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Another One Click Root Method Available for HTC Thunderbolt

It was only a matter of time. There’s something about being able to buy a phone then immediately being able to root and customize it. But isn’t that why we are all here in the first place? The constant assault of developers working hard to make this thee most desired phone in the community, now has a route for people who are easily intimidated by long and complex instructions. We have published a few ways of already rooting the device here and here, but if you ran into issues with those, this is another for you to try.  

This is probably not the most easy method for Beginners; it’s not the easiest One Click method I have ever seen, but if you already have all of this set up (most people don’t) then you’ll just need the file. Good luck!

Here is a little list of the prerequisites:

  • Windows OS running Computer. That’s Important
  • Drivers Installed & Working
  • SDK Installed with ADB
  • Exploits.zip with contents extracted to your ADB dir
  • PG05IMG.zip
  • Downgrade RUU
  • A Thunderbolt running 605.6 or 605.9 Firmware

So if you’re feeling froggy, head to the thread and go for it!

Source: XDA Thread
Cheers Flashtotalk15!

  • w1ldm4n

    Does this work with the recent 1.70.605.0 update?

  • Anonymous

    YO any word on an easy root after the mr2??

  • Ccoulter Jg 1

    has this method been updated for firmware version 1.13.605.7

    • kriven4437

      i would like to know this as well

  • http://twitter.com/qudwls6933 BJ P.

    i just got my tb and the question is where can i download the driver?

  • http://twitter.com/qudwls6933 BJ P.

    i just got my tb and the question is where can i download the driver?

  • Maxxmentum

    Hi, thx for the video. Quick Question. I noticed Thunderbolt has very low video playback volume when I record a video. Did this change when you rooted yours?

  • Dshudson

    UPDATE:
    FYI, I have been a big complainer of battery life of TBolt, however, since following the video instruction to manually root, I got rid of apps I’m not using and can confirm I no longer have issues. I probably increased the life of my battery by at least 3-4 hours.. Honestly. The scary part of this story is Verizon decided to release a phone they knew had horrible battery life to gain revenue in advertising.. Whores.

  • Dshudson

    So I rooted, now what.. I still have all that shit software like Blockbuster ext.. Did I do it wrong or is there a rom or whatever I need to put on the SD? Thanks.

    • Anonymous

      how do you tell which firm ware you have an how do you put your phone in charge only mode ?? they kind of lost me

    • Anonymous

      how do you tell which firm ware you have an how do you put your phone in charge only mode ?? they kind of lost me

    • http://profiles.google.com/mtgpcs Mike G.

      use root explorer to go to the systemapp folder and change all the apps that are like blockbuster and what ever you want to remove, from .apk to .apk.old make sure you only do it to apps that are addons like the golf game and other crap

      • Dshudson

        Thanks.. perfect

      • Dshudson

        tried that to blockbuster, says I can’t because it’s read only?

      • Dshudson

        tried that to blockbuster, says I can’t because it’s read only?

      • Dshudson

        should I then delete it or no? thx

      • Dshudson

        should I then delete it or no? thx

  • Anonymous

    how do you tell what firmware you are running i don’t see that any place on the phone … also how do you set it to charge only ..???

  • Dshudson

    Another thing, do I have to use the installer?? Everytime I try it tells me I dont have Java SE development kit not installed.. No matter what I install from Java I get the same message.. Can someone please post a link of the java I need thanks so much.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000930969653 Kimberly Degener

      When it says that, hit the back button, then continue again – this seems to fix it.

      • Dshudson

        thx

  • Dshudson

    One question, what does downgrade RUU mean? Thanks.

    • Anonymous

      Devs had to go back to an older RUU (rom image) to enable S-Off (which means your bootloader is unlocked). They haven’t been able to “crack” the newer RUUs yet, just give it like a week.

      • Dshudson

        thx

  • http://twitter.com/fly_of_DEATH Travis Clements

    Used this method this morning, rooted and ready to rock

  • Greg

    Sad…I have a Mac… fml.

    • Anonymous

      Come to the darkside muahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I you are rooted, are you seeing better battery life than non-root?

