It has been almost 10 months now when Jcase first released his WeakSauce root exploit for the Verizon variants of the HTC One M7 and M8 back in March. WeakSauce proved to be a blessing for the users of these devices as it allowed them to gain root their phone without having to unlock the bootloader or gaining S-OFF. As it happens in most cases, the older root exploit was later patched by Verizon and HTC through software updates.
If you own the Verizon HTC One M8, One M7, Droid DNA or some other HTC phone running Android 4.4.4 KitKat and are having hard time gaining root access on your device, it’s time to revel. Yes, Jcase has just released a new avatar of the old exploit called WeakSauce 2: The Habanero’s Revenge which can easily root almost any HTC phone running Android 4.4.4.
Just like its older version, WeakSauce 2 comes as an app and very easy to use. All you are need to do is to download the latest version of the app, install it on your phone and run it to gain root access. WeakSauce 2 doesn’t demand an unlocked bootloader but it comes with a few limitations. It’s a kind of temporary root access because the app will re-root your device after each reboot. The process takes place automatically as you need not run WeakSauce 2 again and again. Besides, having rooted your devices using WeakSauce 2, you might get “SU binaries are out of date” issue. The good thing, however, is that it will affect the root functionality and it means that its not a matter of worry.
Also, if you love running your phone in ART runtime mode, you might get issues as WeakSauce 2 does not support ART yet. May be the issue is fixed by the developer in the upcoming releases. To go happily with WeakSauce 2, you must enable Dalvik mode from Settings> Developer options.
Root Verizon HTC Phones with WeakSauce 2
- Download WeakSauce 2: Link
- Enable Unknown sources option in Settings> Security.
- Copy the Apk file to you phone and install it. To access the Apk file, install a file manager app from the Play store.
- Now open the app drawer and run WeakSauce 2.
- Your Verizon HTC phone will be rooted.
- Now go to the Play Store and install SuperSU app:
Done! You should now be able to enjoy root access on your Verizon HTC One M8, One M7, Droid DNA, etc. running Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware.