Wildfire 2.2 root tutorial

So after a full day of hardwork, I finally rooted my HTC Wildfire (2.2). Here is an idiot-proof step by step tutorial for you. Make it YOUR phone again in less than 30 minutes.

S-OFF using AlphaRevX
1. Go to http://alpharev.nl/x/beta/ & download the windows version
2. When it asks you for the serial, enter your phone's serial number. Go to Settings > About phone & enter your serial. Copy the code given into notepad
3. Make sure you turn on USB debugging in Settings > Application > Development
4. Install the HTC Driver. Mine is in the memory card that came with the phone
5. Extract & run alpharevx.exe. Use the code given earlier. Then connect your phone. It should detect & your phone should display USB debugging mode
6. Wait for it to complete. Once it is completed, you can remove your phone.
7. To check turn off your phone. Then press volume down & power. On top it should display alpharevx & s-off

Clockwork recovery
1. This is to enable you to install a custom rom, and also for backup
2. Get the fastboot tool for windows
3. Copy the fastboot file you downloaded to the alpharevx folder you extracted earlier. Copy the folder to drive C so it is easier to run command prompt. Rename the folder to wildfire
4. Download the recovery for Wildfire. Extract & rename it to wildfire.img
5. Open command prompt. Type cd c:/wildfire & fastboot flash recovery wildfire.img
6. Download & install HBOOT driver from unrevoked. Go into bootloader (volume down & power), select fastboot. Connect your phone & it will display fasboot usb cable
7. Done. To check go to bootloader & select recovery

Rooting your phone
1. Download this file & put it in you SD card. Don't extract it 
2. Go to clockword recovery & select Install From SD Card > Choose From SD Card
3. Select su-2.3.6.1-ef-signed.zip & choose yes
4. After completed, go back & reboot
5. You should have Super User
6. An alternative way to root is to use Gingerbreak
7. Open it using any file manager, I used Astro. Install it
8. Open the app & select root. Remember to turn on USB debugging & insert SD card
9. I waited 15 minutes, go frustrated & pressed back. It says the phone is rooted but cannot reboot.
10. After I rebooted, I have Super User

Rom manager & cyanogen mod
1. Install ROM manager from the market
2. Flash to latest recovery
3. Download rom > Cyanogenmod. Remember to install Google addons
4. Install the ROM
5. You can also manually download cyanogenmod7 & transfer the .zip into your SD card.
6. Open ROM manager & select install from SD

94 comments:

Ink Splat™ said...

Under Rooting your phone section, step 1 to 5 and step 6-10 are same things done in different ways right?

What I mean is, if I follow step 1 to 5 correctly then I don't need to do step 6 to 10, right?

Ink Splat™ said...

Also they key generated by your site is not working for my phone.

Joel5121 said...

1. Yes
2. What key?

Ink Splat™ said...

The key generated on the site Go to http://alpharev.nl/x/beta/ & download the windows version

Its not working

Joel5121 said...

Insert your phone serial number into [Serial number] box & click generate key. Then use the key to run alpharevx.exe

Anonymous said...

thankx ..i thought i got stuck up with my new wildfire...

Ink Splat™ said...

Joel, I did that only but the key generated is not working.

Zike said...

Hi
For me the S-off is during more than 1 houre and it is staying in methode 1. Is this norma,should i wait more?

leac said...

really works tnx man... yeaaa :D

Will said...

Simply awesome, thanks a lot!

Ink Splat™ said...

Ok, I am sick of trying, The key generated on the VERY FIRST STEP is not working for my phone. ARGGGHH!!!

Joel5121 said...

Ink Splat, this is my key oQcp0NhN5Zrk5lhj

Ink Splat™ said...

Even that key is not working. Somebody help me. Arrrgghh, I am so close to root my 2.2 and I am not able to, Its frustrating.

Anonymous said...

