[Q] [Q&A] How to root HTC M8 Eye

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GunnerSingh

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Hi,
I am from India and have just bought recently launched HTC One M8 Eye which is only available in China and India.
I want to know if I can root and install custom ROMs on it like any other M8. The only difference between them is a 13 Megapixel rear camera instead of a 4 UltraPixel camera. It has Snapdragon 801 clocked at 2.3 Ghz, which I think is the same as the European HTC M8.

EDIT: Just got to know that it lacks Infrared port too while I was trying to configure it with my home theater system. :/
 
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spinninbsod

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We can't help you wait until their is a forum for that specific device if you try flashing an m8 Rom you would be lucky if your camera didn't work worse it could turn into a total brick
 

519ljh

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Hi,
I am from India and have just bought recently launched HTC One M8 Eye which is only available in China and India.
I want to know if I can root and install custom ROMs on it like any other M8. The only difference between them is a 13 Megapixel rear camera instead of a 4 UltraPixel camera. It has Snapdragon 801 clocked at 2.3 Ghz, which I think is the same as the European HTC M8.

http://bbs.gfan.com/android-7693415-1-2.html
 
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zroon

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looking for root for HTC m8 eye

looking for the same root. the previous chinese version is similar to the standard HTC m8 root. but will wait for a specific root process for the phone.
 
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Root will likely be no different.

-unlock bootloader
-flash custom recovery
-flash SU binaries if recovery doesn't do it for you.
-install SU app.

But, Need to be able to unlock bootloader. Also need a custom recovery made for the device. (if the regular m8 one won't do.)

As far as roms go, I doubt original m8 roms will work... Period, or at least things may not work right... Radio, camera...????

Patience. Someone brave needs to attempt all this first, or a Dev will work on it.
 

LordDarlymple

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I tried to do this process for my latest phone. I have succeeded in unlocking the phone (after selecting M8 on HTCDev). However, I cant seem to get any of the recoveries installed (twrp, openrecovery*, recovery* for M8). Flashing the recovery, followed by erasing the cache is OK - no error messages. When I select "Recovery" from the bootloader menu options, it just quickly flashes something and presents the bootloader screen again. On top of it, I seem to have lost my "Delete Personal Data" as it simply reboots and goes into bootloader menu.

So unless someone figures out how to root the M8 Eye, we are stuck. I curse myself for having bought M8 Eye instead of M8, thinking its the latest and greatest - HTC was being deceptive by not clearly stating that IR blaster and a couple of other things are not included - they seem to require a HTC Mini+. They have even taken out the "hearing aid" option :(:(. I really thought that the in-call volume on M8 series would be fantastic given all the glowing reviews about the speakers and how that one of the speakers doubles up as the ear piece. It seems that low call volume is an oft stated complaint in many of the latest android phones and it leaves folks like me that use hearing aids, in the lurch. I need to have root and custom kernels to crank up the volume :(
 
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jinal shah

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HTC m8 eye root.

Hey can you please post the twrp download link for m8 eye from the link above please as i cannot find a download option. Im stuck and need to root my phone. Someone please help me. Thanks so much.
 

gokulb

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Hey can you please post the twrp download link for m8 eye from the link above please as i cannot find a download option. Im stuck and need to root my phone. Someone please help me. Thanks so much.

hey hey hey
Good News

I have successfully flashed recovery. Got the info in other threads and ended up in this page

http://bbs.mgyun.com/thread-35236-1-1.html

Owning HTC ONE M8 EYE. Was hunting for twrp almost i tried all versions but none worked. the above webpage is chinese get it translated to download. or give your email id i shall fwd u one.
 

jinal shah

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Rom .

hey hey hey
Good News

I have successfully flashed recovery. Got the info in other threads and ended up in this page

http://bbs.mgyun.com/thread-35236-1-1.html

Owning HTC ONE M8 EYE. Was hunting for twrp almost i tried all versions but none worked. the above webpage is chinese get it translated to download. or give your email id i shall fwd u one.
Will you be able to flash m8 roms on your m8 eye afyer rooting it?
 

jinal shah

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Nov 22, 2014
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Even i have only downloaded xposed, some of the modules dont work on xposed also, im also looking for some good roms , let me know if you find some new ones
 

sagardeswal19

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hey hey hey
Good News

I have successfully flashed recovery. Got the info in other threads and ended up in this page

http://bbs.mgyun.com/thread-35236-1-1.html

Owning HTC ONE M8 EYE. Was hunting for twrp almost i tried all versions but none worked. the above webpage is chinese get it translated to download. or give your email id i shall fwd u one.

kindly pass me the recovery on email :) my email id is: [email protected] yes its funny but it is what it is hahah. thanks :)
 

jinal shah

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Nov 22, 2014
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Custom roms

Can I flash HTC m8 roms on the HTC m8eye?
And also please tell me if anyone of You'll know any custom roms other than xposed?
 

karlinchina

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M8 EYE

Just bought this phone in China (I am British, Working in Beijing). The blink feed has lost many of its options and google play is obviously missing. I have spoken to HTC in Asia and the US and they basically say that you can't do anything about it as it was specifically made for China.
 

nikmendi

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Can anyone one please please post a step by step root of HTC one m8 eye. I bought it in India, please thanks
 

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    Simple. Only if you OTA'd the right way.

    Have you successfully installed lollipop? If yes, then there is no way you could not boot into stock recovery because the procedure demands a stock recovery. Now for all the people out there, the stock recovery is in the firmware.zip folder in the OTA.zip folder that you downloaded. NOT the one that was shared earlier in the earlier threads.

