How to Jailbreak an Android HTC Phone

By Kristie Sweet

The Android applications market offers hundreds of thousands of apps for games and helpful additions to your Droid phone as well as movies, books and songs, all to allow users to get the most out of their phone. Sometimes Droid users want to add apps from outside the marketplace, generating an error that non-market apps are blocked. Changing the settings on your Android, also known as jailbreaking or rooting, allows you to download these apps.

Step 1

Attempt to download the non-market app you want. A warning screen pops up that tells you such installation is blocked and gives you option buttons that say "Settings" and "Cancel."

Step 2

Click on the "Settings" button. The window that opens contains several options, one of which says "Unknown sources." Click the box next to this label to allow downloading of non-market apps.

Step 3

Read the warning that appears carefully before proceeding.

Step 4

Click "Ok" if you accept these terms. "Cancel" if you have changed your mind.

Step 5

Download the desired app.

Tips & Warnings

  • The phone manufacturer admonishes that granting access to non-market app downloads makes your phone more vulnerable and that you must accept responsibility for any damage caused by such downloads.