Micromax A116 Canvas HD is the successor to the company’s popular budget phablet, the A110 Canvas 2. Micromax has bestowed the phone with a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz frequency, 5 inches 720p LCD screen with pixel density around 320 ppi, 1 GB of internal RAM and 4GB of internal memory (1.77 GB user available). Although the developer community for this device is small there are some amazing custom ROMs available for the device. For installing a custom ROM you will need to install a custom recovery first. At the moment, two custom recoveries have been ported for this device viz. CWM (ClockWorkMod) recovery and TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project) recovery. Here’s the full tutorial on how to install one of these custom recoveries on your Canvas HD.
The following method does not involve flashing partitions through SP Tool. This method is “rookie proof”.
How to Install a Custom Recovery:
Section 1: Pre-requisites
- You need to have root access on your device. If your device is not rooted, please follow this guide.
- Make sure your device is at least 70% charged to avoid complications during the process.
Section 2: Procedure
- Install Mobileuncle MTK Tools application from Google Play Store. This tool is very useful for users having mobiles with MTK chipsets.
- Download your preferred recovery from below:
- ClockWorkMod recovery
- TWRP recovery
- Put the downloaded recovery image file ( .img file) into the root of your SDcard. Don’t select remote file!
- Open Mobileuncle MTK tools app and grant root access.
- Tap on Recovery Update option.
- Now select the recovery file listed under the title “Recovery file in SDCard”.
- Tap on OK and wait for the app to flash the recovery. Reboot when the app prompts.
You now have custom recovery installed on your Canvas HD and can now flash custom ROMs to your device. To boot into recovery, switch off the phone, press and hold Volume Up, Volume Down and Power button simultaneously. A menu with two options viz. Recovery mode and Factory mode will appear. Press Volume Up to enter into recovery mode.
If, for some reason, you need to revert back to stock (original) recovery you can flash this recovery by the above method.