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How to Root HTC One X10 and Install TWRP Recovery 3.4.0

If you are an owner of a HTC One X10 smartphone, and also want to customize this rugged smartphone, then you have visited the right page.

HTC One X10 is the successor to the HTC One X9 smartphone. The device is sold in two color variants, including Black and Silver. It is equipped with a 5.5-inch FullHD Super LCD display with 1080×1920 pixels and 401ppi with Corning Gorilla Glass Protection. The smartphone is powered by a MediaTek P10 processor, and HTC Sense UI runs on top of the Android OS, coupled with a 3GB of RAM. There is 32GB of internal storage, while the microSD card slot is there for expandable storage. The device supports dual Nano-SIM cards, and both of the SIM cards supports the 4G networks.

The 16 megapixel camera is there on the back, which comes with autofocus and BSI sensor, f2.0 aperture, and features the face detection, Pro Mode for manual settings, RAW format support, Panorama, Camera Zoe, and Hyperlapse. The device has a 8 megapixels front camera with fixed-focus. The HTC One X10 comes with the 4000mAh battery, which is rated to provide up to 26 hours of talk time and 31 days of standby time on a 3G network. The smartphone can charge it’s 4000 mAh battery in less than 3 hours, thanks to the fast charging support. Needless to say, alike most of the HTC phones, this one too comes with HTC BoomSound feature for the enhanced audio experience.

If you are an Android Enthusiast, and want to Root and Install TWRP recovery on your beloved, then you have landed on the right page. In the due course of the article, we will guiding you through the process to install TWRP and root HTC One X10.

The TWRP features the material design, and attractive user interface (UI), and by following this guide you can install latest TWRP for HTC One X10. You can download TWRP Recovery from the links provided in the pre-requisite section of this article. Kindly note that this is a official TWRP recovery and is only for HTC One X10 (Kindly confirm the model by going to Settings>About). The process given below is merely for rooting and installing TWRP on HTC One X10, do not try out this method on any other device.

If you want to unleash the full potential of the hardware of your HTC One X10, then rooting and flashing the TWRP is the main concern. The Stock ROMs have often limited and unsupported features in the sense of Customization. When you have a rooted device and also flashed TWRP recovery, then you are free to install any Custom ROMs, Mods, Kernel, and Xposed etc., as well as many apps which requires root access to work properly.

Brief Details and Advantage of TWRP Recovery

TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project) is an open source, community development project. By flashing the TWRP, your device will be enabled to install any custom firmware, rooting your smartphone, mod zip files for customizations, Xposed Modules for customized features, one click root and unroot processes. Apart from that, it allows you to take Full Nandroid Backup and restore it later, one click image file flashing, remove bloatware, overclock and underclock. Using TWRP, one can easily clean Wipe, Cache and Data after flashing any image file to reflect the changes and rectify minor errors due to cache.

For installing the TWRP, your HTC One X10 phone must have the Unlocked bootloader. That means you have to firstly unlock the bootloader to root your device as well doing any customization.

Disclaimer: The covers although everything in a very neat and a processed manner so that our readers get exactly what they want, still there are meager chances of basic issues that may arise out of the listed steps here. Hence it is in sole interest of the user to follow the steps very cautiously so as to stay away from any mishappenings with your device.

Rooting and flashing the Custom ROM firmware, certainly without any doubt voids your devices warranty and in no way will be held responsible for warranty void or your bricked device.


Ensure to check your model number, which must be:

  • HTC One X10

You must have to ensure that prior to rooting your phone , you have read thoroughly the disclaimer and you agree to proceed further on your risk.

  • Phone Should be Charged

Your phone must be 70% charged atleast else, it may lead to complications sometimes while experimenting. Why to take risk, try to charge it fully.

  • Back Up

If you are either going to root your phone or install a Custom ROM, it is a good habit to make a back up of your phone. Make a back up of all your media like images, videos and all on your PC and your contacts on Cloud.

  • Enable USB Debugging

You must enable USB debugging option by going in to Settings, Applications and Developer options.

Downloads For Rooting HTC One X10

Download Toolkit by ‘XN Logos’ with TWRP and required files for HTC One X10 device here:

TWRP Recovery 3.4.0 (Login required)

Download SuperSU by Chainfire from here.

How to Unlock Bootloader of HTC One X10

Step 1: Firstly we need to unlock bootloader of the device. Visit, Login with your account (Make sure that you have already registered the account with HTC Dev and your PC must have HTC Sync Manager already installed.

Step 2: Find your device on the ‘Unlock Bootloader’ page, and select your model. Select the option ‘All other supported Models’, and then confirm the dialogue boxes that appears on the screen during the process.

Step 3: Now, there are four steps involved following the above mentioned process. First of all, disconnect the HTC One X10 from Computer, turn off the device, and then start it in the bootloader mode while pressing and holding the Volume Down+Power button simultaneously.

