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What is Scatter File?

Scatter file, in android terms, is a file used to describe the loads of regions in a specific android device running MediaTek's ARM architecture. Usually, SP Flash Tool needs scatter files to read its loads to revive an android from bricking or for other flashing stuffs. Read Microsoft Glossary for more info.

If you have worries and confusions on how to create or make your own scatter file for your android devices, this article might at least help you to solve it.

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Easy steps how to make a scatter file for any MTK android device

The steps are applicable for android devices with:

Mediatek MT6595, MT6592, MT6589, MT6582, MT6577, MT6572 chipsets

To create a scatter file, we have to prepare all the requirements to ensure we can successfully make one without any trouble. In this case, we need the following:

Requirements:
  • Any MTK android device with USB cable
  • Windows computer
  • Download and extract MTK Droid Tools
  • ADB Drivers - you don't have it? Just Download and install PdaNet
Procedure:
  1. From your android device, enable USB debugging. Check if it is enabled on your device Settings - Developer options
  2. Connect your android device to you computer via USB cable. Drivers must be loaded automatically since you have drivers installed from PdaNet.
  3. From your computer, run MTK Droid Tools application as administrator (except for Windows XP).

  4. Wait for MTK Droid Tools to load your android device's info. Just wait few seconds.
  5. If the tool is done loading your device, click Blocks Map.

  6. A new window will appear, click Create scatter file.

  7. Now, navigate to where do you want to save the scatter file of your device. Save it to somewhere safe because it can be used for future flashing.




  8. Done. 


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  1. Good Day Sir Princeton!

    This is just what I need. I must know how to make a scatter file, & there you laid upon to me...nice...very nice! I use this MTK Droid Tool to flash stock ROM for my Lenovo A60+ (my second specimen aside from S5570).

    Thank you very much!

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    1. glad to hear it helped :) flashing with sp flash tool will be my next

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    2. hi i want to flash a custom rom but when i make that scatter file do i have to place it in my custom rom file tanks

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  2. Good Day Sir Princeton!

    I already made a scatter file. I saved it since I'm waiting for your TUT for flashing using a tool. I have files for lenovo A60+ flashing tool (Multidownloader). I just don't know if this works to Rio but I guess it's best to follow your route. Right now my Rio rocks since I installed PPSSPP! Now I know, Rio did not drain much of the battery (never installed any battery controller app).

    I'll wait for your TUT. Kudos!

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  3. HEY ! can you help me how to fix boot loop ? with out any custom recovery . and i use rooted stock rom !

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  4. HIYA can somebody help me? i have a mtk 6572 and my problem is when i enter engineering mode and scroll to the right, to the heading location there is nothing listed. i have tried to suft the net for answers but cannot find any relating to my problem
    many thanks

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  5. this tool does not recognize my phone MT6592

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    1. have you installed the drivers for your device properly?

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  6. Hello! Sir Princeton, Thanks for your very good tutorial, i bookmark all of it. :) My question is when i click create the scatter file the file name have no _emmc on it, just MT6592_Android_scatter is it ok? I tried several time same result.

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  7. How about try to create a backup on the "backup, recovery" tab. Scatter file will also be made along with your ROM dump.

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  8. HELP! MyPhone Agua Rio Lite wont turn ON after upgrading the jelly bean to kitkat.. I guess i apply a wrong procedure that makes my Rio lite to shut down.. Pls help anybody? Dont know what to do with this mess i make.. ;((

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    1. if you have a backup rom, flash it or restore it. otherwise, download an official firmware for your device and make sure it is completely downloaded so it wont happen again. maybe the update you've flashed was corrupted.

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  9. My smartphone is dead in the total can not turn on at all but still could be detected in the PC via the USB cable ,
    does anyone have a solution ???

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    1. download a firmware from your device and restore it using sp flash tools.

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    2. hi the tool does not recognize my phone i but made a buck up (before installing that drive) and have made a scatter file but the problem i don't know what to do with it for my custom rom

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  10. The "Create scatter file" is greyed out and its not clickable.

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    1. same problem please anyone help me and yes its detected my phone please please help me

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    2. same thing here on my MT6732

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  11. hi guys i try to install new rom via custom recovery and i get error itry two times , i also chose in recovery menu to remove data and all information on sd card information in my idol , now my idol not working , windows not recognize him . i tray come back to stock rom via flash tool but every time i get this message "BROM ERROR : S CHIP TYPE NOT MATCH 3186 ..i try many roms many time but i always get this message please help ..thanks so much.

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    1. I think the ROMs you've flashed were not compatible with your device. You must only flash ROMs made for your device.

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  12. sir when i click on block map there show only one block and no save scatter file because "creat scatter" option is not able to click sir give me solution

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  13. sir give me solution scatter file is not creat it show only one block

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    1. If your phone is rooted, u should see a "root tab at the bottom screen. Click on it, look at ur phone and grant permissions, if successful goto recovery & boot tab, then click on "Backup". @ the en of backup u'll see a popup "Pack?" Click No

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    2. I had the problem. Scatter created button is gray. I had follow your step Simon. But why the problem still occur?

