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Root Verizon HTC One and Install CWM / TWRP Recovery using one-click method

The Verizon model of HTC One can be finally rooted and installed with a custom recovery image and this all thanks to those of xda-developers who are providing the tools that are being used on this tutorial. So, if you want to unlock the system of your smartphone by gaining root access and if you want to replace the stock recovery with CWM or TWRP recovery, use the guidelines from below. Do note that this guide is compatible only with the Verizon HTC One though – applying the guide on a different handset will brick your Android based device.

The root access should be the first operation to make when trying to tweak your HTC One. The One is a high end Android based phone that comes with impressive specs and features (due to its performances, HTC managed to come with a device that can compete with Samsung’s latest flagship, the Galaxy S4) but you can’t use your smartphone on full power as the factory and default restrictions will stay on your way. That’s why you need to remove those restrictions; the same can be possible only by gaining root access.

So far, root wasn’t possible for the Verizon HTC One; fortunately for us the devs had found a lack in the OS so now you can use a one-click root solution for unchaining your Verizon device. Since you will apply a one-click root method, the tutorial will be easy to complete, rooting your HTC One taking only a minute. Be careful to follow all the lines from this tutorial though as the process is still risky and complex and might damage your handset if not properly used.

Furthermore, as you know, the root access makes the warranty lost. So, by completing the steps from below and by using the one-click root method, the Verizon HTC One warranty will get void. That’s why you need to stick to the guidelines from below – don’t mess things up and everything will be fine.

Now, as already stated, this tutorial can also be used for installing a custom recovery image on your smartphone. A custom recovery must be used only if you want to deal with complex operations, like installing a custom ROM, or flashing a custom kernel; else the stock recovery will work just fine. This guide will show you how to easily flash CWM or TWRP recovery on the Verizon HTC One. CWM recovery is the most used custom recovery by the Android users, the tool being available for almost all the smartphones and tablets available on the market. On the other hand, TWRP recovery represents the improved version of CWM recovery as it comes with a touch interface in addition to the classic one and with a more user friendly interface. So, choose the tool that suits the best with your demands and with your Verizon HTC One.

In order to succeed in completing this tutorial, you will first have to prepare your HTC One for the installation process that will follow. Because of that you have to apply the pre requisites from the following list.

  • Backup your data because it might get wiped out or corrupted. Save everything you need and use dedicated tools from Google Play for making a proper backup. Don’t forget to save your contacts, messages, call logs or market apps and basically all that’s saved on the internal storage memory of your phone.
  • A computer will be required on which you have to deactivate the antivirus, antimalware and Firewall protection; the security tools might interfere with the operations that you will apply.
  • On the computer install Android SDK: install Android SDK on Windows, or set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux.
  • On the same computer your phone’s drivers must be installed; if not, flash them now.
  • Your Verizon HTC One and its USB cable must also be near you as you will use both for connecting your device with the computer – else you will not be able to root and install CWM / TWRP recovery.
  • On your handset the USB debugging box should be checked; you can enable the option by going to “Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging”.
  • Since the installation process from below will take a while, your device should have enough battery life for avoiding the unpleasant situations (if the smartphone gets turned off in the middle of the root operation then you will risk in bricking the same); so if the battery status indicates less than 60% power left, before starting the steps from below, plug in the charger.

How to Root Verizon HTC One and Install CWM / TWRP Recovery using one-click method

First, let’s see how to install TWRP or CWM recovery on your HTC One:

  1. First, get the tool you prefer: download CWM recovery from here; download TWRP recovery from here.
  2. Place the file on the computer.
  3. Remember that Android SDK must be installed on your computer.
  4. Now, copy the .img file on the same folder as Android SDK Fastboot.
  5. On the same folder open a command prompt window (press “shift” key on keyboard along with right click on an empty space; then select “open command prompt window here”).
  6. On the cmd window that will be displayed type: “fastboot flash recovery openrecovery-cwm-” or “fastboot flash recovery openrecovery-twrp-”.
  7. Turn off your device.
  8. Reboot by pressing on volume down and power buttons at the same time.
  9. Download mode should be reached.
  10. With the phone booted in download mode, connect the HTC One with the computer via USB cable.
  11. The recovery image will now be installed on your smartphone.
  12. When the flashing process stops from your phone select “reboot bootloader”.
  13. Proceed to the next section of this tutorial.

Good, now your Verizon HTC One is running on a custom recovery image; so let’s see how to root your phone.

  1. Download the root package from here; place the file on your computer.
  2. Connect your HTC One with the computer via USB cable.
  3. Copy-paste the root package from the computer to your phone.
  4. Unplug the USB cable.
  5. Turn off your smartphone.
  6. Reboot in bootloader mode once more and from there this time select “reboot recovery”.
  7. From recover select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.
  8. Return to recovery menu.
  9. Select “install zip from sd card” and “choose zip from sd card”.
  10. Pick the root package.
  11. Flash the same.
  12. In the end return to recovery and select “reboot system now”.

Congratulations, you have installed CWM / TWRP recovery and rooted your Verizon HTC One. Now you can update your smartphone with a custom ROM firmware (use our dedicated tutorials for learning how to do the same), or you can bump the speeds by overclocking your Android device (similar you can upgrade the battery life by undervolting the CPU). You have suitable tutorials for your One here on Android.gs so don’t hesitate and use the same. Then return here and share your experience with us; also use the comments area from below for sharing your thoughts related to the present step by step guide.

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  • Dr. Anthony Gustin

    Do I need to have the bootloader unlocked for this? I thought they trapped that up already? Thanks.

    • Justin

      I have the same question. Not to mention the path to turn on usb debugging might need checked in your article. Thank you for your help.

      • CPUJediX

        Settings – More – Mobile Network Sharing. Select HTC Sync Manager. USB Debugging is enabled.. Now if we can get HTCdev to keep their now broken promise.

  • Techcasts

    Any more update on the comments below?

  • me me me

    Thinking about buying this phone…but won’t buy it unless I can flash another ROM. Can anyone comment if the bootloader is currently locked or unlocked on the Verizon HTC One?

  • Brennan

    Verizon has currently locked out HTCDev from unlocking our bootloaders. No bootloader unlock as of now

  • Brennan

    Just checked. This does not work on the locked bootloader Verizon One. Fails to verify signatures when installing recovery

  • Yon

    This doesn’t work on Verizon HTC One.. Fails to verify signatures…..

  • cminton

    I get the following error flashing the recovery:

    FAILED (remote: signature verify fail)

    What do I do?

  • i.void.warranties

    there is an unlock method now… check out rumrunner

  • Robertjm

    Getting a File Not Found when trying to download the CWM file.

  • Ray Bear

    This method of installing a recovery makes no sense whatsoever, and copying it letter for letter accomplishes nothing.

  • Ray Bear

    Nope. I keep trying. My One has S-Off and bootloader says it’s unlocked, but when I try to flash recovery, all I get is: “error: cannot load ‘openrecovery-twrp-'”

    So I’m guessing’ I’m not unlocked or anything, and that this entire endeavor is a waste of my time, and I just about give up!

  • Ernest

    Wow thanks. Woked perfectly for my Verizon HTC one M7. Now to update with custom ROM