How to Root HTC One V

HTC’s middle-range budget phone HTC One V is on the way to reach its customers who have been eagerly waiting for it. HTC One V has got a 1 GHz CPU that makes thing faster and feels you like you are having an expensive high end device in your hands. Well, not talking much about its specifications, phone runs on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich version and you can root it using the following guide. Rooting allows you to expand the functionality of your phone and lets you do more things on your phone than before. Here you go.

I. Before You Begin:

  1. Once you have rooted your phone, its warranty will be voided. You shouldn’t worry about this because you can get back the warranty by either unrooting your phone or installing the stock firmware.
  2. Make sure your phone have at least 50% of battery life left. It is to avoid any interruptions during the process.

II. Downloading Required Files:

  1. You will need your HTC One V’s bootloader unlocked. You can do that here.
  2. Download the required Superboot Image from here.

III. Rooting HTC One V:

  1. Unzip files from the Superboot archive file and put them on your Desktop for easy access.
  2. Turn OFF your HTC One V smartphone.
  3. Boot up your phone into the bootloader mode. To do that, press and hold Volume DOWN key and then press the Power key.
  4. When you have entered the bootloader mode, connect your phone to your PC using the USB cable.
  5. a) If you are using a Windows PC, run the install-superboot-windows.bat file by double-clicking on it.
    b) If you are running Mac OS, then open a Terminal Window at the place where you have put extracted files, it should be Desktop. Type the following commands in the Terminal:
    chmod +x

    c) If you are having Linux as your OS, then open a Terminal where the extracted files exist and type in the following commands:
    chmod +x
  6. It will take a few seconds to root your phone. When it’s done, disconnect your phone from the PC.

That’s all. You are now running a rooted HTC One V smartphone that has the ability to run the special apps developed for the rooted phones. You can say thanks to MoDaCo for this root method.

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  • How to backup stock firmware before root phone ?

    • You route it first, then back up the stock firmware before blowing something else in its place. Follow the instructions and read up on it and it becomes fairly clear. I would also check out how to un-root before hand!! 🙂

  • Htc one user

    ummm…. thanks… now my phone is stuck on the bootloader , for the last 20 min….. any suggestions ?

    • Try doing the procedure again from the very first step.

      • Chefslayer

        Give me your email address i can send you files for unlocking your htc

        • Richard Sanderson

          hi i’m kind of new to the rooting process as this would be my first go round and don’t want to mess it up i’m a big perfectionist is it possible to get you to email me the files to root my HTC One V? i’ve been reading alot of the posts and it seems a few ppl are lacking some info on how to do this properly and i dont want to be one of those few ppl.

  • dudeperfect

    wont connect to computer, getting dumdumdum sound

    • Have you installed the drivers for your device on your PC?

      In most cases, lack of drivers cause this kind of problem. So, please check whether you’ve correct drivers installed on your PC.

  • NNM


    I too own a HTC ONE V.
    Can you tell me the benifits that I will get after unlocking the bootloader?
    Please mail me if possible.

    • Mahesh Makvana

      After unlocking the bootloader, you’ll be able to root your device that gives you so many advantages, such as, installing root-only apps and loading custom ROMs.

      All these things are possible when you’ve your bootloader unlocked.

      Thanks NNM !

      • Would it work faster with everyday tasks (calling, SMSing, open/close apps…)?

        • Mahesh Makvana

          It doesn’t make your phone run faster, yeah, but it lets you remove bloatware and other crappy apps you don’t want to have on your device. So ultimately your device becomes faster.


  • NewNew

    My HTC One V version is 4.0.3. Do i need to downgrade the phone or i can just start straight away? And what about a Recovery? Is there a need?

    • NewNew

      Why is my comment being ignored? I’m sorry but i’m quite a newbie.

  • Kristóf Dér

    ‘You shouldn’t worry about this because you can get back the warranty by either unrooting your phone or installing the stock firmware.’

    How do I do that?

    Thx for reply!

  • Robert NEw

    How long does this process take. I have followed the instructions but once I select superboot it goes to a screen that say HTC with red writing and just stays on the screen. Please help

    • Matthew

      Honestly I’d like to know the answer to this as well. CMD says “finished. total time: 0.156s” does that mean it’s done?

  • bazancik


    all went smooth, unlocked and installed the superboot – the phone rebooted, got a message when booting up – but still not rooted (tried to uninstall some apps but getting a message that cannot access root privileges). Any idea what and where went wrong? tried a couple of times with superboot install – the same story.

    Using HTC One V and Mac

  • Dustin Enfinger

    i cant run it through terminal it says no such file

  • Sagar

    Thanks buddy!
    I was stuck with other methods on various crap websites!

    • Mahesh Makvana

      You’re welcome Sagar!

  • saheb singh

    hey its not working..
    whenever i connect it htc one v to pc in boot-loader mode it pops up that usb not recognized.
    what should i do

  • Randy

    I’m looking to root my HTC One V phone from Virgin Mobile. When I go to HTCDev page and click to the page that asks for my device I do not see it. What am I supposed to click for my bootloader?

  • wmbm

    About an hour after booting, all seemed swell, then the screen went black and it over heats to the point of burning my hand. Unplugged the battery. Think I set off self destruct. Any ideas?

  • Dhaval Parmar

    I have unlock the boot loader now what to do?
    Its complicated…