Update Micromax Canvas A1 to Android 5.1 Lollipop Manually

Micromax is a company which is well known for cheap-budget Android phones with the best of the specifications that one can afford. One such device is the Micromax Android One or Micromax Canvas A1. It features a 4.5 inches IPS LCD Touchscreen and runs on a Mediatek MT6582 Quad-Core 1.3Ghz processor along with a 1GB RAM. It has a 5 Mega-pixel primary camera which is capable of shooting 720p videos and a secondary camera of 2 Mega-pixels.

Android 5.1 on Micromax canvas A1 manually

It is now available at a price tag of around Rs. 5300 and comes preloaded with Android 4.4.4 KitKat. It is upgradable to Android 5.1 Lollipop. Here we have written a guide on how to update your Micromax Canvas A1 to Android 5.1 via manual method.

Note: The update is also available via OTA, if you’ve had any issues upgrading OTA then try following the manual method to update your device. Do backup your device’s data before opting for this method.


1.) Micromax Canvas A1 running Android 4.4.4.

2.) You will need the following files for proceeding ahead:-

And make sure, your device has at least 75% + battery and you have enabled USB Debugging if not Go To Settings–>About Phone–>Tap the build number 4-5 times and this will enable Developer Options and now go in to Developer Options and enable USB Debugging from there.

NOTE:- For installing Android 5.1 on your Micromax Canvas A1, you need to be rooted with the bootloader of your device unlocked and only Philz Recovery should be installed. If Philz recovery is not installed you can follow the steps below to install it, but installing Recovery required a Rooted Device too.


**Installing Philz Recovery:

a.) Install the PC drivers for your Micromax A1 if not yet installed.
b.) Extract the Philz one installer files on your computer.
c.) Paste the Philz Recovery.img file in the folder where you extracted the installer files in above step.
d.) Run the “one-click-recovery-installer.bat” and follow the on-screen instructions.
e.) Once the recovery has been successfully installed, your device will automatically reboot.


***Installing Android 5.1:

a.) Download the Android 5.1 OTA file on your computer and copy the file to your device’s SD Card using a data cable.
b.) Power off your device and remove the data cable from the computer.
c.) After the device has shut down, we need to boot the device in recovery mode. You can do it by

-Press and hold the Volume UP and Power button together until the device has booted into bootloader mode.
-Use Volume UP button to browse and after highlighting the Recovery option, press Volume DOWN to confirm the option.

-You may see an Android logo followed by “No command” written, now keep the power button pressed and press the Volume UP key once.
d.) After you have entered the Recover mode, take a backup of your current ROM.
e.) After the backup is completed, select “Wipe and Format” option and Wipe Data, Cache and Dalvik Cache.
f.) Then return to the main menu and run advance restore function to restore only /system and /boot.

g) Once the restoration process is done, you can reboot the device and you’ll be running Android 5.1 on your Canvas A1.

You can confirm it by going into Settings–>About phone.


  1. Subhagata Bandyopadhyay says:

    Does this method applies to Canvas HD Plus A190 to update from Kitkat to 5.1 ?

  2. Mokki says:

    when give us fota for micromax unite2. Plz say something because we are waiting for that since 7 april

  3. suhail says:

    download softwear complete hogay ab phone update karna chata houn to dekha raha hai
    (ur device is not available during update .ready to update continue yes . ma yes click karta houn to switch off hota hai phir on be hota hai
    but update nahi hota hai

    • Chetan says:

      Make sure USB drivers are installed else phone won’t be recognized and also USB debugging is enabled

  4. Shekhar nikam says:

    Thanks rahul,
    It’s a great article. I installed lollipop 5.1 on my canvas a1 successfully. It runs amazing, but there is a single problem. It uses phone memory to save captured photos, received data from shareit, install apps from playstore, etc. I tried to move some apps to sd card, but i didnt get option to do it(settings-> storage->apps). Any suggestions…?

    • Rahul Mehta says:

      If it doesn’t allow by default try rooting your device and then transfer the apps.

  5. Installation aborted … haar baar aa raha hai micromax a250 m and any micromax m yeh problem aa rahi hai help me….yeh kaise slov hogi problem

  6. Pooja Ahire says:

    my mobile is micromax elanzal a 93 i want to update my mobile with kitkat or lolipop pls tell me some techniques

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