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How to root HTC Explorer Android phone using your macbook

Updated on December 15, 2013

Just follow each step and you should be through.

Warning: Doing this will void the warranty on your HTC Explorer.

  • First step is to unlock the bootloader.
  • But before that, enable USB debugging on your HTC Explorer. Go to Settings -> Developer Options -> USB Debugging (Check this option).
  • Go to the HTC official website and follow the appropriate steps there. Choose “all other supported models” under "--Select Your Device--" dropdown.
  • Remember Steps 1 to 4 in this website as they tell you how to start you phone in bootloader mode.
  • If you have confusion following steps 5, 6, 7 & 8 then follow the steps below:
  • Download ADT for mac.
  • Unzip the downloaded zip file and go to 'sdk/platform-tools' folder inside the unzipped folder.
  • Copy the files named "fastboot" and "adb" from here to your home directory, which would typically be the directory in your mac user name with an image of a Home, on the left column in a finder window.
  • You might refer these commands while going through HTC website. These commands have to be typed in a terminal window after going into your home directory.
  • cd /Users/homedirectoryname (before Step 8, to go to home directory.)
  • ./fastboot oem get_identifier_token (Step 8)
  • ./fastboot flash unlocktoken Unlock_code.bin (Step 10)
  • Download Do not unzip this file. Simply copy the zip file directly on to your phone's SD card.
  • Download Custom Recovery image Unzip the downloaded file and copy the file named "recovery.img" to your home directory.
  • Follow the steps 1 to 4 of the HTC website to start the phone in bootloader mode and connect it to your mac.
  • Now type the following commands in the terminal window:
  • cd /Users/homedirectoryname
  • ./fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
  • This was the way to install the custom recovery to your phone.
  • Disconnect your phone from your mac and switch off the phone. Take out the battery.
  • Put the battery back again, press Volume Down button and while holding it press the power button and hold.
  • Release both the buttons once phone starts and you see a white screen with options like fastboot, Recovery etc.
  • Use Volume Down button button to Select "recovery" option and press the power button.
  • After waiting for a few seconds, you should see a screen with a lot of options.
  • Choose "Install zip from SD" option and then choose "" using volume keys.
  • Press the power button.
  • Congratulations! Your HTC Explorer is rooted.


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      DL Moon 3 years ago

      HTC Official Website link is broken. What is it supposed to link me to?

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      arun.udayan 3 years ago from Hyderabad

      I have corrected it. It is

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      Nicolas 3 years ago

      nothing in the terminal window is working for me... not one command works

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      arun.udayan 3 years ago from Hyderabad

      Hi Nicolas, could you let me know exactly which command is not working?

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      Babis 3 years ago

      terminal says: waiting for device but nothing happens.. Any thoughts?

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      arun.udayan 2 years ago from Hyderabad

      I think many of the links in this blog have changed. Please look at XDA forums for more help and updated links.

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