    • Anonymous

      the battery life has been really good with my phone. I am reading that there are a lot of people having terrible battery life. but there are also a lot of people that have very good battery life. there is something going on that I don’t think has anything to do with the battery that I hope they resolve quickly.

    • Anonymous

      Actually, I found that the battery is terrible on the older RUUs, so switched back to stock. I’m waiting for the newer RUUs to be cracked before rooting, just imo.

    • Anonymous

      Actually, I found that the battery is terrible on the older RUUs, so switched back to stock. I’m waiting for the newer RUUs to be cracked before rooting, just imo.

    • Unexpected62

      there’s no way that would be the case, unless you actually did modifications because you were rooted, like uninstalling bloatware, etc.

      • Anonymous

        I’m not sure if you are responding to my message but my battery life is just as good as my droid X. No question about it and I can prove it with pictures. Some people have problems but many do not. There is something going on…

  • Xhaxol

    if you cant follow directions even easy one ones like this, I am thinking you should stick to stock. The more people brick their phones because they cant follow directions the more manufacturers will try and lock down their devices. You also need to know how to restore to stock incase you need to send the phone back. That way they wont know you ever rooted. I followed the first root method with out an issue.

    • Dshudson

      Wow your wicked Smattt

  • Anonymous

    Well, I didn’t use this method to root, but I achieved root using the previous one-click method since it has been updated. I recommend going to XDA’s forum ( http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1005292 ) and downloading the new updated method.

    Also, there is a link in the same post for a pdf of a set of easy to follow instructions.

    Consequently, now that I have watched what the program was doing, I understand the ORIGINAL instructions using the manual method. I feel that if I had to do this manually I could, and I started from having no knowledge of how to use ADB.

    Good luck rooting everyone!

    • http://www.whatsyourissue.tv/ HeathCliff Rothman

      @Falcon34:disqus I am planning to root my Tbolt this week. What’s your suggestion for the best way to root for someone who’s not a major tech-head? You mentioned a few rooting methods. What do you suggest?

  • http://profiles.google.com/gogatsbj Bradley Gogats

    Is the thunderbolt a Droid phone? I keep seeing articles on here, and i thought this was a dedicated droid site…no maybe? When are we going to start seeing iPhone articles?

    • Anonymous

      Although I understand what you mean, you should also understand this is a Verizon/Android site and not just a Droid site. The decision to expand the sites coverage was made long ago, and I am grateful for the all the help this site provides, rather then being critical of it.

      Besides, it’s not like Kellex and the others neglect to post Droid related news when there IS news.

    • dler

      leave then a$$hole

  • cloak420

    i wating for dual core front camera 3d without glasses nfc chip untill i see that im stickin with my droid at least till contract is up

  • angermeans

    This phone just keeps getting better and better. I just woke up to having 4G in Salt Lake City! It was a great surprise. I bought this phone expecting to wait at least until summer (if not longer as the offical press release stated by the end of the year). 4G is definately the star of the show with the Thunderbolt and that is saying a lot since the phone is very well built. I am tethering my Motorola Xoom to it now getting 13 down and 5.5 up (I tested on the actual speed test.net website not the app is at has already been show to not be accurate) . This phone is a beast and after owning the Nexus One, Samsung Captivate, Droid Incredible AMOLED, Droid2, DroidX, Droid Incredible SLCD, and now the Xoom and thunderbolt (all in a little over a year and in that order) I have to say that this is the best phone I have ever used and i thought I would never have a phone I loved more than the Nexus One. 4G really flies and i cannot wait to get it on my 3G/4G Xoom a little later this year. It should be a pretty exciting year for Android in both phones and now tablets. If anyone has questions about getting the Bolt now or waiting for the Droid Bionic like I did take the plunge especially if you live in a 4G area or one coming soon. You won’t be let down.

  • Joe

    Can anyone create an 802.11n hotspot with their Thunderbolt? Mine shows up as 802.11g when my 802.11n capable laptop connects to it.

    Also, when connecting the Thunderbolt to an 802.11n access point can anyone connect at a link speed higher than 65 Mbps? If not, then the 802.11n feature seems to be more for marketing since it supports fairly minimum set of 802.11n features.

