How To Use Sunshine Root

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Sunshine root is the tool which allows users to unlock the bootloader of HTC and Motorola smartphones. As you know bootloader plays a special role in an Android smartphone as it is the key component which determines if the kernel should be operated or not. The status of bootloader does not matter if you are not aware of modifying your Android smartphone. But, users who are keen on Android customization, hate bootloader. Because none of the Android modifications can be done properly and launched as intended if the device has a locked bootloader. 

SunShine Root For  HTC and Motorola Smartphones

In general,  HTC and Motorola smartphones are considered too tough to unlock when compared to other smartphone brands. When looking at the available unlooking tools, you can rarely find a tool to unlock your HTC or Motorola smartphone. That is why Sunshine Root become more important even though it's a paid tool. Though it is called Sunshine Root, do not misunderstand it as a root tool. It just makes your rooting attempt smoother and flawless but no root binaries are installed 

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In HTC, S-ON stands for Security ON and S-OFF stands for Security OFF. In general, HTC users can access the access to /system, /boot, and /recovery after unlocking the bootloader. In case, you need to access extra partitions other those partitions, you essentially need to have S-OFF on your HTC device. So, even you have an HTC device that has been unlocked by using another way other than Sunshine Root, its capabilities limited to the system, boot, and recovery. Because only Sunshine Root is able to grant you S-OFF to access other partitions when needed


SunShine Version 3.5.55 is the latest version of the tool as of now. The tool is compatibility with, 

  • All modern rootable HTC devices up to 7.1.1
  • HTC U12+
  • Droid Turbo, Moto X (2014), Moto X (2013), MotoG (2013) and Droid Maxx/Mini/Ultra (Android 4.4.3 and lower)
  • All the Non-rooted devices running on 4.4.3 and below
  • Some non-rooted devices running  Android 4.4.4 and 5.x 
  • Some rooted devices running on 5.0 and above
  • Verizon M7 running on 5.0.x (When  temp-root  enabled using Kingroot app)

Note: Droid Turbo  2 is not compatible with the tool

How To Use SunShine Root

  • Download the Sunshine APK on your smartphone from its official website
  • Launch the application and follow the on-screen instructions and at a certain stage of the process, the app will be testing your device for compatibility
  • Wait for the test result & continue
  • At the end of the process, the device will restart
  • Then re-launch the application and follow the instructions
  • Finally, reboot the device in to recovery mode and check if the S-OFF is enabled

Final Word

You cannot keep S-OFF permanently on modern HTC devices. It means when you restart your device, automatically becomes S-ON it and yo need to turn the device in to S- OFF again using running  SunShine tool.

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