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HTC ThunderBolt Gets An Easy Root Method



Shortly after the HTC ThunderBolt launched on March 17th, developers were able to achieve root. However, that root method was a difficult road for those with only a tiny bit of rooting experience and downright impossible for those who made the HTC ThunderBolt their first Android device.

HTC ThunderBolt

Well, XDA Developers (via Android Central) has thankfully supplied ThunderBolt owners with an easier root option. Rooting, for those here that just picked up an Android device for the first time, essentially allows you to take complete control  over the customization of your ThunderBolt. You can install custom ROMs (themes/skins/UI’s) or even get rid of bloatware (pre-installed applications) that you don’t deem necessary.

This root method here requires a couple of things that some owners might not have. First, it requires Windows. Sorry, Mac owners, the root method won’t work for you.

Second, you’ll need to have a ThunderBolt with a firmware version below 1.12.605.9.

Third, you will need to follow instructions carefully. As with any root method, there is always the possibility that the phone could brick if the procedure is not followed correctly, so if this is your first rodeo be very, very careful. After all, you’re doing this at your own risk.

For those worried about problems, there are a couple of known bugs but nothing too sinister and certainly nothing that would prevent using this route. So, for those that have been waiting for a painless way to route the ThunderBolt, today is your lucky day.




  1. Wrecked Reviews

    03/24/2011 at 5:36 pm

    Check out our review on the HTC Thunderbolt here:

    Written by regular doodes like you.

  2. Wrecked Reviews

    03/24/2011 at 5:36 pm

    Check out our review on the HTC Thunderbolt here:

    Written by regular doodes like you.

    • Mrairbrush1

      05/04/2011 at 3:11 pm

      This review is so personal it’s not even funny. This phone is one of the best in the market right now. I can pull up several reviews that say the complete opposite.

      • Wrecked Reviews

        05/04/2011 at 4:01 pm

        Did you miss the part where we said it was a great phone? And you’re absolutely right, it is one of the best phones on the market right now. Our point was, however, that there is an entire new line of (dual-core) phones that are going to be flooding the market over the next 8 months, so it might be wise to wait.

        Thanks for taking the time to read and comment!

  3. Michael0389

    03/24/2011 at 9:38 pm

    I wouldn’t say painless (I rooted my TB last night with this method and had to mess with it for a couple hours to finally get it right, even while following the directions exactly). But DEFINITELY a step up from the more involved root method.

  4. Anonymous

    03/24/2011 at 10:37 pm

    You mentioned a Tbolt with firmware below a certain version. Did HTC break Root already?

  5. Sandiplopez

    07/20/2011 at 6:58 am

    I know this is a dumb question but I’d like to know how to determine what version firmware I have on my HTC Thunderbolt

    • poorman

      07/23/2011 at 12:25 am

      in settings -> about phone -> software information

      • Dragoonsoldier1226

        10/18/2011 at 10:44 am

        Its not listed as firmware in my phone i dnt see the word firmware anywhere. What else could it be called?

        • Toonmez

          02/27/2012 at 5:11 am


  6. Ketnehn

    07/24/2011 at 7:47 am

    so… if we recently updated the firmware we’re screwed? >.<

    • Dliuzzo110

      07/25/2011 at 8:26 pm

      I don’t think so. Try a dude named Chris ridgeway. He should be able to take care of you. He’s on utube.

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