Root HTC One X On Android 4.0.3 The Easy Way By Flashing ClockworkMod Recovery And SuperSU [How-To Tutorial]

The “One” series of smartphones marks a rebirth for HTC, once a dominant Taiwanese smartphone manufacturing company but now far behind juggernauts like Apple and Samsung. With just three models with straightforward names – the One X, One S and One V – it shows that HTC has finally, finally realized that Apple’s strategy of quality over quantity of products is far more beneficial than releasing a new flagship device every few months.

The One X and One S were released in selected countries this past week. Both devices have received critical acclaim because of their industrial design, great cameras, reasonably good battery life and the ton of improvements in HTC Sense 4.0.

Now, those of you who picked up a One X or are on the fence about it will be happy to know that the Android community has managed to gain root access on the device. Check out our step-by-step guide on how to root your HTC One X after the break!


The previous SuperBoot method we covered does not work on consumer devices, so you’ll have to follow this method if you have one.

DISCLAIMER: Redmond Pie will not be held responsible if you lose data or your device gets damaged in the following of this guide. Proceed at your own risk.

Step 1: Go to [Link] and follow the instructions to unlock the bootloader of your HTC One X.

Step 2: Download and setup the full Android SDK [Official Website] or just fastboot for your operating system.

Step 3: Download the following files:

  • Interim ClockworkMod (CWM) Touch Recovery [MoDaCo Forums]: Transfer this to the fastboot folder inside your Android SDK folder on your computer.
  • CWM-Flashable version of SuperSU [XDA Developers]: Place this directly under /sdcard on your One X.

Step 4: Connect your One X to your computer via USB.

Step 5: Shut down your HTC One X. Once it is completely turned off, press and hold Volume Down + Power buttons to boot into recovery.

Step 6: Open up a terminal app (e.g. Command Prompt on Windows, Terminal on OS X) and type in the following command:

fastboot flash recovery r1-modaco-recovery-clockwork-touch-endeavoru.img

ClockworkMod Touch will now be flashed to your device.

Step 7:  Now restart your One X and shut it down again. Follow Step 3 to boot into recovery again, except this time you’ll boot into ClockworkMod Recovery instead of your built-in recovery.

Step 8: Take a nandroid backup.

Step 9: Navigate to install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard and choose the SuperSU .zip file you downloaded in Step 2.

Step 10: From the main menu, select reboot system now.

If you followed the steps correctly, your HTC One X will now boot into your stock ROM but with root access. To confirm that you’ve rooted your device, look for SuperSU in your app drawer and then download a root-only app such as Wi-Fi Kill to test if you’ve achieved root or not.

Though we don’t recommend it since it is in early stages of development, if you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can go ahead and download the first ever custom ROM for the HTC One X here [Official Thread].

For queries, please check out the official thread over on XDA.

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