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How Convert HTC One M8 Google Play Edition back to Stock Sense

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This guide assumes you are S-OFF. It also assumes that you are familiar with terms such as rooting, unlocking the bootloader, TWRP, Nandroid Backup, Custom ROMs, etc. Otherwise you shouldn’t be here. 

If you followed my video guide on how to Convert your HTC One Sense M8 to Google Play Edition with OTA updates, you may be wondering if that process is reversible.

The answer is yes. However, normally, you can simply use what we call a RUU file, which stands for ROM Update Utility that restores your HTC back to complete sense stock with a click of a few buttons. With an RUU, you simply download the RUU, and run it off of your PC and it does the complete restoration with minimal intervention from the user.

Unfortunately, as of now, there is no RUU available. That means, you will have to use another workaround to get back to sense UI on your HTC One M8 which is somewhat complicated and requires maximum intervention from the user.

Requirements: 

  1. You will need a custom ROM such as Viper ROM or Maximus HD (they are both based on the latest HTC Sense 6.0 with Android Kitkat 4.4.2)
  2. Preferably have a SUPERCID on your HTC One M8. You can easily switch your CID number from one to another using my video guide by clicking here. So, if you aren’t SUPERCID right now, temporarily change to SUPERCID to minimize complications.

Required Files to Download:


  1. Download Fastboot and ADB
  2. Download the latest TWRP for HTC One M8
  3. Download the FIRMWARE
  4. ViperOne Custom ROM