STARTING OUT FOR THE FIRST TIME
Ok so you installed the Toolkit and went through the model selection screen to download your model files and custom recovery but now what do you do?
Well the VERY FIRST thing you want to do is to enable USB debugging on your device so that your pc and device can communicate. This is quite easy:
1. Make sure your device is booted into your Android operating system home screen.
2. Open the apps drawer and select the ‘settings’ icon from the list.
3. On Android 4.2 and later you need to enable the ‘Developer options’ screen by selecting ‘About’ in Settings and tapping on Build number at the bottom 7 times.
4. Now on the ‘Settings’ screen you can select ‘Developer options’
5. Tap on ‘USB debugging’ and select OK to confirm
Now you have USB debugging enabled your device should be ready to communicate with your PC so now you want to install the adb and fastboot drivers so the 2 sides can see each other [in simple terms]. This is all done from option 1 in the Main Menu.
Once the drivers are installed you can now connect your USB cable. On Android 4.2.2 and later when you plug in the USB cable for the first time after installing drivers on your PC you will get a popup on your device asking you to authenticate your PC. Tick ‘Always allow’ then click ‘ok’. This is a new security protocol and will be required on every PC that you want to communicate with your device.
If you do not get any pop up on your device [on 4.2.2 and later] then something is wrong. Pull down the notification screen in the top left of the screen with your device connected, then click on the ‘connected as’ line and change from MTP to PTP Mode. This is sometimes required on newer builds as the mode required for your device to communicate with your PC.
If you STILL do not get any authentication pop up try plugging the USB cable in a different USB port connected directly to your motherboard [NOT IN A USB HUB]. Still nothing then try a different USB cable as it can actually make a difference.
The last resort is to refer to the drivers help section to make sure your drivers are installed properly.
Now that you have your connection with your PC you can do anything in the Toolkit. You will most probably want to root if you are using the Toolkit which means you will need to unlock the bootloader, then root and maybe even flash a custom recovery [allows you to flash custom roms, kernels, backup your device and much more]. You can do all this at the same time with the 1-CLICK option in the root section but if you JUST want to root then you can do that too.
Now you have started down the road to hacking your device and making it the way YOU want it and I wish you all the best. Have fun, explore all the different options in the Toolkit and above all enjoy yourself.