Do you hear that? It's the sound of a thousand HTC fans modding the crap out of their shiny new HTC One Developer Edition smartphones. The Taiwanese company just posted the RUU (ROM Update Utility) for the American version of the One DE, giving would-be tinkerers a safe way to restore their devices if something goes boom. You can download the RUU at HTC's Developer Center. We'd post some direct links for you, but HTC is insisting you go through the Downloads page. Click the RUU for a Windows EXE file, or zip for a ZIP file of the ROM.


HTC does things a little differently than other major manufactures. You won't need a second Windows program like Kies or RSD Lite to restore your phone; just make sure you've got the correct drivers, connect it via a USB cable, and run the executable. The RUU will overwrite any data and software currently on the device, giving your phone a nice, clean feeling (and completely wiping any personal data, too). This gives modders and ROM developers free reign to go elbow deep in their phone's software without fear of permanent damage, which is kinda the point of a Developer Edition anyway.

As far as we know, no one's tried to flash the Developer Edition RUU onto a retail HTC One. We wouldn't recommend it.

HTC Developer Center Downloads (Download One RUU or ZIP file)

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://twitter.com/BoB1673 BoB1673

    hmm would this work on the att version ?

    • Intruder7s

      Or, you can just bother to read the last sentence of the article.

      • mechapathy

        Shhh. Shoulda just let him try it.

        • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

          Kinda harsh...

          • mechapathy

            You're right. Although the process likely wouldn't go much further than waiting for device.

          • Justin Winker

            It would be nice to know if it works, though. :)

      • Bryce Mrozinski

        It wouldn't flash because of non matching CIDs anyways.

        • Garry DeWitt

          I'm not 100 sure on this, bit from what I've been reading in the forums matching cids are not needed for some reason. Roms and radios also seem to be interchangeable at the moment. Im running an Int Rom on my att one.

          • Garry DeWitt

            and a bit of an elaboration now that I'm on my computer and not my phone. Here's the thread I saw this in:


            guy in there says he's flashed int firmware, though he may be mistaken or otherwise wrong.

            In any case if someone here decides to be bold and flash it from


            despite the nonmatching cids and requirements and it works (or doesn't work), please do post in that first thread and let us know. Your sacrifice (or great success!) will be remembered.

  • Cuco

    Awesome!!!! http://goo.gl/lfEXI this will add One space!!!

  • mellmatrix

    whoever ask that dumb question about does it work for AT&T is stupid because they clearly say developers edition not AT&T

    • Patrick

      That's not a dumb question smart ass. I have a att developers edition HTC one and yes some of the first ones sold here in the US were DE ones. So now answer the question please...

  • Azaraith

    Why do they show "Brightstar US" as the carrier? I'm sure I've got the right one (since it's the only RUU for the One and it says Developer Edition towards the right), but I'm curious...

    • Justin Winker

      I know the Unlocked One sold in the US (by HTC) has it listed in it's build.prop file that it's a Brightstar WWE, so it *should* work for it. I'm going to test it out tonight, but I haven't seen any difference between the Dev Edition and the Unlocked edition (minus the 32GB vs 64GB), since both have unlockable bootloaders and the like.