How to restore functionality on rooted HTC EVO 4G LTE that Apple took away

By now, my opinions on Apple’s bogus patent suits should be perfectly clear. That’s why this latest nugget makes me so happy: with just a little bit of build.prop editing, it’s possible to completely restore all the functionality in the EVO 4G LTE that HTC had to take out in order to appease Apple.

Like our Google Wallet hack, this requires a rooted device and comfort with editing a system file. So, before you get started, be sure to either make a Nandroid backup or a backup of your build.prop file in case anything should go terribly wrong (it probably won’t). Then, follow these simple steps:

  1. Using your favorite file explorer (mine is Root Explorer), navigate to /system and select the build.prop file.
  2. Edit the following:
    ro.da1.enable=true > change to ro.da1.enable=false
    Directly under this, add ro.da1.method=false 
  3.  Reboot your phone.

That’s it! When your phone finishes booting, your messaging and email apps should be back to normal: links to phone numbers, URLs, YouTube videos, etc., will all work the way they’re supposed to. Additionally, your App associations menu will be gone, because you won’t need it anymore.

Personally, I’ve actually grown to like the App associations menu; I find it easier to change various defaults in the menu, rather than going into the app settings, clearing the defaults for each app I want to change, and then performing some action that will trigger the correct system dialogue that will set a new dialogue. This new menu makes the process much easier.

But at the same time, this is a great way to give Apple the middle finger, or whatever your obscene gesture-of-choice is. So if you end up doing this, let us know how it works for you.

[Android CentralThanks, Mark!

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.