Hey Guys,

from where did you get clockword recovery ? i can'f find it.

thanks a lot

Zike said...

the step number six in S-off is during forever HELP pls,can you tell me approx. the time to finish this step

Joel5121 said...

Ink splat : I don't know. Contact alpharevx developers. Sorry, can't help you
Anonymous : Click on the link in step 4
Zike : Mine took less than 5 minutes. If you're stuck at [waiting for device], install HTC Driver first & enable USB debugging

Zike said...

Joel5121 said...
Ink splat : I don't know. Contact alpharevx developers. Sorry, can't help you
Anonymous : Click on the link in step 4
Zike : Mine took less than 5 minutes. If you're stuck at [waiting for device], install HTC Driver first & enable USB debugging

Nop stuck in acquiring root methode 1

Anonymous said...

After success what should appear on console? successfully installed? or what?

it says Beta key was accepted successfully and thank you for participating, and is that it or there should be something else???

thank you

l0ozak said...

i got a problem, with step 1, im entering the beta key, i got from the site, and the program shows me that it's an error key. did type it few times and nothing.. any solutions?

Anonymous said...

alpharevx program says that my beta key is wrong but i copied it exactly
what to do ?

Anonymous said...

Hi Ink Splat. Are you sure you arent using the IMEI, as i was using this by mistake when I tried, take off your battery, and you should see s/n(serial number), then type in the number next to it. HOPE THIS HELPED.

tomnten. on the xda forums

l0ozak said...

it didn't help.. the number under the battery is the same as the one i wroted into the program.. still incorrect key ;/

Joel5121 said...

Zike, are you sure you downloaded the correct HBOOT version? Mine is 1.01.0002. Check yours in bootloader

Anonymous said...

where do i install the usb driver to

Anonymous said...

thankyou workde fine great instructions...
sometimes wasnt sure when i was to have my phone plugged in or not but got there in the end took me about 40mins .. ty

l0ozak said...

Ok, i got it running, but when i entered the key, it shows me "thank u for participating" and nothing else, something is wrong or what? i was waiting about 10 minutes and nothing happened :/

RonanC said...

AWESOME DUDE, followed your tutorial and I am rooted and running the cyanmod7 rom wooohooo waited sooooo LONG for this day ahahahah bye byeeee slow laggy wildfire LOL

Zike said...

It is workin now i just need some more help.What does Flash to latest recovery mean, what do i nedd to do.Sorry new to android phone:))

bolboli2 said...

how to install hboot driver? and how to do exactly step 5 in clockwork recovery?


and by doing all this will not delete my all files in my phone?

Anonymous said...

ink spa...this is for u bro...http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=14867109

Andjs said...

Mine just says "Beta key accepeted - thank you for participating!"

How long should it say this? it doesnt seem to be going into debugging mode. Should HTC sync be installed or just the driver?

Last night when I tried it was saying "trying method 1" and "sending in caroline" but that eventually failed.

Izzolol said...

thx for this wonderfull guide :-) izzolol DK

Aravind said...

hi, i need 2 know which h boot was there in ur phone while doing this

Anonymous said...

can someone make a video show how to do it please !! thanks

Anonymous said...

are there KEYS case sensitive ????

Madhu said...

ya mee tooo the same . shows invalid beta key ...... couldnt do anything further that . ...my seriel key is HT0C3PY08050...i hav tried both the H-Boot versions .it generates the same key.......plz help me guyz

Mouse003 said...

Everything works, but at the end when I want to install ROM cyanogen I get this-->

E: failed to seek in /cache/update.
zip (invalid argument)
E: signature verification failed
installation aborted

I tried to install from sd, download it, even tried to install ROM AndroidFreedom and I get the same error.

Anonymous said...

my fastboot file does open but disappears inmediatly

alaayah said...

where can i find the Google addons please for the cyanogenmod7.


Thanks

Anonymous said...

Thank you. It works for my wildfire from HK. :-)

musang said...

hi, everything ok but when i install the rom using rom manager then it stuck at the cyanogenmod7 icon with the circle arrow.. what can i do now??

