HTC One M8 is one of the best Android based smartphones that are currently available on the market. The phone comes with high end specs and features, the performances being more than decent in that matter, even if we are talking about an advanced Android user. But, if you really want to take full advantage of your new smartphone, you should consider in unchaining its internal system and in performing other operations. Well, in order to help you out, I will show you how to easily gain S-Off on your new HTC One M8.
Gaining S-Off represents a complex and custom operation so it is recommended only for the advanced users, who want to power up the performances or customize the looks of their 2014 HTC One. Anyway, if you are a newbie, but you want to turn S-Off on your Android smartphone, don’t worry as this tutorial will easily guide you through the unlocking process. Of course, read all the guidelines from below and try not to mess things up; if something bad happens, you might end up in bricking your HTC One M8. Also, before going any further the best will be to learn more about the S-Off term; in that matter don’t hesitate and read the following tutorial: “What is S-Off and How Can you tell if Your Phone Has S-Off / S-On”.
In a few words, S-On means that your HTC One M8 is featuring factory and default restrictions meaning that you can’t have control over your phone’s internal system or over its Android OS. When you first by an Android HTC device, it will be delivered with S turned On, just like a default setting. Thus, if you want to obtain more power from your handset, you will have to gain S-Off by yourself. As you can already tell, this operation isn’t official which means that by completing the same you will be losing your HTC warranty – it can be restored as soon as you install the stock Android OS on your 2014 HTC One.
Now, you should know what you can do once you gain S-Off on your HTC One M8. Mainly you will be able to tweak your device as you can choose to install a custom recovery image, to unlock the bootloader, to install a custom ROM firmware, to overclock the CPU, remove the bloatware and lot more. Basically by having access to the internal system of your device you will be able to make any changes you will want as your phone will become your new playground. Therefore, as you can already see, completing this process is a must have, especially if you are an advanced Android user.
Since this a complex and also risky operation, before applying the steps from below you should backup your data, especially the info which is saved on the internal storage of your device – in rare cases while gaining S-off the data might get corrupted. So, on your HTC One M8 use compatible backup and restore apps from Google Play and save everything that’s important to you, including contacts list, call logs, text message, market apps, internet settings and personal info, data and accounts.
On the other hand, the steps from below will work only if you have a rooted HTC One M8; so before doing anything else root your Android smartphone by following a compatible step by step guide – else you can end up in damaging the system of your handset and since the warranty will get void, you probably don’t want that to happen. Now, gaining root access along with gaining S-Off represents the first steps to apply when thinking in tweaking your One M8, so don’t hesitate and complete these procedures.
Also, on your phone you need to enable the USB debugging option(by going to menu – settings – developer options) before heading to the proper unlocking guide. On that same matter a Windows powered computer will be required and on the same you should deactivate the security protection (just temporarily disable antivirus and antimalware protection) or else you might have problems while trying to complete the steps from this tutorial. It is important to charge your phone, especially if the battery status indicates less than 50% power left – if your handset gets turned off in the middle of the unlocking process it might also get bricked.
This step by step guide is compatible only with the HTC One M8; use the steps from below for gaining S-Off only if you own the mentioned Android smartphone. Also, be careful when completing the following guidelines and try not to mess things up (don’t apply anything by yourselves, just stick to the steps).
How to Easily Gain S-Off on HTC One M8
- On your computer download Android SDK and install fastboot: install Android SDK on Windows, or set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux.
- Also, on your computer download the firewater exploit from here and save the same on the ADB folder.
- Connect your HTC One M8 with your computer by pluggin in the USB cord.
- Go to your adb folder and there open a command prompt window (press shift keyboard key and right click on a blank space; then choose “open command prompt window here”).
- On the cmd window type the following commands: “adb reboot”; “adb wait-for-device push firewater /data/local/tmp”; “adb shell”; “su”; “chmod 755 /data/local/tmp/firewater”; “/data/local/tmp/firewater”.
- In the end agree with the prompt by typing “yes”.
- Finally, in cmd type “exit”; “exit”; “adb reboot bootloader”.
- Your HTC One M8 will automatically reboot so you are done.
That was all for today; now you know how to easily gain S-Off on your HTC One M8. If you can’t apply the steps from above or if you need extra help on that matter, don’t hesitate and use the comments field from below in order to share your issues with us and with our readers. Also, stay close as we will also show you how to update your HC One M8 with a custom ROM firmware and how to improve the performances of your Android smartphone.