Well, you knew it was going to happen sooner or later. No sooner was s-off packaged up for the masses, than a flashable ZIP was created to turn the standard Sense-laden M8 into a Google Play Edition device. This process is not for the faint of heart – you could break things and render your phone useless. For the brave or foolhardy, read on.


Before you even get started, know that your HTC One M8 must be one of the GSM variants (either developer or a carrier model). The CDMA versions from Sprint or Verizon aren't going to work, sorry. The phone also needs to have s-off, and you should know your way around fastboot/ADB. There are rooted and non-rooted ZIPs in the XDA thread, but also check to make sure your MID/CID matches the supported list. You should be able to edit the android-info.txt file in the ZIP to add your MID if necessary. Here are the commands you need to enter via ADB to get the job done.

  • adb reboot bootloader
  • fastboot oem rebootRUU
  • fastboot flash zip RUU-HTC_One_M8_GE-4.4-3.62.1700.16.zip
  • You will get an error reading: FAILED (remote: 90 hboot pre-update! please flush image again immediately)
  • fastboot flash zip RUU-HTC_One_M8_GE-1.16.1700.16.zip (yes, again)
  • fastboot reboot

Check out the thread for all the details and people's experiences. It's possible you won't get the intended results – weird things can happen when you're flashing unofficial software. The lines above are direct from the OP, but note the flash commands are a bit wonky. You can ask for support in the XDA thread, but the OP makes it clear he's not hanging around to solve everyone's problems. If you can get it worked out, this saves you from paying that $699 price up-front for the GPE version of the phone.


Ryan Whitwam
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  • n0th1ng_r3al

    ill wait till there is a one click solution

    • ProductFRED

      No offense, but if you can't 4 different lines of code, you shouldn't be flashing your phone.

      • J

        No offense, but what business is it of yours if someone wants to wait?

        • xsirxx

          I think he was responding because nothing real was publicly starting a discussion about it.

          • j

            I could be wrong but it appeared to me that ProductFRED was stating that if n0th1ng_r3al doesn't know how to code he should not flash his phone.

            That to me is a VERY EGOTISTICAL attitude.

          • xsirxx

            I see what you are saying and now I think I understand the disconnect. I thought he meant "run" 4 lines of code(command prompt). Thats what I read because I assumed no actual coding is involved in rooting and putting a rom on a phone. I agree if that is what he meant (as a coder here), yes that would be correct.

        • Guest

          The simple business of basically pointing out that if someone can't handle running four lines of ADB commands, they probably shouldn't be flashing stuff to their device at all.

          Why? Because if you need a 1-click solution to do anything like this to your device, you likely aren't someone who can fix it manually if something goes horribly wrong. That can and does happen, even to those of us who can run ADB commands manually.

          1-clicks should be used only after someone has learned to do things manually first. Otherwise you get tons of people in the various threads saying "it didn't work, I bricked my device, how do I fix it wre wre wre".

          • Labrat

            Good points, you are also dependant on the 1-click or other 1-click to revert any changes you do to your phone, you do not know the extend of the support the tools will have.

            This is more than changing a wheel on a car, you're tinkering with the engine should have a little bit of mechanics background and know what you are doing.

          • Guest

            Exactly. And the thing is, if enough people start complaining how the 1-click method that they knowingly chose to use borked their device, devs will just close threads or stop quit the scene or discontinue support.

            They aren't there to be babysitters, they release what they think will be helpful to the community and it's up to the people using it to be knowledgeable about the tools they're using and proceed accordingly and with the knowledge that things can go wrong and it's on them to know how to fix it should that happen, not on anyone else.

            If you aren't prepared for the worst case scenario, you should avoid the easy route and save everyone a headache.

          • ProductFRED

            It's my business because if something goes wrong and this guy needs help, he won't be able to explain how the 1-click solution worked or what went wrong. It's not like the original process is 50 steps long. It's seriously 4 steps (1 is a duplicate. Just hit Up and Enter on the keyboard).

        • testtttttttttt

          Dude we're talking about installing an OS.. what kind of person says "no thanks, i want to unlock and install a custom OS with one click." That guy should have bought a gpe phone in the first place

          • Arsalan Shah

            or an iPhone :P

      • n0th1ng_r3al

        I've flashed and rooted every phone i've owned since the Google G1. It isn't about "not being able to", id rather wait till a one click solution arrives. Then the method is more mature. I don't want to fuck up a $600 phone. Do you understand?

