31
Jan
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Like most OEMs, HTC likes to lock down the devices it sells to the general public, but maybe you like a little more freedom. That means an exploit is required to get s-off status. The new Firewater S-Off tool can manage that for any (or at least very nearly any) HTC device, even newer HTC One phones.

The tool comes courtesy of developers beaups and fuses, and it's completely free for personal use. Just download the files and get to work. The website has a full walkthrough of the process. There are some prerequisites that need to be taken care of first, though. Here is what that entails...

Prerequisites

  1. Working adb on your PC. Yes, that means OS X, linux, Windows, etc. are all supported.
    • HTC drivers installed and working
    • HTC sync removed (not closed – REMOVED)
    • All other phone software removed or disabled (Samsung Kies, PDANet, etc.)
  2. A working internet connection ON YOUR DEVICE - wifi, 3g, 4g, etc. are all supported. There is no way around this requirement, don’t ask.
  3. USB debugging enabled on your device
  4. Your device must be HTCDEV unlocked/rooted or have a working temproot. A temproot that works with many modern (not all) HTC devices is provided below.
  5. Do not attempt to run firewater from a terminal emulator on your device. You MUST use adb along with a PC.
  6. A supported device. firewater *should* work with most modern HTC devices, including (but not limited to) the htc one, droid dna, one s, one max, and many others.

The commands you have to enter don't look too complicated, but you're always taking a risk with this kind of operation. Note, this closed-source exploit is only for unlocking and getting s-off, which allows you to flash anything you want to the device. Rooting can be done if you like, but that's not the point of the tool.

[Firewater S-Off, Twitter  – Thanks, Justin]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    O-oh, sweet!

  • Micah Hilton

    Wish they had this for Samsung phones running 4.4

  • Karan O

    wow i don't believe that they did it! when i was on one x there was a massive community to S-OFF it and now there is a universal method ! i shouldn't left the HTC !

  • nvillaco

    The android community never ceases to amaze me. For all the trolls and impatient noobs around XDA, there are also many hard working geniuses that take their android hobby seriously and we all profit from it for free. To any devs reading this, thank you. To all the flash addicts like myself, don't forget to donate.

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    • Ralph

      Amen. The work these dudes do is amazing. XDA is an institution unto itself. I donate parts and hardware and cash whenever and wherever I can to these guys, and they have inspired me to learn droid coding on my own, and have given me the tutorials and tools and endless support to do it.

  • KingofPing

    Does the temproot work on a locked HTC One (1.55 hboot)?

    • Ben

      That's what I want to know. If it unlocks, say, a VZW One on 4.3 I'd be very interested.

      • Sam

        According to the thread on XDA and beaups it does work on a stock 4.3 VZW HTC One, however you will have to use the temp root steps.

  • David Dudovitz

    Does anyone know if this works with a HTCDev unlocked Dinc2?

  • GuilhermeMendes

    will work even with tegra devices like htc one x?

    • BetterWithRoot

      I am guessing no. On their website it says:
      "A supported device. firewater *should* work with most modern QUALCOMM BASED HTC devices, including (but not limited to) the htc one, droid dna, one s, one max, and many others."

      Sorry for the bad news. It seems Nvidia is not supported.

    • mrjayviper

      beaups has released an s-off script in the past but only for qualcomm-powered HTCs

  • mohamed fazeel

    where is download link? will it supports htc one x?

  • Nisnu

    Okay, I'm the dumb one. I thought, in order to Root the HTC One I need S-Off. Now this says I need a rooted device in order to get S-Off. Isn't this a little bit like the chicken and the egg? The reason I'm wondering is I just bought the One and will attempt to Root it. What am I missing here? Any help?

    • Anonymous

      To root you only need to unlock the bootloader via HTCdev then flash a custom recovery like TWRP and flash the SuperSU.zip. S-OFF isn't required for root.

      • Nisnu

        Okay. Thx for clarifying this.

  • Squiddles

    Even for the HTC Inspire? I may want to play with dads old phone after he upgrades.

  • Alex Xander

    so if i do this i can finally run an RUU.exe file to put my phone like i got it out of the box, yes?

  • Alex Xander

    This is too hard.. all the commands i type in cmd promt window says invalid command. laaame! someone do this for me. i live in SoCal

    • Alex Xander

      this is what i get..
      i just want S-OFF so i can run an RUU exe file and put my phone back the way it was!

      • nhizzat

        Maybe you should figure out why adb doesn't recognize your device. It's only logical and all...

  • amancarlos

    this is essentially, putting a custom kernel right?

    • nhizzat

      No, this will allow you to flash a custom kernel.

  • Xarlos

    Please change the headline, this is for Qualcomm devices only, not Tegra (according to their website) /sniff

    • Mike Reid

      Yeah.

      Title and text should say "modern HTC Qualcomm devices", perhaps adding "HTC OneXL (ATT), OneS, Evo 4G and later".

      Probably the main exception in that 2012+ time period is the Tegra based International OneX. I regret buying that one.

  • King_V

    It keeps asking me "Hmm... why exactly are you here?"

  • Rob

    Tried with my Inspire 4g on stock with temproot, and couldn't even acquire temproot...

  • trm96

    I'm guessing it don't work on shooter because after the disclaimer I I type Yes and it kicks me back to the shell

  • Puneet

    I tried these steps multiple times but still bootloader screen on my HTC Evo 4G LTE says **Tempered** and S-On.

    When I run these commands from command prompt on my Windows 7 PC.
    After executing the last command, control comes back to command prompt.
    But phone goes into qhusb mode (as explained in the terms and conditions
    that come up after executing last command). Is that the reason due to
    which I am not able to complete the process.

    Can any one please help me to find what am I doing wrong.

    I have verified and cross-checked the prerequisites and I am not missing anything here :

    Chcek:Working adb on your PC. Yes, that means OS X, linux, Windows, etc. are all supported.

    HTC drivers installed and working

    HTC sync removed (not closed – REMOVED)

    All other phone software removed or disabled (Samsung Kies, PDANet, etc.)

    Check, wifi:A working internet connection ON YOUR DEVICE - wifi, 3g, 4g, etc. are all supported.

    Check: USB debugging enabled on your device

    Done,
    HTCDev unlocked and rooted:Your device must be HTCDEV unlocked/rooted
    or have a working temproot. A temproot that works with many modern (not
    all) HTC devices is provided below.

    Do not attempt to run firewater from a terminal emulator on your device. You MUST use adb along with a PC.

    A supported device. firewater *should* work with most modern HTC
    devices, including (but not limited to) the htc one, droid dna, one s,
    one max, and many others.

    • maremestera

      No chance to work for Desire 500. Firewater gives a simple answer: "what are you doing here?"...
      Now you judge this...
      Br,

  • Reinhard Schäfer

    Has someone with a T-mobile germany HTC One S S4 an experience, how it works?

  • JonTronTronJon

    Wow, This worked AWESOME!
    Super easy and super fast for the HTC ONE MAX (Sprint)!

  • Ann Lazr
  • Minh Stevie

    is this method can s-off htc desire 300 ?

  • LinuxSysD

    You are a baboon. Firewater does not unlock ALL S - OFF devices.There are plenty many cases where in the end it tells you, its not unlockable. Know what ur talking about before you type it. Noob.

  • shazeem

    damn i cant download it

  • Agomuoh Alexander

    my m7 stopped coming on after successfully running firewater. it has been like that for over a week now. it only makes noise when plugged to a computer. i have been unable to use it since then. Please help..