Rooting is the process of gaining administrative rights on your Android device. Once we root our Android device, we can then make changes to it to customize it well beyond what it normally can do.
Once you have root access on your AT&T HTC One M8, you’ll be able to:
- Remove apps that were preinstalled by your carrier/manufacturer from your device.
- Free up storage space (because of the above benefit).
- Increase battery life (apps that might have been running constantly can be removed).
- Increase performance (after removing apps that are always running, the device will be less bogged down and run smoother).
- Update to a new version of Android (by flashing a custom recovery/ROM, see the end of this procedure for more info on that).
- Tons of other customizations when you use your new found administrative rights to flash a custom ROM (again, see the end of this procedure for more info on that).
Interested? Here’s how to root your HTC One M8:
I. Before You Begin
1. Charge your device to 75% or more to prevent unwanted shutdowns.
2. Back up everything you feel is important before you begin, although data loss is unlikely.
3. You need to have a custom recovery installed for this procedure to work. Follow our guide for this if you haven’t already done so.
II. Necessary Downloads
III. Rooting the AT&T One M8
1. Connect your device to your PC and copy the UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.94.zip file to your device’s internal SD card.
2. Disconnect your device and reboot it into recovery mode. To do this, press and hold the Volume Down + Power buttons (with the device off), then use the Volume Up/Down keys to highlight recovery and the Power button to select the option. You should now be in TWRP Recovery.
3. In TWRP Recovery, tap on the Install option.
4. Navigate to the location of UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.94.zip and select it.
5. Swipe to begin the flashing process.
6. Go back to the main menu and reboot your device.
All set! Now, you can head to our How to Flash a Custom ROM procedure for the AT&T HTC One M8 to open up a whole new world of customizations for your Android device!
By the way, don’t be scared, you can always put your device back to stock by heading to our Rooting How To’s section, finding your device, and doing the How to Unroot listed for it there.