1. anon(9633271)'s Avatar
    Current versions of the Alcatel OneTouch Pop Astro (5042T) have no root method.
    While older versions could be rooted with Framaroot, TMO/TCL has since patched that option away.

    Be that as it may, i've stumbled upon the next best thing.
    A privliged shell that will allow...
    The ability to display (most of) the contents of the /data partition.
    The ability to disable any preinstalled app with package manager.

    Note, this should also work with other models of MTK based phones that have EngineerMode.

    1). Open the dialer and press *#*#825364#*#*
    2). This opens MTK EngineerMode.
    Swipe left to the Connectivity tab, tap CDS Information.
    3). This opens Common Data Service.
    Tap Network Utility.

    In the top field is the option to input shell commands.
    No, you can't remount /system as rw but you can use the following commands to debloat the system.

    ls /data/data

    This displays installed packages which are needed for the next command.
    (i made screenshots of the ls output to make it easier for me to reference the list.)

    pm disable-user -0 com.vender.packagename
    or
    pm disable com.vender.packagename

    The advantage of the first pm command is that every disabled app will be shown in System Settings/Applications under the disabled column.
    This makes it faster and easier to track which apps are disabled, in the event that a problem arrises.

    To re-enable an app use this command.

    pm enable com.vender.packagename

    That's that, let me know how you get along.
    i'll add my list of safely disabled apps to this thread at a later date.
    01-30-2016 04:12 PM
  2. Rukbat's Avatar
    01-30-2016 05:03 PM
  3. anon(9633271)'s Avatar
    Good find.
    Thank you much.
    Let me know how it works out for you.

    If you find any other advantageous commands to run in that shell, please share 'em.
    01-30-2016 05:46 PM
  4. anon(9633271)'s Avatar
    5042T - Safely disabled. No adverse wakelocks. (So far)
    checked with GSam Battery Monitor (Free in the Play Store).

    Though disabling apps is generally safe, (worst case senario, a factory reset will undo changes) i advise doing research on apps you're unsure of before disabling them.

    (*) Disabled through EngineerMode shell.
    Otherwise, disabled using native function in System settings/Applications.

    Android Keyboard (*)
    App Source
    Auto Dialer (*)
    Basic Daydreams
    Calendar
    Calendar Storage (*)
    Chrome
    com.android.backupconfirm (*)
    com.android.browserprovider (*)
    com.android.providers.partnerbookmarks (*)
    com.android.sharedstoragebackup (*)
    com.jrdcom.fota (*)
    com.jrdcom.launcher.resource (*)
    com.jrdcom.partnerbrowsercustomizations (*)
    com.mediatek.batterywarning (*)
    Compass
    ConfigUpdater
    demo stub
    Device Unlock
    Drive
    Exchange Service (*)
    Face Unlock
    Facebook
    Gmail
    Google Backup Transport
    Google Calendar Sync
    Google Partner Setup
    Google Play Books
    Google Play Games
    Google Play Movies & TV
    Google Play Music
    Google Play Newsstand
    Google Search
    Google Text-to-speech Engine
    Google+
    Guest Mode (*)
    Hangous
    Help Me
    Kingsoft Office
    Lookout
    Maps
    Market Feedback Agent
    MTK Thermal Manager (*)
    MTKLogger (*)
    MTKThermalStress (*)
    ONETOUCH Launcher (*)
    OperatorPlugin
    Picasa Uploader
    Pico TTS
    Print Spooler
    RootPA (*)
    Scheduled power on & off (*)
    Search applications' provider
    Storage Cleaning Assistant
    Street View
    Swype
    System updates (*)
    T-Mobile My Account
    T-Mobile Name ID
    T-Mobile TV
    Talk Back
    To Do (*)
    Twitter
    VCalendar
    Visual Voicemail
    Weather
    WiFi Direct (*)
    Wireless emergency alerts (*)
    YouTube

    Having just discovered the possibilities of the EngineerMode shell yesterday, (1/29/16) this is of course, a work in progress.

    i'll update as i further experiment...
    01-30-2016 07:34 PM
  5. anon(9633271)'s Avatar
    Great news for those of us that are rockin' the Pop Astro.
    If you have custom build version A3CUMC1 you can finally root this phone. KingRoot v4.80.C135.b242 has it covered.

    If you have the newest custom build version, A3FUMF0 you may still be in luck. Check out this thread at XDA for more info.

    [Q] Alcatel Onetouch Pop Astro? (5042T) | Android Development and Hacking

    Happy rooting, my friends.
    02-25-2016 05:02 PM
  6. anon(9633271)'s Avatar
    For those interested, i've uploaded the KingRoot apk mentioned above, along with a few files that somebody may find useful to my G Drive. Enjoy.

    https://drive.google.com/folderview?...9zM0hqRG8#list
    02-28-2016 05:07 AM
  7. Steinamite's Avatar
    Hi. Thanks for this info! I'm not so savvy with this kind of thing but I did manage to get to the CDS. From there though, it's not so clear to me what to do.

    I entered the ls /data/data in the first field but it didn't seem to do anything. Is that a lower case letter "L" or an upper case letter "i"? I tried both but neither seemed to do anything.

    Beyond that, the next step is also unclear. Does the "pm disable-user..." go in the second field?

