written by: Percila Jackson•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 9/12/2011
Rooting allows you to gain full access to your file system and enables you to install custom ROMs and install homebrew applications. In this tutorial, we show you how you can root your HTC Hero.
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The HTC Hero is quite a popular Android smartphone. It was one of the best Android phones when it first came out, but is now outdated and relatively slow compared to most of the Android powerhouses being announced these days. It has been replaced by the HTC Incredible, Nexus One and the HTC Evo 4G.
This tutorial will show you how you can root the HTC Hero. Rooting your Android phone allows you to be in complete control of your phone; it allows you to install homebrew applications directly on your phone and also gives you access to the entire file system. Besides that, it also allows you to install custom ROMs and update your OS before the official release.
There are multiple methods to root your HTC Hero, but most of the earlier ones were complicated and risky. Using this method, you can root your HTC Hero easily and it poses minimal risk.
Most HTC Hero handsets used to have Android 1.5 Cupcake installed on them. More recent HTC Hero phones have been updated to Android 2.1 Eclair in most countries.
To root your HTC Hero using this method, you must have Android 1.5 installed running on stock firmware.