How To Root HTC One S On Android 4.0 ICS

HTC One S has now been rooted thanks to XDA-Developers forum member paulobrien. The One S can be said to be the younger brother to the HTC One X, with still specs impressive enough to challenge most modern day Android devices. The best part, you get to run Ice Cream Sandwich on a handsomely large 4.3” Super AMOLED screen. Like the rooting guide we covered earlier for the HTC One X, the rooting procedure is more or less the same, using the superboot image which is basically a modified boot.img.

According to paulobrien:

“The superboot image is also ‘insecure’, allowing you to use ‘adb remount’ as well as having full ADB root access to your device until such time as you reboot after running this process (it’s a non permanent ADB root as it’s a ‘fastboot boot’ and not a ‘fastboot flash’ but it IS a permanent root in all other regards!).”

The rooting procedure will work through Windows, Linux and Mac as well. Now that you understand what you’re dealing with, here’s how you can root the One X.

Disclaimer: Please attempt this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips won’t be responsible in case your device bricks or any other damage occurs due to this method.



    1. To begin, download the Superboot package from the link above and extract the contents.
    2. Put your device into bootloader mode by turning off the phone first, and then powering it on as you keep the Volume down key pressed.
    3. Connect the device to the computer via USB.
    4. If you’re on Windows, simply run install-superboot-windows.bat.
    5. For Mac, open a terminal, navigate to the extracted contents and enter the following commands:
      chmod +x
    6. For Linux, open a terminal, navigate to the extracted contents and enter the following commands:
    chmod +x

    For updates and queries, head over to the forum thread at XDA-Developers.

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