How to: Rooting the MK808

The MK808 is a great little pocket android computer for US$65. It has decent specifications (a dual core RK3066 Cortex A9, 1 gb RAM, Jelly Bean 4.1.1) and has a mini HDMI for you to connect to your TV. Read more from our MK808 review here. If you wish to root your MK808, and install apps like Titanium Backup, I have listed the instructions here.

Enable ADB for the MK808

  1. Install Launcher Pro.
  2. Create a shortcut on the home screen that points to Development Settings – Shortcuts->Activities->Settings->Development.
  3. Click on the shortcut and enable USB debugging
  4. Install ADB drivers on your computer
  5. Download and Install moborobo
  6. Download and Install SuperOneClick
  7. Run TPSparkyRoot.bat
  8. Follow on-screen instructions
  9. Now that your device is rooted, install SuperSU or Superuser from Google Play Store

Credits: deadhp1 – armtvtech forums

Advantages of rooting is to gain access to files, folders, and settings that wouldn’t otherwise be available. This lets you do useful and nifty things like creating detailed backups of all your system data as well as apps (Titanium BackUp). You can also gain access to custom ROMs and applications after installing ClockworkMod Recovery. Lastly, one of the more useful thing is to apply a Google Play Store fix so that you can access all the apps in Google’s app store.

Sean

Sean is a tech geek and star wars fan. He loves playing with new gadgets, writing little code snippets in Python, JS, and dabbling with Android programming from time to time, while keeping a lookout for the next biggest happening in the world of tech!

12 thoughts on “How to: Rooting the MK808

  1. Thank you Much for your posting! I’m getting one in a week or so and read that rooting is needed in able to use Droidmote to control the device with my android phone. I’ll let you know if all works well!

  2. Hi Kaer,
    I’ve the Mk802 with droidmote succesfully installed and working, I’m willng to know if with the new Mk808 the procedure is the following:
    1- Root the MK808
    2- Use the same procedure ad the mk802 (upload the firmware).

    If not could you past the link do the installation procedure you did for Mk808 ?

    Thanks

  3. Hi Kaer,
    thanks a lot for your answer and your Link, I’m wondering to ask you another question about MK808.

    Did you try to use the MK808 with a webcamera ? it works? also skype works? which camera did you used?

    I sent you this question because with the “old Mk802″ there was a “procedure” in order to get several camera working with the device. (http://www.squidoo.com/mk802-skype-usb-webcam)

    Thanks again,
    Christian

  4. I don’t have access to the MK808 at the moment, but I read elsewhere that the MK808 is infact factory rooted already. Try installing SU or SuperSU from the Google Play Store and see how that goes :)

  5. I have follow all the rooting step but after that it is seen not rooted. it’s still can’t on the droidmote server. how can I know it is rooted. please reply. thanks

  6. There must be an easier way! No download links, no install what on where instructions, and no what to plug where instructions… also a lot of unanswered questions down here…

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