Izzolol said...

did you remember to wipe your device before installing cyongenmod, because i forgot to wipe my data and it was also just stuck with te icon

Anonymous said...

can i do only root? i have s-off with the phone. about recovery i don't know how to find out. please give a few advices. thank you.

Spencer said...

Hey can some one help i have installed drivers, i have uninstalled HTC Sync and i have put the correct beta code in it gets up to when life gives you lemons give the lemons back and then it says have lemonade and that it failed why is this what am i doing Wrong???

Anonymous said...

Cannot load 'wildfire.img' ...what should i do ?

Izzolol said...

Anonymous : you dont have to install custom rom, you can root your device an then you have super user acces on your wildfire, but its not nescessary to install rom :-) sorry for the english i am from DK..........

To the others i just start it over every time i came with a failure it took my 3 hours before my device was ready, it can be hard to do.. just keep going on :-D

if my girlfriend allow me to root her phone soon i will make a video i will post on here an youtube.com so it is easiere to see :-D

Spencer said...

hey guys mine keeps sending to caroline and then says failed do i need internet access or something??? can some1 pls give me another step by step guild thats really noob friendly lol i really new to android:)

Anonymous said...

FINALLY !! FINALLY !! i rooted the wildfire... Followed your steps, worked like a charm mate.
Only problem i had was that after loading the custom ROM (Cyanogen 7 stable) the GPS did not work. But got it to work after Flash the current radio. http://forum.cyanogenmod.com/topic/20578-gps-doesnt-work/

Cheers,

Izzolol said...

nice :-D

sunand said...

Thanks a lot Joel
this is perfectly working for me :)

Cheers..

Spencer said...

hey can som1 pls tell me where i can download the drivers for my wildfire, cos when i use the alpharev tool it goes to sending to caroline and the reboots twice and then says failed can someone pls let me know how to download drivers???

Anonymous said...

got this error :(
C:\wf>fastboot.exe flash secovery wildfire.img
sending 'secovery' (3682 KB)... OKAY
writing 'secovery'... FAILED (remote: partition does not exist!)

peecis said...

renamed folder wf to wildfire, same error

C:\wildfire>fastboot.exe flash secovery wildfire.img
sending 'secovery' (3682 KB)... OKAY
writing 'secovery'... FAILED (remote: partition does not exist!)

Anonymous said...

For all who have problems with AlphaRev X check this: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=14929879&postcount=13

My problem was that it stops after ""Beta key accepeted - thank you for participating!"", deinstall htx sync and it works! @Andjs - Thats the answer!

sumit.kakki said...

thanks ...... i am now superuser . :D
:D
:D

but what is the need of rom manager and cyanogen mod ...... :?

Tiago570 said...

Hi, i managed unlock, S-off and all more, but when i was running execute 5. Open command prompt. Type cd c:/wildfire & fastboot flash recovery wildfire.img.
Nothing happened, not detect my Wildfire. I'm installed every drivers for HTC WIldfire.

Anonymous said...

hi guys my wildfire is hboot 1.01.0002. does this mean i cant get s off, ive tryied everyhting and it waits for fastboot twice and then says failed can som1 pls help me with this i cant do it ive tryed everything, and i have even downloaded drivers like 3 times nothing is working if you cant help il have to wait for a simpler step by step tutorial, one which gives you drivers as well...

sumit.kakki said...

hi ....... hlp


i have cyanogen 7 on my wildfire ..

and want back my default rom pls help ...
:(
:(
:(

Anonymous said...

Hey I successfully switched S-OFF. When I try doing the clockwork recovery thing it gets stuck at . How do I proceed??

Anonymous said...

I have uninstalled HTC sync but left the drivers and I'm still getting stuck at during the clockwork recovery thing!!

Anonymous said...

