Unlocking the HTC One M9's bootloader is easy! Here's how to do it

Unlocking the HTC One M9's bootloader is easy! Here's how to do it
If you are one of those enthusiasts who unlock & root their new smartphone the second they get it, you're going to love the HTC One M9. It's already possible to bust open its bootloader and open the gates for rooting, flashing custom roms, Xposed modules, tweaks - you know, all that good stuff! We're going to show you the procedure now. But before you jump in, take note of some important prerequisites.

You will need a computer for this. In this tutorial, we're using a Windows computer. The procedure is largely the same on Mac and Linux, but the software used differs a little.

Unlocking the bootloader will void the warranty of your smartphone permanently and HTC's service will give you the cold shoulder. The procedure will also wipe all personal data on your device, so either do this while your One M9 is brand new, or backup your data beforehand. It goes without saying that the backup data must not reside on the smartphone itself, because it will be deleted along with the rest of the data on it. So copy it to your computer or upload it to your cloud storage account, and you're set!

Oh, last but not least - charge your device to at least 50% before you go on.

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One M9
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP / 4 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2840 mAh(21.7h 3G talk time)

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12 Comments

1. chistoefur

Posts: 103; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

I wonder if achieving S-OFF will be any easier. No way in hell I'm throwing out 25 bucks for that Sunshine crap.

2. maherk

Posts: 6647; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

That's why i always go for a Samsung or LG smartphones. The easiest to root, takes less than a minute to do so without losing any of your data. Samsung also have an edge when updating your phone, while my n910c Note 4 is running on the middle eastern software and still didn't receive lollipop, i was able to download Poland n910c's software and flash it through Odin. Didn't take 5 mins to get the latest on my phone, and again didn't lose any of my data.

3. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

What about Nexus devices? They should be much easier to root.

4. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

i totally agree... i've always been attached to HTC though because they've kept a little smaller.. i want flagship speccs in a 5" body.. and as much of a hassle it is sometimes it's worth it for me lol if LG would come out with an option like that.. or if Sony's z series, or the Asus Zenfone got some good cases i'd be all about that too.

5. true1984

Posts: 860; Member since: May 23, 2012

Really? You can do the same on HTC phones without Odin. in other words, you get to skip a step. for some reason i always had problems with odin and almost bricked 2 phones.

6. greyhulk

Posts: 176; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

You're kidding, right? LG yes. But Samsung? Most carriers have the bootloaders locked. Even if you get a version that isn't and you root it, it trips Knox, permanently branding your phone as "tampered" and sometimes disabling features (like Samsung pay). To this day, there still isn't a root method for the AT&T and Verizon Note 4.

7. true1984

Posts: 860; Member since: May 23, 2012

i'm pretty sure he was referring to the international models. if his process was repeated on a us version there would be a risk of bricking the device

10. greyhulk

Posts: 176; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

That's great and all, but the Knox issue still stands with Samsung. You can unlock the bootloaders on the carrier versions of the HTC flagships. That's one thing I really respect about their phones.

8. true1984

Posts: 860; Member since: May 23, 2012

not sure if they realize this, but the directions are on htcdev. and its been like that for 4 or 5 years...

9. mike2959

Posts: 691; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

C'mon AT&T.. Lock this BIATCH DOWN!

11. tokuzumi

Posts: 1759; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I wonder if any of the US carriers will allow their phones to be unlocked via HTC Dev. Sprint, and to a smaller degree, T-Mobile have been the only carriers that are allowing bootloaders to be unlocked on their devices. AT&T and Verizon have been keeping a tight lock on their bootloaders.

12. Slusho

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

"Unlocking the bootloader will void the warranty of your smartphone permanently and HTC's service will give you the cold shoulder." They said in their Uh-Oh announcement that you can root, etc. and you'll still be covered. Not sure if they specifically said "unlock bootloader" but they made it sound like this wouldn't be an issue.

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