Androroot

This is now outdated, click the "EVO Root" link at the top of pocketables.com for a more current version.

Every month, the internet increasingly becomes the dumping ground for more and more outdated and obsolete information about root on the HTC EVO 4G and HTC EVO 3D. So many sites are dead ends due to developer apathy/life/death, old information is left up because it's easier to leave it up than clean it up, and people just forget and move on to newer and better things.

As of today, November 8, 2011, everything you'll find below works. If months have gone by and you're seeing this page, look for a newer one on right here on G&E; we regularly update the site (but not necessarily the old pages) with new information.

My goal here is to provide the absolute basics. I can't include every tool, method, etc. If you see something missing or wrong, just let me know and I will correct it.

Unlocking NAND/S-OFF

Note: "old" means a working method phones that haven't been updated, not a dead link.

EVO 4G: Unrevoked (old) | Revolutionary (new)
EVO 3D: Revolutionary (old) | HTCDev (new)

You can get full root benefits with either phone

Recovery

Recovery is used to flash ROMs and .zips, create Nandroid backups, restore Nandroids, and so on.

EVO 4G: Amon Ra | TeamWIN
EVO 3D: TeamWIN

Additional steps required to have a fully-functional recovery with HTC EVO 3D HBOOT 1.50/S-ON: Hard way | Easy way

Nandroid backups

See this:

Guide to Nandroids

Why we root our phones

See this:

Why I rooted my phone (and why you might want to root yours too)

Superuser

Superuser is required on NAND-unlocked phones to give root access to programs.

EVO 4G/EVO 3D: AndroidSU

How to unroot

EVO 4G: Unroot
EVO 3D: Unroot

Radios/HBOOT

Just in case you need to update or roll back.

EVO 4G: Caulkin's thread
EVO 3D: XDA

ADB

EVO 4G/EVO 3D: G&E's ADB basics
EVO 4G/EVO 3D: ADB/Fastboot mini toolkit

Kernels

EVO 4G/EVO 3D: Tiamat

Maintained or recently updated ROMs

There are tons out there, but these are good starters.

EVO 4G: CyanogenMod (AOSP) | Vaelpak (Sense, GB-AOSP) | MIUI (AOSP)
EVO 4G: Smooth 'N' Sexy (Sense) | Swagged Out Stock (Sense)  | MikG (Sense)
EVO 3D: Android Revolution HD (Sense) | CyanogenMod (AOSP) | MIUI (AOSP) 
EVO 3D: Warm TwoPointThree (Sense) | MikG (Sense)

How-To guides

3D/4G  Create a Nandroid backup
3D Root with HBOOT 1.50
4G Unroot your EVO 4G rooted with Unrevoked
3D Unroot your EVO 3D rooted with Revolutionary
4G root with Revolutionary