@Tiago570 : Switch off your phone. Press the lower volume button and then the power button. You will go into the bootloader screen. Now connect your phone to the PC and then select the fastboot option and leave it as it is. Now use the dos command to type cd c:/wildfire & fastboot flash recovery wildfire.img. Hope it works!!

Tiago570 said...

Work!!!!!!! Hello my new Wildfire!!

Thanks a Lot all!

Anonymous said...

Do you need to uninstall htc sync

Anonymous said...

^^

Nilso said...

Thanks, worked like a charm.
The Gingerbreak method did not work for me, but the other method described did, without any problems. Thank you

Alex said...

How long root process takes? I do every step like described with no problems, putted su-2.3.6.1-ef-signed.zip on SD go into recovery end select "install from SD Card" and now waiting. ON my screen stands yellow arrow in circle and grey hat above the arrow at least five minutes and that is it, nothing happens. What i do now? Heeeelllp

Alex said...

I got it, i forgot to press trackpad instead of power power button (im idiot).

manasviii said...

u r d best.. thanx for ol d things.. :D cheers.. :)

Anonymous said...

@Alex: you misspressed the power key or something, when doing it properly that image should never appear. Try to press all the keys on the phone one by one, if you don't go back to the menu, take the baterry out and restart this step.

Remember that the trackpad and not the power button must be used to select the options!

Anonymous said...

=============================
| AlphaRev-X HBOOT S-OFF tool |
=============================

Waiting for device...
Found your device: HTC Wildfire (buzz-1.01.0001, Android: 2.2.1)

This is a beta release and requires a beta release key.
Please visit: AlphaRev X - Make it your phone for more information.

Enter beta key [serial: HT06FPY00497]: UbP9NBhrlnu9lFE8
Beta key accepted - thank you for participating!

Acquiring root (method 1)...
Sending in Caroline...
Retrieving Caroline from certain doom...
Retrying Caroline...
Caroline failed, but had this to say: An error occurred while writing the partit
ion.
Errors (if any):-
mtd: not writing bad block at 0x00000000
mtd: not writing bad block at 0x00000000
mtd: not writing bad block at 0x00000000
mtd: not writing bad block at 0x00000000
mtd: not writing bad block at 0x00000000
mtd: not writing bad block at 0x00000000
Press (almost) any key to exit.

All methods have failed. help me

Anonymous said...

i have wildfire, HBOOT version 1.01.0002
but in key generation tool only 1.01.0001 is showing. wat to do??

Anonymous said...

I have the same problem as the last poster.
Is there a way for HBOOT version 1.01.0002 ?

Izzolol said...

i did it again but with a few issuse this time.
first one was i didnt delete htc sync. fail.
second was that the computer had problems with det usb driver so i needed to install them again, remember to start in HBOOT mode an then connect your phone while in hboot menu and then let the computer find the phone and then install the usb driver. so after i did that it finally worked... i hope someone can use this. or write to me at izzolol@gmail.com

Dinesh Kumar said...

HI all,

I made S-OFF
but my HBOOT version says 6.01.1002
Even I went inside recovery
but none of the option works inside clockworkmod recovery

Kindly help I am struck here dont know what to do???

Thanks in Advance

Izzolol said...

remember in clockworkmod use the trackball to press enter :-)

iron said...

not working for my wildfire hboot 1.01.0002. please release for hboot 1.01.0002. Thanks.

3xeno said...

Hey Joel, Nice Guide. I am glad you followed the most hassle-free procedures to get Clockworkmod, Root and other steps required to get a Custom ROM. I have seen guides which are far more complicated, and people still blindly follow that.

Great work
-3xeno @ XDA

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the guide, worked nice.
Even though I had S-off, I just followed the guide from the beginning and had no problem.

Fredrik said...

I get this error, got HBOOT 1.01.0001 but stil it doesn't work. Any ideas?

