Full S-OFF for HTC One M8 released (and how to turn your GSM variant into a GPe device)

HTC-One-M8-BlinkFeed

Last week, it was root. This week, it’s full-on S-OFF, baby. A team named Firewater did the deed on opening up the HTC One M8, giving us a solid S-OFF method that will allow folks to tinker with the inner workings of the HTC One M8′s software.

Said tinkering has already resulted in someone posting a method for turning GSM HTC One M8s into Google Play Edition devices (meaning they swapped out the Sixth Sense-coated software for stock Android). Remember that this is NOT compatible with CDMA versions, so those on Sprint or Verizon will have to wait for other developments. Find the instructions for that in the thread linked above if you’re already up and running with root and S-OFF.

If you haven’t yet gotten S-OFF, you’ll be on track to get it by the time you’re finished reading this article. First of all, you’ll need the following prerequisites:

  • Working ADB (meaning you can perform this on Linux, Mac OS X or Windows)
  • A working internet connection on your device, whether that’s 3G, 4G or WiFi.
  • USB debugging (and likely a microUSB cable)
  • Device unlocked and rooted with HTCDEV or with a temporary root method
  • A supported device, natch. HTC One M8 and M7 are givens, with many other Qualcomm-based HTC devices from 2012 being compatible.

There are a couple of other things to note. For starters, those with the Verizon version of the HTC One M8 will specifically need to use WeakSauce by Jcase to root their device before performing the Firewater S-OFF. Those instructions were provided last week so hop to it if you haven’t already.

Once you’ve gotten all that squared away, you can find instructions and downloads for your specific method right here. Take care to read each step carefully, and make sure you know what you’re doing before you proceed.

[via XDAThanks to everyone who sent this in!]

Continue reading:




  • JoeDMartinez

    Remember that this is NOT compatible with CDMA versions, so those on Sprint or Verizon will have to wait for other developments. Find the instructions for that in the thread linked above if you’re already up and running with root and S-OFF. http://qr.net/stx3

  • steveb944

    Hmm I’ll have to check out T-Mobile pricing for this and hopefully save a bit vs going with the real GPe

  • toomuchgame441

    Why would you want to strip down to the bare minimum on the M8 when Sense 6 is superior to Stock Android… yea I went there.

    • Henri Weich Conradie

      One does not simply exceed stock Android’s capabilities.

      • duong ngo

        Beside update, what can stock Android do that sense can’t?

  • Jason Crumbley

    This may very well be my next phone.

  • No_Nickname90

    All the more reason I’m happy that I’m back on a GSM carrier. It was SO boring on Sprint. Couldn’t do anything. Had to wait until the “CDMA” version was available.

    • Henri Weich Conradie

      Why are Sprint and Verizon the only major carriers that use CDMA? They’re losing business because of it, aren’t they?

      • duong ngo

        No not really Verizon is still the biggest carriers by millions of people. Sprint on the other hand are doing okay. But no one is losing people.

  • Blogercup

    Thanks for providing good article. Please visit http://www.blogercup.com .