The Weak Sauce team developed a root exploit earlier this year for some HTC devices. The exploit was later patched in software updates by the Verizon phone carrier network and Google. Well, now it’s time for WeakSauce 2: The Habanero’s Revenge. The same team of developers are bringing out a second coming of the same tool to help owners of the HTC One and the Droid DNA smartphones gain root access again. It’s a unique case where you don’t need the bootloader unlocked and you don’t need S-off. That means it’s a simple process that takes under five minutes after you finish reading through the essentials.
Before starting the steps, we will run you through some essentials you need so you don’t make a mistake. Do not follow the guide unless you are an advanced Android users. It’s easy to make mistakes if you are a rookie.
The Droid DNA comes with Sense 5.5 UI out of the box and Android 4.1.1. from there it has the 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and 4.4 KitKat updates available. Only use the following if you are up to date and running the latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat.
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.
Details of Note
- Firstly, you must have the Dalvik mode enabled. Do this from the Settings menu under Developer Options.
- We are using an APK file which transfers from the computer to the mobile. You must have a file manager installed that you know how to use before starting.
- – all APK’s need a file manager before you can successfully install the file. If you haven’t used any APK’s before we suggest trialing one before starting here.
- The following is for the Verizon edition of the Droid DNA. It’s now discontinued, but as far as we know, the Big Red were the only phone carrier network to pick up the device.
- – you should notice the branding stamped on the back case to check which network yours belongs to.
- You should backup the data before starting. use the built-in backup utility to help store things like the phone contacts, SMS texts, call logs, pictures, music and video files. Moreover, you can download and install application to help you in this area from the Google Play Store. Helium for Android is popular.
- If you need to enter recovery mode after applying the root access you can try installing the reboot manager application from Google Play.
- Make sure you have enough battery power to see through the guide if the USB charging isn’t working. Most smartphones come with USB charging as a default feature. that works by charging the battery so long as it’s plugged into the computer.
- You can use a computer, notebook or laptop for applying the exploit. However, make sure it comes with a working USB slot.
- you must enable the USB Debugging mode by stopping over at the Settings > Developer Options USB Debugging.
How to root the Droid DNA by HTC with WeakSauce 2 for Android 4.4.4
- Download the WeakSauce 2 APK file here.
- Enable the ‘unknown sources” option from the Settings > Security.
- Transfer the file from the computer to the phone.
- You must have a file manager app such as ASTRO file manager for opening the APK.
- Find the app from the app drawer and open it up after installing.
- Download the SuperSU pack from here.
Occasionally people change their minds and decide they wish they were running stock Android like it was out of the factory. We can help you apply the same. If you don’t want to spend any money you can wait for future software updates and apply them manually. Do not accept the OTA file with root access. Devices such as the DNA might be at the end of their software run, which means you won’t find any more coming. In that case you have no choice but to install an app such as root checker and unroot pro from the Google Play store.