How to Root the HTC Thunderbolt
Rooting your HTC Thunderbolt will allow you to customize your device, preserve its battery life, increase its memory, and enjoy special Android apps exclusive to rooted devices. You can root your HTC Thunderbolt using the Kingo app on a Windows-based computer.
Back up all personal data on your HTC Thunderbolt to Google’s servers, your computer, or to a third-party cloud storage service of your choice.Rooting your device will wipe any personal data stored to the phone’s memory.
Navigate to Kingo’s website on your computer at .Kingo is the rooting software required to root your Thunderbolt.
Select the option to save the Kingo .exe file to your desktop, then double-click on the file to launch the installation wizard.
Follow the on-screen prompts to install the software on your computer, then click on “Kingo Android Root” to launch the program.
Tap on Menu and select “Settings” on your HTC Thunderbolt.
Tap on “Developer’s options,” then place a checkmark next to “USB debugging.”
Connect the HTC Thunderbolt to your computer using a USB cable.If updated HTC drivers aren’t already installed on your computer, the Kingo app will automatically search for and install the latest drivers.
Click on “Root” in the Kingo app.The rooting process will begin, and your Thunderbolt will reboot several times throughout the procedure.
Wait for Kingo to complete the rooting process.When rooting is complete, Kingo will display the “Finish” button.
Click on “Finish.”The Thunderbolt will reboot one last time.
Disconnect the Thunderbolt from your computer, and verify that “SuperSU” is listed in the app tray.Your device will now be rooted.
Try using a different USB cable and USB port if you receive the error “Device not connected” after connecting the Thunderbolt to your computer.In some cases, a faulty cable or port will prevent Windows and Kingo from recognizing your device.
- Open Task Manager and end the “adb.exe” process if you continue to receive the “Device not connected” error after checking the USB cable and USB port. Then, close and reopen Kingo to resolve the connection error.
Shut down your computer if you’re running Kingo on Windows 8, and the driver installation process continues to run on a loop.This bug is an ongoing known issue associated with running Kingo on Windows 8.
- Press the Windows and R keys to bring up the Run command line dialog box.
- Type “shutdown/r/o,” then press Enter. The Boot Options menu will display on-screen.
- Click on “Troubleshoot,” then click on “Advanced options.”
- Click on “Windows Startup Settings,” then on “Restart.”
- Press the F7 key at the prompt when your computer starts up. The installation looping error will now be corrected.
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