How to Root Evo 3D! [2.08.651.2 and Later] [HTC Unlock Method]

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*Note – This method of rooting currently doesn’t allow you to flash new kernels (so no overclocking) but you can flash new ROMs. If you haven’t done OTA update to HBOOT 1.50, please follow the method outlined here instead.

This new rooting method from HTC works on software version 2.08.651.2 and later using HTC’s unlock method.  You can also do it on all platforms including Windows, Linux, and Mac.

Before we begin, check the software number on your phone by going to Settings->About Phone->Software Information.

Your software number should be 2.08.651.2 or LATER. If not, go do the software update under Settings->System Updates->HTC software update and start over.

For Mac users, please replace “fastboot” with “./fastboot-mac” in the instructions below.

For Linux users, please replace “fastboot” with “./fastboot-linux” in the instructions below.

Step 1. Download rootevo3dnew.zip file and unzip to root folder of your hard disk or desktop.
(Don’t have unzipping program? Download and install 7Zip first.)

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Step 2. Put your Evo 3D in fastboot mode by first going to Settings->Power and make sure “Fast boot” is checked off.

Step 3. Turn off your phone then power up by holding down Power Button and Volume Down button.

Step 4. Hit Power again to enter Fastboot.

Step 5. Connect your Evo 3D to your computer, your phone should say “Fastboot USB”.

Step 6. For Windows, install the HTC drivers HTCDriver3.0.0.007.exe in the zip file.  For Linux and Mac you don’t need to install drivers.

Step 7. Open up a command prompt in Windows by typing “cmd” under Start->Search and for Linux and Mac, open up a terminal.

Step 8. Go browse into the directory where you unzipped rootevo3dnew.zip, for Windows:

cd \rootevo3dnew 

or

cd Desktop\rootevo3dnew

if you unzipped to your desktop.

For Mac and Linux, likewise:

cd /rootevo3dnew

or where you unzipped the files to.

Step 9. Next type:

fastboot oem get_identifier_token

You should get a bunch of code. If you don’t, you have an older OTA, go do the software update under Settings->System Updates->HTC software update and start over.

Step 10. Now, copy everything starting with <<<< Identifier Token Start >>>>  and ending with <<<<< Identifier Token End >>>>> .

*Note – In Windows, when you copy, sometimes it adds a white space to the beginning, if you get errors, try copying the token to Notepad then getting rid of spaces before pasting it to HTC’s site.

Step 11. Go to HTCDev.com and sign up as a user.  Then goto Unlock Bootloader->Get Started->Begin Unlock Bootloader.  Agree to the legal terms, proceed all the way to Step 10 and paste the token you just copied.

Step 12. If you get errors, try the Notepad tip above, otherwise you should be getting a file called Unlock_code.bin as an attachment in your e-mail.
Download this file off your e-mail then copy the file over to the rootevo3dnew directory.

Step 13.  Next go back to your command prompt/terminal and type:

fastboot flash unlocktoken Unlock_code.bin

Step 14. Go to your phone and hit the Volume Up button and then Power button to unlock bootloader.

Step 15. If you got this far, congratulations, your Evo 3D’s bootloader has been unlocked!!!

Step 16. Your phone will reboot.

Step 17. Put your Evo 3D in fastboot mode by first going to Settings->Power and make sure “Fast boot” is checked off. (Again, yes).

Turn off your phone then power up by holding down Power Button and Volume Down button.

Hit Power again to enter Fastboot.

Step 18. Type the following to install ClockworkMod Recovery:

fastboot flash recovery cwm-4.0.1.4-shooter.img

Step 19. Go back to your phone and choose Bootloader then hit the Power Button.

Then choose Recovery then hit the Power Button.

Step 20. When you get Revolutionary CWM blue menus, go to “mounts and storage” using your Volume buttons and hit the Power button.

Then choose “mount USB storage” and hit the Power button.

Step 21. Go to your computer and copy over su-2.3.6.3-efgh-signed.zip to your Evo 3D.

Step 22. Go back to your phone and hit Power button to get out of USB mode.  Then choose “+++++Go Back+++++” and hit the Power button.

