How to root HTC First

root htc-first-redWho here remembers HTC First or as it was commonly referred to: the Facebook Phone? While yes, the whole Facebook Home app was a full disaster along with the device that was centered around it, the phone itself wasn’t that bad of a device. HTC First or HTC Myst in fact packed quite decent hardware for its price range and quite honestly could have done better without having Facebook Home as a default part for it. In any case, if you did buy the device and now have no idea what to do with it then may I ask you have you considered rooting it? Well today we shall teach you how to root HTC First.

Disclaimer: We take no responsibility for any damages that might be done to your device either during or after the process. So proceed at your own risk. Also remember that unlocking your bootloader will void the warranty of your phone.

Prerequisites: In order to root HTC First, you will require an unlocked bootloader (you can go to HTC Dev for that), you will also require Android SDK (namely fastboot and adb) installed on your computer as well, which the unlocking guide extensively covers in detail.


  • Download a custom recovery for your phone (we recommend TWRP) from here. You will need it before you can root HTC First.
  • Place the downloaded file in the folder with fastboot and adb.
  • Open a command prompt in your fastboot and adb folder and restart your device in bootloader after connecting it to your computer. You can either do it manually (restart your phone while keeping the power and vol. down key pressed) or via adb (“adb reboot bootloader”).
  • Type “fastboot erase cache” to erase your phone’s cache.
  • Type “fastboot flash recovery recovery.img” to flash in the custom recovery.
  • To root HTC First, download SuperSU or Superuser (both do the same thing but we like SuperSU more for no reason) and put it on your phone’s SD card.
  • Boot into your phone’s recovery either manually or via adb (“adb reboot recovery”)
  • Flash in the SuperSU from the custom recovery by selecting “install from SD card” option (or whatever sounds similar to this one).
  • Restart your phone and open the SuperSU app which will appear in your app drawer and simply update the binaries.

That’s it, you have successfully managed to root HTC First and can now even be able to remove all the bloatware that came with the phone as well, along with so much more.

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