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Video: Rooting the HTC Thunderbolt

NOTE:  AN EASY ROOT METHOD HAS BEEN RELEASED.

If you were a little frightened by the rooting instructions for the HTC Thunderbolt, then maybe this video that was just sent in from @nate3mil will help.  He took the instructions that were posted up from a few days ago, went through the process 2 times, captured the entire thing on video, and has now shared it with all of you.  

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  • Sergioc882

    Why you take down video?I had my thunderbolt for a year and I cant find no one in Chicago that roots any phone.They all can unlock iphone.

  • Nocdevon

    The video has been removed, I am going to root my phone this sunday and will record the process, hoping not to brick the phone.

  • http://twitter.com/DDALE612 Davis Dale

     so i did the new software and want to know if i need to downgrade if i can or will this downgrade it for me so i can root it…72 hours with out root i feel lost with out it… please help me out 

  • Johnwalker75

    For some reason when I do the adb reboot bootloader my phone does it but it doesnt give me the option to upgrade it just flashes real fast and then that’s it. Then on the next step it doesn’t match up with the directions.. Whats up with it??

  • http://profiles.google.com/johndaddyo John Ferguson

    not sure I understand the fast speed of the video??

  • http://profiles.google.com/johndaddyo John Ferguson

    not sure I understand the speed of the video?

  • Chris

    *sidenote* who is the musician for the video?

  • Chris

    *sidenote* who is the musician for the video?

  • http://www.soundchurch.org oscar615

    One of the best Pachelbel Canon adaptations I have ever heard. Who is it?

  • http://www.soundchurch.org oscar615

    One of the best Pachelbel Canon adaptations I have ever heard. Who is it?

  • http://twitter.com/robitj11 Thomas Robinson

    Thank God for this video. I had tried the “one click roots” but could not make them work to root my Tbolt, but with the instructions reposted on Droid-life and by following along the process witht he video, I had success the first time! Thanks @nat3mil !!!

  • Dshudson

    I thought by rooting this, I wouldn’t have apps like blockbuster and shit.. Did it root? Am i doing something wrong? Thanks.

  • Dshudson

    Great work.. I am rooted! Now what lol..

  • Carlosrwaldo

    cant list devices on macbook

  • Bryandav

    Heads up, while doing this when you flash your phone it turns off usb debugging so adb will not recognize it. Go to Home -> Menu -> Settings -> Applications ->Development Tools then put a check on usb debugging.

    Was panicking when adb wouldnt detect my phone anymore after the first restart.

  • Fredy

    Remove before use

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1563818484 Anthony Douglas

    Ummmmmzzz I am not a dumb ass or anything but this was just way to much to process…I will wait for Unrevoked. The hotspot feature is free until May 17th or 15th hopefully there will be a painless root for this device then.

  • Chrischambers99

    This video don’t help me none what so ever lol

  • meatydojo

    I rooted yesterday and i feel free!! Finally no vz crapware! not sure if its been brought up yet but for anyone wondering how to get rid of the bloatware the apk files are loketed in the root in system/app folder.I use root explorer.

  • atcjeff

    That has got to be the worst instructional video in the history of instructional videos! While I appreciate the effort @nate3mil made, he goes so fast through the steps its next to worthless to a noob. It’s almost to impossible to follow. Did you just take a hit of meth when you made that? A walk through that is slower and has an actual narration would be much more help.

    • nat3mil

      It was never intended to be an instructional video. As the description states I was just showing my experience rooting the phone. I followed the guide exactly which is pretty self explanatory.

      • Dshudson

        wowie.. we are all “not” impressed

  • Uclemonbee

    i’m having troubles getting adb to recognize my tbolt. idk whats wrong.. i’ve tried using the drivers from sdk but it keeps saying unable to install drivers. i’m running XP sp3.

  • Uclemonbee

    i’m having troubles getting adb to recognize my tbolt. idk whats wrong.. i’ve tried using the drivers from sdk but it keeps saying unable to install drivers. i’m running XP sp3.

  • Mylockandroid

    it would be better if it also illustrated the placing of the files needed into the same folder as adb. not everyone would know to do that, other than that its a very easy process

  • Prickee

    Thanks but I’ll wait until Z4Root or OneClick figures it out. Also I want to be able to click a button and root, then click another button and unroot if I want to. But hey at least I can appreciate all of the hard work that has been done rooting the Thunderbolt. I’m sure in due time my small request will surface. Until then keep rockin’ the BOLT..

  • Prickee

    Thanks but I’ll wait until Z4Root or OneClick figures it out. Also I want to be able to click a button and root, then click another button and unroot if I want to. But hey at least I can appreciate all of the hard work that has been done rooting the Thunderbolt. I’m sure in due time my small request will surface. Until then keep rockin’ the BOLT..

  • http://www.agrstech.com Zephaniah

    That was some epic music. I want to know what the names of those songs were.

