Root HTC Desire V Running Stock ICS 4.0.3

The HTC Desire V is a new device from HTC that runs on Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich version. Rooting such new devices isn’t  a pain in the a** as long as some other device of the same configuration and OS has been rooted. After you root your phone you will be able to remove all the bloatware that has been stuffed into the device by HTC. This will free up some space on your device (though you have 4GB internal). These apps usually run in the background and eat up the RAM space making the phone a lot slower to respond to user inputs. Titanium Backup is an awesome application that lets you remove system apps. You can also automate tasks on your device using Tasker which requires root access.

It is very rare that you will brick your device in this process but a backup is still recommended because you will be wiping all data on your device when you proceed with the steps below. The rooting process involves installing CWM and flashing the stock rooted ROM on the device, hence giving you root access.



  1. Back up all apps using ASTRO File Manager. You can get the APK files using ASTRO and later restore it. Rooted users can use Titanium Backup which also backs up data along with the apps.
  2. Back up all contacts to SD card.
  3. Backup SMS on Android.
  4. Backup call log on Android.
  5. Have minimum 60% charge on your phone else you might get stuck while the update process is running on your device.
  6. Remove any security or Anti-virus app if you have them installed.
  7. Enable USB Debugging. This can be don by Settings>Applications>Development and making sure that USB Debugging is checked.

DisclaimerHack My Android is not responsible for any damage that your device may face during this process. The developer is also not responsible for the same. There are little chances that your device may face any issue. However, try this at your own risk. This process voids the warranty of your device.

Steps to Root HTC Desire V

  1. Download the stock Rooted ROM and place it in your SD card.
  2. Download recovery.img and place it in the folder where you have ADB files. You will need to execute fastboot commands to flash this recovery.img to your phone. Read more about ADB.
  3. Turn off your phone and boot into bootloader mode by pressing Volume Down button + Power button.
  4. Use volume keys to select “Fastboot” (Press power button to select).
  5. When your phone is in fastboot mode, connect it to the PC.
  6. Open command prompt in the folder where you have the ADB files and run the command
    fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
  7. Remove battery and turn off your phone. Boot into bootloader mode and now select “Recovery” instead of fastboot.
  8. Wipe data/factory reset and wipe cache. Go to advanced and wipe dalvik cache,
  9. Select “Install zip from SD card>choose zip from SD card” and select the zip file you downloaded in Step 1.
  10. After it is flashed, go back and select “Reboot system now”.

Once the phone reboots, you will have root access on the stock firmware.


  • suhaib ayad

    omg i just follow your steps and my phone wont turne on the wfi and the bluetooth plz help meeeeeeeeeeeeee !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Lalit Indoria

      Rooting does not result in these errors. Backup data and do a factory reset.

      • sameer

        i have formated my Desire V’s system. does it work with that too ?

        • Lalit Indoria

          Technically, formatting the system partition will not let your phone boot at all. But if you are talking about a factory reset, yes it will work.

    • tausif

      yes i hav a same problem

  • Shibin

    not able to download recovery.img file, can you share the same some where else..