HTC Explorer is a probably just a mid-range Android phone but it features a bunch of awesome goodness. That’s why many new Android users prefer this phone very much. Officially this phone runs Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS on its 600 MHz Cortex A5 processor plus Adreno 200 GPU under the hood. And if you are one of thousands owners of this phone, do not forget to liberate your phone by achieving root on it. Hence, you can install many awesome root-only apps on it.
Luckily, there is a clear guide on how to get your HTC Explorer rooted as well as flashing custom recovery on it. We summarize the tutorial as simply as possible so we hope anyone can achieve the root easily.
Before we proceed, make sure your phone has at least 60% battery left. But honestly saying, you better re-charge your phone first so its battery has max capacity.
Download and install HTC Sync app.
Unlock your phone’s bootloader via HTC’s official website.
Download needed Recovery Image file (Mirror Link). Once downloaded, extract the .zip file using your favorite unarchiver tool to a location where you can easily access it (e.g: your Desktop). You should get a “recovery.bat” file.
Turn your phone off then reboot into the bootloader mode by pressing and holding Volume Down + Power buttons simultaneously.
Once in bootloader mode, choose the “fastboot” option.
Now plug your phone into PC then double-click to run “recovery.bat” file.
Wait till the process complete and once done, unplug your phone then reboot.
Once done, plug your phone in to PC again then copy the “superuser.zip” file to the root directory of your phone’s SD card. Once done, unplug it again.
Turn your phone off then reboot into the bootloader mode, again, by pressing and holding Volume Down + Power buttons simultaneously.
Once in bootloader mode, choose “recovery” option then choose install .zip from SD.
Now select your newly transfered “Superuser.zip” file. We are going to flash this zip file.
Sit tight and wait for your phone to install superuser.
Once done, do not forget to reboot your phone and once it reboots, your HTC Explorer will be fully rooted.
Just a simple tip to avoid bootloop, do not restore your phone to factory setting.
That’s it. If anything goes smoothly, your phone should now be rooted. You can find more queries about this guide from the official thread on xda here.