Acquiring root (method 1)...
Sending in Caroline...
Retrieving Caroline from certain doom...
Retrying Caroline...
Caroline failed, but had this to say: An error occurred while writing the partit
ion.
Errors (if any):-
mtd: not writing bad block at 0x00000000
mtd: not writing bad block at 0x00000000
mtd: not writing bad block at 0x00000000
mtd: not writing bad block at 0x00000000
mtd: not writing bad block at 0x00000000
mtd: not writing bad block at 0x00000000
Press (almost) any key to exit.

/Fredrik

Anonymous said...

I HAVE 1.01.0002 AND IN THE WEBSITE IT SHOWS ONLY 1.01.0001........HELP

Haris said...

Hey Joel
I m stuck in Clock Recovery's step 5... i m just having [waiting for Device] and then nothing happen.. i have installed HTC drivers i have htc wildfire and i am using WinXP.

Please help

polteris said...

Thanks a lot my friend!!
Your guide make things very easy!!
I got my wildfire rooted!!!

Good job!!

Anonymous said...

I've installed the driver and ran revolutionary.exe and plugged my phone and it says "your device is not supported at this time"

my hboot is 1.01.0002 could this be the reason why it isn't working? and my phone version is 2.2.1

Anonymous said...

nvm, i downgraded my hboot to 1.01.0001 and it worked after! THANKS for the tutorial! :D

pitdog said...

hey dude how did u downgrade your hboot version from.002 to .001?
.
.

pls help me

pitdog said...

and why does your link : http://alpharev.nl/x/beta/
always redirect me to revolotionary site? theres no download for hboot . 0002 there....what to do.....
could u give a link for the hboot .0002 alpharev software pls??

01dane01 said...

Buzz, with HBOOT 1.01.0002, is not supported at this time!!! please help What else can i do to root. any sugession>> 01dane01@gmail.com thankz.

Lello said...

But..can i do only the "Rooting your phone" steps to root my WF or have i to do everything? I'm sorry for the noob question, but i'm not so skilled.. :P

Anonymous said...

Ink Splat™ said...
Ok, I am sick of trying, The key generated on the VERY FIRST STEP is not working for my phone. ARGGGHH!!!

June 20, 2011 11:01 AM

Re: when you get beta key copy it in notepad. I had the same prob, sometimes it is hard to read letters. in my situation it was l but I was typing I. hope this helps

Anonymous said...

Thanks to you I was able to root my htc wildfire, The guide is very easy to follow.
Speacial thanks to 3xeno from xda-developers for directing to your blog

Anonymous said...

The link for recovery for wildfire doesnt work anymore... help please!

Anonymous said...

To the comment above...
I didn't even have to do the whole 'Clockwork recovery' stage as described here, since when i did the s-off stage and ran revolutionary.exe, at the end when it finished it asked me if i wanted to download clockwork recovery, to which i pressed 'Y' i.e. yes. It then pretty much did the whole 'Clockwork recovery' stage for me! I then just moved straight onto the 'Rooting your phone' stage and followed the rest and it worked perfectly. So basically you dont even need the link for the wildfire.img file.
I think some things have changed since this tutorial was made, like alpharevx.exe is now revolutionary.exe, and i think before they prob didnt offer to download clockwork recovery for you straight after which is why it is explained how to do it here.

Also just a heads up for others with a problem i had.. when i tried to run revolutionary.exe it kept opening command prompt and then immediately closing. I found out you have to uninstall HTC Sync before you can run it. So ye, apart from that it worked perfectly afterwards :)

Thanks Joel for the awesome guide!

deadrag3 said...

heeej all I dont get all the probs and stuff.
But yeah I rooted my device twice for fisrt a week after buying and it is ma first. But still some rules.
-first check your hboot
-uninstall htc sync ( only not drivers)
-If you get stuck, google first believe ask it and put xda after and you find.

these were my words of wishdom to you guys.
but if you need to know more go to this page: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1029318 and I hope you find all your probs :D

see you lads later with rooted phones xD

kero said...

worked great with my wildfire!took me about an hour to figure everything out but in the end everything was okay.thanks a lot!