How to Root the HTC Inspire 4G (Advanced Ace Hack Kit Method)

Warning: This procedure is pretty risky, please use it at your own risk.

This guide will show you how to root your AT&T Inspire 4G in a few easy steps.  By following the guide below, you will not only be rooting your Inspire 4G but also gaining S-OFF and SIM Unlock, all in one go.  We don’t need to tell you that you’ll be voiding your warranty by doing so, but there is always the option of reverting to stock if there is ever a need to.  Read on then to root and enjoy all the benefits that come with it!!

I.  Before You Begin

1.  Back up any data you feel is important before proceeding; this could include your contacts (already taken care of if you have synchronized contacts with Google) and texts (SMS Backup+ is a good option).

2.  This procedure will turn your SD card into a goldcard, so you may lose all data on your card.  Be sure to back up this data in a safe location on your PC.

3.  Uninstall HTC Sync and any drivers associated with it.  You will be installing them while rooting the device.

4.  There is a chance that you might lose sound on your Inspire 4G after doing this; this can be rectified with a custom ROM or turning S-OFF.  Stop now if you do not want to take this risk.

5.  Ensure that you have a stock Inspire 4G that has never been rooted before.

6.  You will need Administrative privileges on your Windows PC (XP, Vista or Windows 7), so make sure you are logged in with administrative rights.

II.  Files to Download

Advanced Ace Hack Kit (Updated 02.06.13)

III.  Rooting the Inspire 4G

1.  Extract the aahk-13012012.zip you downloaded above to a folder on your desktop.

2.  From the aahk-13012012\tools\windrivers folder, run HTCDriver3.0.0.007.exe; this will install the necessary drivers for the procedure to continue smoothly.

3.  Enable USB Debugging on your device.  You can do this by heading to Settings > Applications > USB Debugging and checking the tickbox next to it.

4.  Change to ‘Charge Only’ mode on your device.  To do this, head to Settings > Connect to PC and then select the default mode as ‘Charge Only.’

5.  Connect your device to your Windows PC.

6.  Run hack-ace.cmd if you are on a Windows 7/Vista desktop or hack-ace-xph.cmd if you are on Windows XP.

7.  You should now get a DOS Window with two options:

1:  Hack Ace

2:  Donate

8.  Select Option 1 and let the Tool Kit finish its thing.  You will see your device reboot several times; do not touch it and leave it be until the whole process is complete and you get confirmation that it is done.

Your Inspire 4G should be now be rooted, have ClockworkMod Recovery installed and be ready to work with any carrier!!

Thanks go to attn1 on XDA for bringing out the Advanced Ace Hack Kit and making it easy for us to root the Inspire 4G!!  A donation (made by selecting Option 2 on the Tool Kit) will surely spur him on to keep working, so please do donate!!

  • Tarun Khatri

    i tried it thrice but there’s always an error in the radio downgrade process.

    • lucas

      you are probably running the latest version of the HTC inspire. Downgrade to 2.3.3 with sense 2.5 and root with AAHK. Works flawlessly.

      • Daniel Silva

        I too am having the same problem, but I am already at 2.3.3
        my htc sense version is at 2.1
        what do I do?

        • Ahmad

          My htc inpire 4g is also at 2.3.3 and htc sense version is 2.1. Will it work? Plz reply anyone

  • MWaV300

    you didnt mention that it required us to downgrade out ruu

  • xxjdogxx72

    What do I do if I’m on windows 8 and my OS is not supported it says

  • verzion32

    simple and worked flawlessly!

  • jordan0329

    is this for 2.3.5

  • Paul Beattie

    does the bootloader need to be unlocked for this? and what do i need to downgrade to if on 2.3.5 or .6? also process for the downgrade?

  • andres

    me sale error cuando ejecuto el hack
    que debo hacer ?

  • http://oxwall.se Carl Oxwall

    Seriously, guys, what version(s) of Android will this method work for? I’ll probably head to root and install CyanogenMod on my friend’s HTC Inspire 4G tonight, and would really like to know what we’re up against.

  • Phoneisdead

    My phone is now dead. it went okay up to the rebooting time then it just went to black screen (with backlight is still lit) it just stayed like that for 3 hours so i finally decided to reset the phone. but now it just goes to HTC white screen and then fades to black and stays black. I could no longer reset to factory or recovery (pressing the lower volume and power button). what do i do now?? a little help please.

    • Dragon9Phoenix

      I’ve had that problem today, i know 3 months later, but just find the latest Ruu rom at XDA and just flash it. It’ll jump you to Ice cream sandwich though.

  • Phoneisdead

    anybody still here?

  • Dave

    There is a Virus Attached to the toolkit you provide… Why are you doing this to people?

  • joe

    if windows 8. it the same thing as xp ones

  • Hosain Khan

    what is the pass key ???