How to Overclock HTC One

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Even though the HTC One is one of the most powerful Android based smartphone available on the market, by overclocking its CPU you can obtain more from your device. Actually, by overclocking your Android device you will bump the speeds and you will run your HTC One on a higher level of power. So, if you want to learn more about the overclocking process, about its benefits and then if you want to check how to do it for your One, read and apply the present step by step guide.

Overclocking your Android handset is similar with the classic overclock operation that is usually performed on a computer. In a few words, you will change the CPU frequency so that you can receive more power from your device. After completing this task your phone will run faster and you will be enjoy an improved Jelly Bean experience.

But be careful when adjusting the frequency as you can burn the processor. Also if you increase the frequency to high then you will have battery drain issues. As a recommendation, the best will be to increase the frequency with only 10-20%. In that way you can ensure that nothing bad happens while your HTC One will operate on more power.

For checking further info related to the overclocking procedure, read our dedicated step by step guide (by using the link from above). Then, return here and resume the rest of the tutorial and learn how to bump the speeds of your HTC One.

Now, if you want to improve the performances and also optimize and customize the Jelly Bean firmware, I recommend you to update your HTC One with a custom ROM firmware and then overclock the CPU. By completing these operations you will be able to use your phone on its full power, without dealing with factory and default restrictions.

Of course since the overclock operation is unofficial, you have to first prepare your handset. And the first thing to start with is the backup. As you will see, you will have to perform complex procedures that will probably wipe the data which is stored on your HTC One. That’s why, before doing anything else, complete a full backup (later, make also a Nandroid backup for saving the current ROM).

Up next, proceed by rooting your One. All the following procedures can be applied only if you had previously rooted the system of your phone. So, gain root access and be aware while doing so as the warranty will get void. Restoring the warranty will imply in downgrading to stock Jelly Bean OS or in updating with an official Android software – which will be applied manually as the OTA releases can’t be flashed on rooted devices.

Besides, the rest of the pre requisites are referring to general preparations like: you need to use a computer, your device and its USB cable; on the computer there shouldn’t be installed any security tools; you must enable the USB debugging option on your phone; you must charge the battery of your HTC One.

Now, during the following section of this guide we will be checking how to flash a custom kernel on your One. Without doing that you will not be able to overclock your device. Take note though that if your handset is currently running on a custom ROM firmware, then the overclock capability might be already enabled. In that case, skip the next section and head straight to the last one, where we will be checking how to overclock the HTC One.

How to Install a custom kernel on HTC One

  1. Download the kernel on your computer – place it on desktop.
  2. Use the link from here for downloading the kernel.
  3. Don’t unzip the file.
  4. Place the kernel on your device – first connect the phone with the computer.
  5. Then enter your One in recovery mode.
  6. Use the recovery mode menu for applying the kernel – select “install zip from SD card” and “choose zip from SD card”.
  7. Return to recovery and select “reboot system now”.
  8. If your One will get stuck in a boot loop, reboot in recovery again and select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition” – this should resolve the problems.

That’s it now you have applied all the pre requisites. Therefore, you are almost done. The last thing to do is to overclock your Android device. Do remember first to apply these steps only for the HTC One as the tutorial is being compatible only with the same.

How to Overclock HTC One

  1. Go on Google Play.
  2. From there download one of the following apps on your HTC One: SetCPU, or AnTuTu CPU Master.
  3. Install the app on your device.
  4. Then run the same.
  5. Next, follow the prompts and adjust the frequency.
  6. Remember to increase the frequency with only 10-20%, else you will have to deal with battery drain issues.
  7. In the end, just close the app and you are done.

Congratulations, you have upgraded your HTC One. Now your device will offer improved performances and you will be able to run 3D games, watch HD movies, enjoy multitasking and more. So, did everything go as explained, or you had encountered issues on your way? If there were problems, try to resolve the same by using our dedicated step by step guide.

  • Kim Risch Casey

    I’m actually very happy with the speed of my One. My last phone was an HTC Inspire, and this one does cartwheels around my last one. I’m no techie, obviously…