How to Root and Install Custom Recovery on HTC Explorer

If you are one of those users who wish to root their HTC Explorer to get access to a whole new world of Root Apps and custom ROMs, then here’s something useful for you. Following is the guide explaining how you can root your HTC Explorer phone as well as how you can flash a custom recovery on it. Follow each step carefully and you will be on the way to get a richer experience on your phone.

I. Before You Begin:

1. You must have unlocked bootloader of your phone. You can do so by visiting the HTC website.

2. You must have HTC Sync installed on your PC. You can get it from here.

3. Make sure your phone has at least 60% of battery life left so it can last through the entire process.

II. Downloading Required Files:

1. Download the Recovery Image from here.

2. Download the Superuser ZIP file from here.

III. Installing Custom Recovery on HTC Explorer:

1. Download and place all the files listed above onto your Desktop.

2. Extract files from the Recovery Image archive to your Desktop.

3. Turn OFF your smartphone.

4. Reboot your phone into the bootloader mode by pressing and holding Volume DOWN+Power buttons simultaneously.

5. Choose fastboot option from the bootloader menu.

6. Connect your phone to your PC using the USB cable.

7. Double-click the recovery.bat file to commence the flashing process.

8. When the custom recovery has successfully been installed on your phone, disconnect it from the PC.

9. Reboot your phone.

The custom recovery has now successfully been flashed on your phone. Now, head on to the following procedure to root your phone.

IV. Rooting HTC Explorer smartphone:

1. Connect your phone to your PC using the USB cable.

2. Copy the Superuser ZIP archive to your phone’s SD card storage root folder. It is the topmost folder.

3. Disconnect your phone from the PC after the file transfer has been completed.

4. Reboot your phone into the bootloader mode. Press and hold Volume DOWN+Power buttons together and you will enter bootloader mode.

5. Choose Recovery option from the bootloader mode.

6. From the recovery menu, choose install .zip from sd and then select the Superuser ZIP file.

7. After it has finished installing the file, reboot your phone.

Congratulations ! You have done installing custom recovery on your phone and rooting it. From now on, you can enjoy the root-only apps on your HTC Explorer.

If this procedure helped you, then please head to the official thread over at XDA Forum to thank/donate to the original developer of this root and recovery method !

If this procedure helped you, please consider donating to the original developer or at least sending them a thank you.

Now that you are rooted, head here to learn some of the fun things you can do!

For all the devices we have rooting procedures for, head here.


Something Wrong? If you notice an issue with the procedure (broken link, steps out of date, etc.), use this form to let us know! Otherwise, if you just are having trouble with the procedure, reach out to us on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+.

  • jagrut

    i hav unlocked the bootloader from htcdev site but im not able to install superuser.zip as the recovery option in the bootloader menu shows error symbol

  • AnkitRJ

    Help help….help

    I’m in trouble.

    I’ve rooted my HTC explorer 2 days ago following this method bt after 2 days now it’s not working properly !!!

    When I’m opening Titanium backup…it freezes on “asking for root rights”

    When I’m opening Link2sd…it says “Link2sd has not yet managed to obtain root access”

    When I’m opening Root checker app…it says “please wait for root checker to complete. System appears to be running very slow”.

    I’ve updated superuser.

    Nd now uninstalled updates after this problem. Bt nothing happening.

    I’ve also uninstalled almost all additional apps now.

    Still 60 MB internal mem free.

    Shall i go gor FACTORY RESET ?

    Phone worked perfectly for 2 days, bt now got problems…

    Help me !!!

  • androidworldblog

    thank you so much..successfully rooted my phone without wipind the data

    • Mahesh Makvana

      Wonderful! Thanks for stopping by and leaving us a comment!

  • Shourjya

    Worked like a charm …

    • Mahesh Makvana

      Hi Shourjya,

      Thanks for posting your feedback. We’re glad we could help you root your device.

      Keep coming back for more!

  • chauhan jay

    thanku so mucccccccccccccccch thanks a lot

    • Mahesh Makvana

      You’re most welcome jay!

  • chaitanya

    Thanks a lot for the useful information. It is really amazing. I feel like using new version of HTC Explorer now after rooting to sd card. Thank you once again. Cheers..!!

    • Mahesh Makvana

      That’s awesome chaitanya!

      We’re really happy that you successfully rooted your device using our procedure. Yep, rooting is no less than a surprise, it can do wonders if you use it properly.

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving us a comment!

  • venu

    after doing root access i am doing factory reset my phone not work, starting problwem
    plz dont unlock it is damage your phone

  • pawan soni

    hye my htc explorer rooted hai but not switch on bootloader mode

  • Dipesh Bhalekar

    i had unlock my boot loader…its show unlocked in pink colour right above in recovery mode now in recovery mose in recovery option i had not got the “install zip from sd” option…there is some error and red colour traingle appear after pressing recovery option…..please help…

  • John

    I just rooted my phone
    Now my phone isnt turning on..
    The red light of proximity sensor gets turned for few seconds then get turned off
    Please advse what to do!

  • Nitish

    Hey, I did the bootloader unlocking process till the end but all i get in the command prompt after typing

    fastboot oem get_identifier_token

    its jst saying ” waiting for device “.. over that when connected to laptop ‘device not recognized’ line is popping up, while in on state the htc sync is able to find the mob though..help!!

  • Rahul Balaji

    I don’t understand I did everything correct. but when I go into recovery in the bootloader menu it just starts booting and is struck in the htc logo stage!! some one please help me :)

  • Amit Gupta

    i am not able to install the superuser.zip file pls help

  • Digital Cordoba

    How much time does the reboot take? Bacause it freezes me at HTC logo and nothing happens…

  • Nishant

    sir when i select recovery in the bootloader mode, it only displays the white screen with the ‘HTC’ logo
    and then it hangs. I have also tried the superuser.zip which was not corrupt but having the same problem. plzz help

  • birendra

    CAN ANYONE MAIL ME HTC SYNC SOFTWARE. PLS MAIL zipped file at itsme.birendra@gmail.com. will be thankful for this

  • Kushal

    Hey, I did the bootloader unlocking process till the end but all i get in the command prompt after typing
    fastboot oem get_identifier_token
    its jst saying ” waiting for device “.. over that when connected to laptop ‘device not recognized’ line is popping up, while in on state the htc sync is able to find the mob though..help!!