The HTC Rezound Root Guide

This HTC Rezound root guide is out of date and will not be updated.

Rooting the HTC Rezound is very easy; however, at this time it is only possible to gain temporary root. As of yet, there is no way to set the phone to S-Off. This means that you can still root the HTC Rezound and run applications like AdBlock and Titanium Backup. [Edit: It is my understanding that Titanium Backup will run with this temporary root. Functionality may be limited.] You can also remove bloatware, although if you reboot the phone the bloatware is downloaded and re-installed.

Is it worth it? Sure!  At the very least, having a Titanium Backup of your phone and freezing bloat make rooting the Rezound worth it. It’s your phone after all, exercise your freedom to do with it what you want!

The Standard Disclaimer!

If you decide to root your Rezound phone I take no responsibility for anything going wrong. By “rooting” your android phone you are voiding your warranty.


Download the following:

  1. Extract ZergRush and the HTC driver files.
  2. Hard restart the phone (battery pull will do the trick)
  3. After the reboot, put the phone into debug mode
  4. Install Titanium Backup from the market.
  5. Connect the phone to the computer via USB.
  6. Select HTC Sync on the phone for connection type
  7. The computer will detect the phone and install a new device. Use the HTC drivers if prompted.
  8. Navigate to the ZergRush folder and run DoomLords-RunMe.bat. If you are running Windows 7 you may need to run this as Administrator.
  9. Your phone is rooted!

At this point Superuser should be able to install. If you try to run Superuser directly you will get a force close, but it will work with apps like Titanium Backup and AdBlock.

Getting Rid of Bloat

Bloat that is removed will be downloaded and reinstalled after a reboot. Plus, a reboot removed root. However, you can use Titanium Backup to freeze apps. I’m still unsure whether apps remain frozen after a reboot, but it’s likely not – so don’t reboot your phone. 😉

Here’s a list of apps, via bast525 that can be safely frozen without causing instability issues.

  • Amazon Kindle
  • Backup Assistant
  • Blockbuster
  • Books
  • Car Panel
  • Connected Media
  • Facebook
  • Facebook Chat Widget
  • Facebook for HTC Sense
  • Fb Chat
  • Flickr
  • Footprints
  • Friend Stream (There may be two versions of this)
  • Friend Stream Widget
  • Gmail
  • Home screen tips
  • Mobile Hotspot
  • Mobile IM
  • Mobile Instant Messaging
  • Music
  • Music Enhancer
  • Music Widget
  • News
  • News Widget
  • NFL Mobile
  • Peep
  • Polaris
  • Slacker
  • Stock Widget
  • Stocks (There may be two versions of this)
  • Talk
  • Task Manager
  • Task Widget
  • Tasks
  • Tethering Guard
  • Tips for Home
  • Trends Widget
  • Twitter Widget
  • Usage Monitor
  • Vcast Media Manager
  • Vcast Music
  • Vcast Videos
  • VZ Navigator
  • Watch
  • Watch Widget


0 Replies to “The HTC Rezound Root Guide”

  1. when will be the best time to root so its permanent?..I’ve never done this and would only like to do it once….or should I wait till ICS comes out and not even root?

    1. Entirely up to you. If you want to move apps from your old phone to the new one with Titanium Backup you may want to use the temp root. You may also want to wait until there is a perm root so you’re just doing things once. You may also want to wait until a ROM comes out or until ICS.

      If there is a perm root before ICS comes out, it is highly likely that you will have to unroot to get the ICS update.

  2. What does it mean to “freeze” an app? I’m totally new to root and, quite frankly, a little afraid of it! LOL! I’m trying to educate myself as much as possible before I do anything. 

    1. Freezing an app prevents it from running, either in the foreground or background, which saves on battery life, data costs, etc. Currently, any apps removed from the phone are downloaded and reinstalled. Until there is a permanent root this is the best way to handle bloatware.

  3. The wifi tether app doesn’t work. Every time that I try to tether it says that it “started with errors” and to look at the log file. HELP! I’ve tried several different versions of the app from the devs and none of them work with the rezound, I have root access and I have seen other posts about people complaining about the same issue. If anyone got it to work please post a fix.

  4. Titanium Backup doesn’t seem to want to work even though the root says its successful and superuser shows up. It basically says it doesn’t have root access…am I doing something wrong?

  5. I tried to follow this procedure 3-4 times. The command prompt says that the phone is rooted. However, the phone doesn’t actually get rooted. What could be going wrong?

  6. I’ve been checking in periodically for updates, I was curious if you have actually used wireless tether with this temp root?

    1. The Android WiFi Tether app does work with temp root.  Unfortunately right now infrastructure mode does not work.  Here’s what you need to do.
      1.)  Use version 3.1 Beta 7
      2.)  Change the setup method to WEXT (ad-hoc).  Use the “Default” device profile or any other profile that will let you use this setup method
      3.)  Do not use WiFi-Encryption – For now this doe not work. You must use Access Control if you want to restrict access.
      4.)  Enable “MSS clamping” and “Routing fix”
      5.)  Tether away.

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