How To Root HTC One S [Windows, Mac And Linux]

HTC One S has been one of the most awaited Android smartphone of 2012. In previous reviews I provided you an overview of HTC One Series smartphones unveiled by HTC at the Mobile World Congress 2012, including the Review and Technical Specifications of HTC One S. After the rooting process for the quad-core beast HTC One X became available, the method for rooting HTC One S was soon provided as well. Thanks to “Paulobrien” at XDA Developer’s Forum, you can now root your HTC One S smartphone by the process given below.  The below given instructions are for HTC One S devices running Android 4.0 ICS and includes instructions for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux computers. For rooting details regarding versions higher than Android ICS 4.0 (for HTC One S when updates become available), see the link given at the end of this post.

Note: The rooting process for HTC One S is quite similar to the HTC One X Rooting Guide I provided earlier. You will require using a superboot image, however, it must be noted that the superboot image is “insecure”, which means that although it allows you to use “adb remount” and provides full ADB root permissions, it is a fastboot. According to Paulobrien.

Super BootHTC One S


Please follow this rooting guide at your own risk. WML Cloud and it’s team will not be responsible if your HTC One S phone gets damaged or bricked during the below mentioned process.


1. Your HTC One S smartphone should have an unlocked bootloader. The bootloader can be unlocked via HTCDev.

2. Download Superboot.


Step 1: Download and extract the Superboot package (link given above).
Step 2: Switch your device into bootloader mode by the following method: power off your HTC One S phone and press the “Volume Down Key” while turning on your phone.
Step 3: Connect your HTC One S phone to your computer via USB.
Step 4: Follow the below given steps according to your operating system type:

Windows Users: Run the install-superboot-windows.bat file.

Mac Users: Open a Terminal window, navigate to the extracted content of the previously downloaded file and enter the below given commands:

Mac commands

Linux Users: Open a Terminal window, navigate to the extracted file content and enter the below given commands:

Linux Commands

For any kind of additional information, queries and updates see the below link. The above mentioned guide is for HTC One S devices running the stock ICS 4.0 operating system, in case more updates become available (such as perhaps an Android Jelly Bean update), the below link will keep you posted with newer rooting procedures.

[via XDA-Developers Forum Thread]