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HTC One on Verizon Already Rooted, Custom Recovery Available Too

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If you picked up an HTC One today and already unlocked the bootloader (or are planning to before Verizon shuts it down), you may as well root it and toss on a custom recovery while you’re in the mood. Thanks to XDA member Flyhalf205, we have all of the files and short-but-sweet instructions for you below.

TWRP recovery should be available before long; however, this set of instructions uses ClockworkMod Recovery. 

Here is the full set of instructions with downloads:

Touch – http://vp-zp.com/snuzzo/roms/flyhalf….3.6-m7vzw.img
Classic – http://vp-zp.com/snuzzo/roms/flyhalf….3.6-m7vzw.img

Unlock your phone at www.htcdev.com
Boot phone into fastboot
Perform command fastboot flash recovery recovery-clockwork-touch- or the recovery.img file name
Boot into HBOOT and select recovery

Download http://download.clockworkmod.com/sup…/superuser.zip
Flash it in recovery

Useful Information:

  • The external_sd is going to be your usbdisk (OTG). You can’t mount unless you boot into recovery with your usbdisk already inserted
  • You won’t be able to mount usb drive to your pc to copy over files. You will have to adb pull and push

Devs are still working on trying to achieve full S-OFF, so no update for now on that situation.

Via:  XDA

Cheers jose!

  • TylerCameron

    Why does Verizon put that fugly e911 GPS icon on every phone they sell?

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  • Harold Goldner

    Please don’t get me wrong; I root and get S-OFF at the earliest opportunity, but I originally though many of us fellow Android users do that. I have since learned that something well less than 5% and possibly as low as 1% actually root their phones. If this is true, one can understand (but not agree with) Verizon’s tendency to ignore the dev community.

  • overlord727

    Nice! That was my screenshot from XDA! Also unfortunately, HTC has since locked down HTCDev for unlocking the bootloader. That was fast >_<

    • muffnman

      I wonder if VZW can retroactively nail those of us who already got unlocked. Think it’s possible? Some sort of OTA voodoo?

  • Scott

    HTC Dev doesn’t seem to be working any longer

  • MetroGnome711

    Anyone wanna give a poor guy some help with fastboot drivers?

  • Nathaniel Newman

    Well now I’m torn between the HTC One and the Droid Maxx. Got the Galaxy S4. But like to have a second phone to swap to.

  • tyguy829

    STAHP IT KELLEN. You are making it so hard to resist this phone. must hold out….

    • jose

      For what? I couldn’t wait any longer! I don’t see anything else as a better option coming out in the near future that isn’t a phablet so I pulled the trigger.

      • possomcrast

        I picked one up too. It was the best phone available (arguably) on any network. It’s also one of the lower priced off-contact phones on verizon which makes my upgrade in February open for safe keeping if something THAT much better is released.

      • possomcrast1

        I picked one up too. It was the best phone available (arguably) on any network. It’s also one of the lower priced off-contact phones on Verizon which leaves my upgrade in February open for safe keeping if something THAT much better is released.

  • AndrewScottRox

    Probably a dumb question: so, after unlocking and rooting, is there a rom or image for the Google Experience for this phone? Essentially, making it the same as the one in the Play Store but on Verizon?

    • T4rd

      I don’t think there is for the Verizon One yet, but I can almost guarantee you that there will be a GE ROM available for it pretty quickly.

  • jnt

    @Kellex is this still your favorite device after the Moto X now?

    • My list at this point probably goes: Moto X, Galaxy S4 GPE, then One with Sense.

      • AndrewScottRox

        So for Verizon customers, would you exclude the S4 or keep the list the same sans GPE?