Step 4: Now, you need to select the Fastboot mode. Once device entered to the bootloader mode, use Volume Up and Volume Down keys to select the Fastboot option, and then press power button to confirm. Now, it’s time to connect HTC One device to the computer through USB Cable.

Step 5: Now, navigate to the fastboot folder, which created after extracting the toolkit downloaded. Right click on any empty space, and then ‘Open command Window here.’, and enter the following command

fastboot devices

After running this command, then HTC One model should be displayed on the screen, if drivers are properly installed. If in case the device doesn’t shown on the screen, then just reinstall the ‘HTC Sync Manager’>Restart PC and then try again for the same.

Step 6: Follow all of the listed steps on the HTC Dev’s website, and upon submission, HTC will automatically email you the ‘Unlock Token’ for your device. Just you need to downloaded the token, and then rename it to ‘Unlock_code.bin’, and then just place the same into the fastboot folder.

Step 7: There will be message displayed on the screen, for the verification about whether you want to unlock your bootloader. You can use the Volume keys to select the option, and then hit the ‘Power’ button to confirm. Once done, the device will automatically rebooted, and then you will have unlocked bootloader on your HTC One X10 device.

Steps to Flash/ Install TWRP on HTC One X10

Step 1: Assuming you have already downloaded the platform-tools from Android SDK (SDK Manager) platform-tools on your PC. The platform-tools contains the required adb and fastboot binaries.

Step 2: Make sure that the drivers are installed on your computer. Then, skip to the next step.

Note: If Developer Settings and USB Debugging settings are already enabled on your device, as suggested in Prerequisite section, then simply skip the Step 3 and Step 4, and follow Step 5 directly.

Step 3: Now, enable the developer settings on your HTC One X10 Device. To achieve the same, just navigate to the Settings -> About and then find the ‘Build Number ‘, and then tap on ‘Build Number’ for 7 times, this will enable the developer settings on your device.

Step 4: If you have USB Debugging already, then skip this step. If you have not, then open the Developer Options and then enable USB debugging option.

Step 5: Now, open the command prompt in computer/ ADB Terminal, and simply type the command:

adb reboot bootloader

Step 6: Your device should have not entered into fastboot mode. Now copy the TWRP.img file downloaded in prerequisite section, to the same folder where adb and fastboot binaries are located. Rename the file to ‘twrp.img’ and then enter this command:

fastboot flash recovery twrp.img

and then run this command, type:

fastboot reboot

Step 7 (Important): Some devices might not replace the custom recovery automatically during the first boot. You can search Google for key combinations to enter your device into recovery mode. After running the ‘fastboot reboot’ command, press and hold the proper key combination to enter device into TWRP Mode. Once the device boots to TWRP mode, the TWRP will automatically patch the stock ROM, to prevent the chances of replacing TWRP with Stock Recovery.

After typing fastboot reboot, hold the key combo and boot to TWRP. Once TWRP is booted, TWRP will patch the stock ROM to prevent the stock ROM from replacing TWRP. If you don’t follow this step, you will have to repeat the install.

Procedure to Root HTC One X10/ Install SuperSU

Step 1: Make sure you have unlocked the bootloader using the process described above, and also have downloaded the required files from the prerequisite section.

Step 2: Now, navigate to the zipped toolkit file downloaded above, and then extract it in your PC. Navigate to the folder, and then install ADB and Fastboot Driver on the computer.

Step 3: Now, run the S-droid toolkit.exe file, which is located in the twrp/tool folder.

Step 4: Then, connect device to the computer, with USB Debugging enabled, and either follow the on screen instructions, or type 41 to flash the TWRP. That’s it, this has begun the TWRP flashing process, and it will take few moments to complete.

Install TWRP 3;0

Step 5: As you are already in ADB after flashing the TWRP, now don’t boot the device from recovery to normal, and directly type ’45’ and then hit ‘Enter’. This will transfer the required files to device, and then boot the HTC One X10 to the TWRP, automatically.

Step 6: Now, click on ‘Backup’ and create ‘Nandroid’ backup, and then perform the factory reset.

Step 7: Install and select the ‘No verity’ app from the device’s storage, and confirm the install. Once again, navigate to the ‘Install’ and then select the file ‘xnmagic’ which is located in Device’s storage i.e. storage>sdcard, and then confirm the installation.

Step 8: That’s done! Now reboot the device, if it will boot into the recovery once again, then simply use the option ‘Reboot system now’ and that completes the process.

Congratulations, now you have rooted HTC One X10 and also flashed the TWRP. Now, you can install Xposed Framework, and customize your smartphone as per your preference. If you wish to verify, you may download and check the Root Status through Root Checker app.

Credits:  XN Logos

Source: XDA

Ramandeep Singh

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