How to Root Your HTC Vivid

by: Paul NuñalDecember 12, 2011

The HTC Vivid features a massive 4.5-inch SLCD screen and dual-core processing–something that owners of the device can be much proud of.  If you’re one such owner, you’ll be glad to know that you can finally get your hands dirty with rooting your HTC Vivid, as the guys from XDA Developers have managed to get through the phone’s internal system.

In this article, you will learn how to root your HTC Vivid.  The method has been tested to work on both the AT&T variant as well as the Canadian variant.  According to the developer, the rooting method uses the zergRush exploit and will supposedly grant permanent root access, rather than temporary root access, if the device’s bootloader is also unlocked.

What is Rooting?

Rooting your HTC Vivid simply means you’ll be getting something similar to Administrator-level privileges on a Windows-based machine.  Rooting is to Android what jailbreaking is to the iPhone.  Having root access opens up opportunities for you to enjoy new unique features and functionalities that you couldn’t normally enjoy on a non-rooted device.  For instance, you can set up your phone to  function faster than normal, install third-party apps that require root access, and use custom ROMs.

Keep in mind that having root access also voids your manufacturer’s warranty. Although, there is always the option of unrooting your device by means of flashing back to the stock ROM or you could use SuperOneClick.


  • Before starting, fully charge your phone, or at least have 60% battery power when performing the rooting procedure.   Having enough power on the phone will ensure an uninterrupted process.  Interruptions to the process could brick your phone and render it useless.
  • Enable USB debugging on your phone. You can do this by heading to Settings > Applications > Development > USB Debugging.
  • Save all of your phone’s data by making a back-up copy of your call log, text messages, media files, Internet settings, and other important data so that you have a fallback if anything should happen to your phone after undergoing the rooting procedure.

Once you’ve got the prerequisites covered, you can now proceed to the rooting procedure.

Rooting Instructions

  1. Download the USB driver files for your HTC Vivid.  Get them from here and install the drivers to your computer so that your computer can correctly recognize your device.
  2. Download the rooting files for the HTC Vivid.  You can get the files here.  Extract the ZIP file’s contents into a folder on your computer.
  3. Connect your phone to your computer using a USB cable.  When the device asks you for a connection type, specify “Charge only.”  Your computer ought to be able to recognize your device.
  4. Go to the folder where you extracted the rooting files.  Double-click on the RUNME.bat file to start the rooting process.
  5. You will be presented with prompts and instructions along the way.  Just follow them from start to finish.
  6. Reboot your phone.

Congratulations!  You have successfully rooted your phone. Enjoy the many benefits that you can have with a rooted device.

  • Didn’t work… At least I think it didn’t my phone seems the same in every aspect, how do you know if it’s rooted? The prompt said it was but I don’t see it

    • Michael Hefler

      in the market place search for an app called root checker, it tells all

    • popo0001

      get root checker it will tell you

  • Mrepro93

    Nevermind it didn’t work.

  • Dontneedmemyemail

    does’nt work do yourself a favor and don’t waste your time on this one. Wait for a good perm root that actually works.

  • Kyle Winters

    This is a permanent root for every HTC vivid but for some, you need to unlock the boot loader first at here made by HTCdev.
    PS You can unlock the boot loader for most HTC devices

  • Ryanproudfoot

    worked nice thanks

  • Ghostmobile07

    Didnt work

  • Mishka22

    Still doesn’t work

  • Ashley

    This was the first of seemingly endless attemps to root my phone that (FINALLY) was successful. Unfortunately, it so far is just temporary, if I turn my phone off/on it unroots. Going to make a backup then unlock the bootloader and retry to see if it will be permanent.

  • Dan

    Yeah, the link you gave us for the device drivers is crap. You cant actually download them, the site tries to trick you into downloading a bunch of other crap instead.

  • FuzzyHarpyBug

    rooted, realized the bootloader was still locked so it was temproot, unlocked the bootloader tried to root again, device is not being found by the rooter, just sits around saying “Waiting for device”… Going to keep trying.

  • Shamezee83

    Does this work with android 4.0.3 ics???

  • Bzbodybdr

    When you root you phone and use the free wifi tethering, does your provoder see the data useage? if so can you hide it?

  • Spitfir23

    It wont let me download the USB driver files any help????

    • RedBaron2012

      Google “Windows Device Driver (HTC Android USB Device Driver) download and install” find it separately, then download and install.

  • Does this also unlock the phone? If not,how can i do this myself?

  • lexi

    how do i know if it’s finished?

  • Lexi


  • mason

    okay i need some help somebody. i connected my phone to the computer checked charge only i run the file and it says waiting for device please connect device if not already connected. well my phone has been connected for 20 minutes. how to i get the stupid thing to just run already!

  • Sefe Vasquez

    CAn i root my phone using a mac osx?

  • jjhackr

    I just tried it and no Worley on 4.0.3… fml

  • jack

    Thx mate worked like a charm

  • chomper5252

    so i plugged in my phone and a command window popped up saying “daemon not running. starting it now on port 2037. daemon started successfully.” but hasn’t done anything else….any clues on what i need to do or if i did anything wrong?

  • Tommie Goggans

    Does this erase my data on my phone?

  • P3RV

    HTC Vivid -_- i know you see the title

  • Greg

    you forgot to put the Zarg files in with the zip file.