        • Mike Reid

          Yes, waiting to hear how it's working for others makes sense. I've done the same.

          But to avoid misunderstanding, instead of writing "ill wait till there is a one click solution" you could write:

          "I'll wait until the process is better tested".

          • n0th1ng_r3al

            OK good maybe that's what I should have written.

        • ProductFRED

          I wasn't aiming to insult. But you have to admit that all I had to go by was your one liner. Also one-click solutions aren't safe; Google around and you'll see how some install "other things" silently. This just requires you to copy and paste 5 lines.

      • n0th1ng_r3al

        I've flashed and rooted every phone i've owned since the Google G1. It isn't about "not being able to", id rather wait till a one click solution arrives. Then the method is more mature. I don't want to fuck up a $600 phone. Do you understand?

    • Scott

      Well you're probably better off not doing it at all.

      • n0th1ng_r3al

        Why not? Are you assuming I don't know how to use ADB? Because I never said I didn't know how to use it. I just don't want to.

        • Scott

          Which doesn't make sense why you wouldn't want to. To set up a one click method and to copy and past in 5 lines of commands would take the same amount of time. If you use a one click method, how do you go about troubleshooting when something goes wrong? You can't.

          • n0th1ng_r3al

            Maybe so. I've done it via one click before and have had it fail then I had to do it by adb. Maybe i'm just lazy. I just usually shy away from stuff till it has matured to do it with a one click method.

  • Gsizzle

    This is some seriously good news! Put in the effort to convert people, it's not rocket science.

  • Andy Stetson

    These lines don't match, so I'm confused.
    fastboot flash zip RUU-HTC_One_M8_GE-4.4-3.62.1700.16.zip
    fastboot flash zip RUU-HTC_One_M8_GE-1.16.1700.16.zip (yes, again)

    • RyanWhitwam

      Straight copy-paste from the OP. I would assume you are flashing the same file again, but this is just one of the weird things you deal with messing with ROMs.

      • Ben Baranovsky

        I can confirm that you flash the same file a second time. I did this to my original HTC One and am still rocking the Google Play Edition software.

        • Jossue Munoz

          I haven't messed with custom roms in a few years. I'm considering getting the gunmetal dev edition and converting it to a google play edition. If I go through the conversion, do you know if I can get OTA updates?

          • Ben Baranovsky

            Yep! Your phone will be the same software-wise as if you purchased it from Google.

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          I wonder if you can get gpe ota updates

          • Ben Baranovsky

            You can.

          • dontsh00tmesanta

            Looks easy enough I really do want to do it but I can seem to find any sense vs gpe battery life comparisons

  • AOSPrevails

    For what reason would you do this exactly? You are paying $300 extra for the same software experience as a Nexus 5 just for the Aluminum body, speaker and SD card?

    • p8

      why not? a m7 gpe is way better than a n5 so i think that is good for a m8 onwer to have the ability to switch form Sense6 to GPE with no downfaces.. you can't do that on the Nexus 5 :) anyway you can't compare price between a 6 months old phone with a brand new, thats a bit naive.

      • AOSPrevails

        Except N5 was $349 at release, so the price comparison is completely legitimate. N5 and a M8 GPE have the exact same software experience, so you are paying $300 for the alum body, speaker and 4MP camera(with no OIS).

        Plus M7 gpe had a smaller screen & lower res camera(obvious difference in daylight) on top of $300 extra in price, exactly where is it "way better than a N5".

        AOSP 4.4 is designed with N5 in mind, Sense 6 is designed with M8 in mind. To mingle the 2 is just creating a mismatched hybrid, you may enjoy it, other people might not.

        • Ben Baranovsky

          I like the N5, but it's all about build quality. The HTC One, and One M8 I assume, feel solid. The N5 feels light and kind of cheap. I prefer shots from the M7's camera to the N5's any day.

          • simp1istic

            I'd much rather have a sleek gorgeous monolithic looking device than advertise for HTC myself.

        • Ben Baranovsky

          I like the N5, but it's all about build quality. The HTC One, and One M8 I assume, feel solid. The N5 feels light and kind of cheap. I prefer shots from the M7's camera to the N5's any day.

      • Grayson

        Sorry, but an M7 GPE is not definitively better than a Nexus 5. I owned both, and while the M7 GPE had better build quality, a slightly better screen (only in terms of viewing angles), and better speakers, the Nexus 5 is MUCH faster and smoother and has a much better camera (in most cases), so it depends on your priorities. In my case, I enjoy my Nexus 5 more than the M7 GPE I had.

