Firewater S-OFF Brings Another S-OFF Utility For Your HTC Phone
HTC, like many other OEMs, isn’t a very big fan of easy to unlock and fool around with bootloaders, especially since the 2010-2011 ‘HTC bootloader fiasco’. Although now HTC offers an official bootloader unlocking tool courtesy of HTCdev.com, the tool doesn’t quite unlock and open up everything. It’s suitable for flashing most custom ROMs/kernels, but for more advanced procedures such as a Sense to GPe conversion or editing your CID, HTCdev just doesn’t cut. S-OFF is crucial for those things.
Quite a few modern HTC devices including the One have their own S-OFF exploits but these are generally patched up in future firmware releases so newer exploits and tools are always welcome. Courtesy of beaups and fuses, Firewater S-OFF should work well on most modern HTC devices so long as they’re running a Qualcomm chipset (sorry One X owners), this means the One (looks like the newest 4.19 builds with hboot 1.56 is supported too), One Max, Droid DNA and others should be good to go.
You’ll need an HTCdev unlocked device or at the least, a temp-root device for the tool to work. After that it’s just a matter of downloading the files, typing in a couple lines in adb and boom – S-OFF! There is a rather long list of prerequisites but it’s the standard list of things you’d expect from a tool like this. You’ll need adb to be working, functional HTC drivers, HTC sync to be removed and any other tool that might try to connect to your phone like PDANet or Samsung Kies to be removed, A working internet connection on the device and a PC (no emulators).
It’s a rather simple process and shouldn’t take long but there’s still a risk of something going wrong. Remember, you’re doing all of this at your own risk. With that said, good luck!