State of the HTC EVO root world: January 2013

rootworld - for some reason we don't have an alt tag hereIt’s been four months since our last State of Root, and in that time quite a bit has changed in the HTC EVO root world. Every month, the internet becomes a dumping ground for more and more outdated, obsolete, and potentially damaging information about root methods and ROMs for the EVO line of phones – this isn’t done maliciously; it’s just easier to leave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 – January 23, 2013 – everything you’ll find below should work. If several months have gone by and you’re reading this, a newer State of Root entry should be online, or on the way shortly. 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 EVO 4G, the EVO 3D (and EVO V 4G), and the EVO 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 January 2013, you can root, flash custom ROMs, and have most of the 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 most 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 or have system settings stick.

CyanogenMod 9 and higher requires conditions that generally are found only in S-OFF devices for the EVO 3D, and several barriers to simple operations disappear when you gain S-OFF on the EVO 4G LTE. So S-OFF is once again a thing you might want to achieve now, while you still can.

Unlocking Bootloader/NAND/S-OFF

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 a custome 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 (old) | DirtyRacun

Recovery

A recovery is used to flash ROMs and .zips, create nandroid backups, restore nandroids, and so on. It’s called a recovery because it sits at a level of the phone where if everything else breaks, you can use it to recover the phone.

OG EVO 4G: Amon Ra | TeamWin | ClockworkMOD | SmelkusMOD
EVO 3D: TeamWIN | ClockworkMOD | Amon Ra | 4EXT
EVO V 4G: TeamWin | 4EXT
EVO 4G LTE: TeamWin

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. You will generally be required, if rooting your own stock ROM, to flash a binary file from recovery, then install the superuser app from the market or an apk.

All EVOs: AndroidSU | SuperSU

How to unroot

OG EVO 4G: Unroot (Unrevoked/Revolutionary)
EVO 3D: Unroot (Revolutionary) | Unroot (HTCDev/return to stock)
EVO V 4G: I do not have this, although locking and RUU should work
EVO 4G LTE: Unroot

Radios/HBOOT

Just in case you need to update or roll back.

OG EVO 4G: Caulkin’s thread
EVO 3D: Freeza’s radios
EVO V 4G: Radios for S-OFF
EVO 4G LTE: Captain Throwback’s

It’s worth noting that the links on the EVO V 4G do not work if clicked, but do work if cut and pasted as of 1/23/13.

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.

Shipped-ROMs.com
Androidfiles RUU

ADB

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

Kernels

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 link to some recent ones here. If you want to advertise another ROM, just put it in the comments section with a link where to download it.

This is a link to recently reviewed ROMs

Tools

OG EVO 4G/EVO 3D: HTC Supertool
OG EVO 4G/EVO 3D: QPST | QPST/Diag drivers for Windows
EVO 4G LTE: RegawMOD Bootloader Customizer | RegawMOD rooter

How-to guides

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 the forums.

OG EVO/EVO  3D/EVO LTE: Create a Nandroid backup
Create and use a Live-CD for use with several rooting methods
EVO 3D: Root with HBOOT 1.58
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 EVO 4G or EVO 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

Glossary of commonly used phone terms

Good places to discuss and ask questions

GoodandEVO forums
AndroPlasty
TincAndroid
TheRootofAllEVO
XDA-Developers – make sure you read the forum rules as they get picky where things are posted

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, or replaced, please drop a note in the comments. I’ll either update the State of Root, or readers will see that it’s been posted and is important to you. It’ll also be reflected going forward in the next State of Root.

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26 thoughts on “State of the HTC EVO root world: January 2013

  • Avatar of Ceasar
    January 23, 2013 at 9:10 am
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    Thanks, is there a way that you can add known good ROMs. I used to use the Stock with Goodies by Flex360 but he has been kicked out of XDA. I used to like his ROMs but i can’t find any that I like that can stay with stock without custumizing the heck out of the ROM.

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    • Avatar of Paul E King
      January 23, 2013 at 10:05 am
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      Here’s my problem with ROMs. Every time I post the State of Root there’s a lot of emails and posts about how I forgot or didn’t mention or snubbed developer X.

      There’s also evidently a curse – I mention someone in State of Root and their ROM goes away the next day.

      Going to see if I can’t come up with a tagging system for the ROMs that are active so I can link individually, but that’ll be tonight before I get a chance to look at that.