Then choose “install zip from sdcard” and hit the Power button.

Then choose “choose zip from sdcard” and hit the Power button.

Then choose  su-2.3.6.3-efgh-signed.zip and hit the Power button.

Choose “Yes” and hit the Power button.

Step 23. Reboot and enjoy root!

FAQ

After rooting my Evo 3D using HTC Unlock method, I still get S-ON?

It doesn’t matter, the HTC Unlock method gives you a fully unlocked bootloader, the S-ON is meaningless once you unlock as you can install recovery and ROMs.

Can you still flash custom kernels?

Yes, you can still flash custom kernels but you need to launch ClockworkMod Recovery from Fastboot.   I recommend you use this method for flashing any kind of ROMs too.

Don’t want to root your phone for some reason? You can always perma-temp root it, which only gives you root until you reboot.

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599 Responses to How to Root Evo 3D! [2.08.651.2 and Later] [HTC Unlock Method]

  1. N Evo3D says:

    I can do this all the way up too the cwm part it cant find the device do you know what the issue could be? hboot 1.58 and unlocked

    • HTC Evo 4G Hacks says:

      Can’t find device? Can you be more specific?

      • steve says:

        ive got to step 19 entering fastboot flash recovery cwm….. it seems to load fine like on your video, i then select bootloader and my laptop makes the eject sound for the usb i then press recovery and it just resets my phone. it does say unlocked on bootloader menu but no superuser when using my handset. uk owner on vodafone, shouldnt make a difference with your instructions, i have checked yours are the better of whats out there. help me please ive spent hours trying to do this and only stubbornness is keeping me going!

        thank you

        • steve says:

          my phone just resets when your video shows it goes to the blue revolutionary menus. ive tried different ports and cables for the usb

    • DaShocker says:

      So I think I’m stuck at the same spot.. I also have the last ics update with hboot 1.58 … I got the unlock but recovery won’t flash over through fastboot.. and 4ext won’t work either.I try and flash recovery and it gets stuck on sending but all I get is a green bar on the screen and it stays there forever . I click onto recovery through the bootloader screen and get the updating icon then the red triangle with a phone in the background..

  2. carlos says:

    can i do this if my evo has ics ?

  3. carlos says:

    after i did all of this steps . it says i dont have no root ???help

  4. MorT says:

    I got all the way to the end when he said hit power and enjoy root….it did stuff…then said installation failed….installation aborted….why…if anyone has an idea why…text me..9893239952

  5. MorT says:

    If anyone has the same issue and your phone is still plugged into your USB into the computer…unplug it and retry installing the ZIP file again after you reboot into your Hboot menu…^_^…worked for me

  6. MorT says:

    ………..But still no root…………..this tutorial is crap…..doesnt work on android 4.0

  7. Dennis says:

    Hey,

    I did everything step by step till the last part where i installed the zipfile reboot the system and now i am stuckat whte HTC screen. itsn Unlocked and everything else.. just doesnt go pass white HTC screen

    please help.. this thing is bricked.. 🙁

  8. jeff says:

    i get all the way to the last step of installing the su-2.3.6.3-efgh-signed.zip file and i get an error during installation. it says
    E: Error in /sdcard/su-2.3.6.3-efgh-signed.zip
    (status 0)
    Installation aborted.
    any thoughts on how to get it to complete?

    • HTC Evo 4G Hacks says:

      try it couple more times until you get success it will work.

      • bunz says:

        i get all the way to the last step of installing the su-2.3.6.3-efgh-signed.zip file and i get an error during installation. it says
        E: Error in /sdcard/su-2.3.6.3-efgh-signed.zip
        (status 0)
        Installation aborted.
        any thoughts on how to get it to complete? im having the same problem

  9. TheDecider says:

    Hi I happen to follow the steps correctly up to the unlock screen where you pick yes or no..I accidentally pressed no so phone reseted but now i’m trying to do it over with the code i alredy have so i can choose yes instead of no this time on the unlock screen but it won’t get to the unlock screen again…will i need to get a new code to put in the rootevo3dnew folder? or what will i have today to be able to get to the unlock screen again so i can pick yes?

