How to Undervolt the HTC One

How to Undervolt HTC OneThere’s no denying that the HTC One is a seriously nice piece of Android hardware. Unfortunately, though, there’s also no denying that it could use more endurance. Thanks to the process known as undervolting though, we can at least get an hour of additional endurance. Here’s how.

This procedure should work on all GSM versions of the HTC One here in the US.

I. Install the Toolkit

1. Head to this forum post, scroll down to the second post, and click on the link there and head to all of the toolkit’s under Downloads. Choose the toolkit for your device and save it to your desktop.

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2. Download and install WinRAR.

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3. Extract the file to your C: drive using WinRAR.

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II.  Install the Drivers

1. Open the Toolkit.

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2. Select Install HTC Drivers and click Go.

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3. Open Settings. You can get there by pulling down the notification bar and tapping the gear in the top right corner.

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4. Select Developer Options and turn them ON.

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5. Turn USB Debugging ON.

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6. Attach the HTC One into your computer via USB.

III. Get Token ID

1. In the toolkit, select Register at HTCDev and click Go.

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2. Fill in the information and click submit.

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3. When you get the email from HTC, tap the link to confirm the account.

4. Select Get Token ID and click Go.

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5. Close the first Command Window that pops up when the device enters bootloader mode.

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7. Highlight all of the token information starting with and including <<<<< Identifier Token Start >>>>> and ending with and including <<<<< Identifier Token End >>>>>

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8. Copy it and paste it into notepad.

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9. Select Submit Token ID and click Go.

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10. Paste the Identifier Token code at the bottom of the page and hit Submit.

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11. Save the Unlock_Code.bin file to your desktop that comes in the email they send you.

IV. Unlock the Bootloader

1. Select Unlock Bootloader and click Go.

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2. Select the Unlock_Code.bin file and click OK

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3. Select yes by pushing up on the volume key and then power.

4. Walk through the setup process and then go to Settings then select Power and then turn Fastboot OFF.

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5. Make sure to turn on USB debugging again.

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V. Flash a Custom Recovery

1. SelecClockworkMod Touch under recovery options and then click Flash Recovery.

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2. Close the first command prompt after the device goes into bootloader mode.

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3. When the next command prompt says successfully flashed, close it.

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VI. Gain Root Access

1. Open File Explorer on the computer and leave the device plugged in via USB and in normal mode.

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2. Click on C: drive > Toolkit folder > Data > SU and copy the SuperSU.zip file to the internal storage

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3. Unplug the HTC ONe.

4. Turn the phone off, then turn it back on by holding down Volume Down and Power at the same time. Keep holding them until the hboot screen comes up.

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5. Push volume down and then power to select recovery from the list of commands.

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6. Tap Install Zip from SDCard then Choose Zip from SDCard then select the SuperSU.zip file and click Yes to confirm.

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7. Once it flashes, click Go Back then click Reboot System Now.

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VII. Flash a Custom Kernel

1. Head head to this forum post to download the kernel under the Download section in the first post and save it to your desktop.

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2. Plug your HTC One in via USB and copy the kernel .zip file over to the internal storage of the device.

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3. Unplug the device. 

4. Turn the device off, then turn it back on by holding down Volume Down and Power at the same time. Keep holding them until the hboot screen comes up.

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5. Push volume down and then power to select recovery from the list of commands.

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6. Tap Install Zip from SDCard then Choose Zip from SDCard then select the kernel .zip file and click Yes to confirm.

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7. Once it flashes, click Go Back then click Reboot System Now.

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VIII. Undervolt the Device

11. Once it reboots, download Intellicontrol from the Play Store.

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12. Pull the second slider all the way to the left to allow the processor to go to a much lower speed when idle.

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13. Tap on the SVS tab at the top right and push the minus symbol to the left of All until the first value says 1000 (this is the lowest I would go but feel free to adjust this up and down based on your experience).

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14. Scroll down and click the Apply button to save the changes. Enjoy the extra battery life! (I don’t recommend select Set on Boot simply because you could get stuck if the voltage is too low, so just redo steps 12 and 13 anytime you reboot your device. Trust me it’s safer this way).


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The Results

Using the Quadrant test found in the app store and LAPTOP’s own battery test, here are the results we got before and after undervolting.

Quadrant Before Quadrant After
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Battery Before Battery After
HTC One Battery Test Before Screenshot_2013-05-15-07-53-19

As you can see,  the performance on Quadrant jumped up 1,290 points after undervolting, while battery life increased by 1 hour and 12 mins!

David Cogen is a founder of TheUnlockr.com, the popular site for rooting, jailbreaking, hacking, modding, and other how tos to show you how to unlock your device’s true potential. They even have a popular ROM repository. Check out TheUnlockr.com for all your AndroidiPhone, and Windows Phone how tos.

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  1. Nate Says:

    I understand there are disclaimers galore in this process itself, but to not mention one thing within this article about the risks of doing this is silly, and risky for the average user.

    I got here by a simple Google News search for “htc one”, and to the uneducated Android user, or heck even an amateur rooter, this all sounds great and very appealing, as if you can just blow threw these steps to make this happen – like it’s an every day thing.

    Even after the obvious risks that most rooters are used to, the one not mentioned anywhere is the fact that HTC put certain “system” apps in /data/preload (calculator, flashlight, etc), and when you unlock the bootloader, it wipes those clean, thereby making any future OTAs unattainable without a little extra effort, due to the fact that the OTA’s check for those apps.

    In addition to that, the Quadrant score was likely a mishap and related more to the fact that the phone was rebooted and more “Fresh” the second time around.

    So please clarify things a bit, or at least add a few disclaimers at the onset of this article!

    Regardless of all I just said, it’s a great walk-through and thank you for posting it. ;)

  2. right_mr Says:

    sounds a bit techy. can you not just throttle cpu power under the battery saver feature and keep this on ? how does that affect longevity vs undervolting?

  3. john squires Says:

    will this work on an htc one from sprint? are there different files i need to download?

  4. Greig Says:

    Is there a file that would be compatible with a Telus HTC One at the initial link?

  5. Socall Says:

    maybe should include that every soc is not the same and might have different mvolt to begin with

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