The HTC One X is one of the hottest smartphones around. It has a large 4.7 inch, 1280 x 720 pixel display, a fast processor, and a high capacity battery. It also uses the latest version of HTC’s Sense software, which blends in with Google Android 4.0’s default look and feel much better than earlier versions of Sense.
Unfortunately while HTC offers official tools that let users unlock bootloaders on many of its phones — including the international version of the One X, those tools aren’t available for the AT&T version of the HTC One X in the US.
But that hasn’t stopped independent developers from finding ways to hack the phone.
Prolific Android hacker Justin Case is pretty sure he knows how to unlock the bootloader — although his method still needs to be tested. Meanwhile xda-developers forum member kennethpenn has published a one-click utility for rooting the HTC One X.
All you need to do is download the tool to a PC, enable USB debugging on your phone, connect it to the PC with a USB cable, and then run the root script on your computer.
This will provide root access to the phone, install Busybox and install the SuperSU app which lets you grant superuser rights to apps that require them.
In other words, you can run apps such as Titanium Backup, Root Explorer, or MyBackup Root. These are all apps that require escalated privileges to run on properly on an Android phone or tablet.
If you have an HTC One X that’s not on AT&T’s network, you may also be able to use the HTC One X All-In-One toolkit to install HTC drivers, unlock the bootloader, and make other changes.