supported by the tool?

Lumia 520, 521, 525, 620, 625, 720, 820, 920, 925, 928, 1020 and 1320 are supported. These bootloaders can be unlocked.

Which OS versions are supported?

For these OS versions Root Access can be enabled. To enable Root Access, the bootloader must be unlocked first.

  • 8.10.12393.890
  • 8.10.12397.895
  • 8.10.14219.341
  • 8.10.14226.359
  • 8.10.14234.375
  • 8.10.15116.125
  • 8.10.15148.160
  • 10.0.10512.1000
  • 10.0.10536.1004
  • 10.0.10549.4
  • 10.0.10581.0
  • 10.0.10586.11
  • 10.0.10586.36

I will add support for new versions when they get released.

Why are other Lumia's not supported?

If your phone is not on this list of supported models, then you are out of luck, for now. Lumia's have different CPU architectures. And these come with different bootloaders. Some of my hacks depend on the implementation of these bootloaders. Some of my hacks won't work on different bootloaders. I'm working on support for other phone-models, but this takes time. I can't predict how long it will take to find the proper hacks, if ever. Therefore asking for support of other models is useless. These questions will not be answered and they will be removed from discussions on this website. Currently the tool has implemented all the basics. So when I find new hacks, it will be easier to add them.

Why are other brands not supported?

Same reason. Some hacks work different. I will try to add support for other brands. But I don't know when it is ready.

I need Emergency Flash Loaders. Where can I get them?

This search should yield relevant results:

https://www.google.com/search?q=%22lumia%22+%22emergency%22+%22hex%22

I need an Engineering SBL3. Where can I get it?

This search should yield relevant results:

https://www.google.com/search?q=%22engineering+sbl3s%22

You can download a full Engineering ROM or a separate SBL3 file. If you select an FFU file in the tool, the tool will extract the SBL3 from the FFU. SBL3 contains hardware-profiles of the phone and it initializes the hardware. Therefore you should only use an alternative SBL3 if it came from a phone that is at least the same brand and CPU architecture as your phone.

I can't find a matching Engineering SBL3. Can I still unlock my phone?

Yes. The alternative SBL3 is optional. You can still unlock your bootloader and flash Custom ROM's. But you will not have Mass Storage Mode. So you won't be able to enable Root Access directly on the phone or make a full backup-image of the phone. But you can still flash Custom ROM's and enable Root Access on the Custom ROM's. Use the second method from my "Unlock" video.

I unlocked my phone and now my audio is gone. Why?

This is an issue with Root Access in Windows Phone Internals 1.0. Update to Windows Phone Internals 1.1 and then choose "Enable Root Access" again.

Can I SIM-unlock my phone with this tool?

No. SIM-unlock is illegal in some countries. I don't support SIM-unlock.

When I enable Root Access I get "Failed to apply Root Access on MainOS". What is going on?

First verify that the OS version on the phone is on the list of supported OS versions. If your OS version is supported, but you still get that error, you are probably running on Windows 7. This is a known issue which will be fixed in the next release. Until then use Windows Phone Internals on Windows 8 or Windows 10 to enable Root Access on your phone.

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