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How To Root The Apex TM772 7" Tablet

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Apex TM772 7" Tablet

The box the Apex TM772 7" tablet is packaged in.

The box the Apex TM772 7" tablet is packaged in.

Rooting A Black Friday Sale Priced Android Tablet

The Apex TM772, or otherwise branded a "Solo7i" tablet was an awesome Black Friday door buster at Officemax in 2014 priced at $39.99 on sale. I picked one up for myself to replace an older heftier tablet to use for reading ebooks on the go and general web browsing, emailing and casual gaming. However, like most off brand or generic tablets, there are some things that the stock installation of Android leaves to be desired.

What Can Rooting Let You Do?

For one, even though the tablet is marked as having 8 GB of built-in memory (meaning storage for apps, the OS and files), only about 4 GB of that storage is really available for apps, the rest being taken up by the OS and the built in bloatware. The tablet itself isn't configured to be able to store apps on an external microSD card inserted in the expansion slot, but by rooting it, one can make use of Link2SD to force some apps to store some of their data/files on a microSD card freeing up some of the internal storage and leaving a more room for installing other apps, games or ebooks.

Rooting also will allow you to make use of apps like ROM Toolbox Pro to change your DNS settings, freeze and backup most any installed bloatware and then uninstall it to free up space.

Research Rooting Methods Before Beginning

For the most part, every Android phone and tablet model will have at some point been rooted, either with a method published on an Android forum or with some universal app or tool that roots many different makes and models of devices.

While scouring the web to see if anyone else who may have bought or gotten of these tablets in the past had already taken the plunge and figured out a way root it themselves or had found a procedure for another similar tablet by Apex that worked, I realized that there wasn't any documentation or mention of this particular tablet anywhere except for in Black Friday deal sites. I did come across a posting about Kingo ROOT, available for free from KingoApp.com, that purported to be able to root almost all Android devices and supported most Android versions. Now mind you, I'm not affiliated with KingoApp.com nor am I being compensated by them for writing this hub, but I wanted to share this here since it actually worked for me on this tablet and will for others too.

DNS Changer from ROM Toolbox Pro

DNS Changer from ROM Toolbox Pro

Rooting Apex TM772 With KingoROOT

Running KingoROOT.

Running KingoROOT.

KingoROOT for whatever reason indicated that my tablet was already rooted.  If it presents the same way, click the "Root Again" option.

KingoROOT for whatever reason indicated that my tablet was already rooted. If it presents the same way, click the "Root Again" option.

KingoROOT doing its thing, it might fail, but reboot your Apex tablet and then start over.

KingoROOT doing its thing, it might fail, but reboot your Apex tablet and then start over.

When successful, KingoROOT will tell you it has succeeded and then proceed to instruct you to reboot your device while it may actually do that for you at the same time.

When successful, KingoROOT will tell you it has succeeded and then proceed to instruct you to reboot your device while it may actually do that for you at the same time.

After successful rooting, go to the Play Store and search for and download SuperSU, you'll be using that app to manage root permissions with any apps you install that require root access to be granted.

After successful rooting, go to the Play Store and search for and download SuperSU, you'll be using that app to manage root permissions with any apps you install that require root access to be granted.

Root Your Apex TM772 7" Tablet with KingoROOT

Kingo ROOT is available for free from KingoApp.com. Once downloaded and installed on my PC, I launched their application and was prompted to enable USB debugging on my tablet and connect it to my PC. Apparently my Apex tablet already has USB debugging enabled by default and Windows recognized the tablet almost immediately. Kingo ROOT for whatever reason said my tablet was already rooted, but gave me the option to re-root it. It failed the first time but I rebooted my Apex tablet and tried again. The second time worked like a charm, it completed and told me it was successful and recommended that I reboot my tablet but it automatically did that by itself.

Once my Apex TM772 tablet had finished rebooting, I opened the Play Store and searched for and installed SuperSU. SuperSU is a free app that manages what applications are granted root access so that you can control what apps you want to have full access either full time or temporary full access. After installing it, you may be prompted to give SuperSU root access, if so, tap the "Grant" option. After this, I was able to install apps that can make use of root access such as ROM Toolbox PRO to backup and uninstall the bloatware that was included that I didn't want or would never use to make more room for useful apps and games. I also made use of AParted and Link2SD to create a partition on a microSD card and push some apps to be stored on that partition to free up internal storage on the Apex tablet making more room for stuff that mattered like ebooks, games and utilities, something that I couldn't have done without rooting the tablet at all.

Apex TM772 Case

Link2SD Running On Apex TM772

Running Link2SD so that apps can be forced to move some of their data onto the SD card.

Running Link2SD so that apps can be forced to move some of their data onto the SD card.

