It has been months since the HTC One was officially released. Soon after the launch of the international version of the phone, it was also made available to the major US and Canadian carriers. Anyway, Verizon, the biggest network provider in the US, failed to join the race in time and kept lagging behind until the last week when it finally surprised us with by adding the HTC One to its army of devices.
The element of surprise, however, was even greater and something that most of us did not expect. Yes, Verizon’s brand new HTC One actually has an unlockable bootloader. And this means that the S-Off or bootloader unlock method given at HTC Dev portal works on the device. Considering Verizon’s history, this really appears to be unintentional and we believe that the carrier will send a patch via OTA to disable unlocking at the earliest.
The users who have already bought this phone can take advantage of Verizon’s mistake and root their device to make the most of it. Though the HTC Dev bootloader unlock process does not result in a full S-Off unlock, it is still enough to allow you to have root access on your HTC One and install a custom recovery on it. In this way, you will be able to install custom ROMs and mods without any issues.
To unlock the bootloader of your HTC One and root it, please read our newer tutorial.
Please note that the procedure given below is considered risky an if you are a perfect noob, do not proceed below this line. The method described here has been tested and has been found working. Still we do not take any responsibility for any mishaps because in most cases, things are undone due to users’ mistake. You are the master of your own phone and will.
Okay, having made the preparations mentioned above, now get ready to move ahead step-by-step and install ClockworkMod or TWRP recovery. Do the following steps:
fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
Your Verizon HTC One has now been rooted. To verify the root, download and run the Root Checker app:
The HTC Dev bootloader unlock method does not work now. Verizon has done the mischief again!