  10. george says:

    i downloaded unock_code.bin , it was open with VLC, and when i put fastboot flash unlocktoken Unlock_code.bin in cmd , i get error: cannot load ‘unlock_code.bin’ PLEASE HELPP

  11. george says:

    i got to step 18, im having error: cannot load ‘cwm-4.0.1.4-shooter.img’ !!!! PLEASEE HELPP!!!!!

  12. Michael says:

    I completed the entire process, but I can’t uninstall Sprint bloatware and when I use Root Checker it says I do not have root access. None of the steps failed.

  13. bill says:

    Go to google play on your phone & get titanium back up…it will allow you to back up,freeze and uninstall the bloatware

  14. bill says:

    Sorry for the double post
    Make sure you do a back up with the cwm before fooking with anything. Just in case something happens you can restore your entire OS. Also use titanium back up to back up that single file as well.

  15. lala says:

    Where did I go wrong if when I’m updating the SU binary it says ” gaining root access … fail! ” ???

    Help pleaseee.

  16. Nick says:

    I got up to part 13 i do it and it says successful but my phone doesn’t do anything and doesn’t bring me to screen to hit yes or no what do i do?

  17. Michael W says:

    I followed everything exact and went flawless until I tried updating the SuperUser but it didn’t grant me permission, just said failed. My device is not rooted. I did everything wrong, I even flashed su a few times but no luck. Some info about my phone is below…
    HBOOT- 1.57.0000
    Software Number- 1.13.652.2 710RD
    Android Version- 4.0.3
    HTC Sense version- 3.6

  18. Jeff says:

    hello,

    I did all the steps as explained. on command prompt it says unlock token checked successfully.
    but the unlock screen on my phone doesn’t pop up the way it does in the video?

    i’m lost. any help would be appreciated, thanks.

    • Shivam says:

      Hey Same Here W/ Me I Did All The Steps But When I Do The Last Step Nothing Comes Up On My Cell I Tried For Like 5 Times Nothing Comes Up On My Phone. It Stays At The Same Screen Which Is FASTBOOT USB. Please Help …

    • Shivam says:

      Hey I Did All The Steps You Shown On The Video But When I Do The Last Step Nothing Comes Up On My Cell I Tried For Like 5 Times Nothing Comes Up On My Phone. It Stays At The Same Screen Which Is FASTBOOT USB. Can You Help Me PLEASE …

  19. roger says:

    hello i did everything but when i update the binary in the superuser it fail idk what to do please send me a email on how can i fix this thanks

  20. Mike says:

    Hey man, awesome! Works, got the SUCCESS, etc, but I load it up still says S-On, and when I download Root Checker it doesn’t work.

    I’m on 4.0.3 Sprint Evo 3D

  21. Michael W says:

    The author of this article told me to do this… “try flashing this in recovery:
    http://downloadandroidrom.com/file/tools/SuperSU/CWM-SuperSU-v0.94.zip” it actually rooted me 😀

  22. Rob says:

    Sorry, figured it out. It was a mistake I made in the terminal. I’m not entirely comfortable navigating around in there yet.

  23. Raymond says:

    I Need help. Im stuck after i complete step 12. My phone is connected but it doesnt give me the “Unlock Bootloader” screen. How do i get to this screen??? Cmd is

    C:\Adb>fastboot flash unlockto sending ‘unlocktoken’ (0 KB).. OKAY [ 0.152s] writing ‘unlocktoken’… (bootloader) unlock token chec OKAY [ 0.014s] finished. total time: 0.169s

    How do i get to the step 13 screen?? the phone just sits at bootloader Please help!! Im on Ics 4.0.3 SHOOTER XC SHIP S-ON RL HBOOT 1.58.0000 eMMC_boot

    It sucks that no one can help on this problem because some of us are stuck here.

  24. Sam says:

    I have ICS 4.0.3 and HBOOT 1.58. I tried using your video on Unlocking 1.5x but I cannot get fastboot to “send” the unlock code.
    I’m attempting to unlock HBOOT 1.58 via HTC Dev and am having problems. I took the most recent OTA and am not rooted, am locked, s-on, etc.
    So completely stock and never been unlocked/rooted.