That's All There Is To It!

I hope you found this hub helpful, especially if you came across it in search of an attempt or method of rooting your Apex 7" tablet. In and of itself, I feel it was a great Black Friday deal, once rooted, it gets even better. I have published a hub on how to use Link2SD to move apps to your microSD card, and soon I'll publish a hub on using EaseUS Partition Master to format your microSD card for Link2SD to properly make use of your external storage.

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jesimpki (author) from Radford, VA on March 24, 2015:

Jon, you're welcome, I just feel bad that I don't have a solution for you. One forum I recommend is XDA forums, if you haven't posted there yet, as they have very knowledgeable folks there as far as when it comes to fixing bricked and bootlooping phones and tablets. Maybe TMAX will be nice enough to send you a ROM. Hope it all works out for you!

Jon on March 24, 2015:

Thank you for the help I've also scoured the internet looking and I've placed the question in several other forums I've even asked tmax and they've yet to respond. Unfortunately it was bought back on black Friday by a friend and they never used it so they gave it to me. So I'm unsure as to what I'm going to do but I thank you beyond my heart and soul because you were the only person to even try helping me lol

jesimpki (author) from Radford, VA on March 24, 2015:

Jon, I apologize, I haven't been able to find the stock ROM online. Nor does it appear that TMAX, who makes these tablets, has it online. I wouldn't siggest this usually, but if you recently purchased it and have the receipt, you could try exchanging it for a replacement at the store (on the premises that it doesn't boot up). I'm sorry this didn't work for you. :(

Jon on March 24, 2015:

yes I have tried wiping data and wiping cache I didn't even have the chance to backup the rom so I have no idea what to do unless you know where to get a stock rom compatible with this device

jesimpki (author) from Radford, VA on March 24, 2015:

Did you try wiping data/factory reset from the recovery menu?

jon on March 24, 2015:

tried everything nothing works I don't know what to do

Jon on March 24, 2015:

I tried resetting through the recovery menu and that did nothing I haven't reset through the pin hole yet cuss I don't have anything small enough to fit

jesimpki (author) from Radford, VA on March 24, 2015:

Hi Jon, have you tried doing a hard reset on ypur tablet? Press and hold the power button until it shuts off then try rebooting again. Or try pressing the reset button with a pen on the backside of your tablet.

Jon on March 24, 2015:

Hi, i have the exact tablet you have here and everything rooted fine but upon reboot the device just simply hangs on the apex digital screen. That do you suggest I do to fix this problem

photho on March 16, 2015:

Yes, mine was recently purchased and your root method worked perfectly. Bought it for 40 dollars at office depot a few weeks ago.

Speedy little tablet for the price.

jesimpki (author) from Radford, VA on March 11, 2015:

Awesome! Glad to hear rooting is still working on these. Was yours just recently purchased?

photho on March 11, 2015:

Worked for me. Failed the first time like you said, but worked on the second after reboot. Installed su and other stuff. Root booster improved performance quite a bit.

Chrome sucks on this tablet though.

jesimpki (author) from Radford, VA on February 23, 2015:

My TM772 is running Android 4.4.2, IFWI version F9.EE, Kernel Version 3.10.20 pb27@pb27-desktop 8, Build number Weibu Firmware For 70v 20140902. If you can get that from yours for me by going to Settings - About Tablet, let me know what yours is saying StephanieOverly.

jesimpki (author) from Radford, VA on February 23, 2015:

StephanieOverly, part of me wonders if Apex has made some change or update to prevent us from rooting newer TM772s. What version of Android is yours running? When I get home I will check mine and see.

StephanieOverly on February 23, 2015:

I have the Apex Tm772 as well and just bought it last week from Office Depot in the President's Day sale. I have followed your directions several times now with the kingo root, even rebooted my tablet several times and it is still saying root failed. We have the same tablet, so why did it work for yours and not mine? Am I doing something wrong?

jesimpki (author) from Radford, VA on February 16, 2015:

Sorry for the delay, you'll want to format your microSD card with something like EaseUS Partition Master which is available in a free version from their site. I have been meaning to put together a hub showing how to do that but things have been a bit busy lately.

TM772 on February 04, 2015:

What version of android was your tablet? I can not move apps because Android says Symbolic link. Second partition not found. /dev/block/ device not found. Any idea how to create the second partition and symbolic links?

jesimpki (author) from Radford, VA on December 08, 2014:

Hi droidwiz, my PC already had the standard drivers installed from Google previously and recognized my tablet right away. Try the drivers here: http://developer.android.com/sdk/win-usb.html#top Hope this helps!

droidwiz on December 08, 2014:

hi there.

what ADB driver did you use? I can't get this to work and i have the exact same tablet