How to root AT&T HTC Desire 626 on Android 5.1 Lollipop [Guide]

HTC-Desire-626-AT&T-rootRooting the AT&T versions of smartphones can sometimes prove a hassle, and it’s happened here again with the HTC Desire 626 smartphone. In just the last few weeks we have finally found a way to root the smartphone by using an updated versions of the KingRoot app which you can find in this guide. Most rooting guides do not require you to have the bootloader unlocked before you do them, but this one does according to the original developer, so make sure you do that before using this guide.

Here is everything you need to root AT&T HTC Desire 626 smartphones when they are running on the Android 5.1 Lollipop software updates by using an updated versions of the world’s most popular one-click rooting application, namely KingRoot.


  • The following guide will root the AT&T version of the HTC Desire 626 smartphone when it is running on the Android 5.1 Lollipop updates. You should not follow this guide with any other device unless you bought the AT&T version of the Desire 626 smartphone. Moreover, it might be worth noting that this rooting method was posted on the XDA-Developers website by a junior member.
  • According to the original poster of this rooting method, an internet connection is required for it to work.
  • You must unlock the bootloader on the AT&T HTC Desire 626 smartphone before you can use this guide or else you will brick the device.


  • Make sure you have enabled the Unknown Sources option from the HTC Desire 2626 smartphone before starting with the guide by tapping on the Menu > Settings > Security > Unknown Sources.
  • It is always recommended that you backup your handset before you attempt rooting it with the KingRoot tool or any other one-click rooting app just in case things go wrong, and you wish to apply a hard reset. The hard reset is always a convenient way out, but they wipe the data clean as if you were starting to use your device when you first opened it out of the box again.


  1. Download the version of KingRoot one-click rooting APK that is confirmed as working on the Desire 626 running Android 5.1 from here.
  2. Open the File Manager and install the KingRoot APK file from your SD card.
  3. Open the KingRoot app from your app drawer and select the button that suggests it will root your device.
    – make sure you ignore any error messages that the apps gets you and just make sure you are connected to the internet.
  4. Exit the KingRoot app once you can see the success message on the display and the progress bar has made its way around to the 100% mark.
  5. Head to the Google Play Store and download one of the free root checker apps to check that your handset is rooted or pay for a premium version of the app if you want one with more features.

Once you have confirmed that your HTC Desire 626 is rooted, you can choose to swap over the KingUser for the SuperSU if you prefer rolling with Chainfire’s good and services. All you need to do is download the Terminal Emulator application from Google Play and then type a few commands from the command line. You can find guides online in more detail for how to do that along with the exact codes required.

Anyone wishing that had not gone through with the guide and would rather run the stock ROM again can find out how to unroot the HTC Desire 626 smartphone and return the device back the way it was before you began the guide.

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