How to Install Custom ROM on HTC Evo 3D! [CDMA/GSM][S-ON]

Want to install a custom ROM on your HTC Evo 3D?

Well, here’s a simple video tutorial that shows you how to use 4EXT Recovery to install a new custom ROM on your rooted HTC Evo 3D with S-ON (or S-OFF).

Before you do this, you will need to install 4EXT Recovery.

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50 Responses to How to Install Custom ROM on HTC Evo 3D! [CDMA/GSM][S-ON]

  1. Boozey says:

    It still doesn’t allow to flash ICS ROMs. Still gets stuck in boot loop no matter how many times I wipe the dalvik cache. Evo 3D CDMA.

    • HTC Evo 4G Hacks says:

      Did your phone reboot by itself once then reboot? If you take the battery out too early the flashing kernel part will fail and end u up in a bootloop.

      • Boozey says:

        Yes, I chose to reboot after the Mikvirgin ROM was flashed. It did an initial boot then rebooted from the HTC logo. After the phone booted up fully it turned of and rebooted about 4 more times.

        • HTC Evo 4G Hacks says:

          OK, well I am unrooting my phone right now, let me see if I can duplicate it.

          • Boozey says:

            Ok thank you for that! Also this trial was on a CDMA Evo 3D with Hboot 1.5 and I’m currently flashed to the ZR3D ROM. I’ve also tried other methods to get an ICS ROM working on my phone, but all my attempts end up in boot loop.

            • HTC Evo 4G Hacks says:

              Looks like 4EXT Recovery is the problem, it’s somehow not flashing ROMs correctly. I am looking into this right now so… Works fine tho for GSM Evos.

              • Boozey says:

                Ok, I was sure that my worries were over… Haha. Well it flashed the ZR3D just fine, but I’m guessing that’s because it’s using the same kernal. I’m even having problems with downgrading my bootloader. I can’t follow your instructions because I don’t have a Linux based computer, and I’m not super tech savy so I have no idea how to multiboot Linux and Windows. Other methods on XDA require you to relock and brick your phone, I can’t even get that done properly because I think the cable I’m using is a little mangled and doesn’t hold a charge properly. So i re-unlocked my phone to try this 4ext method which currently has a problem with CDMA’s I guess, also forgot to mention the Flash Image GUI method get’s me in the loop as well. I have faith and a lot of patience that one day I’ll be able to enjoy ICS on my EVO 3D. But thank you for your awesome ROM reviews and your generosity to the Android community. HI ON ANDROID, CRAP ON iWHORES!!!

                • HTC Evo 4G Hacks says:

                  well i am done for today but it seems like s-on is the culprit, don’t blame me, blame HTC for making such an awesome unlocked bootloader that’s not really unlocked. just be s-off to flash ICS ROMs for now, that is the only way to get it done.

              • joe says:

                I rooted my evo 3d s-on I used fastboot with clock works mod revolution recovery. I installed mean rom but reinstalled stock kernel since the kernel that came with ROM didn’t allow me to use wifi or hotspot. So far everything seems to work fine on my phone except I had only 1x for data and text messaging wasn’t working but I got a hold of another evo 3d and went into phone settings by pressing ##3282# on phone dialer. I compared settings and changed the ones that were different and got my 3g and text messaging back working.like I wrote in a previous post, I had to call sprint and ask to hard reset my phone by using the ##3282# way. They will give you the password to your phone so you will be able to edit. Just make sure to tell sprint that the hard reset worked even tho you really didn’t do it just to get them off the phone so you can do what you got to do with you’re phone look at my previous post, I wrote the changes I did and where you can find them.

                • jesus says:

                  okay now i know … that even with s-off i cant use ics:( this sucks… ow well ill wait for a good recovery come out… to be able to flash on hboot1.50 s-00f

  2. Tony says:

    Thank you for the instruction it worked fine for me just flashed MikVirgin ICS ROM with no problems on my evo 3d from sprint.

  3. Challenger1 says:

    Quote:”well i am done for today but it seems like s-on is the culprit, don’t blame me, blame HTC for making such an awesome unlocked bootloader that’s not really unlocked. just be s-off to flash ICS ROMs for now, that is the only way to get it done”. Well Sir, thats what I have been waiting to here! Now I can stop trying to install ICS ROMS on my S-ON phone knowing now that “It Won’t Work! This is a great site and I love coming here but I have been pounding my head trying to get this done and I appreciate the update.

