How to Root HTC Hero and Install Amon Ra Recovery Image

by on December 2, 2009
in Android

htc-hero-whiteI always wanted to root my HTC Hero and install custom MoDaCo ROM on it as I had heard a lot about that ROM because it’s very fast, highly optimized and offers much more than the stock ROM on HTC Hero.

I followed various tutorials and articles on the Internet about rooting HTC Hero which is on stock firmware 2.73.x.x and decided to write my own step-by-step tutorial.

How to Root HTC Hero and Install RA Recovery Image

Please follow the steps very carefully and remember, I’m NOT responsible for any damage you do to your phone.

Things You Should Know:

  • I’m using an unlocked HTC Hero running on stock firmware 2.73.x.x and has never been rooted before, nor installed any other modifications on it.
  • You MUST have Android 1.5 Cupcake installed on your Hero or simply close this page and don’t proceed – Google is your friend then!
  • This procedure also works with Sprint Hero, though I haven’t confirmed it myself.
  • Make sure you have already created a backup of your microSD card on your computer.

The Tutorial

1.On your phone, go to Settings > Applications > check Unknown sources.

2. Go back (into Settings menu) >SD card & phone storage > press Unmount SD card.

3. Once your card is unmounted, now press Format SD card.

4. Now mount your phone on to the computer by plugging the phone into the compuer via USB, pull down the notification bar and click USB Conencted. Then click Mount.

5.Then, download the two files given below. That’s the Recovery Flasher app and the latest Amon Ra Recovery Image.

6. Now copy both these files to the root of your SD card. Means, don’t put them in any folder. Then unplug your phone from the computer.

7. Now use a file manager on your phone like ASTRO File Manager (get one from the Android Market) to go to your SD card.

8. Now open the file FlashRec.apk and install the application.

9. From the applications list, open Recovery Flasher, click on Backup Recovery Image and wait for it to finish.

10. Once done, click on the empty box above Download Recovery Image button and type the following WITHOUT mistakes:

11. Then click on the Flash Custom RecoveryImage button and wait for it to finish.

12. Turn off the phone and turn it on into Recovery Mode by holding down Home and Power buttons to turn it on. Keep holding them until you see some text written in green.

13. That’s it! If you see the screen (like shown below), it means you did everything fine!

Now if you want to install/load a new ROM in your Hero, follow this tutorial: How to Install a Custom ROM on HTC Hero

The image you see above is of RA-herov1.2.3. You should have a slightly different interface options with the new RA-herov1.3.2

You can also watch the video by Unlockr attached below. But remember, when the red box appears telling not to type what the video says, then you should follow STEP 10.

For more HTC Hero tips and tricks, click here!

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  • hero_want_to_upgrade

    Thanx alot for posting this compact tutorial, but i hv a doubt… would be really helpful if u could clarify that…
    on checking the site , it says u hv to downgrade u Hero first if u r using FIRMWARE 2.73.x.x or above.
    did u do that…cos u hv not mentioned in the steps while u did mentione that ur hero had 2.73.x.x….

  • Jan

    Is there some way to just use this to root the phone, and go back to the stock FW of HTC?

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  • perdita2000

    I can't understand this procedure it's just for installing new firmware, not rooting….?¿?¿??

  • tony917

    Tried this guide on my HTC Hero GSM (Telus) running on the AT&T network, Firmware 1.5, Kernel version 2.6.27-0078c992, Build number 2.73.661.46, Software version 1.0.0.A6288. When I open Recovery Flasher App or hit the Backup Recovery image button, I get this error message:

    Backup FAILED: Could not run command.

    I tried every version of FlashRec available on the site, still won't work. Any known fixes? What am I doing wrong?

  • I have read this procedure and wanna try it.
    I m using unlocked HTC HERO ORANGE in India,
    Can u say me after upgrading ROM from 1.5 to 2.1; using this procedure, my phone will remain unlocked or it will get locked after upgrading to 2.1. I m very confused. Please help? thx.

  • It will get unlocked once you root it :)

  • Jenny

    Thank you so much for posting this tutorial!! ;)) can you please tell me how to download the FlashRec.apk?? I clicked into it and a window with all these codes show up. If I save target it, it only saves into a .xml file. If I change the file name to .apk, it will not open in my HTC Hero… Please HELP!! ;)

  • Jenny

    Thank you for posting this tutorial ;)) can you please tell me how to download the FlashRec.apk? When I click into it, it another window comes out with all these codes. If I save target it, it saves in a .xml file. If I change the file name to .apk, it will not open in my HTC hero either…. Please help! :D thanks!!

  • it keeps saying backup failed

  • josh

    I am getting the same issue…
    Backup FAILED: Could not run command.

  • Anonymous

    i like the sgape of htc hero….

    it looks special