How to Root HTC One M9 on 5.1 update

Android 5.1 OTA is now rolling out for the HTC One M9, while verizon and Rogers already have the update pushing out to thousands of users, other variants over the globe will also be getting 5.1 in a matter few days/weeks.

The 5.1 update is said bring Stagefright fix for the One M9, which we have been waiting impatiently for. Other than that, there’s “Factory Reset Protection” feature which secures your device from a factory reset when stolen or lost, making it useless for anyone trying to use it without the original user’s (your) consent.

As for the root on HTC One M9 after the Android 5.1 update, well thankfully, HTC has done nothing like Samsung that breaks root on the device after update. You can still root your One M9 like the way you did before using the SuperSU zip and TWRP recovery. Below are brief instructions in case you missed the train on rooting the HTC One M9 on Android 5.0.

Root HTC One M9 on 5.1

Step 1: Unlock the bootloader

To be able to root HTC One M9, the first thing you need to do is unlock the bootloader on your device so that you install TWRP recovery or any other custom recovery on the device later. Check out the link below for detailed instructions on unlocking the bootloader:

[icon name=”hand-o-right” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] HTC One M9 Bootloader Unlock Instructions

Step 2: Install TWRP Recovery

The second thing you need to do on your HTC One M9 is to install TWRP recovery on the device. Flashing TWRP is a pretty straightforward process. You grab the TWRP .img file from the site and flash it on your device via Fastboot using the fastboot flash recovery twrp.img command.

However, for the less known people among us, it may seem rude to not give a detailed instructions set. Follow the link below:

[icon name=”hand-o-right” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] HTC One M9 TWRP Recovery Installation Instructions

Step 3: Flash SuperSU zip from TWRP

Now finally, after getting the bootloader unlocked and TWRP installed, you can root your HTC One M9 running on the 5.1 update.

Just grab the latest SuperSU from the download link below and transfer it your phone. Then boot into TWRP recovery and simply flash the SuperSU .zip file via the recovery, no wipe of any sorts required.

[icon name=”download” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Download latest SuperSU (.zip)

Once the zip is flashed, reboot your phone and look for the “SuperSU” app in the app drawer. To verify root access, download a “Root Checker” app from the Play Store.

Happy Androiding!

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