  4. eagleboy says:

    it wont install it fails on my 3d evo

  5. hormonat says:

    hey guys, it worked fine for me, but still with some bugs though. first, wallpapers doesn’t load, settings are not accessible as an error message says the linked program is no longer installed on your phone. can’t find seetings in the menu either. notification bar doesn’t exist. don’t know whether it’s from ICS rom itself or it is just an installation failure?!

  6. Harvo says:

    Are comments being deleted?
    Where is the support? Im going to try the HBOOT downgrade method

  7. rbs says:

    i am using evo 3d gsm..rooted exactly as u told in d other video, did the 4ext recovery flashed rom for the gsm 3d, now getting bootloops! … n yea it was an ics rom . how come it work on yours???

  8. bintat says:

    hai….my device htc evo 3d gsm
    # s-on
    # 1.49 0011
    # root
    # using clockworkmod v5.8.0.2
    my problem is after instal this custom room my device stuck at htc logo,cannot startup.i already do clearing cache and instal another custom rom but still stuck at htc logo..PLEASE HELP ME…My device stil stuck until today.Sory my bad english.

  9. bintat says:

    please help me how to do (toturial) and what kind boot.img i need to flash

  10. Omar Silva says:

    Hey Max, Why it doesn’t let me install a new rom? I get the message I did all what you’ve done in the 3 video tutorias and when I try to install the KingCobra3D-ICS-1.5.zip I get this message “E: can’t oepn /sdcard/KingCobra3D-ICS-1.5.zip(bad)
    Installation aborted.”

  11. gabriel says:

    I see your evo3d start verry fast aftr power on. How can i do that.
    Now i have rooted my phone, i have room 1.47

  12. bintat says:

    hi everyone….Thanks owner for help…i already solve my problem…
    this simple toturial how to install custom firmware.
    *** I using recovery clockworkmod******
    1.download king cobra firmware
    2.extract boot.img from your download firmware.
    3.fastbooth boot.img via pc to device.
    4.run CWM from your device.
    5.Install using SD Card…
    Work fine for me..
    older post what my device spec.
    Sory my bad english…

  13. Rtbenaks says:

    hi everyone….Thanks owner for help…i already solve my problem…
    this simple toturial how to install custom firmware.
    *** I using recovery clockworkmod******
    1.download king cobra firmware
    2.extract boot.img from your download firmware.
    3.fastbooth boot.img via pc to device.
    4.run CWM from your device.
    5.Install using SD Card…
    Work fine for me..
    older post what my device spec.
    Sory my bad english…

    Alright. I have tried all the methods above. I hold an htc evo 3d CDMA with hboot 1.40.1xx and S-Off (yes, I am sure of this). I currently have CWM as the recovery. I have tried everything I can read about yet my device, no matter what I do seems to be stuck doing boot loops after I install any ROM zip from root and restart the device. Yes, I always do factory reset with wipe data/dalvik/cache. Please help!!! Happily willing to donate $15 via paypal to anyone who comes up with the solution to flashing a ROM to my device. I have also attempted 4ext recovery. The roms I currently have are King Cobra, MikVirgin, and Viper. None of which, after “successfully installing” will work. Thank you all for any help you can provide!

    • gabriel says:

      i think u install gsm rom ion cdma device,and this is the reason for not booting device.
      Look for cdma rom and install. I thynk this will fix your problem

      • Rtbenaks says:

        With respect to helping me: Please provide links to where you wish me to go and download roms/kernels/etc. That way, I will be more than happy to donate the $15 USD paypal. Also, do me a favor and make it dummy proof (any tutorials).

        • gabriel says:

          add me on yahoo gabrielzota , if i post link here i think will not appear

          • Rtbenaks says:

            Added. Btw, to all who wish to earn the $15 USD via paypal, please note: I will announce when I have successfully flashed the ROM, so please continue to offer help/advice,etc, until then. Thank you kindly!

    • D ACman says:

      Hello To all:
      I have 2 evo 3-d and thats because the first was take by one of my kids as a joke, so I had to buy another one, finally I got it back. With the new one I bought I got tired of Sprint and flashed over to Metro. That one is working and rooted/Unlocked with Maxs’ help. Now I figured I would test with the one that is disconnected (no service, no provider) and it was on 1.40 and also rooted with Revolutionay method back when it first came out. I had soft bricked it and using Maxs’ methods again I recovered and getting wifi only and being able to use everything, like a computer w/out a phone and I simply connected to my win7 laptop, put the mikvigin zip or rar folder on the SDisk in the root , of course, then did the fastboot with the phone and wiped all and it intstalled and booted around 3 or 4 times and WOW its ICS,MV and all is working beautifully, I might add. Since I don’t know much about the actual Rom I am now trying to figure out the UI and all the goodies it has. But remember I am not even connected to a service provider and I play and test with that phone b4 messin with the Flashed metro Evo3-d with 1.50 S-On/Unlocked rooted working evo. So I hope this can help. Just put the Zip?RAR file on the root of your Card and use the fastboot to install not update a Zip file and it has to do it. I think! I am definately a noob and an old one at that. Luck…

      • Paul says:

        D Acman, thankyou so much! I have looked for ever for my answer and spent many hours with no go. Fastboot installing the rom from pc to phone worked. I just typed fastboot flash rom and the mean rom ics. It worked Perfect! Thankyou so much!