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          Touchwiz is pretty bad on the S4. The “kitchen sink” approach to their features adds a lot of bulk that bogs it down from time to time, and the visual style is virtually unchanged for the last 3 years. Sense, on the other hand, has really been updated and pared down the last few iterations, and Sense 5 (while still confusing at times) is greatly improved.
          The Maxx throws a wrench in the Verizon-only ranks though, since its essentially trading ergonomics and style for 50% more battery, wireless charging, and more internal storage for $100 more. Factor in the free 6 months of GPMAA for the Maxx, and that is down to $40 difference. That’s a tough sell for the Moto X, so it had better be the best feeling phone on the planet to justify getting it.

        • Marcus Trainer

          Did this last night. This is the way the phone should have been out of the box…


      • jnt

        no HTC One GPE? I guess you like what Sense adds then? Thanks for the input, was curious!

      • IanGillespie

        Can you tell me which has better sound quality out of the headphone jack? I have the S4 and the volume fluctuations and overall low volume are pretty brutal. Thinking of selling this and getting either Moto X or Maxx or maybe even the one. I’m torn now…

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          The One has a dedicated amplifier/DAC for the headphones/speakers. The Moto X runs all of its audio through its NLP core. So, between the two, its probably a wash as to which has the better sound.

          • IanGillespie

            Thanks for the help. I think I’m gonna check out the X

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Take a pair of nice headphones to a Best Buy and give them a listen for yourself. They should have AT&T versions tomorrow, and there should be no difference in quality between that and the Verizon version.

          • My best buys don’t have the phones on…EVER.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Yeah it can be hit and miss for older phones, but most of the new ones will have at least one working model. And you can always ask an associate to get one turned on.

  • SparkysShocker

    Oh how tempting…if only not for the ugly hard navbar

  • LOL this 6 month old phone.

    • Ian


    • Gnex

      Please die already.

  • PuttsMoBilesiCit


    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Not sure this applies

      • PuttsMoBilesiCit

        First day, unlocked (granted HTC did that for you) rooted, and already a custom recovery that works? that’s pretty quick just for launch day.

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          The device yes, but the software is still tweaked for Verizon’s network.

          It’ll be interesting to see how long it takes to get a GPE ROM working.

      • Blue Sun

        Just wait… VZW to release “Security” enhancement patch shortly.

    • A Whale’s Vagina

      Terrible use of Ron Burgundy.

  • jnt

    My only concern with the One on VZW vs. the S4 or (obviously) Maxx is battery life… I had one on T-Mobile and it was solid – but that was without LTE…

    • T4rd

      LTE is no longer a power hog since it has been integrated into the same chip in the last couple generations of phones.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        Battery life is incredibly subjective, and while the new LTE chips are more efficient, they still aren’t at the same level as HSPA+ chips, as LTE is a less mature technology. So, I’d definitely expect a 10-15% drop moving from a T-Mobile/AT&T One to a Verizon One.

        That said, it shouldn’t be that bad overall. None of the 2013 devices seem to have battery issues like the GNex and Razr do, which is really nice and allows you to focus on other factors.

  • Justtyn Hutcheson

    See Verizon? This is what happens when you leave a device open. Its not hurting your network, and people can start playing with their new toy immediately at no cost to you. Too bad this will be as far as it goes though, as I’m sure that little hole is being plugged @ HTC as soon as possible.

    Worse, I know there is no way Motorola will be this careless with the X or Ultra/Maxx.

    • Tim Buchanan

      What I don’t understand is why Verizon doesn’t encourage this stuff! If you void the warranty and brick your phone, they can say, “Tough sh*t. You shouldn’t have done that. Your new phone will be $699. Pay at the register.” Seems like a good business model to me.

      • Brandon Hadley

        One of the possible reasons is because after some people do things to their phone and mess it up, they then expect Verizon to replace their phone for them. Not many people say oh well I messed up let me head on down and pay full retail for another phone…

        • T4rd

          I think this is the one and only reason. But if they were smart, then they would just come up with some method of detecting bootloader tampering with little or no special equipment. It would be cool (well not really, but better than encrypting it and giving us no option) if they had some physical/audible indicator on the phone like they do with the moisture indicators that shows that the bootloader has been tampered with. It would basically be irreversable and be very easy to check. But it would also have to ensure that there weren’t any false positives to prevent very disgruntled customers that truly didn’t (knowingly) tamper with the phone.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            The best way is by sharing a database with the device manufacturer. The manufacturer offers the unlock service and ties it to your MEID. During a service call, they just have to ping the manufacturer’s database with a quick query to see if it was unlocked. Comes back positive, you need to send it in or take it to a store so they can determine if it was software or hardware failure. I.e., you took the risk by unlocking the bootloader (each site has you click through a ton of warnings before issuing the unlock code to the device), now you have make the effort to fix it.

            Seems fair to me.

          • evltwn

            Called Motorola about a software problem, and told them I had never rooted my MAXX HD. The CSR confirmed that the phone had not been rooted. Motorola knows when you root your phone.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Yes they do. It has been established via the “qe 0/0” shown on the recovery screen that that is a representation of an internal value that Motorola uses to prove whether a device has been rooted. 1/1 is currently rooted, 0/1 is previously rooted, 0/0 is never rooted.

            The issue at hand is that Motorola can’t/won’t share that info with Verizon’s CSR team, so Verizon will never know if it was rooted or not. Of course, that was before the “remote diagnostic” app was coming preloaded, so Verizon may be getting that info straight from your handset now.

            In which case, if they have a way of finding out whether your phone was rooted or not, then they can adjust their support offered accordingly. So, their customer service excuse for not unlocking is proven to be less onerous than they say it is.

          • evltwn

            Actually Motorola didn’t have my phone in their possession when they confirmed that it had not been rooted. They have the ability to tap into your phone, and see if you have rooted it. They then can void the manufacturer warranty.

          • evltwn

            Actually Motorola didn’t have my phone in their possession when they confirmed that it had not been rooted. They have the ability to tap into your phone, and see if you have rooted it. They then can void the manufacturer warranty.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Sorry if I was unclear, the “qe 0/0” is just an on-device indication. Motorola has been able to ping your phone and get quite a bit of information, including whether it is or ever was rooted, since their ICS updates. Remote diagnostics are pretty much standard now on all devices from all OEMs, as it can greatly speed their customer service especially as you move up in tech support tiers. If you read through Motorola’s Privacy Policy, it’s all in there, including what data is available to them and when they can access or collect it.

          • flosserelli

            Interesting stuff, thanks for sharing. I always knew hardware manufacturers could peep into your phone but I didn’t know the details.

          • mrwufpack

            But that would probably also prevent people from using TEP on their phones that were otherwise messed up by something not related to unlocking the bootloader. I could see them denying claims on broken screens or phones dropped in water because of the bootloader having been unlocked.

            It’s the case of the idiots ruining it for the rest of us. But thankfully there are some xda hackers to the rescue! 🙂

          • michael arazan

            Or just put a warning label on the phone, on the box, in the manual, and in the contract, and say At Your Own Risk & This Breaks Warranty

      • true that man…

    • T4rd

      But then they wouldn’t be able to give you the absolute best customer support when you brick your phone! /s
      As if any root user would go to their carrier for help for anything. XDA or even the comments section here would be exponentially more helpful than 95% of Verizon’s CS reps.

  • jose

    Unlocking as soon as it shows up tomorrow. And with HTC’s new unlock process, there’s no need for S-Off. An unlocked HTC One leaves it as open as any Nexus device as explained by Koush:


    • Tim242

      I’m no fan of the One, mainly due to the camera. But, it’s good to see that the ones that get the One, can play. The playground is OPEN!

      • Sniperking

        Due to the camera? HAVE YOU SEEN THE PHOTOS IT TAKES? Incredible! better low light photos then the s4 too!

        • Tim242

          Yes, I’ve seen. I work in a cell phone store. I want pics to be great outside in natural light. The One fails miserably at that. The S4 has a night mode that takes low light pics just as good as the One.

  • drwolcot

    already done… easy as pie… just now waiting for a GPE ROM port