The HTC Vivid is a smartphone that comes out with the Sense 3.6 UI. Compare that with the Sense 6.0 user interface that’s integrated into the latest smartphones such as the HTC One M8, and it’s easy to see why people might be interested in rooting the handset.
With that being said, there are always people looking to unroot the same devices so if you are someone who would prefer returning the device back the way it was before you decided to open up the system internals you can do that by applying the steps below.
What Is Rooting the Android Operating System?
When you buy a new smartphone, you might not know it, but the Android operating system is in a “locked” state. For the most part, it will not make much difference to you: most apps are still available to use, and there are benefits to this locked state such as better security. When you root the Android operating system, you are gaining full administrative rights over the OS.
Why Would You Want to Root Android?
Gaining full administrative rights over the operating system has some perks to some people. For example, out of the millions of applications available on Google Play, some of them will not be able to run on your device unless it has root access. Until you have a specific need for wanting Android rooted, you probably want to leave Android as it comes out of the box. But if you need to unlock an app, then that is when you want to look into rooting methods. Using more apps is only one example of why you may want root access, here is the full list of benefits:
- Unlock more applications. Some of the apps available for Android cannot run unless you have root access. This is because the app’s features cannot run without the root permissions because the features require the full system access before they can be useful.
- Better battery life. Smartphones are great, but they have one caveat, which is each time you recharge the battery, it loses some of its overall lifespan. That means smartphones, in general, do not make great investments, and if your weekly paycheck is low, you will want to limit the number of smartphones you go through. One of the ways you can do that is by removing bloatware and creating a better battery life.
- Bolster performance. If you are the budget-conscious shopper, you may want to increase the device’s performance. This can be done by removing the bloatware as well. The more processes you have running, the more memory that is used. By removing some of the apps, it can help lighten the load on your hardware.
- Customize Android with themes. With root access, you can download and install any theme that’s at your disposal. That includes any customized theme you can find.
What Are the Risks of Rooting?
If you are buying a smartphone that is not running iOS, then it is probably the Android operating system that you want running as the ideal software to pair with your shiny new hardware. It is, in fact, the Android OS that offers you the chance to customize the OS considerably more than iOS: custom themes, run any app you know about, the works. For many users, the “openness” of an operating system is important, because it offers them more freedom which means running into fewer problems with their investments. But there is a reason iOS likes a far more locked approach: the ability to customize is not for everyone, and if you do not know what you are doing it can lead to a lot of problems which can define your time with the OS rather than freedom.
With power (full admin permissions) comes greater responsibility. Here are some of the main risk factors when it comes to rooting:
- Malware becomes a larger threat. You might read the occasional news article about how new malware is wreaking havoc in parts of the world on Android. But the Android operating system with root access becomes considerably more vulnerable to exploits because applications are no longer prisoned off in their own sandbox environments. This means if you accidentally download malware, it can do more damage because it can spread throughout the operating system and even jump into other applications and potentially view sensitive data.
- You can accidentally brick the smartphone. There is always a chance that you end up bricking the smartphone before you had the opportunity to use it with root access. That is because if you are going to brick it, it is going to happen during the rooting process.
- You may void the warranty. Most manufacturers do not allow you to root the Android operating system and still get to bring it in for repairs under warranty. Whether they are legally meant to do that or not is another question, but it is now common knowledge that most do not want to help you if they find out you have unlocked the OS with root access.
BEFORE WE BEGIN
- You must follow the guide in the correct order or re-locking the bootloader before applying the unrooting steps.
- Only apply the steps for the Vivid variant of the HTC smartphone. The HTC brand make several smartphones so make sure you have the correct version.
- You shouldn’t start the guide unless you have at least 70% battery saved up. You don’t want the smartphone shutting down before the guide finishes.
- You need a computer for transferring the files.
HOW TO LOCK THE HTC VIVID BOOTLOADER
1. Download the ADBFastbootRecovery file from this link here.
2. Download the stock ROM here.
3. Extract the folder to the desktop of the computer.
Reboot in the Bootloader Mode.
– do that by holding the Volume Down and Power buttons together.
4. Wait for the menu to appear and select the fastboot option.
5. Find the USB cable and connect the phone to the computer with the cable.
6. Open the Command prompt by holding down the Shift key and right-clicking on an empty area on the screen.
7. Type “fastboot oem unlock.”
8. Type “fastboot reboot.”
9. Now your all ready to go to the next step. The bootloader is locked.
HOW TO UNROOT THE HTC VIVID SMARTPHONE
1. Connect to the computer once again.
2. Transfer the stock firmware file to the internal storage of the SD card.
3. Unplug the phone from the computer.
4. Reboot the Vivid in Bootloader Mode.
– use the same keys as you did for the bootloader section.
5. Wait until a message comes on the display asking if you want to install the ROM.
6. Select the option that says yes.
7. Flash the stock ROM and continue to reboot the device if it doesn’t automatically reboot.
8. Now you are running the stock Android ROM without any root access. That means you can no longer flash and install a custom ROM or try installing the rooted applications from the Google Play Store.
There is no difference to the HTC Vivid smartphone before it was rooted to when you have rooted the device. Had you of unlocked the bootloader then you would always get a message before the Android operating system boots that you’ve unlocked the bootloader, and that message can’t be taken away most of the time. But just with regards to rooting the operating system, everything is reversed completely and back the way it was before you started tinkering with the operating system.
That being said, you’ll still have whatever root applications you installed on the operating system available there from the app drawer; they don’t just automatically delete themselves, though they won’t be able to work unless you root the smartphone again. If you do think you’ll get root access again in the future, then you might want to leave those root applications there for later use. However, if you don’t think you will, then it’s best to delete them from the system entirely. That way you aren’t using up unnecessary life from the battery of your device —everything that is installed on your device required some extra juice to keep it there, and many of the apps will continue to run in the background unless you put a stop to them. The simplest solution is just to delete the apps you no longer need.