  14. Rtbenaks says:

    Thanks to Gabriel. He figured it out and got the money!

  15. alex says:

    i’m using twrp and flash image gui and all my rom works perfectly, no bootloops 🙂

  16. sdavidl says:

    Ok, so not quite a noob, but maybe a semi-noob, lol. Also not sure if im in the right spot, but heres the deal. Ive got a cdma shooter, hboot 1.58, htcdev unlocked, s-on. I was able to flash the new mik rom for the shooter and made sure it was the right one. I flashed it using cwm while in usb debugging bootloader screen. I also flashed su which it said installed successfuly. The rom seems to run fine, wifi works etc. Though it is still loaded with sprint bloatware,and when i try to open cwm recovery from within the phone (normally booted), it says it is not privelaged to run. So i also downloaded an app that tells me if i am rooted and it says no. Question: how can i flash a rom but not be rooted? I havent bricked it, and everything seems to be running smoothly. Just odd. Any feedback would be great.

  17. manuel hidrogo says:

    my htc evo3d sprint does not enter recovery mode

    What could it be?

  18. Marco says:

    Will this work with the Virgin Mobile HTC EVO V?

  19. Logan Jones says:

    OK I am having so many problems with my phone I am s-on with h boot 1.58 and I am currently on the viper 3d rom and forgot to backup the stock rom and I believe its 2.95. I have literally tried everything I basically need a step by step tutorial on how to get everything back to normal so I can s-off and flash any rom

  20. mitesh says:

    Hi I have install 4ext on EVO 3d GSM and its s on but I could not flash custom rom after flashing any rom its just restart again and again .
    Will u please help me to install custom rom ?
    Please reply fast .

  21. mitesh says:

    I have followed Ur video for installing 4ext but it does not installs custom rom and do u think that I need to s off my EVO 3d using wired trick ?

  22. mitesh says:

    Hi I m using 4.0.3 ics on my HTC ,HTC sence 3.6, and software no 3.28.401,

    I try flashing aokp Rom ,rot box Rom, high 3d Rom but all of them stuck with boot loop and keeps on restarting again and again.

    Do I need to upgarde to paide 4ext recovery from play store or s off .?

    And if no and if I can flash having s on EVO 3d GSM then please send me name and link of downloading custom rom as per my android version that work smoothly on my device …Hi I m using 4.0.3 ics on my HTC ,HTC sence 3.6, and software no 3.28.401,

    I try flashing aokp Rom ,rot box Rom, high 3d Rom but all of them stuck with boot loop and keeps on restarting again and again.

    Do I need to upgarde to paide 4ext recovery from play store or s off .?

    And if no and if I can flash having s on EVO 3d GSM then please send me name and link of downloading custom rom as per my android version that work smoothly on my device …

  23. mitesh says:

    Hi bro , It did not show me any error that smartflash is fail or another that u mentioned in previous mail. But I must try it by disabling smart flash and flashing boot IMG manually . But I just want to share with u that I have tried flashing boot img manually after flashing aokp and other rom that is higher version that mine current android version .but that time smartflash was not disable so let’s try by disabling smartflash and flashing boot.IMG manually ,but before doing this I would like to have name of some custom Roma that I can flash with Android 4.0.3 ics running and one more thing that can I flash packman Rom from Ur site on android 4.0.3?
    And one more think that I m running on hboot 1.53.0007 so suggest me some Rom name that can flash eassily

  24. ms says:

    Hey I could not flash any rom except ice on my EVO 3d ……m using 4ext recovery and my device is s_on and it keeps on restarting again and again ……will u pls help me come over this problem and what is reason for it ….???

    M bored using ics rom on EVO 3d help me to make my device loving……..!!

  25. Robert says:

    Hey I could not flash any rom except ice on my EVO 3d
    ……m using 4ext recovery and my device is s_on and it
    keeps on restarting again and again ……will u pls help
    me come over this problem and what is reason for it
    ….???

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