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I probably get at least 10 e-mails per day from people asking me, “Max, do I have to unroot to get the latest OTA updates?” or “Max, can you get OTA updates after rooting my phone?”
Well, the answer is no, you cannot get OTA (Over The Air) updates after rooting without doing procedures like unrooting or installing the stock recovery back.
BUT, there’s a better way for rooted users. If you are rooted, usually there’s a CWM flashable zip file floating around on XDA so you can easily update your phone to the latest software without losing root. Better yet, these flashable zip updates usually come with enhancements like Google Wallet working out of the box and more.
So, next time you see OTA update for your phone on Engadget, Droid-Life, AndroidCentral, or your favorite Android blog, DO NOT DO OTA UPDATE!!!
And here’s how to update your rooted HTC Evo 4G LTE to the latest OTA update, software version 1.22.651.3 with root and Google Wallet working.
Step 1. Download and copy the flashable CWM zip file and copy to your phone. (Or download straight to your phone, use Dolphin HD browser for proper download.)
Download rooted HTC Evo 4G LTE 1.22.651.3 Update
Step 2. Reboot into bootloader by holding down Power and Volume Down buttons for 10 seconds.
Step 3. Choose “RECOVERY”.
Step 4. Once in TWRP recovery, choose “Install”.
Step 5. Choose the file “jewel_1.22.651.3_rooted_deodexed_07-13-2012.zip”.
Step 6. Swipe to install.
Step 7. Wipe cache/dalvik cache.
Step 8. Choose “Reboot system”.
Step 9. You should now see Android upgrading…
Step 10. Once fully booted, PROFIT!
Step 11. You will get “Unsupported device” but your Google Wallet should still work fine.
Having problems like bootloops after installing?
If you are coming from a CM9/AOKP ROM, this could be the cause. What you can do is do a wipe factory reset in TWRP then reboot. This will erase all your apps and settings so you should have made backup of all your apps using Titanium backup app. And also if you didn’t, you should have make a backup ROM at least so you can go back and do that.
Enjoy and don’t forget to share this with your friends on Twitter, Facebook, or GooglePlus!
Credits – XDA <—— Donate to these guys if this update with root has made your life wonderful. These developers work very hard and no one pays them to make these things happen, thx!
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