How To Root / Unlock Bootloader On HTC One V
What’s the beauty of having an Android device if you really can’t experience the freedom of customizing it exactly as you like? The first thing I’ve done, when I bought my latest Android device was to root it. Why? Because only like that I was able to install custom ROMs and delete or install different applications that required full / administrator access on my device. Why should you wait for the official Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update, when you can simply replace it with a custom ROM like CyanogenMod 10 (CM10)?
The HTC One V is a very flexible Android device that requires your full developer attention. This is why I’ve decided to show you some of my tricks, when it comes to rooting an Android device.
Before you start following the next tutorial you should fully understand that this kind of procedures involves some risks. The only way you can root your HTC One V is to have an unlocked bootloader or to unlock it. There is high chance to lose your device’s warranty if you unlock its bootloader or if you root it. There is an exception though, the rooting procedure can be reversed, but once you’ve unlocked the bootloader there nothing you can do. I personally unlocked the bootloader of my HTC, 8 months ago, and nothing happened until now. The decision is yours.
In case you’ve decided to root your HTC One V device, I recommend you to carefully follow this step-by-step tutorial:
- Make sure your HTC has at least 30-40% battery life, because the procedure can take a while.
- Make sure you have a compatible USB cable for your HTC One V device.
- A PC that runs with a Windows OS (Windows 7 is recommended).
- Download the following files:
- The SuperSU access management tool;
- Make sure that all your device’s drivers are installed on your PC. If your PC don’t recognize your device then you should download and install the following files:
- Java runtime;
- HTC Sync;
- SDK tools for your Android device (Software Developer’s Kit).
- Once the HTC Sync tool is installed, you have to shut it down. It’s necessary to turn this program off because it may interfere with the rooting process.
- Before you start doing anything else I advise you to properly backup all your device’s data. A backup procedure is required, not to lose your personal files in case something goes wrong during the rooting procedure. In case you don’t know how to do it, you can simply follow this tutorial or if reading texts is not your type you can always find us on Youtube.
- In case you want to update your device to Android 4.0.3, which is the latest official OS version available for HTC One V, you should do it know. If you do it once your device is already rooted, the root access will be lost and you will have to follow this process once again. (You can skip this step if you are happy with your current OS version).
- Go to “Settings” / “About” / “Software updates” and select “Check now”.
- Now you have to unlock the bootloader of your device (be extra careful on this step).The best way to do it is with the help of Htcdev.com, so:
- Go to htcdev.com and create an new account;
- Select the “Unlock Bootloader” tab and press on the green “Get Started” button;- Choose the “All Other Supported Models” option from the “Select Your Device” list;
- Press on the “Begin Unlock Bootloader” button.
- Now you have to complete those warranty forms. You can’t skip this step.
- The next step is to obtain your device’s personal unlock token. You will receive some instructions on how to boot your HTC One V into “HBOOT” that aren’t compatible with your HTC and that’s why I discovered this this alternative:
Do not turn off your device.
Enter your device into HBOOT mode, by holding the power button down for 10-12 seconds. Once the screen is off, press and hold the Volume down button and release the Power button. You should see the “LOCKED” message.
Select the “FASTBOOT” option. In HBOOT mode, the only way to navigate through the menu is with the Volume button.
Wait a few moments until your device is checked.
Connect the device to your compute via USB cable. (Make sure that the device is on “Charging Mode”).
Go to “Settings” / “Development” and enable the “USB Debugging” function.
The page 2 is about SDK tools, Java and other tools that we’ve already talked about. So, you can skip directly to the page 3.
Go to your PC and open the Command Prompt (cmd) application and guide it where you’ve installed the “SDK Tools” package (usually it can be found on “C:android-sdk-windows”).Now you have to type the following command:
fastboot oem get_identifier_token
Cut the Identifier Token message from “Start” to “End”, exactly as you can see in the image below:
Paste the token message directly on the designated space from htcdev.com’s page 3 and hit “Submit”.
Check your email. You should see a message from htcdev.com with a file attached.
Download the “Unlock_code.bin” file on your computer and extract it directly into the “Android SDK tools” folder.
Press on that link to be redirect to Htcdev.com’s page 4, so that you can continue the unlocking process.
Go back to “cmd” and navigate once again to the updated “SDK Tools” folder (It has to contain the “Unlock_code.bin” file).
Type the following command:
fastboot flash unlocktoken Unlock_code.bin
When the process is done, confirm that you agree with the bootloader unlock, with all its risks.
Use the Volume buttons to get to the “Yes” option and press the Power button for acceptance. Now the device will start the unlocking process, which means that your device will reboot itself. I remind you that all your date will be lost, except the one saved on your SD card.
To see if your device bootloader has been successfully unlocked, just enter your device into HBOOT mode once again. You should see this message: “Unlocked”. You can now remove the USB cable from your device.
- In order to continue the rooting process you have to install the “ClockworkMod Recovery” tool on your HTC One V.
- You should know that there are 2 types of One V, the “International GSM” version and the “U.S Sprint / Virgin Mobile CDMA” version. The difference between these two versions is the fact that the International version works with a SIM card and the other version doesn’t have one.
- Download the “ClockworkMod Recovery” tool that is compatible with your One V version:
- The International GSM version > with SIM;
- The U.S Sprint / Virgin version > without SIM.
- Reboot you device into bootloader and select the “FASTBOOT” option once again.
- Connect the device to you PC, if it isn’t connected already.
- Go to your PC, open the “cmd” program and guide it to the folder where you’ve downloaded the ClockworkMod Recovery tool.
- Type this code:
fastboot flash recovery recovery-clockwork-188.8.131.52-primou.img
- Or this one:
"fastboot flash recovery cwmrecovery.img"
- Type the following command for your device to reboot once again.
fastboot reboot recovery
- If the process is successful, you should see the new “Recovery”.
- Go to your PC and search the “SuperSU access management” tool you’ve downloaded at the beginning of this tutorial. It should be a file like this: “CWM-SuperSU-v0.96.zip”.
- Copy the “.zip” file on your device’s SD card.
- Enter your device into “HBOOT” and select the “Recovery” option.
- When “Recovery” starts, just choose “Install zip from sdcard” / “Choose zip from sdcard” and select the “CWM.zip” file.
- Reboot you HTC One V and you are done. You can check if your device has been successfully rooted, by installing the “Root Checker” application on your device.
- Congratulations!!! You are the happy user of a rooted HTC One V device. Enjoy it!