    • James

      That n is just for marketing. I too just get a 65 Mbps link speed. Actual speeds are of course pretty much the same as 802.11g.

  • http://profiles.google.com/brianyu8 Brian Yu

    Isn’t there a program that roots it for you like unrevoked or something like that? Even the other method is too hard because I think I’m going to brick my first android phone.

  • Crgggltn

    will wait for unrevoked team to do their magic

    • angermeans

      I am thinking that is what I am waiting for as well unless CM7 comes to the Bolt sooner than I will be doing what I have too to get this phone rooted. I am happy to see all the developer support for this phone. I think Motorola really needs to open their eyes I think one of the reasons this phone is getting so much developer love is that verizon folks are coming over in floods from the X and 2 and can’t wait to get rid of that encrypted bootloader and get into some real flashing. We just need HTC to release the kernal source like they are supposed to and i think we will see some really magic.

      • Anonymous

        I fully agree. My 3 month old de-activated Droid X is sitting on my desk waiting to go on eBay.

        It’s too bad cause I liked my Motorola phones.

  • http://investing.businessweek.com/businessweek/research/stocks/private/person.asp?personId=770834&privcapId=957467&previousCapId=162270&previousTitle=Pfizer%20Inc. Alfonso Fanjul

    The constant assault of developers working hard to make this thee most desired phone in the community, now has a route for people who are easily intimidated by long and complex instructions.

    • angermeans

      Its refreshing to see so much developer support for this phone already. Great phone and paired with LTE makes this the best android phone on the market in my opinion even without the dual core processor.

  • Hoot352

    For a noob at this I run into some issue when reading this. In the Prereq. the only thing I understand is that I need Windows on my computer. Other than that, I’m kinda lost on the rest of the info. Could you guys help clear these prereqs up for me?
    Thanks

    Here is a little list of the prerequisites:
    Windows OS running Computer. That’s Important
    Drivers Installed & Working
    SDK Installed with ADB
    Exploits.zip with contents extracted to your ADB dir
    PG05IMG.zip
    Downgrade RUU
    A Thunderbolt running 605.6 or 605.9 Firmwar

  • http://twitter.com/TeamAndIRC ✔ Justin Case

    Like the other one clicks, its a batched version of our manual root. Long as it works properly, you should be good.

    I still advise you to take time, and learn the manual method. Learning to use ADB proves useful when something goes wrong.

  • Unexpected62

    There are no stock roms for this thing right? I REALLY don’t like sense, I used cyanogen for like 8 months on my D1…. there were features in there I got so used to I didn’t know they weren’t stock Android!

    • http://twitter.com/TeamAndIRC ✔ Justin Case

      Will be soon

    • Anonymous

      I was wondering what it is you don’t like about Sense? I came from a rooted Moto Droid with many different Roms on there but this Sense on the TBolt is the best experience I have had in terms of skins. Did you see that 30 pack of Sense skins Kellex post a couple of days ago?

      • Anonymous

        Yeah I am not sure that I will be putting a rom on my phone unless there is something as nice as HTC’s Sense 2.0 on it. I also came from a D1 and had been running CyanogenMod 7 since somewhere around the middle of Feb. I had been running CyanogenMod 6 since around Aug of last year (I think) and loved both versions.

        I can’t wait for root and I may tinker with some roms but I don’t believe I will stay with one very long.

  • palomosan

    I like this method, it even gives you S-off, now to root my Tbolt, I can’t believe that is not rooted yet, that’s 10 days today.

    • angermeans

      I agree this is the longest I have held off from rooting my android phone. The phone is so great stock that it is.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for including all the helpful info for the Thunderbolt! We appreciate it!

  • Mike

    Hey Tato any chance of doing any more interviews with developers? Those were some of my favorite things to read on this site.

  • DroidzFX

    Late night posting

  • Unexpected62

    can anyone point me to directions to do the exploits.zip to the ADB dir step?

    • Anonymous

      extract the files from exploits.zip, and place it in the adroidadk>platform-tools folder