    • nat3mil

      Ronald Jenkees is the artist, songs in order, Canon in D remix, Neptune, Remix to a remix, Derty

  • Marcogiudice79

    its soooo freaking easy to root this phone all you have to do is read the effing directions and just copy and paste its not hard

  • Guest

    Why is the video on fast forward? Half of the files/folders he’s messing with I can’t even tell what he’s doing. Great idea for helping n00bs, but it’s not much of a help

    • nat3mil

      there is now a link to download a 1.5x speed version in the youtube description

  • Anonymous

    Ok… so I went to mount my sd card to my computer and it crashed my pc… 3 times! I then tried to do the same thing to my laptop and it kept wanting to install software from verizon first, but it wouldn’t install correctly so I can’t mount my sd card at all! So much for rooting my phone this way!

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/107430353005607798966 KiriusKris

    Talk about some serious copypasta!

  • http://twitter.com/tresnadesigns Robert Evans

    Will this let me do wifi tethering for free? All I really want from the rooting.

  • Dmota25

    Thas don’t help me at all!! Do u now that now we can search in the internet
    And talk at tge same time with 4g? It’s grate. Please help 1 click Root!!!

    • Dom

      Umm…deep breath and put down the crank pipe, kiddo. Seriously, at 6 years of age, you shouldn’t be messing with that muck.

      • Dmota25

        Please don’t insulting. I’m new. Whay u don’t. Help me better. Shame on u!!

        • Noahcarson

          You no speaka no english?

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1393263256 Marty R. Adams

          Come on dude.  I am not new to rooting but I don’t want to brick my Tbolt either. There is no reason to not be cool man.  Come on dude help us out please?

      • Dmota25

        And is real with Verizon 4G am able to search and talk.

        • Dmota25

          Yes I do. Very well !!!

  • Anonymous

    I think ill wait for them to make a app that roots it…essentially your doing all that an app would do to root your phone manually….i cud do it yea but im sure this took well over an hr to do and this vid was on fast forward. smh awesome tho

  • LbAdvisor

    That second song is dope! Anyone know it? After seeing the EVO 3d I’m having second thoughts about my thunderbolt so I’m holding off for today at least. Good video tho if you have patience and can read it can be done.

  • LbAdvisor

    That second song is dope! Anyone know it? After seeing the EVO 3d I’m having second thoughts about my thunderbolt so I’m holding off for today at least. Good video tho if you have patience and can read it can be done.

    • LbAdvisor

      All I want is dual core/3d/4g/768ram/1800+batt/ ! If my batter was even 20% more capacity I might be happier with the tb.

    • LbAdvisor

      All I want is dual core/3d/4g/768ram/1800+batt/ ! If my batter was even 20% more capacity I might be happier with the tb.

    • nat3mil

      its neptune by ronald jenkees if I remeber correctly

  • Jay

    Has anyone tried to surf the web while on a phone call with the Thunderbolt?

    • ThisIsCrazy

      I did with 3G and it worked. No 4G in my area yet.

    • Guest

      Yes it works as TB us utilizing 2 different communication protocol.

  • Dshudson

    totally off topic.. anybody know here I can get some black and grey icons for the TB

  • Anonymous

    Kellex, thank you

    • Dmota25

      Hey man do u now that with Verizon 4G we can talk and Search. At the same time? It’s work! !! Tried

    • Dmota25

      Hey man do u now that with Verizon 4G we can talk and Search. At the same time? It’s work! !! Tried

  • Rbess1965

    Think the video could be spead up just a little bit faster so I can practice my speed reading technics?

  • Anonymous

    To be quite honest, this video intimidated me even more than the instructions!

  • Anonymous

    To be quite honest, this video intimidated me even more than the instructions!

  • Anonymous

    To be quite honest, this video intimidated me even more than the instructions!

    • Anonymous

      This video still leaves a lot unanswered. For starters, slowing it down to normal speed and adding some voice explanation of what’s going on would be nice.

  • Sakravitz

    One rooted were you able to finally remove all the garbage apps that Verizon was nice enough to load for us???

    • nate3mil

      yeah I used uninstaller for root app

  • http://twitter.com/camlenb Cameron Len Burks™

    This phone looks so lame now next to the HTC Evo 3D!

  • tbolt > all

    Who has given this a try, eh?

    • Creediddy

      What’s lame is the EVO3D is 4G internal storage and 1730mah battery. Now that’s lame!

      Cree

  • Anonymous

    It’s not as daunting as it seems, but I will wait for them to release a condensed, less risky option as they said they would in 1-2 weeks. I’m not in a major hurry as they give you hotspot for free and no one even has any CPU kernels or custom roms.

  • Porno

    I rooted the phone while I was driving while talking on the phone itself.. It’s easy.

    • Cdejesus1119

      doing the methods above?

    • Dmota25

      Where you get a drivers?

    • Dzylzzrd

      I call B.S.

  • Buckeye71086

    Damn I hate being first …

    • Anonymous

      Go bucks !