Guide OnePlus One - How to Unlock Bootloader, Install Custom Recovery and Root

  1. zaryab
    Ice Cream Sandwich Jul 25, 2014

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  2. droidrev71
    Honeycomb Jul 26, 2014

  3. scottpang
    Gingerbread Jul 26, 2014

  4. AaronSchneider
    Honeycomb Jul 26, 2014

    AaronSchneider , Jul 26, 2014 :
    To root the OPO its not necessary to flash a custom recovery! Its enough to boot it temporally. Maybe you can change this in your guide and give both ways.

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  5. gusuraman
    Community Veteran Jul 26, 2014

  6. xivdeusxiv
    Froyo Jul 26, 2014

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  7. nanaba4r
    Jelly Bean Jul 26, 2014

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  8. g-m1n1
    Cupcake Jul 26, 2014

    g-m1n1 , Jul 26, 2014 :
    Damn should have read this before installing everything on my phone... Isn't there a way to avoid to reinstall everything again before unlocking the bootlader and rooting the Oneplus?

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  9. xivdeusxiv
    Froyo Jul 26, 2014

    xivdeusxiv , Jul 26, 2014 :
    Warranty is not voided but should you brick the phone One Plus will repair your phone but not under warranty (Not sure.)

    But no side effects

  10. Joyyy
    Jelly Bean Jul 26, 2014

    Joyyy , Jul 26, 2014 :
    Thank you!
    Rooted my Oneplus One.

    One question:

    Now do i have to go back into Developer Options and disable USB Debugging and CM Update within the Developer Options?
    Thanks :)

  11. xivdeusxiv
    Froyo Jul 26, 2014

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  12. Donaldcwl
    Gingerbread Jul 26, 2014

    Donaldcwl , Jul 26, 2014 :
    Thanks for nice and clear guide:)
    Actually, we don't have to unlock bootloader and install custom recovery if we just want to root.
    Just use temp custom recovery to flash supersu.zip into the phone.

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  13. hb17
    Donut Jul 26, 2014

  14. JuanL
    KitKat Jul 26, 2014

    JuanL , Jul 26, 2014 :
    Guy! This will wipe all your data! Check this link to root without unlocking bootloader (no siping) and to keep the original recovery!

  15. Chiramisu
    Ice Cream Sandwich Jul 26, 2014

    Chiramisu , Jul 26, 2014 :
    Nice guide... I usually add the location of adb.exe to my %path% in Windows for easier access from the Prompt. In case anyone doesn't know how and wants to do the same, do this:
    1. Copy the path where "adb.exe" is
    2. Open Control Panels -> System
    3. Click "Advanced system settings"
    4. Click "Environment Variables..."
    5. Create a New variable (options below):
    6. Double-click the "path" variable (system or user, doesn't matter)
    7. At the end of the string, be sure it ends with a semicolon (";")
    8. Paste the adb.exe path into the "path" variable.
    Alternatively you can put the adb.exe path in it's own variable (e.g. "adt"), then add that variable reference to the "path" variable instead (e.g. "<other path references>;%adt%;"). This is how I do it as it keeps my "path" variable shorter and more manageable. :D

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  16. augustjamesd
    Gingerbread Jul 27, 2014

    augustjamesd , Jul 27, 2014 :
    Hello @Chromium , my name is August and I just purchased the OnePlus One. I saw your post on the forums about rooting and I would like to first of all, thank you for such a detailed tutorial. Furthermore, I myself was thinking about rooting my own OnePlus One, however I have never rooted an Android Device before and I am a little hesitant about rooting my new phone. Would you be so kind to maybe share with me some of the advantages of rooting, specifically the OnePlus One, and also what downsides it possibly has. For instance, what apps and modifications will you be installing on your OnePlus One? Does it effect the battery life? What about support? Does that mean that you will not be able to update your device with the CM11s updates for the OnePlus One? Thanks for your post and your time,

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  17. JuanL
    KitKat Jul 27, 2014

    JuanL , Jul 27, 2014 :
    Ota updates may fail if flashing custom rom, and may brick phone!
    Try this, it doesn't wipe your data, and keeps original recovery!

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  18. GatorAutomator
    Gingerbread Jul 27, 2014

    GatorAutomator , Jul 27, 2014 :
    every time someone goes and makes it idiot-proof, they make a better idiot.

  19. augustjamesd
    Gingerbread Jul 27, 2014

    augustjamesd , Jul 27, 2014 :
    Hello Juan I read your response to my post and I have a couple of questions. So doing this it means that I will have root access and be able to install all those root only apps in the play store? Also will I be able to update every time CM puts out an update for the OnePlus One? Thanks for your time and response, let me know.

  20. Vynn
    Gingerbread Jul 27, 2014

    Vynn , Jul 27, 2014 :
    Hi Chromium, i just ordered my OPO this morning and so start to look into rooting the phone. Well done on the excellent guide!