How to Root HTC One SV on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Stock Firmware

Boost Mobile HTC One SV is receiving the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update recently and bring the joyfulness to HTC One SV users who waiting Jelly Bean update for so long. In overall, HTC One SV performs quite well in all aspect as a mid-range Android smartphone and should deserve the Jelly Bean upgrade officially. Nevertheless, I think most of the HTC One SV users may already try out newer Android OS on the device with the help of 3rd party developers. It is done by flashing custom rom based on system dump file of other flagship device which normally receive latest Android update earlier.

If you are about to flash back to stock Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, you might lose the root access to the system file after the official update. Here comes the picture to have your device rooted after the Jelly Bean update. This method is proven to be workable on Ice Cream Sandwich previously by XDA members and it supports Jelly Bean too. Of course, different recovery file is to be used on HTC One SV running stock Jelly Bean firmware.

In this tutorial, we will have to unlock bootloader of HTC One SV, which is the very first step. Custom recovery for HTC One SV (CWM) is also available for download and install. And eventually, you will have the full root access to your HTC One SV. Check out our post regarding the benefits of root before start and if you still have doubt to begin.

HTC One SV is equipped with 1.2GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 processor and 1GB RAM. It comes with a 4.3 inch Super LCD2 capacitive touchscreen which is prefect for single hand operation. In addition, HTC One SV featuring a 5MP rear camera that support face detection as well as a 1.6MP front camera suitable for video chat. It comes with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich firmware and upgradable to Android 4.1.2.

Unlock Bootloader, Custom Recovery and How To Root HTC One SV

Disclaimer: It’s always a risk to modify your device. We, Android Teen are not responsible for any damage or bricks on your device. Your device warranty may void with any mod. Check your devices warranty’s term & conditions before start. (HTC,Samsung, LG, Sony, Motorola). Use this guide on your own risk, contact us for help if you face problem.

Pre-requisites & Requirements

  1. HTC One SV (Ensure correct device model and firmware; Check device model – Go to Settings -> About Device -> Model Number)
  2. Windows-based computer or laptop
  3. Download HTC One SV USB driver for Windows and install in your computer.
  4. Connect device to computer with USB cable to complete installation.
  5. Skip this step if you have installed the USB driver.
  6. Enable USB Debugging on your device. How to Enable USB Debugging Mode on Android Devices.
  7. Make sure your phone is charged to 60% 80% to avoid battery blackout and interruption during this tutorial.
  8. We recommend you make a backup on your data and media files before the tutorial. You may restore the data and files if necessary.

Reminder: Ensure you make a backup before proceed. Unlock bootloader will erase everything inside your device. Besides that, ensure you meet the requirements before proceed. Contact us if you face problem.

Download

  1. ClockWorkMod Recovery (trecag.img | 7.3 MB) – Source
  2. Root Tools (Superuser-3.1.3-arm-signed.zip | 1.26MB)

Instructions:

  1. Unlock HTC One bootloader. Proceed to official HTC Dev website and unlock your device.
  2. Proceed after you have successfully unlocked the bootloader.
  3. Setup fastboot in your computer if you do not have it. (How to setup ADB and Fastboot driver with Android SDK)
  4. Once you have completed the setup, copy adb.exe, AdbWinApi.dll from C:\\android-sdk-windows\platform-tools and fastboot.exe in C:\\android-sdk-windows\tools to a new folder at the desktop, renamed it as fastboot.
  5. Connect your device to computer.
  6. Download Superuser-3.1.3-arm-signed.zip and place it to the external SD card on your device.
  7. Unplug and power off your device.
  8. Enter HBoot Mode by pressing and hold the Volume Down key and Power button.
  9. Navigate and select Fastboot with Volume Up and Down button and use Power button to select.
  10. Connect your device to computer.
  11. Download trecag.img and copy it to the C:/fastboot folder in computer. Rename it to recovery.img.
  12. In computer, open Command Prompt windows. (To OpenCommand Prompt –>Windows Logo–> Type CMD in search box –>Enter)
  13. Type cd C:\fastboot in the command prompt windows to navigate to your fastboot folder.
  14. Type fastboot flash recovery recovery.img to flash the recovery *.img file to your device.
  15. Type fastboot reboot-bootloader and fastboot erase cache.
  16. Press and hold Power button to turn off your device.
  17. Enter HBoot Mode by pressing and hold the Volume Down key and Power button.
  18. Navigate and select Recovery with Volume Up and Down button and use Power button to select.
  19. In Recovery home menu, select install zip from sdcard, then select choose zip from internal sdcard.
  20. Select Superuser-3.1.3-arm-signed.zip and click Yes to install.
  21. Back to Recovery home menu, select reboot system now.
  22. Your device shall reboot with root installed.
  23. Download root checker to check your root status OR open your applications drawer and you should see SuperSU is installed.

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