How to fix Invalid IMEI and WiFi Err 0x10 on MediaTek devices without root

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With a software called SN Write Tool, you can write IMEI numbers, WiFi mac address, Bluetooth mac address, bar codes and such things to the MediaTek smartphone. This will fix issues like Invalid IMEI and WiFi NVRAM Warning.

I have received a bundle of requests for the issue of Invalid IMEI from our readers who had performed “Format All + Download” (FA+D) while flashing their Infinix Hot Note or Hot Note Pro devices after being failed to upgrade their devices to Android Lollipop by following our guide here. While it was strictly mentioned in our tutorial to not use FA+D option or you will face consequences. But when some users were failed to upgrade normally, they tried FA+D option and literally had successful upgrade. They indeed lost access to their network with an error “Invalid IMEI”. In addition, which they may or may not have noticed that their WiFi mac address was also malformed and always started to use random/dummy mac address for WiFi connectivity.

Well this problem occurs because using Format All + Download option, when flashing your MediaTek Android device, destroys NVRAM on your phone which is not a part of stock ROM which you would flash later on. So flashing your phone any further with any stock ROM will indeed be successful with most probably everything but due to NVRAM not present on the phone, will cause you connectivity issues as such as above.

The problem we are talking about here is not so uncommon. You will find many articles on the web and variety of solutions to this issue will also be available with and without having root access to the phone. I am just writing it here at Tech Prolonged as we have been requested directly from our readers after when they have tried our tutorial [How to] Update Infinix Hot Note X551 to Lollipop 5.1, Official final build with XUI“. Some were successful but some of them were failed and hence had a phone without NVRAM after trying FA+D option.

So this solution is to fix Invalid IMEI and/or bad WiFi mac address on MediaTek devices whether it was caused after FA+D flash or by whatever means. If you have a phone with MediaTek chipset such as Infinix Hot Note, then you follow the methods below.

You can restore NVRAM from a nandroid backup if you had earlier, by following another method too.

Disclaimer: This tutorial includes flashing Android smartphone. If not followed correctly, it may lead you with a bricked device. By whatever means, following our mobile flashing guides, you are the sole-responsible if any damages or faults happen to your device or devices during or after the flashing process.

Rewrite IMEI and WiFi mac address to your phone!

This method can fix following issues on your MediaTek smartphone without root access. You don’t need to have root access and any other third party apps to fix this up. But you need a PC with a required software utility SN Station (from MediaTek) and a couple of drivers – video demo after the break.

To Fix Following

  • Invalid IMEI
  • Random WiFi address every time you turn on the WiFi
  • WiFi NVRAM Warning err 0x10 – entry in WiFi networks list.

Required Tools and Drivers

Well If you are here, then most probably you have flashed your device with SP Flash Tool already with “Format All + Download” option which could have led you with issues you are looking for the fix now. In that case, I must assume that you have MTK PreLoader drivers already installed. If so, then you just need to install SN Write Tool and the CDC Driver to proceed with this solution.

However, you can follow the guide to install PreLoader USB drivers, if you don’t have already.

Now download SN Write Tool with CDC driver from the link above and install them correctly. Follow the steps below exactly as told or jump to video demo after the break.

  1. Extract the downloaded file into a folder “C:\xyz\“. You will find following two folders after extracting.
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  2. Open the MediaTek CDC Driver folder first and run the install.bat if you have 32 bit Windows or install64.bat if you have 64 bit Windows PC.
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    In most environments, simply double clicking batch (.bat) file should install the drivers. You should see “Install complete” message once it successfully completes. If this doesn’t work well, you can try the following way to install the CDC driver:

    • Open command prompt with Administrator rights.
    • Type “C:” and press enter.
    • Type “cd /xyz/mediatek_cdc_drivers” and press enter.
    • Type one of the following and press enter.
      • “install.bat” in 32bit Windows or
      • “install64.bat” in 64bit Windows
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      After running the .bat file as above, you should see as following.

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  3. Now open the SN_Write_tool_exe_v2.1344.02 folder from c:\xyz\ folder (or from where you extracted the download file) and install by running the setup file. Follow the setup instructions and complete the installation.
  4. Once the CDC Driver and SN Write Tool is installed, Run the SN Write Tool from its installation location. It’s better to create a shortcut of the “SN_STATION.exe” from the installation location. You would double click the SN_STATION.exe file to run the program.
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  5. From the program above, in Settings section, choose as follows
    1. ComPort: USB VCOM
    2. Target Select: SmartPhone
    3. Click System Config
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      – In above screen, choose IMEI and WiFi Mac Addr under Function Select section
      – Then in IMEI Option section, choose Dual IMEI if you are fixing a dual SIM phone.
    4. Then click MD DB_1 button and locate the stock ROM folder which you have flashed to your phone. Then from the ROM folder, choose a file starting with BPLGU*
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    5. Now from the previous screen, click the AP DB button and choose from the same folder, the file starting with APDB_*
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  6. Now click on the OK button on the previous screen as below.
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  7. On the main screen, now click the big Start button.
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    After clicking the Start button, the tool will be waiting for the phone to be connected.
  8. Now make sure the phone is turned off
    • Connect the phone via USB cable.
    • Wait for the phone to enter “Meta Mode”
    • It will take only a couple of seconds in meta mode and the phone will be turned off automatically.