    I’ve signed up at HTC dev., as well as already received my unlock code from them. I get to step 12 and attempt to send the unlock code but it just hangs forever. I’m seeing this in the cmd prompt

    C:\Android>fastboot flash unlocktoken Unlock_code.bin
    sending “unlocktoken’ (0 KB)…

    And it just hangs here and does nothing. I waited about an hour before I gave up.

    I even went back and ran the RUU 2.89.651.2 and attempted the entire process over again with no luck. It just hangs and doesn’t “send” the unlock code.

    I also verified that fastboot is recognizing my device by fastboot devices which returns my serial number/id HT02Z2H…etc.

    Any thoughts? I’ve searched but can’t find anything on this error.

    Please help!

  25. Shivam says:

    Hey I Did All The Steps But When I Did The Last Step Nothing Came Up On My Cell I Tried For Like 5 Times Nothing Comes Up On My Phone. It Stays At The Same Screen Which Is FASTBOOT USB. Please Help …

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  27. Raymond says:

    Yeah what mistake was it??? Please let us know. we have the same problem.

  28. jim gunner says:

    i followed the instructions and ive got
    C:\Users\jim\Desktop\rootevo3dnew>fastboot flash unlocktoken Unlock_code.bin
    sending ‘unlocktoken’ (0 KB)…
    OKAY [ 0.150s]
    writing ‘unlocktoken’…
    (bootloader) unlock token check successfully
    i made sure i copyed the unlockcode bin and even tho it says successfull on the computer nothing happens with the phone it doesnt go to the screen to let me click to unlock….ive done the video with my eco 4g with no problem i dont know why i have a problem with this one
    OKAY [ 0.010s]
    finished. total time: 0.160s

  29. Raymond says:

    If anyone has a fix for the same problem we are all having after step 12 trying to get the unlock boot loader screen on the phone please let us know. I’ve done the unlockcode.bin file process but still nothing on the phone. tried this atleast 20 times. PLEASE HELP

  30. B.O.S. says:

    HOW TO ROOT EVO3D ON BOOST NETWORK 1.58. SV 2.89.651.2710RD

  31. bunz says:

    when i go to the SU binary updater it gets to gaining root access fail! . what do i do?

  32. Kelvin says:

    I did rooted but now i get the WHITE HTC SCREEN AND IT DOESNT GO TO LOCK SCREEN HELP!

  33. Automator59 says:

    I got to Step 18 and received the following results, no recovery installed.

    C:\RootEvo3Dnew>fastboot flash recovery cwm-4.0.1.4-shooter.img
    sending ‘recovery’ (4832 KB)…
    OKAY [ 1.150s]
    writing ‘recovery’…
    (bootloader) signature checking…
    FAILED (remote: signature verify fail)
    finished. total time: 1.949s

  34. Automator59 says:

    Tried to do Titanium backup and it say’s I’m not rooted. Superuser is installed and the boot says I’m unlocked. Also tried Root App Delete and it told me I’m not rooted. From an adb shell I do the su command and then whoami and it returns whoami. For Titanium, I may be missing BusyBox but not sure or how to get it.

  35. Daryl says:

    i rooted my evo 3d(sprint) and it unlock but when i try to work wifi cant ge it to work what am i doing wrong i have superuser but nothing

  36. MhD says:

    heyy… i get to step 19 when i hit power button to choose recovery …i don’t get cmw blue… it will restart normaly !! any help please !

  37. nemo says:

    Hey! I have rooted using your method before and things went fine. Now I have a problem where i try to run the su-2.3.6.3-efgh-signed.zip and i get E:Error in /sdcar/su-2.3.6.3-efgh-signed.zip (Status 0)
    Installation aborted. I dont know what to do.

    Thanks for all your hard wokr!

  38. nemo says:

    Hey! I have rooted using your method before and things went fine. Now I have a problem where i try to run the su-2.3.6.3-efgh-signed.zip and i get E:Error in /sdcar/su-2.3.6.3-efgh-signed.zip (Status 0)
    Installation aborted. I dont know what to do.

