How to root: AT&T HTC One M8 with the help of custom recovery

The 2014 edition of the AT&T HTC One (M8) has been released, this device is the successor of the world’s best smartphones in 2013 (M7), of course with better performance and design. Its metal unibody makes it pleasure to hold and looks very exclusive. It comes with a bigger screen (5.0 “Full HD display), not only that the screen also protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to ensure the screen is well protected from scratches.


In addition to its excellent hardware, this smartphone also comes with Android 4.4.2 KitKat which is the latest version of Android OS up to now. The good news, we can also get root on the AT&T HTC One M8, which will make these phones become more powerful. This is possible because this device has been supported by HTCDev to unlock its bootloader, thus allowing us to modify system files.

With root access we can do some things on these devices, including getting rid of the bloatware that will save internal storage space and battery usage, up to tweaking the user interface with Xposed Framework so it fits with what we want. Here we will provide the guide on how to root AT&T HTC One M8.


To make your device rooted, your smartphone should under the following conditions:

  • Bootloader unlocked, you can unlock the bootloader via HTCDev, officially. However, you won’t see this device on the supported list, but simply choose “All other supported model”.
  • Once your device is unlocked, you now have to replace the stock Android recovery with the custom recovery. There are two popular custom recovery at this time, TWRP and CWM. For now, the TWRP is the only available recovery for us.
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How to root AT&T HTC One M8 with the help of TWRP.

  1. Grab the latest version of SuperSU, its zip flashable via recovery. Do not forget to move it to the phone storage.
  2. Enter into custom recovery, There are two ways to do it:
    • Switch off your device first and wait for a few seconds, once completely turned off now, press and hold the following key combination (Vol down + Power). You will be entered into bootloader mode, scroll down and choose RECOVERY.
    • The other way is by running the adb reboot recovery command in Windows Command Prompt, when the phone is powered on.
  3. After managed to get into TWRP recovery, now its time to flash the root exploit to our AT&T HTC One M8. Choose “Install” from the main menu, then point to where you save the SuperSU file then flash it. The flashing process occurs in a short time, less than a minute, once done, proceed to reboot system.
  4. After booted up, you will see a new app called SuperSU, open it and let it finish the root installation.



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