        • grumpyfuzz

          I love the feel of the Nexus 5. maybe that's just me though

          • Grayson

            Yeah, the feel of the Nexus 5 is good. By build quality I was referring to the cost of build materials. Aluminum is arguably a more expensive / higher quality material than most plastics.

          • grumpyfuzz

            Gotcha now. and you're right about aluminum being a more expensive material than most plastics.

      • grumpyfuzz

        sense 6 has been ported to the N5

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      Yes, I think you listed the exact reasons.

      I doubt I'll do it, but I get it. The One is beautifully built, those speakers are fantastic, and some people have been begging for SD for a while. This is more tempting to me than buying it straight out.

  • senor_heisenberg

    Sooo, any kind soul out there with this phone (or a nexus 5) unhappy with your purchase, wanna trade it to me for a GS4? Yes? No?


    I want to go back to stock Android or custom ROMs again so bad.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Why don't you just sell your GS4?

      • senor_heisenberg

        If I could get enough to buy a nexus 5 would.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          the GS4 is going for 300+ on swappa. I'm sure you'll be able to make up the difference.

          • senor_heisenberg

            Huh, I don't think I've heard of swappa before. I'll give it a look. Thanks.

          • Guest

            Swappa is the only place where you should buy or sell used devices. They check IMEI numbers and thus you don't get scammed into buying one that is reported stolen or anything like that.

            Also pics are mandated for sale, so you know exactly what's being bought or sold or what have you.

    • BeryJu

      Why don't you just get CM 11 and be even happier than with stock Android?

      • Win7boy

        Oh, he's currently has locked down bootloader thanks to Knox and His carrier ;) isnt that right, heisenburg?

        • senor_heisenberg

          Yeah, this. This was my first non nexus device. Never again.

          • Andrew Boyd

            Is there no way around that? I got mine before Knox but I thought there was a work around out by now. GS4 is an awesome phone with a little tweaking.

  • Lisandro O Oocks

    who would want to dumb their phone down just to make it look a certain way.
    it's a lot easier to instal Google NOW launcher or any other launcher.
    if you got a gsm M8, just keep it like it is.

  • Guest

    Am I the only one who thinks the transparent nav bar makes the black htc bar seem less ugly n space taking?

    • BAM1789

      So I have an M8 (ATT), running a GPE ROM, and after you have this device you do not notice the black bar at all. Plus like you said, the full transparency of the nav bar really helps, unlike Senses barely transparent. Its a beautiful phone. Hands down.

    • who_the


  • Mike D

    Sense 6 > Stock Android.

    By miles and miles and miles. I've honestly no idea why you'd do this.

  • Furnaceboy


  • Shinso

    Pretty pointless at this time , I guess HTC has raised M8's retail price? Amazon and HTC both sell the regular one at $699 now

  • Andrew Boyd

    So I have a t-mobile GS4. Have done the custom ROMs on it and the gs3 before it. I liked cm ROMs and a few others. What brought me back to TW was the stupid camera. I installed gpe ROM on the GS4 and it ran great. But then I installed the kit Kat official (debloated of course) and added the Google now launcher. With the bulk of the Samsung bloat disabled or removed it is just like having stock kit Kat but with the awesome camera. With this phone you can do the same thing. Just update Google search and then install the now launcher from the play store, then disable the parts you don't want and boom, best of both worlds!

  • blast0id

    I'm sorry but anyone who does this either likes walking backwards into walls with exposed nails, or still thinks sense is a burden and doesn't add to the user experience... either way you're just plain crazy... and if you haven't run the awesomeness that is a ViperRom from team Venom... you're really selling yourself short, John Bobbitt (pre-surgery) short...


    Thanks Man worked like a champ. Just put the .zip file in your adb floder and make sure you are flashing the correct ROM. I used the rooted version RUU-HTC_One_M8_GE1.16.1700.16_rooted.zip -- very easy process

  • John

    Can a rooted HTC one M8 international Version with S-off be converted to Google play Edition?

  • Paul Wu

    Big problem i have no baseband phone work but can't make calls

  • Rafael Trad

    I have a Dev edition and I just transformed it on a GPE.
    But now I have no IMEI number.. so no network/phone conection! Can anybody help me plz?