How to Use Smartphone Flash Tool Runtime Trace Mode
Smartphone Flash Tool (SP Flash Tool) is a software application that allows you to flash firmware, custom recovery, or features on Android devices running on MediaTek chipsets. It can also help you to backup and restore your device, format and erase data, and test memory and device parameters. SP Flash Tool is compatible with Windows and Linux operating systems.
However, sometimes you may encounter some errors or problems when using SP Flash Tool, such as runtime errors, connection errors, download errors, or authentication errors. In such cases, you may need to use the Smartphone Flash Tool Runtime Trace Mode to troubleshoot and fix the issues.
What is Smartphone Flash Tool Runtime Trace Mode?
Smartphone Flash Tool Runtime Trace Mode is a special mode of SP Flash Tool that allows you to enable advanced features and settings, such as secure mode, advanced mode, and trace mode. These features can help you to flash your device more effectively and safely, as well as to generate log files for debugging purposes.
How to Enable Smartphone Flash Tool Runtime Trace Mode?
To enable Smartphone Flash Tool Runtime Trace Mode, you need to follow these steps:
Download the latest version of SP Flash Tool from [here].
Extract the downloaded zip file and open the folder.
Locate the file named "flash_tool.exe" and right-click on it.
Select "Create shortcut" from the menu.
Rename the shortcut as "Smartphone Flash Tool Runtime Trace Mode".
Right-click on the shortcut and select "Properties".
In the "Target" field, add "-runtime" at the end of the existing text. For example, if the target is "C:\Users\user\Desktop\SP_Flash_Tool_v5.2036_Win\flash_tool.exe", change it to "C:\Users\user\Desktop\SP_Flash_Tool_v5.2036_Win\flash_tool.exe -runtime".
Click "OK" to save the changes.
Double-click on the shortcut to launch SP Flash Tool in Runtime Trace Mode.
How to Use Smartphone Flash Tool Runtime Trace Mode?
Once you have launched SP Flash Tool in Runtime Trace Mode, you will see some additional options and tabs in the main interface. Here are some of the most important ones:
Secure Mode: This option allows you to flash your device with authentication files (auth files) that are required for some devices with secure boot. To use this option, you need to check the box next to "Secure Mode" and load the auth file along with the scatter file in the "Download" tab. You can find the auth file for your device from [here].
Advanced Mode: This option allows you to flash your device with more control and flexibility. To use this option, you need to check the box next to "Advanced Mode" and select one of the four sub-options: Download Only, Firmware Upgrade, Format All + Download, or Format Whole Flash Except Bootloader. Each sub-option has its own advantages and disadvantages, depending on your needs and situation. You can learn more about them from [here].
Trace Mode: This option allows you to generate log files for debugging purposes. To use this option, you need to check the box next to "Trace Mode" and select one of the three levels: Debug Level 1 (DL1), Debug Level 2 (DL2), or Debug Level 3 (DL3). Each level has its own verbosity and detail, depending on how much information you want to collect. You can find the log files in the folder named "log" inside the SP Flash Tool folder.
Smartphone Flash Tool Runtime Trace Mode is a useful feature that can help you to flash your MediaTek device more effectively and safely, as well as to troubleshoot and fix any issues that may arise. However, you should use it with caution and follow the instructions carefully, as flashing your device incorrectly can cause serious damage or brick your device. If you are not sure what you are doing, it is better to seek professional help or advice before proceeding.