Last Updated: June 1st, 2011
Update: If you've somehow ended up on this page, please note: HTC has since changed its bootloader policy - all future phones will be unlocked.
Once a great example of how open Android phone manufacturers could be, HTC has taken a lot of heat from its fan base over recent decisions to lock its devices' bootloaders (such as with the Sensation and EVO 3D), endangering the possibility that these devices will be able to support custom ROMs. Fortunately, there is a chance that could be changing, as HTC announced on its Facebook page that the company is reviewing its bootloader policy:
Thanks so much for providing feedback, we hear your concerns.
Last Updated: September 3rd, 2011
It's that time of the week again folks - time to hit the polls. This week's question is one that'll allow you to express what you think an Android handset should let you do in terms of customization, modification, and other various tinkering (think rooting, custom ROMs, kernels, etc). Basically, we want to know how important it is for you, as a consumer, that your next phone be easy to customize. Or if that really isn't important at all.
Let us know in the comments what ROMs, rooted apps, and other goodies only available to the rooted/unlocked users among us that you just can't live without.
Last Updated: May 7th, 2011
Neither z4root nor SuperOneClick is currently working on the Charge (though I'm sure someone will come up with a one-click method soon enough), but guess what - Gingerbreak sure does. Follow these instructions, and you should have root and full /system unlock on your Droid Charge in a few minutes. Credit goes to the Exploid Crew and unnamed testers.
No custom recovery, such as ClockworkMod or RA, is available yet, but it is surely going to arrive very soon.
- Permanent root
- Read/write access to /system
- The bootloader is factory unlocked, so no additional fiddling is required
- All Droid Charges survived testing
- No data wipe is needed
Android Police and Team AndIRC disclaim all liability for any harm that may befall your device, including, but not limited to: bricked phones, voided manufacturer warranties, exploding batteries, etc.
Last Updated: June 5th, 2012
HTC tried to stop us. They made signed images, a signed kernel, and a signed recovery. They locked the memory. In short, the ThunderBolt is their most locked-down phone to date.
We fixed it for you. Unlike the root method we described yesterday, following the instructions below will provide S-OFF, remove signature checks, and unlock eMMC. Enjoy!
Rooting The ThunderBolt - Version 2.5
Update: This guide was updated to include some steps into the upgrade RUU, making it faster and safer
- Root with read/write access to /system
- Ability to downgrade and flash any RUU (i.e. signed firmware)
- Fully unlocked bootloader
- All ThunderBolts survived testing
The method of rooting your Android device as described in the article herein is solely for enthusiasts and not for the faint of heart.
Last Updated: March 22nd, 2011
Update: Bootloader and recovery are both locked and signed. See new screenshot.
Update #2: The device has been rooted, and its bootloader has been unlocked!
Some of our good friends over at AndIRC (most thanks going to scotty2 for discovering it, and Trident for being the guinea pig) have discovered a bit of troubling information regarding the HTC Thunderbolt: its bootloader and recovery are locked. What does that mean, exactly? No custom ROMs - for now. Some enterprising hackers successfully flashed a custom recovery image onto a T-bolt, but lo and behold, upon entering the bootloader, no recovery boot option was to be found once the flash had been completed.