The first steps to complete when looking forward in tweaking your Android device are rooting and installing a custom recovery image for replacing the stock recovery tool. Considering these aspects, during the present tutorial I will show you how to easily root and install CWM / TWRP / Philz Recovery on the Sprint version of the HTC One – model number M7spr. So, for the proper procedure check the steps from below; first read all the lines included in this guide for learning everything that’s related to the root and flashing CWM recovery operations.
Gaining root access is addressed to those who are trying to unlock their Android devices. The root access means that the factory and default restrictions are being removed. The same will happen on your Sprint HTC One if you will complete this tutorial. But, since rooting is an unofficial procedure, there are both advantages and negative aspects linked to the same.
First, let’s see why you should root your Sprint HTC One. First, if you root your One you will be able to access its internal system and its firmware. So, after rooting you will be able to remove in built programs, customize and optimize the system and the OS, upgrade the battery life and the performances and more. Then, on an unchained system you will be able to update with a custom ROM software and flash a custom kernel for enabling overclocking on your Sprint HTC One.
These are only few advantages that come with a rooted smartphone. But, what scares most of the users is the warranty detail. Unfortunately, by completing the root process, the warranty gets void. You shouldn’t panic though as if you use tested methods it’s unlikely to experience unpleasant situations. Furthermore, the best is that the warranty can be restored once you downgrade your One to stock Jelly Bean OS, or once you flash an official Android update – manually because on unlocked systems the OTA releases can’t be received or applied.
On the other hand, flashing a custom recovery image, in our case CWM, TWRP or Philz recovery (you can choose one of the mentioned tools, all being available for your Sprint HTC One) is being required when dealing with custom ROMs, or custom firmwares. The .zip updates can be installed only by using a custom recovery image. Also, the custom recovery can be used on operations like: backup, restore, wipe, update, maintenance, customization, optimization and lot more. As you can see, installing CWM, TWRP or Philz recovery on your HTC One is a must have; fortunately for you now you can learn how to do both: rooting and replacing the stock recovery with a custom one.
For this tutorial, a computer will be required and you will have to use your phone and its official USB cable. Since you will have to connect the devices, on your HTC One go to “Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging” and enable the last option – the USB debugging box must be checked. Also, the process will take a while so you must charge your device before going any further – complete this step especially if on your phone there is less than 60% power left. Finally, you should ensure that on your computer there are no security tools installed – temporarily deactivate the security protection.
Don’t forget to do a backup as your data might get wiped out. Use suitable backup and restore apps from Google Play for saving everything that you might need and use afterwards. After rooting and installing a custom recovery image you will be able to backup your Sprint HTC one easier and faster, but until then do a classic backup.
How to flash CWM / TWRP or Philz Recovery on Sprint HTC One
- Android SDK along with fastboot must be installed on your computer; learn how to install Android SDK on Windows or how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux.
- Turn off your handset.
- Reboot it in bootloader mode (press Volume Down and Power buttons together for a few seconds) and from there select “fastboot” in order to enter the fastboot mode.
- Download the package from here and save the file on your computer.
- Unzip the file on desktop.
- Connect your handset with the computer via USB cord.
- On your desktop go to the “DV_Sprint-HTC-One“ folder and open a command prompt window: press and hold shift key on your computer’s keyboard and while doing the same right click on a blank space inside the folder and choose “open command prompt window here”.
- In the cmd window type: for installing CWM recovery “fastboot flash recovery recovery-clockwork-188.8.131.52-m7spr.img”; for flashing CWM recovery touch “fastboot flash recovery recovery-clockwork-touch-184.108.40.206-m7spr.img”; for applying TWRP recovery “fastboot flash recovery openrecovery-twrp-220.127.116.11-m7wls.img”; while for flashing Philz Recovery you need to enter “fastboot flash recovery philz_touch_5.08.5-m7spr.img”.
- Perfect, you have installed a custom recovery on your Sprint HTC One.
How to Root Sprint HTC One
- First, on your computer download the root package from here.
- Connect the devices (your phone with the computer) and place the downloaded file on your phone’s SD card.
- Remove the USB cable.
- Turn off your One.
- Now press the Power and Volume Down buttons at the same time for booting into bootloader mode; from there select “recovery”.
- By using the recovery menu select “install zip from SD card” followed by “choose zip from SD card”.
- Pick the root package from the SD card.
- Start the flashing operation.
- Wait while your phone is being rooted.
- When the process stops, from recovery return to main menu and select “reboot system now”.
That was all; now your Sprint HTC One has been rooted and installed with a custom recovery image (CWM / TWRP or Philz Recovery). You can update with a custom ROM firmware or you can even consider in bumping the speeds by overclocking your Android device. Stay close and use our dedicated step by step guides and Android related tips and tricks.