Verizon was the first US carrier to get the HTC One M8 on its airwaves, if only by a nose. Even so, it took the folks at Team Win Recovery Project a little longer to get their much-loved TWRP custom recovery onto the Verizon version of the phone, probably because it takes a little more effort to get around the carrier's locks. But whatever the reason, it's here, and ROM aficionados on Big Red will surely be grateful.

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In order to flash the custom recovery you'll need an unlocked bootloader, which isn't as easy as most HTC hardware (because Verizon hates you). The current standard method is to use Justin Case's WeakSauce M8 root and the Firewater S-Off tool. This is some complex tinkering, so be aware that there's a definite possibility that you can brick your phone and void your warranty in one fell swoop. If that doesn't dissuade you, this handy XDA post has everything you need in one place. Once that's done, you can install it via fastboot, ADB, or via this GooManager app from within Android itself.

There are already some exciting things happening in the One M8 aftermarket scene, including a conversion of the standard GSM model into a Google Play Edition. That particular tweak probably won't work for Verizon's CDMA phone, but at least one user is already working on a "clean" GPE ROM. By the way, if ClockworkMod recovery is more your speed, there's an unofficial build of that available as well. 

Source: Team Win Recovery Project

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Scott

    It'd be nice if they officially supported the Moto X.

    • Corey Watford

      Ya after owning the moto X on att, i got tired off waiting and grabbed a Nexus 5-rooting and unrooting so crazy easy, never buying another phone I cant root ever again

      • Scott

        There's some versions made to work with the Moto X but it would be nice to be officially supported.

  • Jeremy Wielopolski

    They've got one for the Sprint M8 as well. I'm using the build released today and it works like a charm.

  • Samyak Ranjan

    "Because Verizon hates you". LOL! XD
    BTW, there's a typo. "void your warrantee"

  • creator78

    First to get last to update it

  • Hollander

    Can't wait for all the new rom releases. Some great ones (ViperOneM8 and SkyFall) have already been released. Add the fact that FM Radio is now also fully functional on the Verizon HTC One M8 and we can conclude that we had a good week.

  • Evan

    Goo says No Recoveries Were Found for this Device