Gain root on your HTC One (M8) thanks to WeakSauce

by: Jonathan FeistMarch 31, 2014

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The all new HTC One (M8) has been up for pre-sales for a week, which has proven enough time to make a successful rooting tool. The tool is called WeakSauce, it will root your Verizon HTC One (M8) and was developed by jcase and beaups over on the XDA Developers forums.

WeakSauce is an installable apk file that should work to root the Verizon HTC One (M7) and HTC One (M8), but may work on other HTC models as well. Not a bad start, considering the devs do not yet have a device of their own to test on. Once the devices ship, we can reasonably expect further hacking magic from these guys.

For now, WeakSauce “gains root, mounts a new xbin containing busybox, and su.” Once you’ve installed and run WeakSauce on your HTC One (M8), you’ll still need to grab SuperSu from the Play Store. From there, the exploit only provides write access to /system/xbin. Also, do not rush into root activities after a fresh device boot, WeakSauce needs to re-root your device about a minute in after every reboot. Remember, this is just root, unlocking bootloaders and all that fun stuff will have to wait.

Unlike the new HTC One (M8), users of the first HTC One (M7), once rooted with WeakSauce, can gain s-off and unlock their bootloader by using another tool called firewater. firewater should work on most Qualcomm based HTC phones too.

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Due to the complexities of each of the processes above, I highly recommend checking out our rooting information before you get started. When you are ready to gain root on your fancy new HTC One (M8), grab the apk and carefully follow all the instructions on the WeakSauce thread on the XDA Developers forums. For s-off on your HTC One (M7), grab the firewater exploit and please carefully follow the instructions on the firewater website.

What is your number one reason for wanting to gain root on your device?

  • Jayfeather787

    I hate S-off. That was the hardest part of completely unlocking my HTC Sensation. I had to run this thing called Juoponut Bear that ran through the command prompt while the phone was connected through usb on the computer. Then I had to take the back off the phone and touch a paper clip between the casing of the Micro SD Card slot and a screw in an attempt to short it out. The timing had to be exact or it wouldn’t work. After frying two SD cards (because it will do that) and a week later, I finally did it. I am glad to see that there are other solutions and hopefully it is easier to S-Off HTC phones now!

    • MasterMuffin

      Just get the way more expensive dev edition! x/

      • Jayfeather787

        That seems to be the only solution around here…
        Nexus FTW!

        • MasterMuffin

          HTC One M8 GPE without the HTC bezel, normal power button placement and S5’s camera (and maybe even screen). That’d be the dream

          • Jayfeather787


    • Mike Reid

      S-Off also means kernel updates have to be manually flashed.

      Yeah, recent Qualcomm based HTC’s tend to have S-Off, like 1 year old One and 2 year OneXL/S/Evo 4G LTE. But my 2 year old International OneX still has no S-Off and may never.

      Nexus is the way to go for easy unlocking.