How to Root the HTC One SV

Maybe you want to make your friends jealous by showing them the root-only apps that don’t work on their unrooted phones? Maybe you just want to flash a few custom ROMs on your device? Either way, this guide should help. The first step towards doing all these customizations is root your device. Once you’re rooted, you’ll have a number of opportunities to customize your device the way you want. So let us first show you how you can root your HTC One SV smartphone and then go about doing customizations:

I. Before You Begin:

1. This will void the warranty of your device. However, you can reinstate the warranty by unrooting your device if there’s any unrooting procedure available.

2. You must have unlocked bootloader of your device. If you haven’t, do so now from here.

3. This procedure works on Windows based PCs only.

II. Downloading Required Files:

1. ClockworkMod Recovery Image (Download link’s available in the first post)

2. Superuser ZIP (Download link’s given in the first post)

3. Fastboot

III. Rooting the HTC One SV:

1. Download and place all three files onto your Desktop.

2. Extract files from the Fastboot archive over to your Desktop.

3. Rename the Recovery Image to recovery.img. It’ll make the referencing easier.

4. Turn ON the USB debugging option on your device by simply heading to Menu>>Settings>>Developer options>>USB debugging.

5. Once it’s been turned ON, plug in your device to your PC via USB cable.

6. Copy the Superuser ZIP over to the root of your SD card.

7. Open a Command Prompt Window on your Desktop. To do so, simply hold down the Shift button and right-click anywhere on your Desktop and choose Open command window here.

8. Type in following command into the Command Prompt Window:

adb reboot bootloader

9. Once inside bootloader, type in following command:

fastboot flash recovery recovery.img

10. It will flash the recovery on your device, should take a couple of minutes to finish.

11. Once the recovery’s been flashed, you’ll see it appearing in the HBOOT menu. Simply select it using hardware buttons on your device.

12. Once in Recovery, select install zip from sdcard followed by choose zip from sdcard.

13. Choose the Superuser ZIP to be flashed on your device.

14. It’ll begin flashing the ZIP on your device.

15. Once the flashing’s done, reboot your device.

16. You’re all done!

Brilliant! You’ve successfully rooted your device as well as flashed a custom recovery on it. Flashing ROMs isn’t a big deal for you now!

The normal procedure to install Busybox doesn’t work for this device, so you’ll need to take help of this guide.

IV. Flash a Custom ROM (Optional):

1. If you are ready to flash custom ROMs on your device, head to the How To Flash a Custom ROM on the HTC One SV to learn how to do that.

If this procedure helped you please thank/donate to the original developers here.

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+.

  • Andrew

    Uh … I download fastboot and there’s no image file.

    • Yanni

      -:) because shouldn’t be… you have to have these files on your computer in order to run the command: “fastboot flash recovery recovery.img”

  • Yanni

    “3. This procedure works on Windows based PCs only.”
    Not really! It will work on Mac as well if you have adb and fastboot files. And you use terminal, of course! :)

    • Mahesh Makvana

      Hey Yannin,

      The steps given in the procedure are for Windows based PCs and that’s why we mention it works for the Windows based PCs only.

      If you’re an advanced user, you can perform it on a Mac as well, provided you know how things work on your OS.

      Thanks!

  • Chris

    you have to scroll down to where it says ‘all other supported models’ or something like that

  • pabs1567

    I see recovery…but when i choose it i don’t get the option to load from sdcard

  • Adam

    BIG Problem: Bootloader unlocked successsfully, Clockwork Mod Recovery flashed successfully. When I go to flash the superuser ZIP, the superuser app is installed, but i have no root access! Am i supposed to wipe data and cache when i flash the superuser zip? I have read through different xda and unlockr guides to no avail, i have superuser, but no root access… Help?!?! Thanks

    • Alex

      Have you figured anything out yet?

  • tom

    I started here but when this didn’t work I tried other methods to the ppint where theris nothing elseI can try…after flash phone will not enter recovery! please help

  • Andrew Salazar

    does this work on the cricket version also? or is this just for boast mobile??