The HTC Desire 610 is a mid-range smartphone with Sense UI running Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box and it hasn’t seen much software jumps since that date. If you want to unchain the operating system and install a custom ROM or firmware to boost the software with extra features compared to what it is stuck on the best bet to do that is by gaining root access. Nowadays there are lots of developers happily creating ROMs so you can enjoy what future Droid version are coming with. In addition, it’s the only way to fully customize your device and deck it out with different themes. Likewise, unchaining the OS is the only way to begin using additional apps that can tweak the OS and overclock the CPU to give out better performance compared to what the 610 can usually produce.
The Desire 610 is exclusive to AT&T and comes with a big display, quad-core processor, high-resolution camera and fast 4G mobile data support. The battery gives 15 hours of talk time and 27 days standby time with a capacity of 2040 mAh. In addition, we know it comes with USB charging as a connectivity feature. That means when we connect it to the computer, it will start charging the battery automatically. That’s good because it allows us to save time and not wait for the battery icon to gain a great deal of power. However, if you know the USB charging feature does not work, you should save at least 50% of the battery before starting to make sure it doesn’t shut off during the steps. It can lead to potential soft-bricking of the handset if it does turn it off.
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.
- Backing up is the most important prerequisites. If you corrupt the data during the process it may lead to requiring a full factory reset or restore. That means the data is wiped and unless you made the copies beforehand there’s no way of retaining the information. Backup the text messages, phone contacts list, call logs, videos, picture galleries, audio and video files, MMS and internet settings and the rest of the custom settings you have created for your device. You can back up using the internal memory, external memory or using apps available from Google Play such as Helium, Titanium and SMS backup. All three applications will make copies of everything for most people in most situations. If you don’t have root access already the Helium app is the one for you.
- Since the guide only takes a few short steps there’s no reason novice users cannot use it. You do not need to be an advanced user to continue on here. However, if you are under the age of 10 and do not have any experience in technology with customizing phones and tablet we recommend finding a parent or guardian to help you instead.
- Everybody can follow this link after finishing up with the steps and install the Root Checker app from Google Play to check if it worked. There are three different versions of the app that all work well.
- You should know that following the steps listed below will result in the warranty being void. When we unchain the OS it ticks over the flash counter that the manufacturer deliberately installs to catch out if you have tinkered with the OS. They do not cover it in their policy if you are making modifications they do not permit. However, if you take the root access away again the flash counter will return back to zero and they’ll never know a thing.
- Make sure you have the up to date USB Drivers. Moreover, check the USB Debugging Mode is enabled from the Developer Options menu.
- We are using a computer, notebook or laptop with a USB slot to complete the steps successfully. It does not matter what the computer runs as long as the slot is working so we can plug-in and connect our handsets to the machine. We transfer the files this way since it is safer than attempting to do it directly to the phone. Furthermore, we want to stop any security programs such as virus, malware and spyware protection from running as an application on the phone and a program from the system tray on the computer. Temporarily disable them and turn it back on after you finish the steps. Do not browse the internet without turning the filters on again or you risk picking up Trojans and other nasty infections.
- You need to install Team Win’s TWRP recovery image before starting the steps. You can head to this official page and download it from there if you don’t have it already. You will need Android SDK or ADB depending on your operating system of choice. Search for a tutorial to assist you if you don’t know what you are doing. There’s some available from Google.
Files You Need
- You must have a custom recovery installed on the HTC Desire 610 device before you can follow this guide.
How to root the HTC Desire 610 in two minutes or less
1. Turn the computer on that you are using.
2. Download ChainFire’s package here.
3. Extract the root package to the desktop of the computer.
4. Find the USB cable to connect the two devices together.
5. Transfer the TWRP Recovery zip file over to the root of the SD card internal storage.
6. Disconnect the phone by stopping the USB Mass Storage device option first.
7. Boot the Desire 610 in Recovery Mode.
8. Choose the “install zip from SD card” then “choose zip from SD card”. Those using TWRP can just tap on the “Install” option and then browse the SD card.
9. Install and confirm the flashing for the file.
10. Go back to the main menu in the recovery.
11. Choose the “reboot system now” option.
Encountering the “SuperSu has stopped” issue? Here’s how to fix it with ease. Download the flashable SuperSU, unzip the package and go to the common folder. Find the “Superuser.apk” file and install the file. Select “More” followed by “Install” and run the SuperSU. Now go to the Settings, find the cleanup section and press the re-install button. Now stop over at the Play store and download the new version.