The HTC Vivid is a smartphone released during 2011 but interestingly still has many of the same looks that the same company uses today. It also comes with a display size that’s bigger than most of the iPhone series with 4.5-inches. It’s one handset that’s way ahead of its time and many people are still using it today as their daily drive. If you are using it as your daily device or your secondary phone you can apply the steps below and open up the system internals with root access.
BEFORE WE BEGIN
The HTC Vivid is getting older now and as such we know it’s had a few software updates. You should apply the steps below for the device that’s running Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich. You can check your software version by navigating to the About Device section from the Settings.
Understand that you are voiding any warranty that still comes with the phone. If you are holding this handset since the year it first came out that likely doesn’t include you any way.
You will need a computer to follow the guide. Likewise, you’ll need the USB cable the phone comes with out of the box.
Download and install the HTC USB drivers from here.
HOW TO ROOT THE HTC VIVID IN ANDROID 4.0.3 ICE CREAM SANDWICH
- Connect the smart phone to the computer with the USB cable.
- Copy and Paste the SuperUser zip file to the internal SD card storage of the phone.
- Wait until the transfer completes before unplugging the phone from the computer now.
- Boot the handset in Bootloader Mode by holding down the Power and Volume Down buttons.
- Wait for a new menu to appear on the display and choose the recovery mode option.
- You are now booting the device into the ClockworkMod Recovery.
- Choose the install zip from SD card followed by choose zip from SD card and choose the Superuser zip file to upload.
- Wait until the Superuser is fully installed.
- Now follow the path back to the main recovery menu and select the reboot system now option.
- When the device reboots by itself you have root access with Superuser installed. You are now ready for flashing custom ROMs or installing those great applications from the Google Play Store.