      This is my erro:
      --- ERROR : --- TotalBytesPerChunk Not Found. Set default Page/Spare=2048/64 !!!

      Please someone help me.

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    3. 1) Was the backup successful? And
      2) What type of phone are you using?
      Cuz if the backup was succesfull, creating a scatter file shouldn't be a problem.

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    4. And another thing, don't click on " Blocks Map" as it is on the screen shots under steps 4 & 5.Just click on "Root, Recovery,backup.
      You'll see "Prepare files for flash tool". Then navigate to ur backup folder and select what u see. MD5 file format I think

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  14. Pls can a Scatter file created from an Android device be used to flash a different but same type of phone?
    For example: A scatter file created from Galaxy s4, can it be used to flash the same kind of Galaxy s4?

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    1. Yes. as long as you have exact model/build and firmware. Check Settings > About Phone

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    2. Thanks alot. This Really helped me to recover my phone back to normal. Cuz I upgraded with "Melting Rocks" and my phone never remained thesame untill I followed this steps.

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    3. It worked for me. I flashed my phone successfully with it. Thankz

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    4. Great! I am happy that this helped you. Thank you for sharing your experience.. :)

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    5. i am tying to make a scatter file to flash my tablet but the problem is i need a working fon how can i be helped my fon is already dead

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  15. I have installed the drivers but MTK Droid Tools cant recognize my phone's details. So I cant make a scatter file. Please help me!!!

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    1. please install pdanet, also, make sure that you have enabled USB debugging as Settings > Developer options

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  16. after downloading mtk droid tool my antivirus detect it as trojan?

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  17. Good day. Sir my Phone mtk6589 has been bootloop. then once i connect my phone to pc, to update drivers its not detected.

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    1. once you are in bootloop state, it can't be detected. do you have custom recovery already? like cwm? boot there and try this method again.

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    2. Okay then, Sir is there any another option on how to Create scatter file even though your phone are in bootloop Situation?

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    3. If you can't boot in custom recovery mode, first you need to flash recovery like CWM thru SP Flash Tool. Once done, turn off your phone then go to recovery mode by pressing the proper combination button. Once you are in recovery mode, your phone will be detected on PC provided you have installed the USB ADB drivers.

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  18. Creating a scatter file isn,t safe for your device

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  19. Hi Princeton,

    Thank you for sharing this software.. I have a question when I tried to connect my phone I have this message at the right panel section it says :

    --- ERROR : --- TotalBytesPerChunk Not Found. Set default Page/Spare=2048/64 !!!
    --- Unknown ROM structure, backup NOT possible!

    What does it mean?

    Do I need to root my phone first?

    Thanks

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  20. Hi, I am flashing mt65xx and it gives me this error [BROM ERROR: S_STORAGE_NOT_MATCH_(3167)]. Please help. And thanks for this blog, real good!

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    1. the blocks stated from your scatter file does not match with the blocks your phone is using. make sure that the scatter file is generated from the same device as yours.

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    2. hi gud day sir. i need your help. my cp doesn't turn on and it can't detect my charger.. it was happen when i was perform hard reset and i clear emmc. i already install drivers and i try 2 to flash mtk6577_android_scatter.txt dload from the web and i also DL firmware but nothing happen..it takes error.. please i need help. what is the best way to recover my phone? thanks in advanced. please! please! please!! :))

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  21. Hi, hown can install china rom in my lenovo s5000

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  22. How to find that ur device is mtk or not?

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  23. Hey guys, can you help me? i think i need scatter file /bin files for o+ 360 alpha plus, my phone is bricked, it wont boot, when i press the power button it the flash flickers, then same when connecting it to the usb port of the computer, it is still detected though, i tried flashing thru sp flash tool the 360 alpha rom, i think that is what caused the bricking :( please help. or anyone here has scatter file for 360 alpha plus?

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  24. Hello and good day Sir Princeton, can I use scatter file created from different smartphone, with the same chipset with my device? I have a problem using the tools you've provided. I see that it doesn't support yet devices running on MT6753.

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  25. Hello, MTK droid does not detect my phone,, when I go to platform-tools open adb it says my device is ok,, when go in terminal from adb it says ofline...

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  26. Preparation of files for FlashTool is impossible, file isn't found
    help please

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  27. is it working for mt6575_SO1 ? most of common mt65xx does not have an extension like mine (SO1) <-- what does this mean ? i tried to flash a stock rom but the sptool says its not compatible with my platform .. i flash mt6576 and the the tool said my platform is mt6575_so1 so the flashing fails .. please help .. badly needed ..

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    1. It's better not to try this on your phone since its not yet proven to be compatible with that

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