How to root HTC One
How to Manually Root the HTC One for Free
Unfortunately, One Click Root does not currently support the HTC One. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t root your HTC One. As one of the most popular Android smartphones available today, the HTC One has won the hearts of Android fans around the world.
But the HTC One could be so much better than it is. Some people don’t like the unique HTC Sense UI, while others simply want a faster and smoother Android experience.
Well I have good news for these Android fans: there’s never been a better time to root your HTC One. The HTC One is surprisingly easy to root – especially compared with other modern smartphones – and the entire process can be completed in less than an hour.
Ready to root your HTC One? Here are some of the best benefits you can unlock after rooting:
-Uninstall unnecessary HTC apps and services
-Uninstall crapware, bloatware, and other unnecessary files and apps
-Speed up HTC One performance
-Install thousands of new root-only apps from the Google Play Store
-Tether Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections for free
-Install new custom ROMs and the latest versions of Android before they’re officially released by HTC and your carrier
Sounds good? You bet it does!
Warning: Before You Proceed
Rooting any Android device comes with its fair share of risks. Rooting your HTC One will likely void its warranty. If you do a step incorrectly, then you may need to wipe your device in order to fix it.
However, when done correctly using the steps listed below, this rooting process is 100% safe and will not wipe out your data. After completing the steps, in fact, your phone will look nearly identical to what it looked like before step 1. The main difference, of course, is that you can now modify it however you wish, install custom ROMs, and do all the other neat things listed above.
-HTC One with at least 50% battery life
-Micro USB/USB cord
-About an hour of free time
Step by Step Guide
Step 1) Download the Android SDK onto your PC from here: http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html
Step 2) Download the fastboot .exe file from here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=42407269
Step 3) Go to the HTC Dev site and download the unlocked bootloader for your phone: http://www.htcdev.com/bootloader
Step 4) Connect your HTC One to your PC and run the bootloader unlocking tool from step 3. This involves disconnecting your HTC One from your PC, turning it off, and then powering it back on in bootloader mode by holding the Volume Down and Power buttons. Use the volume keys to select fastboot mode and then use the power button to select it. Wait for the device to complete the unlock process, then reconnect it to your PC.
Step 5) Download the HTC Sync Manager to get the latest HTC One USB drivers on your PC
Step 6) On your PC, go to the folder with all the ADB and fastboot files from step 2. Then, open a command prompt and type fastboot devices and hit enter. You should see your HTC One show up as a device ID.
Step 7) Type the following into your command prompt: fastboot oem get_identifier_token.
Step 8) You’ll see a wall of text. But that’s good! Copy and paste that text into your HTC Dev site when prompted. In turn, HTC will send you an unlock token. Place that token in your fastboot folder.
Step 9) Your HTC One should still be in fastboot mode. In your command window, type the following: fastboot flash unlocktoken Unlock_code.bin. This will officially unlock your HTC One’s bootloader.
Step 10) Reboot your phone normally and download SuperUserSU
Step 11) Download TWRP Recovery from here and place it into the same directory as your fastboot and ADB files
Step 12) Open one more command prompt to set your device into fastboot mode like we did above. To do that, type the following: fastboot flash recovery twrp.img then hit Enter
Step 13) Turn off your HTC One and once again turn it on in bootloader mode by holding the volume down and power buttons simultaneously. Choose Recovery from the menu that pops up.
Step 14) From that Recovery menu, choose Install and select SuperUser.zip. This will flash the .zip, after which you’ve officially rooted your device.
As you can see, rooting the HTC One is relatively complicated. Most of the complications arise from the fact that the bootloader is locked and encrypted. Once you’ve unlocked the bootloader, the rest of the HTC One rooting process is relatively easy.
Any questions? Fire away below. We’ll be happy to help.
Android SDK: http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html
ADB and Fastboot: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=42407269
TWRP for the HTC One: http://teamw.in/project/twrp2
HTC Dev Bootloader site: http://www.htcdev.com/bootloader
Android SuperUserSU: http://androidsu.com/superuser/