The first action to take when looking forward to modifying and tweaking the OS of the Android device is rooting and installing a custom recovery image. Thankfully, we are presenting both today and it’ll replace the stock recovery tool. Since rooting is an unofficial operation, it voids the manufacturer’s warranty. The XE is getting old now and many of you won’t find any warranty remaining anyway. That’s means you have little to lose.

The HTC Sensation comes in three variants: the HTC Sensation 4G, XL and XE. The following is only made for the XE variant. You can check your model number by looking on the back of the box or navigating to Settings > About Device. Do not try installing the steps on any other as you risk soft-bricking the smartphone.

HTC XE

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

  • You need a Windows PC, notebook or laptop to complete the steps. The toolkit is developed with Windows in mind and no other operating system including Linux or Mac. Moreover, you must stop the security programs running on the Android smartphone and the computer. They come as apps on the mobile and you can temporarily disable the antivirus protection by visiting the system tray from the Windows task bar.
  • Check the battery level on the phone before starting the steps. You want at least 505 battery power or else you risk it shutting down. You don’t want it shutting down while the flashing is taking place or else you may need a factory reset. It does come with USB charging as a default feature, and since we are connecting to the computer for the duration of the guide, you will find the battery charging automatically for most of the time. That’s only if you have the USB charging feature working.
  • Toolkit’s make life easier, but you still need to back up the data before starting. As far as we know, Hasoon’s work doesn’t need automatic factory resets as you would when installing a custom ROM. However, sometimes the unexplained happens in technology and you can find boot loops and other problems that require you wiping the data and starting again. If you are forced into a factory reset the data is wiped and you cannot get it back. It’s essentially a brand new phone again just like it was after you opened it up out of the box.
  • You ought to back up the phone contacts, music files, SMS text messages, videos, pictures, EFS folder and any other data you think you need. use applications such as helium. Helium is available from the Google Play store and will make copies of your messages, sync the phone contacts and market apps. Those of you with root access already and wanting to unchain the device away from the default factory restrictions another way will want to use titanium. Titanium is the greatest backup experience but those without the system internals unlocked cannot use the app.
  • We are connecting the phone to the computer for much of the guide. For that to happen successfully we need to allow the devices to talk to each other. We do this through USB Debugging and updating the drivers. Enable USB Debugging mode from the Developer Options menu. Now find the up-to-date USB drivers from third-party file sources or visiting the official HTC website. many of you already have the proper drivers. If you are accessing the phones data from the computer you know the drivers are working.
  • Toolkits are easy to use, but they still need advanced Android users. It’s not easy understanding everything that’s involved; therefore rookies must find someone with more experience to help them along the way. The consequences are costly if you make a mistake. The worst case scenario is bricking.
  • You must unlock the bootloader before starting. Do it from the HTC Developers website where you will find complete step-by-step instructions.

How to root the HTC Sensation XE with Hasoon’s All-In-One Toolkit

  1. Start with turning the computer on and logging into the user account of your choice.
  2. Download the SuperSU file here.
  3. Download CWM touch recovery here.
  4. Download Hasoon’s Toolkit here.
  5. Use the desktop for all three files.
  6. Find the USB cable.
  7. Connect the XE to the computer using the USB wire.
  8. Transfer the SuperSu zip file to the internal memory or the SD card.
    – do not extract the folder yet.
  9. Do not disconnect the phone from the PC.
  10. Extract the Toolkit and find the X.exe file.
  11. Click the file and the front page of the toolkit opens on the monitor.
  12. Look for the top left box and select “install these drivers” by clicking “Go.”
  13. Go to the desktop and find the CWM image and rename the file CWM 5827.
  14. Copy the new file to the Toolkit and replace the existing file with the same name.
  15. Go to the main window from the toolkit and look at the top-right box.
    – you will see the new file. Click the file so it’s highlighted and select the “flash recovery” option.
  16. Wait several minutes for the flashing to finish.
  17. It will reboot automatically in recovery mode.
  18. Select ‘install zip from sdcard’, followed by‘choose zip from sdcard.’
  19. Upload the SuperSU file.
  20. Go back to the main recovery screen and select “reboot system now.”

Repeat the steps if it fails the first time. Furthermore, you may wish to apply a ‘factory reset.’ Apply the apply the ‘format /system’ option after the factory reset.

You can download the root checker app from Google Play online and verify if it’s working.