    Thanks for all your hard work!

  39. r1z1nginfern0 says:

    I can’t even get the 3d bootloader unlocked. I get the Unlock_code.bin and flash it through cmd but the bootloader is still locked and doesn’t have anything pop up. I have Hboot 1.58 btw.

    • r1z1nginfern0 says:

      Oh and Sprint, Software Vers. 2.89.651.2 710RD and everytime I try to downgrade the software to vers. 2.17 or hboot 1.5, or lower I get error [120] Battery Low, even though I have a fully charged battery. This phone is driving me insane! Any suggestions?

  40. irfan says:

    i want to root evo 3d.. with hboot 1.53, s off, unlocked…
    when i follow htcevohacks.com unlock method …. my phone restart normaly after flashing cwm recovery… means not in recovery but normaly reboot…
    i hv tried sevral times not …… any one can help me…. thanks in advance

  41. irfan says:

    i want to root evo 3d.. with hboot 1.53, s on, unlocked…
    when i follow htcevohacks.com unlock method …. my phone restart normaly after flashing cwm recovery… means not in recovery but normaly reboot…
    i hv tried sevral times not …… any one can help me…. thanks in advance

  42. austin says:

    worked great. Now for s-off

  43. Mistichunter says:

    hey thanks an it worked on my htc evo v 4g

    • tanner says:

      mine never works i get it right up until like step 4 then it just sits there and when i select fast boot it gives me the options of bootloader, reboot, reboot bootloader, and power down when i slect bootloader it just sends me to the initial screen!!! what do i do help!!!!

  44. Chuck says:

    Hey! Thanks for the great guide. FYI, I have the Virgin Mobile version of the same phone and I got the process to work with these software versions:

    1. Software number: 1.13.652.2 710RD
    2. HBoot version: 1.57

  45. Tautvydas says:

    Hey, is there any way to root my HTC EVO 3D, so that I would have a full control over my phone (like overclocking)? I have not rooted it yet because one of the main reasons why I would like is overclocking. My phone is GSM (normal, no Sprint), software version is 3.208.401.1, Android version 4.0.3. If you know a possible and not surrealistic solution, please email me. Cheers.

  46. MayorgaMi says:

    hi,
    I recently unlocked my evo 3d through htcdev. it still has s-on.
    Afterwards I changed the cid and flashed the revolutionary CWM with your guide.
    problem is that I can’t boot into cwm which I do need to flash kernels/roms (wanted to flash newest viper 4.1)
    is it because of the s-on? would be pleased to get some help

  47. Mac says:

    I got all the way to the superuser update fixer. I ran it, and seleced force > fix anyway. Everything says “Ok” except for “Gaining root access” it fails there. What do I do? Thanks

  48. Evo3dUser says:

    After I downloaded the Unlock_code.bin from the HTCDev site, and entered fastboot flash unlocktoken Unlock_code.bin into cmd.exe, I recieve the following output:

    C:\adb\rootevo3dnew>fastboot flash unlocktoken Unlock_code.bin
    sending ‘unlocktoken’ (0 KB)…
    OKAY [ 0.140s]
    writing ‘unlocktoken’…
    (bootloader) unlock token check successfully
    OKAY [ 0.016s]
    finished. total time: 0.156s

    But I see no changes on my phone. The Unlock screen will not apear. I redownloaded the file they sent me and and resubmitted the token. After each of these steps I attempted and nothing new happened. I also tried to use a different cable and nothing happened. Any ideas?

    I am running software version 2.89.651.271ORD and Android version 4.0.3

  49. Kyle says:

    Hey, I cant get the system to flash the recovery. i keep getting error:cannot load “name of recovery here”

    I did notice the name of the recovery in my files is clockwork 4.0.1.5 instead of cwm 4.0.1.4. but it says cannot determine image file name if i try that. any ideas?

  50. Mark says:

    All fine until:
    fastboot flash recovery cwm-4.0.1.4-shooter.img

    then when I choose “Recovery” it just reboot without showing any Revolutionary menu…

    Please help!!!

    (HBOOT v. 1.53.0007)

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