Root HTC Sensation XE on Android 4.0.3 Official Firmware.

Rooting your device allows you to install Custom Recoveries and Custom ROMs on it. Rooting is not a very difficult process, but with a little bit of negligence your device might go brick or dead. In this article we will show you how to root HTC Sensation XE on Android 4.0.3 Official Firmware. It’s a complete different process than usual so please pay more attention.


Before we begin, I would like you guys to take some precautions.

Please keep in mind that as soon as you root your device, you will void the warranty of your device, so everything you do, do it at your own risk.

  • Make sure that you have battery charged over 60 % and have backed up all your important ContactsCall Logs & Messages.It is highly recommended in case of any mishap or data loss to back up all your important data.
  • Enable USB Debugging mode from Settings > Developers option.
  • Disable All security programs.

Download the Following Files:

Super SU.

CWM Touch Recovery.

HTC All in One Root Toolkit.

How To Root HTC Sensation XE on Android 4.0.3 Official Firmware.

    • Connect Sensation XE with PC,  copy and paste the Super file to the root of your SD card.
    • Extract the All in one root toolkit and run the One.exe.
    • Now make sure that the Bootloader is unlocked, otherwise Visit to unlock the bootloader.
    • Run the One.exe file and click ‘install HTC Drivers’  and ignore all the pop-ups.


    • After that rename the recovery-clockwork-touch- to CWM5827.img and copy the CWM5827.img to HTC One X toolkit folder/Data folder/recoveries and replace with the one inside.
    • Click CWM in the Toolkit click Flash Recovery and wait for it to install.


    • Now disconnect the phone and Boot into Bootloader. First Turn Off the Phone, take out the battery wait for 5-seconds, re-insert the battery and Press and Hold Volume Down + Power Button together until you see some text on-screen.
    • Select Recovery and Select ‘install zip from sd card’, choose the Super file and wait for installation to finish.
    • Go back and select ‘Reboot System now’.

That’s it your Sensation XE will now be Rooted on Android 4.0.3

  • Guest

    what is the problem here

  • Tareq Mzeq

    what is the problem here please?

    • daninjaXD

      wait for a while until a usb icon appears in notification bar or wait for a popup. select the usb icon if popup doesnt come up. select disk drive

  • Tareq Mzeq

    i have this window every time i press “Flash Recovery”

  • Daniel

    Managed to run the Flash Recovery, disconnected from the PC got into Bootloader, but when i hit the power button on the recovery I don’t have the chance to select “install zip from sd card”, the phone turns on and first shows a phone icon with refreshing sign then a phone icon with red triangle and exclamation mark

    Any idea how to select the install zip from sd card option ?

    • That means the Recovery has not been installed, try flashing it again..!!

    • hussain

      when you see icon with red triangle after that hold power and volume up key

  • Izham Shafiq

    why i seen this ?

    • You have not configured Fastboot on PC. First Download the Fastboot files, then Conncet your HTC in Bootloader mode, once the Drivers are installed, then Run this Command…!!!
      the Command line must be like: C:fastboot>fastboot oem get_identifier_token

      • Izham Shafiq

        where can i get the fastboot files ?

    • Martin

      Hey, I see this too. Windows keeps saying no drivers found… pls help me…

  • Yoas Nathan

    I am a rookie but have been paying attention to the steps for weeks now, and I am planning to try this one out. However, I’m still confused on which file that I should copy to my SD card. There are 3 files from your link:, su-bin-3.1.1-arm-signed, and Which one should I copy?

    Also, since my phone is an FU, can I assume that the bootloader is unlocked?

    Besides the above, I think I ready to do it.

    Please kindly help. Thanks.

  • Jesse

    Superuser website is dead. What should I do now?

  • peter nashaat

    when i did all steps and install the jellybean and reboot system the device give htc on screen and didn’t work why?????

  • Enkhjin Mashbat

    Hi, when I select Recovery but wouldn’t see “install zip from sd card” help me guys

    • Try Flashing the Recovery Again…or Download the ROM Manger from Play Store and give it a try

  • @disqus_Se9bbnYwG1:disqus When you boot into the bootloader mode, it is mentioned at the top if bootloader is unlocked or locked.. should be like this ***Unlocked**** or Locked.

    • Nish

      Thank you.

  • Derek

    help keep getting this error

    • Check your device model and also your USB cable
      if everything is Ok, then check whether the Recovery is according to model or not.

  • Michael Delos Santos Vinluan

    Hi, mine when I press recovery it goes to white background with HTC logo for a very long time but nothing happens. what to do next? thanks.

    • @michaeldelossantosvinluan:disqus flash stock firmware using HTC RUU to recovery your phone.

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