Gandalf Exploit (Rooting Qualcomm Devices)

Hi Guys,

In an earlier post, we discussed about different ways of rooting. Today, we are gonna discuss about the Gandalf Exploit, which is used to root devices running with Qualcomm Chipset. We will discuss every aspect of Gandalf exploit in brief. So, let us start.

What is Gandalf exploit?

An exploit means exploiting of a loop-hole or security hole in an operating system. Framaroot was developed by XDA Developers to root devices running with Qualcomm chipset using the Gandalf exploit.

How to get it?

To use the Gandalf exploit to root your Qualcomm device, first you need to install Framaroot, which is easily available to download via the following link of XDA Developers. Download it in your mobile itself. Here’s the link to the latest version of Framaroot – http://goo.gl/ty14v0.

How to use it?

Follow the following steps –
i) After downloading the app, open > settings > security > check unknown sources. Then install the app in your phone.
ii) Open the app.
iii) As you are having the Qualcomm device, the app will possibly show only one exploit called the Gandalf exploit.
iv) Tap on it, it will show some instructions.
v) Select to install either SuperSU. You can also install SuperUser instead. They both are almost same in functionality.
vi) Tap on yes on all permissions it will ask for during the rooting process. They are usually harmless permissions which needs the user’s consent.
vii) Then it will ask your permission for reboot. Allow it.
viii) Then, your device will reboot. It will take 2-3 minutes more as compared to normal. As it will install apps like SuperSU.
ix) Then, check your apps, find SuperSU.
x) This app will act as a privacy manager and allow root permissions to only those apps which you will allow it to.
Now you are a Super User and enjoy your rooted phone (Qualcomm device).

List of Compatible Phones

Following is the list of compatible mobile smart phones which can be rooted with the above method.

Gandalf Exploit

Gandalf Exploit

Asus Memopad FHD 10 LTE
Asus Padfone 1
Asus Padfone 2
Asus Padfone A66
Asus Padfone Infinity
Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700KL
Archos 50 Platinum
BLU Studio 5.3 S
BW T18+ (Fortis Evo)
Cloudfone Thrill 430X
Disgo 8400G
DNS S4504
DNS S4503
DNS S4502
Gigabyte GSmart G1315 Skate
Gigabyte GSmart Rio R1
Google Nexus 4
Highscreen Spark
Highscreen OMEGA Q
Highscreen Blast
Highscreen Strike
Highscreen Boost
Hisense AD683G
Huawei Ascend G330D
Huawei Ascend U8825D
Huawei Ascend G526
Huawei Honor Pro (U8950-1)
Huawei Premia 4G
Huawei U8815
Huawei U8816
Huawei Ascend G300
Huawei Ascend G301
Huawei U8825D
Huawei Ascend G330D
Huawei Vitria Y301-A2
Huawei Y215
K-Touch Titan S100
Karbonn Titanium S5
Kyocera Hydro Edge
Kyocera Hydro Xtrm
Kyocera Torque
Lenovo A600e
Lenovo A706
Lenovo S870E
LF-LTE3 (F260S)
LG Nitro HD
LG L7 P700
LG L7 P710
LG L7 P714
LG L7 P715
LG L7 P870
LG Lucid 2 (VS870)
LG Optimus Dynamic 2
LG Optimus F5 (P875)
LG Optimus F7
LG Optimus G E970
LG Optimus G E975
LG Optimus L3 E425
LG Optimus L5 E610
LG Optimus L5 612
LG Optimus L5 615
LG Optimus L7 P710
LG Optimus L7 P713
LG Optimus L7 P714
LG Optimus L7 P715
LG Optimus L7 P700
LG Optimus L7 Р705
LG Optimus LTE 2
Medion Life P4013
Micromax A111 Canvas Doodle
Motorola Defy Mini XT321
Oppo Find 5
Orange Nivo
Orange Yumo
Orange Zali
Pantech Discover
Pantech Flex
Pantech IM-A840S Vega S5
Pantech Sky S5 A840S
Pentagram Combo
Phicomm i370w
Phicomm i600
Phicomm i800
Samsung Galaxy Core i8260
Samsung Galaxy Express GT-I8730
Samsung Galaxy Win I8552
Sharp Aquos Phone SH930W
Smartfren Andromax U
Smartfren Andromax i2
Sony Xperia E C1505
Sony Xperia E Dual C1605
Sony Xperia L C210X
teXet TM-3204R
teXet TM-4677
Xiaomi Mi-2S
Yarvik Ingenia Compact SMP35-200
ZTE T83 (Telstra Dave)
ZTE V955
ZTE V9815 Grand Memo N5
ZTE Warp Sequent

Give your reviews & feedback in comments.

That’s all folks.

Note – Root your device on your own risk. TechGlobule is by no means encouraging any phone user to root his/her phone.
Image source – http://www.gizchina.com/2013/09/26/easily-root-android-phone-framaroot/ (Featured image) en.miui.com/thread-8461-1-1.html (Image in post).
List source –  XDA Developers
Author – Abdul Rehman
Co – Author – Swapnil Jha



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  2. Hi…. I have the Qualcomm device (Alcatel 6014x), but the app doesn’t show the Gandalf exploit, only the Aragorn.. what have I do?

    • Hi Sonya,
      It’s nothing to worry about, Aragorn is just another type of Rooting exploit. You can use that exploit to root your Alcatel Idol as well.

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