The HTC Amaze 4G also called the HTC Ruby, is a great little smartphone which runs Androids 2.3.4 Gingerbread. The HTC Amaze was released back in November 2011 and offers users a multitude of features. Nothing compared to what you can do with a rooted device though.
Some people find a problem or two when following a rooting guide for their Android-based mobile phone or tablet. A large chunk of those issues is fixed by installing the correct USB drivers for your device on the computer. In this case, that means installing the Google USB Drivers. You ought to turn off the computer and turn it back on again for the Google drivers to start working efficiently. Only then should you continue to the Amaze 4G guide.
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 should head to the Google Play Store and download a third-party application to back up your Amaze smartphone with 4G speed. You can also use the built-in Amaze backup function for storing much of the data the HTC way. You want to save the phone contacts, SMS texts, pictures, video files, music files and Settings.
- You void the warranty by applying the steps below on your HTC smartphone. You should get access to the recovery mode (custom recovery image now) and do a factory reset or a hard reset from inside. Remember we are not using a stock recovery after gaining root access, so you must get access to the custom version.
- Before you root the HTC Amaze 4G, please make sure it has at least 50% battery to ensure it doesn’t shut off unexpectedly at any time during the rooting process.
- Stopover at the USB Debugging mode from the Developer Options menu and check the box, so it’s working. You won’t connect to the computer properly with the USB Debugging mode.
Download the following files:
- HTC Amaze 4G Drivers HERE
- Rooting Package HERE
How to Rooting HTC Amaze 4G / Root HTC Ruby
1. First launch the HTCDriver3.0.0.007.exe file by double clicking on it. Then you will be able to follow the instructions that appear on-screen to install the drivers.
2. Once you have installed the drivers you can start on the rooting process. You will need to extract the Root Package files to your PC desktop. Enter the password androidadvices[dot]com when prompted.
3. You need to enable USB debugging on the device, to do this simply go to Menu > Applications > Development > USB debugging and check the box.
4. Using the USB cable connect your device to your PC
5. You need to go to the Zerg rush root folder which will be in the files you extracted before. Launch the ZergRushTempRoot.bat file, this will begin rooting your device.
6. Once it has completed rooting, you need to disconnect you device from your PC.
Now you have finished the guide, you might want to test that it’s working by heading to the Google Play Store and installing the root checker applications. There’s a few different root checker versions. The one we are linking to is the best in our opinion, but you are welcome to try the other by doing a search from Google Play.
The root checker app is also helpful for when you are unrooting, if you decided to do that in future. You can use the app and if it says there is no root access, you know the trick to unroot the smartphone worked.
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