HTC DROID DNA: How to unroot, relock bootloader and unbrick

After unlock and rooting, maybe now you desire to relocking bootloader or unroot HTC DROID DNA (ADR6435) with ROM Update Utility (RUU), so it will back to its original state just as when you first bought it. Restore the phone to its original condition is helpful in order to return, repair or selling phone, in some cases RUU could save your phone from a soft brick.


If you already installed a custom recovery (TWRP/CWM), returned to the stock also allows you to get future OTA updates (since official updates requires stock recovery). For folks who already unlocking their bootloader via you must relock your device first before unroot. Keep in mind, back up on your phone’s data (sms, mms, contacts, call logs, bookmarks or installed apps), since the RUU will wipe all your phone partition.

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Image Credit: HTC/Verizon

Step by step how to relock, unbrick or unroot HTC DROID DNA and back to stock

  • Ensure the computer can recognize your device, install HTC Drivers if you have never been installed on your computer.
  • Charge your smartphone battery, since RUU flashing need at least 30% battery power.
  • Turn on USB Debugging on the phone (required to perform the adb and fastboot command), head to Settings > Developer options.
  • To undertake fastboot commands, we have to set-up the Android SDK first, the guide can be found here. And then, go to “platform-tools” folder and open the command prompt.
  • Command Window

    Open CMD

  • Go back to your phone and enter into Fastboot mode by turn off the device first, then press volume down and power simultaneously for a few seconds, then select FASTBOOT. Connect your phone to a computer via USB, when the phone has been detected you will notice USB FASTBOOT banner.
  • htc droid dna fastboot usb

    Fastboot USB

  • Run following commands on the CMD to relock DROID DNA (DLX):
  • fastboot oem lock
  • Download HTC DROID DNA’s RUU.exe, this is a stock firmware by HTC, which contain radio, systems and bootloader.


  • Turn off your phone again and get into FASTBOOT USB mode like in step 5. Double-click on the file RUU_DLX_WL_JB_45_VERIZON_WWE_*** _signed.exe to start out flashing process.
  • htc droid dna ruu

    Running RUU for DROID DNA

  • Wait for the flashing process lasted for about 10 minutes, and when it’s done your phone will reboot.
  • Well done, our Verizon HTC DROID DNA now becomes stock again.


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5 Responses

  1. Flip
    January 29, 2013 at 10:03 AMReply

    HELLO Fridza,

    i softbrick my phone and im trying to use this method to restore however when i double click on the file as you stated it doesnt start, i see that this patch is a zip file and not a .exe, i dont know if i am missing something but i am also trying to open the file as administrative but it doesnt give me the option, am i missing something here, could i get a little help if possible, thank

  2. Author

    January 29, 2013 at 10:33 AMReply

    Sorry Flip,
    The RUU links is broken, just try the new links on Step. 7.

    After successfully downloading RUU.exe, before run it make sure your phone locked/relocked.

  3. AIM The Tone
    March 5, 2013 at 9:58 PMReply

    If you follow the steps 100% it works absolutely perfect! Thanks for the tutorial!

  4. pedro
    August 8, 2013 at 6:21 PMReply

    if my dna have s-off this tutorial work?

  5. ali
    August 27, 2013 at 6:33 AMReply

    i have window xp so how to put the command on cmd ,please help me

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