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    • Avatar of Paul E King
      January 23, 2013 at 10:32 am
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      I’ve reported on it, had Steve in the developer spotlight, and I completely forgot about it… putting it in the guide now… thanks!

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    • Avatar of Paul E King
      January 23, 2013 at 10:33 am
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      ok, putting it in later evidently… someone’s going through and correcting my horrid spelling at the moment…

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  • Avatar of Ceasar
    January 23, 2013 at 11:25 am
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    Paul.. it would probably a good idea for you just to name the most popular 5 roms per device or 10 if you have the time.. posting that you are taking the top ROMs on the board.. if X Developer wants to be mentioned, they need to move up the developer ladder.

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    • Avatar of Paul E King
      January 23, 2013 at 1:01 pm
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      here’s the thing on moving up the developer ladder. Who determines that? The thing is I see ROMs that are new. If there’s a rock solid stable ROM out there, there’s a good chance I’ve forgotten it by now as I keep up on who developed what recently.

      So, I list 4-5 ROMs, I get asked why I’m forgetting developer-123, I probably forgot them because I ran their ROM, it was good, and I moved on. So, I’d ask people to just name the ROMs they love in the comments section, then it doesn’t look like I’m playing favorites, which is what I get accused of quite a bit.

      I’m not here to say this developer is better than that and so they got on my list. That’s why I just linked to recent ROM picks… these are updated fairly recently, and they’ll update automatically in the future.

      Feel free to post whatever you want down here and a link to it though.

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  • Avatar of Kisakuku
    January 23, 2013 at 11:42 am
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    LazyPanda for EVO 4G LTE is no longer available or supported, so might be nice to change the link to DirtyRacun. It’s a pity though, it’s still a superior tool for 1.12 HBOOT since it doesn’t require an HTCDev unlock.

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    • Avatar of Paul E King
      January 23, 2013 at 1:04 pm
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      Good catch… updated.

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  • Avatar of Eric
    January 23, 2013 at 11:43 am
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    Thank you again, and always, Paul. A real value to us out here.

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  • Avatar of Capt4Chris
    January 23, 2013 at 12:22 pm
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    Lots of great info. Thanks so much!

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  • Avatar of Braaainz
    January 23, 2013 at 12:22 pm
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    I’m running Cm7.2 on a rooted Evo 4g Supersonic and trying to find up to date files is getting harder and harder.

    I want to update to the latest nightly, but I can’t find any information on the latest GAPPS with Sprint VVM (what it was and where I can download).

    I also have been looking for a modded Playstore app that disregards DPI changes, uses original sig, and does not update. I’ve been running 3.5 from the LCD Modder Pro app, but it is incredibly dated now.

    Anyone got some luv?

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  • Avatar of Ceasar
    January 23, 2013 at 1:27 pm
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    Can you take a poll on Good N EVO and ask what is your favorite developer and why.. then blog it.

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  • Avatar of James
    January 23, 2013 at 5:01 pm
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    Thanks for this. FYI TheRootofAllEVO link is dead

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    • Avatar of Paul E King
      January 23, 2013 at 5:16 pm
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      I did not check that – it was just always there… will remove tomorrow if I don’t hear otherwise from their plus account

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  • Avatar of Jmagnt7
    January 24, 2013 at 7:53 am
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    Thanks Paul. Always love seeing this guide continue to grow.
    MeanBean –

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  • Avatar of Larry
    January 25, 2013 at 5:42 pm
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    Really good article, really helpful to have all this information in one place!

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  • Avatar of juan
    February 3, 2013 at 5:34 pm
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    RegawMOD root method for EVO LTE not working something wrong with htcdev site

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  • Avatar of Scott
    October 11, 2013 at 7:54 am
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    Any chance this might get updated? Had to replace my EVO jewel

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    • Avatar of Paul E King
      October 11, 2013 at 8:14 am
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      The new one was scheduled to publish 13 minutes ago.

      I yanked it from the queue about an hour ago because I felt it was incomplete in regards to the original 4G. Going to work on it some more and post it today.

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      • Avatar of Scott
        October 14, 2013 at 7:32 am
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        Hah, what are the chances? Thanks for the update.

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        • Avatar of Paul E King
          October 14, 2013 at 7:51 am
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          this year: 363 to one.
          Last year: 91.25 to one.

          Probably going to edit it more later

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          • Avatar of Scott
            October 14, 2013 at 12:19 pm
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            :P

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