With Quad-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 processor, ZTE Nubia M9 Max is a powerhouse from ZTE. Moreover, it comes with 3GB of RAM that makes operations faster and ranks high on benchmarks. It has been launched a few months ago and you can root it readily. So if you are looking to root your ZTE Nubia Z9 Max, then you have headed to the right place.

Rooting enables Android users to get privileged control over their Android devices. Rooting enables theming, modding, tweaking your device’s stock firmware or ROM. Moreover, you can also install custom ROMS on your device and for that, you need to install a custom recovery. With custom recoveries like TWRP or CWM, you can install supported ROMS and kernels onto our device.

Now, you can get the most out of your ZTE Nubia M9 Max through Root access and TWRP. Dianlujitao, a Member at XDA-Developers, has provided a way through which you can successfully achieve Root and TWRP on your ZTE Nubia Z9 Max

First, you need to install TWRP on your ZTE Nubia M9 Max. Once TWRP has been installed, you need to install SuperSU package from Chainfire to achieve root access. If this seems complicated, then don’t worry, Droidviews have got you covered. Follow this guide to root and install the latest TWRP on your ZTE Nubia Z9 Max.


  • Ensure that you have the necessary ZTE Nubia Z9 Max device drivers installed (Download Here).
  • Check if you have at least 80-85% of battery charge. We don’t want the phone dying in the middle of the process.
  • If you have done this process before on other devices then you must be familiar with adb and fastboot. Ensure that you have it installed.

For those who aren’t familiar with ADB and fastboot, Please refer to our detailed guide on How to Setup ADB and Fastboot on Windows within Seconds

  • Enable USB-Debugging from Developer Options in the Settings menu.
    • If you cannot find Developer Options, then you’ll have to first enable it by going to SettingsAbout Phone> Build Number and tap it 7 times until you see a small notification that you have enabled it.
    • Then return to the Settings menu, you should find Developer Options there. Open it and enable USB Debugging.
  • Make sure that you have backed up all your personal data and apps as all data will be erased!
    • For Contacts, Calendar and People details use Google Accounts Sync to backup
    • For Apps and App Data check out our detailed post here.

Disclaimer: The following procedure is highly risky and there are chances that you may brick your phone if not performed correctly, DroidViews cannot be held responsible if that happens. So user should tread cautiously and at their own risk.


You will need to download the following files on your Desktop.

TWRP for ZTE Nubia Z9 Max: twrp_nx510j_v5_f2fs_dianlujitao.img

SuperSU: Download here

Flashing TWRP on your ZTE Nubia Z9 Max

Once you have everything setup, you may proceed to install TWRP

Step 1 – Connect your ZTE Nubia Z9 Max to your PC using the USB Data cable.

Step 2 – Open Command Prompt and type the following command

adb devices

You should be getting a message saying ‘List of devices attached’ along with your device name. This will confirm that adb has recognized your device.

If you don’t see your device it means you haven’t properly installed your device USB drivers.

Step 3 – Next reboot your device in fastboot/bootloader mode by typing this command in Command prompt

adb reboot bootloader

Step 4 – Now change the directory of your Command prompt to your Desktop by typing this command

cd Desktop

Note: If you had downloaded the files elsewhere, then you need to enter that location instead. (Eg: cd Documents)

Step 5 – Type the following command next and press Enter

fastboot -i 0x19d2 flash recovery twrp_en_nx510j_dianlujitao.img

This will flash TWRP custom recovery on your ZTE Nubia Z9 Max replacing the stock recovery.

Step 6 – Once the flashing is complete, select RECOVERY from the Fastboot menu to enter Recovery Mode, use the volume keys to navigate.

Step 7 – If you see the TWRP logo, then you have successfully performed the steps on you now have TWRP custom recovery installed on your ZTE Nubia M9 Max!

Step 8 – You will now see the TWRP Touch Recovery menu. Select ‘Reboot’ to reboot you device and exit from the recovery.

How to access Recovery Mode?

Switch off your phone and switch it on again while holding the Volume Up + Power buttons together, you will directly enter the TWRP Touch Recovery Menu.

Rooting the ZTE Nubia Z9 Max

Now that we have successfully flashed the TWRP custom recovery you have the freedom to start flashing custom ROMs, kernels and other modifications, it’s time to move ahead and root the device, so that we can start using root applications.

Step 1 – Once the device boots up normally, re-connect it to your PC using the USB cable.

Step 2 – Copy the SuperSU.zip file you had downloaded earlier from your Desktop into the root directory of your internal storage.

Step 3 – Reboot your ZTE Nubia Z9 Max into Recovery Mode (given above).

Step 4 – Select ‘Install’ and scroll all the way to the bottom till you see the ‘SuperSU.zip’ file.

Step 5 – Select the .zip file and swipe the bar to confirm. This will start flashing the .zip file.

Step 6 – Once the flashing finished you will see the ‘Reboot System’ option, click it to reboot your device.

Once the device reboots you will see the SuperSU app appear in your app menu. You can also confirm if your device is rooted by installing and running the Root Checker application.

Root Checker Price: Free

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