    FLASHED LOLLIPOP SUCCESFULLY
    If you have flashed lollipop correctly and want to root then why do you need the stock recovery? Flash a custom recovery (TWRP-2.8.0.3) , and install UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.46.zip from chainfire site and you are done. If you need xposed alpha (see end). In case anyone would like a step by step procedure:

    NEED TO INSTALL 5.0.2 FROM KITKAT:
    Two cases arise:

    You are not rooted:
    Simply flash the OTA and scroll down to the TO-ROOT to root if you may. Seriously, -_-

    You are rooted.
    Now you need to be on stock ROM as well as the stock recovery. Since you are rooted:

    1) Download the stock unrooted ROM uploaded by XDA Member @Shreyas (Kudos).
    2)Place it in your sd card and head over to custom recovery.
    3)Flash the stock ROM and wipe dalvik cache. Reboot. Done (1/2).
    4)Download the OTA on phone. Don't install it. Move it to your PC. (possibly stores
    at /extSd /Downloads)
    5)Using 7zip or whatever you please extract the Recovery.img from OTA/firmware.zip
    6)Now prepare your fastboot tools and on the CMD type,
    adb devices (To verify connectivity. Make sure USB debugging in enabled).
    adb reboot-bootloader
    fastboot devices (To verify connectivity in fastboot mode)
    fastboot flash recovery Recovery.img (the one we extracted a step ago)
    fastboot reboot.
    Prerequisites for OTA (2/2).

    7)Now you have two options for the actual Lollipop flash:
    a) Reboot into stock recovery (adb reboot recovery)
    a) Select apply from phone/sd card wherever your OTA is (usually extSD/downloads)
    a) Install it, wipe Dalvik Cache and reboot.
    OR
    b) Reboot normally, download the OTA again(it won't recognize the previously
    downloaded OTA) and select install now.
    b) If all goes well, you will boot into stock recovery and a green progress bar will
    appear.:fingers-crossed:

    Now in theory, both the above methods should work since recovery is stock, but I had no luck with the 1st method and the 2nd worked. I suggest, downloading again is worth it.

    To-ROOT:
    1) Since we have updated to 5.0.2 successfully, say bye bye to the stock recovery and
    install the custom recovery. Yes TWRP 2.8.0.3 will still work.
    (fastboot flash recovery TWRP-2.8.0.3_whatever_the_name.img )

    2)Download UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.46.zip from chainfire site. Put it in SDcard
    3)Install through custom recovery as a normal zip. This will install the SU binaries.
    4)From the play store,update the SU app and verify root. You will be done. Did I
    mention that an unlocked bootloader is indispensable :silly:

    S-OFF
    Just a quick note, that M8 eye is now compatible with the sunshine App and if you
    want S-OFF you can pay 25$ and get the complete power (go GPE :angel:)
    I tried it myself but since sunshine doesn't work with xposed, I had to skip.

    Xposed (alpha-2)
    If you cannot live without xposed (how can you), download the xposed alpha2 zip and
    apk from the rovo89 blog.
    Flash zip first from custom recovery and then apk. (order is important). Then you
    will be all xposed,rooted and on the 5.0.2 on the M8 eye.

    So now you will be all set. As a testimony I will be attaching screenshots regarding my software info, root access, xposed confirmation. I hope this helps people.

    Since I am a new member, I cannot post outside links (the hell?). So I have my screenshots folder uploaded on my drive. The link is as follows, (mind the dot=> . )
    drive(dot)google(dot)com/folderview?id=0B07mry_fGFuTbjZkLW5vVkw5MHc&usp=sharing

    Hi,

    My M8 Eye got an ota and updated to Lollipop 5.0.2.
    After that I unlocked & installed M8's recovery & it didnt work (didnt boot into recovery).
    Then I flashed twrp-m8eye-2.8.0.3 and it works fine.
    Problem is I'm unable to root. I've tried flashing various SuperSU from recovery. But when I check the root status it says Sorry! root access is not properly installed on this device.
    my device info is as attached.
    Also now I'm unable to take screenshots as it says "can't take screenshot due to limited storage space"

    Please help.:confused::confused:
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    Stock Rom backup made with TWRP https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6a0i1cvnxspadbk/AABU57Q8-K_6zudy16YSRiwUa?dl=0

    Clean and Stock. No Root (not rooted)
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    Hey can you please post the twrp download link for m8 eye from the link above please as i cannot find a download option. Im stuck and need to root my phone. Someone please help me. Thanks so much.

    hey hey hey
    Good News

    I have successfully flashed recovery. Got the info in other threads and ended up in this page

    http://bbs.mgyun.com/thread-35236-1-1.html

    Owning HTC ONE M8 EYE. Was hunting for twrp almost i tried all versions but none worked. the above webpage is chinese get it translated to download. or give your email id i shall fwd u one.
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    HTC M(8) Eye OTA xxx.xxx.5

    Still waiting for backup...
    You are my last hope:crying:

    Sorry Buddy!
    Here's the link - https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B0q1J5yj3myBUzI0dkxJcVFGaFE&usp=sharing

    The OTAxxxxx.xxx..xx5 (OTA_M8_EYE_UHL_L50_SENSE60_MR_hTC_Asia_India_4.30.720.5-4.30.720.4_release_448640) is uplaoding as I type. UPLOADED as of 15:43 IST.
    While the original OTSxxx4 (OTA_M8_EYE_UHL_L50_SENSE60_MR_hTC_Asia_India_4.30.720.4-1.80.720.1_release_427444001nsb8okuokmyrd) is already uploaded along with its' recovery file duly extracted for everyone's convenience.

    Enloy.
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    TWRP rooted backup of M8 eye

    Hey guys, if you want to download TWRP backup of rooted htc one m8 eye then go to my blog.

    http://atechdevreview.blogspot.in/2015/04/htc-one-m8-eye-indian-rom-twrp-backup.html

    Rom information and procedures are given at my blog. :)