How To: Root the HTC Droid Eris (Unrevoked Method)

I. Before You Begin

1. This is the easiest method available to root.

2. This method will also flash a custom recovery image so you can start flashing ROMs immediately.

3. This should work on all Android versions up to, and including, Android 2.2 (Froyo).

4. Install HTC Sync if you haven’t already THEN Uninstall it (it will leave behind some drivers we need but we need it to not be installed when we do the rooting process).

II. Root and Flash a Custom Recovery Image

1. Download the Unrevoked Rooting App

Unrevoked (Updated 09.20.10)

2. Install the HBoot Drivers: click here and download the drivers and install them manually.

3. Once the drivers are successfully installed, double click the Reflash program to open it.

4. Once the driver is successfully installed, turn off the phone by taking out the battery and putting it back in. Then push power to turn it on and get it to the normal home screen.

5. On your computer, right click the Reflash file and run as administrator. It should open Unrevoked and say “waiting for device”.

6. On your phone, click Menu > Settings > Applications > Development > and make sure USB Debugging is checked ON.

7. Plug in your phone into your computer via usb cable. 8. It should automatically locate your phone that is plugged in and you can just follow the prompts to continue. 9. Done! You are rooted and have a custom recovery image!

III. (Optional) Load a Custom ROM

1. Head over to our How To Load a Custom ROM procedure. Big thanks to the Unrevoked Team!

  • Aaron

    does this work on mac?

  • Krmedeirosgames

    I am able to get through the entire process on my HTC Eris until Unrevoked 3.22 tries to reboot the phone. It then says “Communication with the phone unexpectedly interupted”. Any idea how to fix this problem?

  • Scottroth1

    can anyone help, im good to go until the Reflash loses communication… fix?

  • Jasonlune

    As of my test unrevoked has changed to a version that doesn’t work with 2.1, you can download an older version and read about it here: http://androidforums.com/aria-all-things-root/248603-unrevoked-error-am-reported-error-starting-service.html

  • mike

    I have the eris running 2.1 and a mac running osx. I downloaded the dmg file to my desktop, transferred it to my phone’s sd card, and followed the process for restarting my phone while pressing the volume down button. When it showed the boot screen, it never said it was searching for the file and no bar showed up on the right. I was able to restart my phone, but the root didn’t go through. Any suggestions???

  • D_locke01

    My Eris does not show the usb boot?

  • D_locke01

    My Eris does not show the usb boot?

  • Towneriver

    this is not the easiest way the easiest is right on the market its called eris 1 click root. it’s so simple all tou do is download app open it say agree(press button). reboot. turn off and hold power button and up or down on the volume rocker and go to falsh zip and flash the file andreboot once done and wala.

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  • The Legend

    I couldn’t help but notice the unrevoked method for the legend does not exist anymore, what is the reason for this?
    Also can i apply any of these other “unrevoked” rooting how-to’s to my Legend?

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  • Michael

    I get this error message when I try to load a rom. I have done the unrevoked method and have followed all instructions . I get this message :
    e: can’t open /cache/recovery/command
    The wiping of the cache and dat works but it can’t load or recognize any zip files.

    Can someone help me.

  • Mauricio

    hey! my droid eris doesnt turn on, when i press the turn on buttom, it stays where the 3 little guys are in skatebords, it seems like my phone doesnt have OS! i tried this method but it cant load the file… idk what to do, do u know whats my problem or better, how to fix it?

    thnk u!

  • Nateme94

    my computer says that htc boot loader is the most up to date driver and wont let me change it.

  • hana ya

    OK I’m not an idiot and thought the people posting before me just weren’t following step 2. So I went through it and damn sure enough have the same problem. When hitting volume/power, it brings up the screen like you show in the vid but does NOT have that HBOOT USB option below the SIMLOCK. Your phone already shows that before you plug in the phone. How did it get there? If we are supposed to “manually install” it, how do we do this? Do we put it on the SD card and run it or something? The link to the HBOOT USB instructions just says ”
    Download the unrEVOked
    modified USB driver and expand it somewhere you will remember.” and nothing further about installed. Please elaborate? :(

    • http://theunlockr.com David Cogen

      There is a lot more instructions on the HBoot Driver page then just expand it somewhere. Please check that page again (there’s about 10 other steps after that).

  • metlcat

    Do not use this method to root your Eris.  This has cause so many problems for people that it should not be attempted.  For the safest and best way to root your Eris, google “universal eris root for dummies”

    ClockworkMod does not play well with the Eris in some instances, and has caused some people to brick their phone.  Please use a method that will install Amon_Ra recovery.

  • Ckellis2

    the reflash works all the way till the reboot and it says “communications unexpectedly interrupted,try again” any ideas?

  • Anonymous

    Very new to this…1) Which of these ROMS  would you recommend, why?2) After installing new ROM will market, gmail. etc still work? Will I be able to access “paid” applications3) I am assuming that ‘rooting” the device, and flashing the “rom” are separate things, and that “rooting” will not resolve any “issues” with phone, the new ROM will fix the issues..correct?4) Any tips or guidance beyond what is provided on this site would be greatly appropriated…

  • Mismoloko

    thanx alooooooooot