Previously we covered a detailed guide on rooting the HTC Thunderbolt, but that was for Windows. Macusers can finally relax because this guide will take you step by step on rooting your Thunderbolt on a Mac OS X. But before we move on, we’d like to thank XDA-Developers forum member, jcase for countless hours spent on researching this method up for Mac users and IISiDeK1CKII for compiling it in an easy step by step . To root your Thunderbolt, read on!
No fancy talk, let’s get our hands dirty! And before we do, please read our disclaimer below carefully.
Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. Tiptz will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.
To begin, download the Android SDK, Root kit, Older Firmware and Custom Firmware.
Unzip the Root kit and the Radio to the platform-tools folder and move the Custom Firmware to the desktop.
Rename the Older Firmware to PG05IMG.zip and place it on the root of your SD card.
Open the tools folder located in the android-sdk-mac_x86 folder and click on android.
You will see the SDK manager screen pop up. Click on available packages, and install Android SDK Platform-tools, revision 3. Let the process complete, this will download ADB which was previously missing. You can now find it in, android-sdk-mac_x86 > Platform-tools.
Make sure USB Debugging is checked in your phones settings.
Now run the terminal on your system and navigate to the Platform-tools directory.Now enter the following commands hitting enter after each commands:
./adb push psneuter /data/local/
./adb push busybox /data/local/
./adb push misc.img /data/local/
./adb shell chmod 777 /data/local/psneuter
./adb shell chmod 777 /data/local/busybox
You will now be kicked out of ADB and ADB will restart as root. Time to confirm the md5 ofmisc.img:
/data/local/busybox md5sum /data/local/misc.img
If the code returned is anything other then c88dd947eb3b36eec90503a3525ae0de you need re-download the file and try again.
Continue entering the following commands in the terminal: