The HTC Aria is a mid-range yet solid Androidhandset, the first device to run Android 2.1 with Sense UI. If you happen to own one, you must be thinking about rooting the handset, which not only grants you full access to all files but also allows you to customize your phone in a variety of ways. Don’t worry – This tutorial explains how you can swiftly root your HTC Aria the easy way. Make sure you follow the steps very prudently. If you find yourself stuck in a conundrum, feel free to comment below.
What is Rooting?
Rooting is a process by which you can access system files of your Android OS. After rooting HTC Aria, you can install applications which require access to these system files. It becomes necessary if you wish to customize your Android device and also install custom ROMs like CyanogenMod ROMs which are highly customizable and have a better performance than the stock ROMs.
Why Should You Root HTC Aria?
Rooting has quite a lot of advantages. If you are a true geek, you would love rooting your device. A few top advantages of rooting are:
- Rooting lets you customize your phone in a better way.
- Install Custom ROMs to improve the performance.
- Remove System apps which you do not need and hence free up space
- Convert the file system of current RFS to the faster ext4 file formats
- Convert Downloaded apps to system Apps
Why Should You Not Root HTC Aria?
There are not many reasons for you not to root HTC Aria except the fact that your device’s warranty gets void. Usually all manufacturers provide a warranty of one year for the devices and they do not allow one to root the device and access system files. However, Android is an open source OS and hence there exists rooting! Also, you can unroot HTC Aria later in case you wish to make use of your device’s warranty.
- Before you root any phone, it is always advisable to take a back up of your phone’s data. Backing up your contacts is easy and you can back up all your contacts to your phone’s SD Card.
- To back up your applications, I recommend you to use ASTRO File Manager which also allows cloud storage.
- Make sure your phone’s batter has a minimum of 60% charge.
- Enable USB Debugging. To do this, go to Settings>Applications>Development and make sure USB Debugging is checked.
Steps to Root HTC Aria
- First you’ll need to download this software for Windows, Mac or for Linux on your computer
- Next, You will need to configure the HBOOT driver (Only for Windows users. Mac/Linux users, skip this step). Download this ZIP file and extract the contents of the file to an empty folder
- Then, Turn off your phone and then boot the device in the HBOOT menu by holding power and volume down
- In the recovery options, select “HBOOT USB” by pressing the volume down key and wait until the process gets completed. After the process is completed, connect your phone using the USB cable to your computer and wait for the phone to show HBOOT USB PLUG on the screen
- After that, Open Device Manager by typing devmgmt.msc in Run and then pressing Enter or by typing “Device Manager” in the searchbox on Start Menu
- In the “Other devices” section, you will see “Android1.0” device (expand the “Other devices” section by double clicking it). Right click “Android 1.0″ and select “Update Driver software”
- A window will open. Click on the second option which says “Browse my computer for driver software”
- After that, Click on Browse and select the folder in which you extracted the contents of the ZIP file you downloaded before, click OK and then click Next. Windows will now try to install the driver. If you see any warnings, simply click OK. After installation is finished, Click on “Close” and make sure “Android Bootloader Interfaces” is listed under Android Phone.
- Finally, connect your HTC Aria and run the software which you have downloaded in the first step. The software will start and the whole process will take about 5 minutes. Once done, your HTC Aria should boot into the ClockworkMod Recovery mode.
- That’s it! You’ve successfully rooted your HTC Aria!