Ever since the beginning of June, we've been teased by and patiently waiting for the mysterious AlphaRevX unlocker page that promised to completely unlock (S-OFF) the latest HTC Wildfire and even Incredible S, making root, custom ROMs, ClockworkMod recovery all possible.


After a period of private beta testing, the wraps have come off an hour ago, and the first public release of AlphaRevX is now available for download (see instructions below) for the following devices:

  • HTC Incredible S (Vivo), which remained completely undefeated until now
  • HTC Desire CDMA (BravoC)
  • HTC Desire GSM (Bravo)
  • HTC Wildfire (Buzz)
  • HTC Aria (Liberty)

Incredible 2 and Desire S are not supported at the moment, though I suspect they use a similar protection scheme and will also be cracked shortly. Previous AlphaRev versions that worked on some devices earlier stopped working once HTC updated HBOOT on them, which is where AphaRevX comes in to save the day.


After doing some research, AlphaRevX seems to be a software HBOOT mod, which is completely reversible and provides a software S-OFF. As I mentioned above, it lets you root, flash custom recoveries, nandroid back up/restore, and flash custom ROMs - basically, anything your heart and soul desire. I'm not positive whether this gives you write access to /system from within the stock ROM, but in either scenario, a custom ROM would definitely allow that.

Full credit for inception and implementation of AlphaRevX goes to kmdm and ieftm from xda.


  1. Head over to http://alpharev.nl/x/beta/ and download the software, currently available for Linux and Windows. Note: This is definitely alpha/beta software, and even though there have been no bricks yet and 20+ successful flashes, anything is possible. Proceed at your own risk.
  2. Proceed to this thread after you are done for instructions on how to install su (root) and ClockworkMod recovery.
  3. Read up on AlphaRevX further here:

*** Public Open Beta has now started. ***

This is the public open beta. All devices included in this release have been pretested.
Please note that bugs could still be present, but if you're willing to accept the risks,
please download the applicable binary and generate a beta key through the below application form.
Please note that this beta-round could be withdrawn at any moment if safety concerns arise (e.g. bricks).
The beta key mechanism is there to protect users from bricking their devices if there are bugs present.


Download for Linux  •  Download for Windows

Brought to you by:

kmdm  •  IEF

Contact us:

irc.freenode.net / #alpharevx - use a IRC client to connect, or Freenode webchat.


unrevoked - for their awesome release platform

Bumble-Bee - blindly running commands on his DHD to assist with eMMC device support

If you've used AlphaRevX, report your success below, as we're eager to figure out just how robust and safe the new method is.

Source: @AlphaRevX

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • Bajt

    WOW! They did a great work!
    Is there any difference for Desire from "old" AlphaRev 1.8 version?

    • jcase

      Yes, it sets s-off on devices that you couldn't previously (ie bootlaoders over 1.0 and the incs)

  • dward2828

    Used the original alpharev s-off for Desire, along with their custom cwm and oxygen hboot. Smooth process as long as you read the instructions and the tools are great. What changes does the 'x' bring because I can't see why I'd need it?

    • jcase

      If you have s-off, then you have no need.

      • dward2828

        K cheers :-) I can't speak for the new version, but I recommend s-off for Desire owners. Use a custom hboot and you'll never need to use an a2sd script ever again - much better solution

  • Nino

    What about the sensation please?

    • @Alankrut

      +1 For the Sensation.


  • 123456

    please wildfire s to

  • Mukesh

    This is not working for me on Incre S GB 2.3.3

    I have made hundreds of attempt by now - it gets stuck on Acquiring root method and nothing happens after than a long wait Reboot and try :(

  • Ahmad Nadeem

    Hey guys.I'm a bit new too this so i have to ask a question. Can i root my wildfire (2.2) with this?????

  • aostl

    HTC flyer perhaps?

  • Nick

    How do I actually use the download to root my phone? Longtime iPhone jailbreaker but just picked up my first htc handset! Incredible S...

    • Mukesh

      I'm a longtime iPhone jailbreak too and have picked my 1st android -Incre S last week. Android Jailbreaking is completely diffrent from iPhone - If u have Incre S i1st check if ur device bootloader is unlocked - power off the phone then - Power +Volume DOWN button for 5 seconds check if have S-off-Simple get Gingerbreak.apk in the phone /sd card and run it to get Super user .if u have S OFF then follow the above Tutorial get S-OFF and then Gingerbreak.apk for getting super user access :) also to explore more and HOW TO's joi XDA DEV forum.

  • bali

    S-Offed my Desire in 20secs on the latest alpharevx fix...

  • Kaysen

    hey,i have been stuck on the method 2 (acquiring root )on my incredible s...mine is a Asian Incredible S....please help..i really want to s-off..thx

  • miguel

    can someone help me how to root my inc2 please or maybe post a quick video ):

  • miguel

    is this a permanent root!!?

  • robert

    It says that this is completely reversible. I was wondering if anyone knows how to reverse it. I can't find anything.

  • 1thor4u

    anyone tried this on a rooted liberty running gingerbread ?
    the s-off would be a BIG help !

  • http://google elol

    When this software work on HTC wildfire s?