It’s been three months since our last State of Root post, and in that time we’ve had several breakthroughs in the HTC EVO 3D AOSP world, some great Jelly Bean ROM developments to add to the original EVO 4G’s catalog, and a re-branded EVO 3D on a different carrier called the HTC EVO V 4G.
Every month, the internet becomes a dumping ground for more and more outdated, obsolete, and potentially damaging information about root methods and ROMs for the HTC EVO line of phones. This isn’t done maliciously; it’s just easier to leave up old information than it is to go back and update things.
As of today – September 18, 2012 – everything you’ll find below should work. If several months have gone by and you’re reading this, look for a newer EVO ROOT entry on Good and EVO, and if something below is wrong, please let me know and I’ll update it as quickly as possible.
My goal here is to provide the basics for the OG/3D/V 4G/4G LTE. I can’t include every tool, method, or ROM, but my hope is to have a couple of ROMs that are decent, tools that currently work, and methods that should not cause problems. Please keep in mind that I’m dealing with the basics. If your favorite ROM, tool, or team has been overlooked, drop a note and feel free to use the comments section to point them out to me and other readers.
I do not own an EVO Shift, EVO View 4G, EVO V 4G, or EVO Design 4G. As such, I do not know if any of these these will work for those devices or be at all useful. You’re welcome to post a link to guides that work for them and I’ll incorporate them in the main post.
It bears stressing here that as of September 2012, you can completely root, flash custom ROMs, and have the whole root experience on all EVO devices via unlocking the bootloader at HTCDev.com and still get warranty repairs through most carriers. S-OFF is not required to root and flash ROMs on a phone; however, on the EVO 3D, EVO 4G LTE, and EVO V 4G, you may have to jump through one more hoop to flash a kernel.
Note: “Old” means a working method for phones that haven’t been updated, not a dead link.
An unlocked boot.img/bootloader is required to flash Recovery, which allows you to install custom ROMs and patches.
OG EVO 4G: Unrevoked (old) | Revolutionary (old) | HTCDev (new)
EVO 3D: Revolutionary (old) | HTCDev (new) | 1.5 S-OFF (complex/expert) | Unlimited.IO 1.5 S-OFF with the wire trick (advanced)
EVO V 4G: HTCDev | JuopunutBear S-OFF
EVO 4G LTE: HTCDev | RegawMOD (automatic) | Non-destructive local root | LazyPanda S-OFF for HB 1.12
Recovery is used to flash ROMs and .zips, create Nandroid backups, restore Nandroids, and so on.
Why we root our phones
Superuser is required on NAND-unlocked phones to give root access to programs.
How to unroot
Just in case you need to update or roll back.
ROM Update Utility
A ROM update utility (RUU) is an executable program that runs on your computer and connects to your phone and is used to restore the phone to stock, or upgrade radio or firmware. These generally only run on a PC or a virtual PC under Mac.
They are the easiest way to return your phone to stock although your bootloader may require being locked before they will run.
These change so fast and are useless so quickly, it’s not worth putting in a guide that will be up for three months.
Maintained or recently updated ROMs
There are, at my last count, over 80 ROMs in active development. I’m going to list just a few here. If you want to advertise another ROM just put it in the comments section with a link where to download it.
Note: Posting comments or questions in any of these guides will only been seen by people reading the guide. In other words, if you’re looking for help, post in this thread or in the forums.
OG EVO/EVO 3D/EVO LTE: Create a Nandroid backup
EVO 3D: Root with HBOOT 1.50
OG EVO 4G: Unroot your EVO 4G rooted with Unrevoked
EVO 3D: Unroot your EVO 3D rooted with Revolutionary
EVO 3D: Unroot your EVO 3D rooted with HTCDev
OG EVO 4G: Root with Revolutionary
OG EVO 4G: Root with HTCDev
OG EVO 4G/EVO 3D: Join the root world if you’re on a Mac (little dated; you’ll use the HTCdev method)
EVO 3D: Recover your ROM’s kernel from the install package (if you flashed a kernel and it’s bad)
EVO 3D: How to recover your bricked rooted HTC EVO 4G or 3D
EVO 3D: Flash from recovery mode EVO 3D 1.50 / S-ON
EVO 4G LTE: How to unlock/root and still keep your stuff
EVO 4G LTE: Clear your Wallet settings when Wallet is locked down
EVO 4G LTE: Update radios/firmware on S-ON devices without losing all your stuff
Other how-to guides
If we haven’t covered it here, here’s a link to someone who has
EVO V 4G: The Complete Newbies Guide to HTC EVO V 4G rooting/flashing
HTC EVO 4G LTE: video walkthrough rooting the EVO 4G LTE
What all these things mean
Good places to discuss and ask questions
Did I miss something?
While I keep up with as much of the HTC EVO line as I can, lots of times something can get overlooked because development on the EVOs is so fast that a two-day-old ROM or tool looks ancient compared to the slew of new things out today. There are also now seven base EVOs out there on several carriers. I lose track.
If I missed something or you think something needs to be added/expanded/replaced, please drop a note in the comments and I’ll either update the State of Root, or readers will see that it’s been posted and is important to you.