Easily Unlock Bootloader and root HTC Desire Eye with Windroid Toolkit

HTC Desire Eye might not a stunning smartphone with a full aluminum body, such as the HTC One M8, but the device is equipped with a 13MP camera with dual LED flash in front and on the backside, and it could be the first phone with a highest rear camera resolution (4208 x 3120 pixels). The phone also comes with powerful hardware specs, like 2.3 GHz Quad Core CPU and 2GB of RAM. So you could expect an equivalent performance when compared to the flagship phone, and you can also make it stronger by obtaining root access on the HTC Desire Eye.


The good news is the HTC Desire Eye was shipped with unlockable bootloader, so obtain root privileges won’t be too complicated. You can also find a custom recovery (TWRP) available for this device, which we can use to build a nandroid backup or even flash a custom ROM.

To get root on the HTC Desire Eye, like other HTC devices, we have to go through several procedures, which include unlocking the bootloader, flashing a custom recovery and then flashing the SuperSU package. This is a lengthy procedure, especially when it comes to unlocking the bootloader.

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Image: Windroid Universal Android Toolkit

Luckily, there’s a utility that can simplify the whole process to get superuser access. It’s called Windroid Universal Android Toolkit, developed by an XDA member – WindyCityRockr. The Windroid is not a brand new Android Toolkit, this tool has been available for a long time and now supports dozens of Android devices, and the dev just included the HTC Desire Eye in the supported devices list.

Unlock Bootloader, Flash Custom Recovery (TWRP) and Root HTC Desire Eye

Here are some Windroid features:

  1. Download the required drivers (adb).
  2. Get Token ID, it’s required to request a bootloader unlock.
  3. Unlock the phone bootloader.
  4. Flash the proper TWRP recovery.
  5. Flash SuperSU package into the phone to obtain root.

You can download the Windroid Toolkit for HTC Desire Eyes here on xda.

If your HTC Desire Eye has successfully rooted, and now you want to alter some system files, then you must perform additional steps to disable the system’s write protection. If you skipped it, all changes you made will be lost after device reboot.

Don’t worry, as a tool to disable the write protection has been available, written by condi from xda. So, you no longer need to struggle with adb commands now.


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2 Responses

  1. yoshi_beast_13
    January 16, 2015 at 9:11 PMReply

    this is like the best thing in the world

  2. John Nguni
    December 1, 2016 at 7:21 AMReply

    Thanks for the guide. I’ve followed the directives. But when getting my id token some rows were written Eplin prime failed. Could you please assist on what I should do from there

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