That’s it, you can disconnect the phone now and turn it on.

Video Demo

This video contains a complete demonstration of flashing a dead MediaTek powered Android device with “Format All + Download” to bring the phone back [00:00 – 03:40]. Then using SN Write Tool to fix Invalid IMEI and WiFi mac address issue [03:41 – onward]. Hope this will help you with your problems

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  • laro

    can I fix my IMEI on my Gionee s7 with this methode mtk6752

  • Syed Najabat Kamal

    My wifi working perfactly also showing mac address but not working sims i mean IMEI not showing. So should i follow the same steps?

    • KA

      yes. you can choose only those options which you need to fix

  • Neil

    Your method worked for me well, I appreciate it and thank you so much

  • gh

    working very good

  • Mian Abdul Jabbar

    Great work!
    Thank you for bringing back to life ;)

    I’m facing the same problem on Lenovo A5000, 4.4.2 (rolled back from 5.0.2), now it’s fixed through AT+ command, but after factory reset the same problem comes back I.e. nvram warning & imei invalid.

    Just want to ask a question, that it’s a permanent solution (provided by you)? Or I’ve to fix this on each factory reset?

    Waiting for your kind reply
    Regards
    Abdul Jabbar

  • Harshil Mehta

    in my stock rom there is not any file start with bplgu.
    there are two files which start with apdb.
    what to do.?

    • KA

      Please mention your device name and model. and where did you get the firmware file. It has to be a full ROM firmware file but not an firmware update file.

  • Kimmo Suomela

    Hi, first of all thank you for the program. I have a problem with my Homtom HT17 (MT6737M) phone. I accidentely formated my phone with sp flash tools, so my imei was gone. I downloaded HOMTOM-HT17-Android_6.0-R06-20160823 rom and installed it. Then I did everything step by step. Everything was fine, but when I push the start button the following text appears ->

    Warning: Current PC without any comport!
    >>——————————————————————-<>Step: Enter Meta Mode && Smart Phone;

    >>Step:Begin Scan Smart Phone data…
    >>Step: Start to Connect with target…
    Init Modem handle by META_Init_Ex_2_r successfully, TargetStype= 1.
    COM port searching and preloader handshake…
    COM port searching and preloader handshake ok
    COM port searching and Kernel handshake…
    SP_META_ConnectInMetaMode_r Error: maybe is META_COMM_FAIL cause this error…
    Error: Connect failed, Exit Meta Mode
    >>——————————————————————-<>Step: Enter Meta Mode && Smart Phone;

    >>Step:Begin Scan Smart Phone data…
    >>Step: Start to Connect with target…
    Init Modem handle by META_Init_Ex_2_r successfully, TargetStype= 1.
    COM port searching and preloader handshake…
    COM port searching and preloader handshake ok
    COM port searching and Kernel handshake…
    SP_META_ConnectInMetaMode_r Error: maybe is DEFAULT_FAIL cause this error…
    Error: Connect failed, Exit Meta Mode

    Please can you help me with this “Error: maybe is DEFAULT_FAIL cause this error”?

    I have tried before this programs to root phone and install xposed framework. But phone just doesn´t star if I try to install exposed framework.

  • mOhithH SiDDHANi

    in my stock ROM folder i have two files starting with APDB whicih one i have to select in AP DB button click

    • There must be one APDB file following by chipset “_MT65xx” or “_MT67xx” and more.

      • mOhithH SiDDHANi

        thank you noman fro your response and below are the names

        APDB_MT6592_S01_KK1.MP1__ENUM

        APDB_MT6592_S01_KK1.MP1_

        these are the two file am having in my ROM folder which one i have to take
        and my mobile is htc 820g+ can u please give me a link of original ROM

  • NAVIN

    Iam getting error code 10. My mobile not connecting with my computer my mobile model is Xolo Black 1x iam using Windows 10 32 bit but I tried in Windows 7 with another pc same problem occurs please help me

  • Ahmed Gamal

    can anyone help me to find stock rom for skypad 1016b