If you went ahead and got yourself a new phone from US telecom giant AT&T, congrats on the choice? The HTC One X is a fantastic handheld, and we'll be hearing more on it, that's for sure. AS with most Android devices, full power and tweaking potential is unleashed with the help of a root. This process will allow you to install multiple apps that require rooting -- just check our website for some suggested top apps and you'll notice that most require a rooted Android on your HTC (or any other Android device such for that matter of fact).
Note that this guide is intended only for AT&T powered HTC One X phones. Do not attempt rooting as per the steps below if you own an International or Unlocked HTC!
As always, make sure you have your device's battery well charged, and note that the full warranty will be voided by rooting the OS. Your HTC One X is powered by the ICS 4.0.3 firmware, new and shiny at the time of this article's conception.
FRIENDLY DISCLAIMER: Before you commence the rooting process of your device, please note than rooting the OS on your device may partially or fully void the warranty. Furthermore, any issues or damage that may occur due to rooting your device by incorrectly following this guide will not hold Android.gs responsible.
If you wish to cancel or reverse the root, just restore factory settings or reinstall the original Android version. Keep in mind that once successfully rooted, your HTC One X will keep receiving updates from AT&T.
Do these before we get going with rooting your AT&T-spawned HTC One X
- Backup your stuff
Text messages – Use the “SMS Backup & Restore app”,
Phone Contacts – Sync with Gmail, this is probably on already on your device, but it’s worth the effort to double check; enable it if the sync is not enabled
Pictures, Music, Videos, Files etc.– Copy to internal / External SD Card. Another method is to e-mail them to yourself, if the numbers are not high
Internet & MUMS Settings – Backup all the settings from the path “Applications >Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names” (right them down if you feel that's best)
Call History - If you feel your call log is important and don't want to loose this information, we recommend this cool app here. It will solve this issue for you, guaranteed.
- Disable any antivirus software on your computer, and uninstall the antivirus on your Android device, in case you employ one. in your device as these tools generally tend to interrupt the process of firmware update;
- You should have the admin rights in your PC along with the active USB ports with full read/write access on them;
- Make sure you have your battery levels up, above 50%, to make sure the device doesn't run out of steam in the middle of some potentially vital processes. This is an important step, and should be carrier beforehand as some rooting procedures imply the phone can not be plugged it for charging during the ordeal.
Ready? Take another look at the above, take a breath, grab a Coke (I actually do not endorse sweetened beverages, Android.gs strongly advises you drink water! dixit). On we ride then...
How to Root it up
First and foremost, download the required files that will make the root possible on your HTC One X. Not many, not too big, not too hard to use. Love Android, don't ya?
- Download and install the HTC Drivers on your phone;
- Next, you now need to download this here Rooting Zip file and save it somewhere on you computer (some good old "New Folder" on the desktop works fine);
- Connect your phone to the computer, using an USB data cable. Extract the Root.zip file you previously saved on your PC, and then click on the root.bat/root-linux.sh/root-mac.sh to run the script file in your computer. This will initiate the process. Allow it some time.
If no warning message was thrown your way, Done! You have now successfully rooted your AT&T powered HTC One X.