This is now outdated, click the "EVO Root" link at the top of pocketables.com for a more current version.
Every month, the internet increasingly becomes the dumping ground for more and more outdated and obsolete information about root on the HTC EVO 4G and HTC EVO 3D.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.
Note: "old" means a working method phones that haven't been updated, not a dead link.
You can get full root benefits with either phone
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.
EVO 4G/EVO 3D: AndroidSU
How to unroot
Just in case you need to update or roll back.
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)