    I'm really wishing there was an easier way to root this device. Unfortunately I have build version, A3FUMF0, which as far as the last post in this thread suggests, has not way to root as of yet.

    Thanks for any help you can offer!

    04-12-2016 04:57 PM
  8. anon(9633271)'s Avatar
    Hi. Thanks for this info! I'm not so savvy with this kind of thing but I did manage to get to the CDS. From there though, it's not so clear to me what to do.

    I entered the ls /data/data in the first field but it didn't seem to do anything. Is that a lower case letter "L" or an upper case letter "i"? I tried both but neither seemed to do anything.

    Beyond that, the next step is also unclear. Does the "pm disable-user..." go in the second field?

    I'm really wishing there was an easier way to root this device. Unfortunately I have build version, A3FUMF0, which as far as the last post in this thread suggests, has not way to root as of yet.

    Thanks for any help you can offer!

    No problem, let's see if we can get this working for you.

    The ls is a lower case L.
    After you type in the command, for example, ls /data/data make sure you're hitting the Run button with the selection box to the right of that button as SHELL.
    Hitting the return key on the keyboard won't execute the command.

    Once you get the list of package names you'll need to either write them down or do screenshots to quickly reference the names.
    You'll have to clear anything typed into that top line before attempting to execute the next command.

    As for rooting the A3FUMF0 build version, you could always give it a try and see what happens.
    If you do, install KingRoot, turn on USB debugging and give it a shot.

    If you have any more questions, by all means, feel free to ask.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    04-12-2016 11:32 PM
  9. anon(9633271)'s Avatar
    Steinamite, i uploaded the complete list of package names to my gDrive account for you, hope it helps. (Link below)

    i've been working on a list of safe to disable apps for a while now, though it's coming along slowly.
    As soon as it's done, i'll link to it in this thread.

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bzp...w?usp=drivesdk
    04-13-2016 12:35 AM
  10. Steinamite's Avatar
    Thank you for responding! So, I took screenshots of the long list that appeared when I entered in ls /data/data. By the way, it looks like there is a space after the ls. is that right? I typed that in with a space.

    OK, so after I took screen shots, do I enter pm disable-user -0 com.vender.packagename into the same line once I clear it of the first command? If so, I tried that and received an error message and a bunch of other stuff that I couldn't understand.
    04-13-2016 05:22 PM
  11. Steinamite's Avatar
    By the way, I don't suppose there is now a way to root this device since your earlier post in January, eh? That would be so nice.
    04-13-2016 05:44 PM
  12. anon(9633271)'s Avatar
    Thank you for responding! So, I took screenshots of the long list that appeared when I entered in ls /data/data. By the way, it looks like there is a space after the ls. is that right? I typed that in with a space.

    OK, so after I took screen shots, do I enter pm disable-user -0 com.vender.packagename into the same line once I clear it of the first command? If so, I tried that and received an error message and a bunch of other stuff that I couldn't understand.
    Correct, there is a space.
    For package manager, i'll use Facebook as an example.
    With the input line empty, you'd type:
    pm disable-user -0 com.facebook.katana
    Hit the Run button.

    Here's the catch, you won't see any output of text on screen unless you typed something in wrong, in which case you'll get an error. My bad, i should have mentioned that earlier.

    You can display disabled packages by typing:
    pm list package -d

    Remember to clear the input line each time.

    As for rooting, you could try KingRoot, though i don't know if it will work.
    One of my earlier posts has a link to my gDrive, where you can download the app.
    04-13-2016 06:12 PM
  13. anon(9633271)'s Avatar
    By the way, I don't suppose there is now a way to root this device since your earlier post in January, eh? That would be so nice.
    So how's the disabling working out for you?
    Any luck with KingRoot?

    Working on that safe/unsafe disable list still, upload it to my Gdrive for you when i'm through.
    05-10-2016 11:12 AM
  14. Anthony Butner's Avatar
    Current versions of the Alcatel OneTouch Pop Astro (5042T) have no root method.
    While older versions could be rooted with Framaroot, TMO/TCL has since patched that option away.

    Be that as it may, i've stumbled upon the next best thing.
    A privliged shell that will allow...
    The ability to display (most of) the contents of the /data partition.
    The ability to disable any preinstalled app with package manager.

    Note, this should also work with other models of MTK based phones that have EngineerMode.

    1). Open the dialer and press *#*#825364#*#*
    2). This opens MTK EngineerMode.
    Swipe left to the Connectivity tab, tap CDS Information.
    3). This opens Common Data Service.
    Tap Network Utility.

    In the top field is the option to input shell commands.
    No, you can't remount /system as rw but you can use the following commands to debloat the system.

    ls /data/data

    This displays installed packages which are needed for the next command.
    (i made screenshots of the ls output to make it easier for me to reference the list.)

    pm disable-user -0 com.vender.packagename
    or
    pm disable com.vender.packagename

    The advantage of the first pm command is that every disabled app will be shown in System Settings/Applications under the disabled column.
    This makes it faster and easier to track which apps are disabled, in the event that a problem arrises.

    To re-enable an app use this command.

    pm enable com.vender.packagename

    That's that, let me know how you get along.
    i'll add my list of safely disabled apps to this thread at a later date.
    I typed .#.#825364#.#. and nothing happened. They numbers just disappeared from the display window. What should happen?
    03-13-2019 09:21 PM

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