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HTC Begins Unlocking Bootloaders, Starts With European HTC Sensation

Looks like HTC has become everyone’s favorite manufacturer starting today. They have begun the unlocking process for their devices, beginning with the European Sensation. Looking at their site, it looks as though we can maybe expect the HTC Evo 3D on Sprint next, followed by the Sensation 4G for T-Mobile? No Verizon love yet? Guess we will have to show a bit more patience. 

HTC is being extremely clear in their disclaimers about warranty issues, and they want you to be safe:

You are about to start the process of unlocking your device. Unlocking your device allows you to install custom Operating Systems (“OS”) onto your device. Custom OS’s are not tested as thoroughly as your original OS, and unlocking your device may void all or parts of your warranty. HTC disclaims any and all liability for proper functioning of your device after the bootloader has been unlocked and for data lost in the unlocking process. To prevent unauthorized access to your data, unlocking the bootloader will delete all personal data from your device including applications, text messages and personalized settings.

This is the type of disclaimer that everyone who ever rooted their phone is aware of. No surprises here right? We are still on the lookout if unlocking your bootloader will put you on a list of “non-fixable” devices that Verizon might have. Hopefully, we are all just a wee bit paranoid and HTC is not ratting us out to Big Red. Why would they do that?

Once you agree to these warnings and continue on, you must then check two boxes.

I acknowledge that use of the unlock bootloader may void all or parts of my warranty device and my device may not function as intended by HTC.

I acknowledge that, if my device requires repairs, HTC may charge for additional costs due to the unlocked bootloader.

If you are okay with all this, then you simply just follow some instructions given, and you are all done. Good to go. Once the unlocking tool is available for Big Red devices, who is going to be first to use the procedure? I see Kellex raising his hand.


Cheers Mike!

  • Anonymous


  • i thought you’d like that i can’t wait till the day all bootloaders are unlocked  😎

  • I not to mention my guys appeared to be looking at the great procedures on the website while instantly came up with a horrible feeling I never expressed respect to the site owner for those secrets. All the guys were definitely certainly joyful to read through all of them and have now very much been taking pleasure in them. Appreciate your turning out to be indeed thoughtful as well as for picking out this sort of superior themes millions of individuals are really desperate to be informed on. My personal honest apologies for not expressing appreciation to you sooner.

  • androiddevelopers-tr

    perfect news thaks a lot

  • HTC just gained a lot or respect from me and I will consider them for my next device which is in November.  I was going to hold out for the BIONIC until then but I may have to jump the Moto ship unless now that they are part of Google they have a few more experience devices by then.  I also wonder what the re-lock process is.  I know if it wasn’t for fastboot on my XOOM I wouldn’t have rooted ROM’d and then broke the damn thing requiring not 1 but 4 times of flashing the SBF.  Does anyone know are the SBF counterparts available for HTC devices.  Having not owned one I have never looked into it.

  • Here we go with where the “unlocked where supported by the carrier” thing comes into play. We know how stubborn Verizon is with unlocked devices. I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t see HTC support the unlocking of bootloaders on Verizon devices.

    • Murphy

      Ditto. Kellex is holding out hope, but we all know the OG Droid may have been Big Red’s first and last unlockable (without slashing and hacking) device.

  • So here’s a question, if you unlock it, will there be a way to re-lock it?  Is HTC even going to track people that use the unlocker?

    • People are given a unique key during the process. Don’t think it means they’re tracking or anything though

  • TheAndroid1

    I wonder how many warranties have been voided so far?

  • I hope I’m wrong, but something tells me VZW is not going to play nice with this process.  

  • Anonymous

    my hand is raised also Tim-o-tato

  • EC8CH

    “No Verizon love yet? Guess we will have to show a bit more patience.”

    like waiting for the Bionic release patience???

    or waiting for the Verizon SGII patience???

    or waiting for the Verizon Nexus release patience???

    • That’s not enough patience! U rack a disiplin! 😛

      • EC8CH

        “Do you hear the grasshopper which at your feet?”

  • Allen Smith

    A HTC phone looks like is going to be my next phone

    • Adam Elghor

      thats what i was thinking but with google owning moto….im getting tempted to go with them (i mean can you imagine how fast updates will be)

  • Anonymous

    And so it begins.