Wil Wheaton was having difficulties rooting his HTC One. Wheaton was able to unlock the bootloader, but he wasn’t able to mount a partition after booting into recovery. Thankfully, ClockWorkMod developer Koushik Dutta took to his Google+ page with a fix: the new Wil Wheaton Recovery.
“Tough bootloaders call for an even tougher recovery”, Koush said. As a result of this, we have the Wil Wheaton Recovery, which a user can flash with fastboot. After flashing, simply boot into recovery and then back into Android once you’re in the recovery menu. Before it boots you out of recovery, it’ll ask you to install root, where all you have to do is tap “yes”.
After you’re rooted, head into the Play Store and download the Superuser app to finish the process. It’s that easy. Although, something important to keep in mind is that this method only works for the HTC One on AT&T and T-Mobile. It won’t work on the Sprint variant, at least not at this time.
The process before the Wil Wheaton Recovery came along made it a little difficult, and possibly intimidating for some, to root the HTC One. As you can see, there are far fewer steps to take to root the One now, so those who have felt intimidated should give Koush’s new tool a shot. Although, if you’re new to this, we do suggest you do a little bit of research before attempting to root anything.
Thanks to Wil Wheaton’s difficulties, we all can now root the HTC One very easily, and not long after its launch too! Have you tried the Wil Wheaton Recovery process? How’d it go? Sound off in the comments!