Root HTC Desire C and Install ClockworkMod Custom Recovery

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HTC Desire C is one of the latest low-end smartphones by HTC after the popular HTC Explorer. It packs in a few more features at a relatively better price and has Android 4.0 ICS installed. ClockworkMod custom recovery and full root access method is now available for the new HTC Desire C, thanks to mmmcfc at XDA Developers.

As you continue reading, we will guide you through the process of how to root HTC Desire C and install custom recovery (ClockworkMod) for installing more system tweaks and custom ROMs. We have given all the steps below and make sure you backup all your existing data in the phone before proceeding. Let’s continue with the tutorial now.

Make sure you have installed all your USB drivers for the HTC Desire C to connect it with the computer. Download HTC Desire C USB drivers! Apart from just the USB drivers, there are a few more things that you need to take care of.

1. You need to enable USB debugging mode. This helps to connect your Android phone with the PC. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging.

2. Your phone battery should be 80-85% charged. If your phone goes off suddenly because of battery, during flashing ROMs or installing mods and updates — your phone might go dead permanently. See here: How to Check Battery Percentage.

3. Backup all your important data that you might need as soon as your flash a new ROM, unlock bootloader or make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below on how to backup data:

4. Copy all the backup files from your SD card to your computer as internal memory will be wiped clean after unlocking the bootloader.

5. Your bootloader should be unlocked. See here: How to Unlock Bootloader of HTC Phones.

Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial below to root HTC Desire C.

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  • hello folks
    i have a problem here :/
    after entering the ClockworkMod Recovery the power button gets unresponsive.
    any help?

  • MrToastedAndroid

    I already rooted my phone using this method: I just want to install CWM without installing another root because it may tamper with the root files that were there previously. What should I do? My Desire C is already rooted using that method

  • Tugudu

    I have the same problem…the power button is not working in the ClockworkMod Recovery 🙁

  • Guest

    I have the same problem…the power button is not working in the ClockworkMod Recovery 🙁

  • NOTE: To get power button to work as ‘select’ move up or down using the volume buttons until the notice “back menu button enabled” comes up.

  • Marvv95

    Really easy, cheers for that!

  • navvy

    woooohooo thanxx a lot buddy

  • Aniruddha Mukherjee

    Thanks for this awesome writeup. I was trying to root my htc desire c without success till I stumbled upon this step-by-step guide and now waalaah.

  • mahesh kumar

    hiii i have htc desire c…
    i rooted my handset….and unfortunaely uninstalled settings without knowledge
    when i did factory reset the phone stopped on logo screen as the settings was uninstalled
    so please tell me What to do?
    Thanks in advance

  • Alvaro

    Hi, I had an issue with the CWM recovery and did require to use a different version.