How to Reset UNLOCKED Status to LOCKED on HTC One M8


All HTC phones come with locked bootloaders that needs to be unlocked before involving into any custom development activity. If you got a brand new HTC device with locked bootloader, just press and hold the Volume Down + Power keys to get into the bootloader mode on your phone and you would see *** LOCKED *** banner at the top the screen.

Once you unlock the bootloader of your HTC device via HTC Dev portal or gain S-OFF using Firewater method, the *** LOCKED *** flag disappears and your device status begins to show as *** UNLOCKED *** and *** TAMPERED ***. These flags are deliberately put by HTC to show that you have done something that the OEM does not want its users to do. If there occurs some problem with your phone and you submit it to the service center, your phone is likely to be rejected the HTC guys notice 3 things:

  1. Red development text on the bootscreen.
  2. And, the *** TAMPERED *** flag.
  3. The *** UNLOCKED *** status of the device.

The customary way of regaining the stock *** LOCKED *** status, you will have to unroot your HTC phone and relock the bootloader. Luckily Android is an open source platform and fortunately we have so many talented developers with itching palms who won’t sit calmly at the state of things.

If you own a brand new HTC One M8 with an unlocked bootloader or S-OFF, you can easily get rid of all 3 signs of having a tampered device we mentioned above. Just a few days ago, we covered two hacks to remove the TAMPERED flag and the red development message on the boot screen of the One M8:

XDA senior member scotty1223 is back again with another hack method to reset UNLOCKED status to LOCKED on HTC One M8. To get the job done, all you need is to issue a few ADB commands. So, let’s see how we can do it.


The procedure described in this tutorial is considered risky and making even a single mistake in typing the command lined might brick your device. Play it carefully and safe at your own responsibility.


  • HTC One M8 with S-OFF. If you have not S-OFF’ed your phone, jump to Firewater’s official page to gain it.
  • Download and install HTC USB Drivers on your computer. If you have installed HTC Sync, uninstall it temporarily to avoid any problem.
  • You must have ADB (Android Debug Bridge) installed and setup on your computer: Refer to this or this guide to setup ADB.
  • Also, enable USB Debugging on your HTC One M8. If you do not know how to do it, we have laid down the steps to enable USB Debugging on this tutorial.

Reset UNLOCKED Status to LOCKED on HTC One M8

  1. Navigate to the directory where you have setup the Android SDK. Open the folder the platform-tools directory where ADB and Fastboot files are found.
  2. Press the Shift key and then do a right-click on the mouse at an empty space in the  platform-tools folder. Select Open command window here option to launch cmd prompt.
  3. Connect your phone to the computer using USB cable.
  4. Just to make sure that you have setup the ADB properly, type the following command in the cmd and press a key on the keyboard:
    adb devices
  5. If you see the serial number of your device on the cmd, all’s fine and you can proceed with the next step.
  6. Now issue the following commands on the cmd (we strongly recommend that you copy/paste the commands as they are:
    adb shell
    echo -ne '\x00\x00\x00\x00' | dd of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p2 bs=1 seek=33796 
  7. By now, the UNLOCKED Status of your HTC One M8 should have turned to to LOCKED. Just to make sure that the magic has been done successfully, reboot your M8 into the Bootloader Mode by using the following command:
    adb reboot bootloader

Your phone’s bootloader screen should show as shown below:


It’s time to revel at your success! To revert back to the UNLOCKED status, you can use the following commands:

adb shell
echo -ne "HTCU" | dd of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p2 bs=1 seek=33796 
adb reboot bootloader
  • wallytillie basicz

    Rakesh i also have a Htc oneX its stuck in a boot loop i bought it off aliexpress and returned it the first time they replaced the unit then when i connected to the wifi and upgraded the OS it got stuck in the boot loop again now i cant send it back because the supplier closed shop but i need help making the phone work again even flashing another rom

  • Elvin Musayev

    who can help me.i can’t switch on after Firmware instal.

  • wallytillie basicz

    hi where do i find the adb drivers the ones i downloaded are not working

  • Hi Ahmad, you must have S-OFF in order to be able to reset the flags.

  • Ahmad

    Hello Rakesh, can you direct me to same tutorial but for s-on users? s-off seems like a big process and risky.



  • Theis Dam

    My phone is still unlocked and I’ve done everything that you wrote but it won’t work. Please help

  • Scott Lilien

    Thank you for this post. I was able to follow your instructions clearly and successfully locked my phone without any signs of tampering that I know of. I will now be able to send my HTC One in for repair of its phone mic. Its people like you that save the sanity of knuckleheads, such as myself. In order to s-off I did need to pay for the Sunshine App, but that’s a small price I have to pay in order to get my phone back in operation again.

  • Ridhima Arora

    how do i get out of this locked screen .. every time i tried to switch off my phone but after turning on it again bring me to this screeen

  • Yes, you should have root access.

  • Patrick Christensen

    Do I need SU installed on the phone? Doesn’t work with my S-off M8 with stock 4.4.2 ROM. ADB recognizes the phone and accepts “adb shell” command, but when i type SU after that it gives me “/system/bin/sh: su: not found” ???

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