How to Root HTC Evo 3D GSM!

Here’s how to unlock bootloader using HTCDev.com and root your HTC Evo 4G GSM!

Download Windows drivers: (no drivers needed for Linux or Mac)
Download Windows 32-bit driver
Download Windows 64-bit driver

Download rooting files:

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Rooting files

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For Mac or Linux, replace all “fastboot” commands with “./fastboot-mac” or “./fastboot-linux”, respectively.

Also, you might want to do:

chmod 755 *

before doing any of the commands for Mac and Linux to fix permissions.

FAQ:
Q: My phone is hung on fastboot!
A: Try turning off HTC Sync if you have it running.

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110 Responses to How to Root HTC Evo 3D GSM!

  1. bugfriend says:

    I can`t get a mobile internet connection for apps except of internetbrowser after root-update. With WiFi everything works fine. Browsing with mobile connection is also no problem, but no other app is working on mobile connection.
    Is there anybody with the same problem? Any ideas?

    • HTC Evo 4G Hacks says:

      try rebooting, rooting has nothing to do with internet connection so must be unrelated problem.

      • abod says:

        hello..i have htc sensation xe.. when i tryed to recovery it didn’t insted of that the device was turn on^^..what now?

  2. chris says:

    hey im haveing trouble regersting for HTCdev it says its invalid

    got any ideas

  3. Frank says:

    Hello,

    thank you for your great work.
    Is this method described in the above video the base to install any of those custom roms seen here or at xda-developers ?

    Many thanks in advance,
    Frank

  4. Invince says:

    i have htc evo 3d gsm hboot 1.49.0009…How can i root an s-off my device…
    Also what are the benefits of s-off really 😛
    And if i want to install another rom then what?
    Please help !!

    • HTC Evo 4G Hacks says:

      You dont need soff for gsm evo just use 4ext recovery.

      • Frank says:

        hmm, really ?
        and when I want to upgrade from gingerbread to ics ? also no s-off ?? only with 4ext recovery ??
        In other forum I read that u need to s-off when going to ics … ??

        Thanks for help,
        Frank

  5. James says:

    So I have used the HTCdev method of unlocking my GSM in Oz, screen says UNLOCKED in pink and S OFF and HBOOT 1.49

    But I cannot seem to get a recovery on to my phone, not clockwork via fastboot cmd or via 4ext.
    4ext sometimes brings an error about permissions, simply try again and it goes through to online update, but always tells me flashing failed.

    busybox installs
    SU installs
    and root checker tells me I am rooted.

    Anyone have any ideas?

    • James says:

      Solution: reboot phone between unlocking and flashing the recovery.

      Thanks for the simple and clear video. This was my first root.

      Thank you again!

  6. khairil says:

    thankz…it work with my htc evo 3d…

  7. BaumSquad.M24 says:

    I got the bootloader unlocked, and all is well except when i boot into bootloader and select recovery it acts like its going to boot up into it and it WILL NOT BOOT INTO REVOLUTIONARY RECOVERY. Help?

    • HTC Evo 4G Hacks says:

      try 4EXT Recovery for GSM Evo.

      • Andy says:

        mine wont either having same problem did you ever figure it out?

      • Andy says:

        what is that? I think mine is CDMA its the HTC EVO V with the 3d camera and 4.3 inch screen from virgin mobile Mine is doing the same thing WILL NOT BOOT INTO REVOLUTIONARY RECOVERY. Help? everything goes good step by step untill then and also the its not s-off how do i turn it off? I have the Ice cream sandwich system on mine.

        • HTC Evo 4G Hacks says:

          Not sure if there’s s-off method for the Virgin evo 3d yet.

          • Andy says:

            ok will you let me know if you find out there is? also I need help rooting my evo I have it unlocked but not sure if its rooted right

          • Andy says:

            I have done this step by step 2 times and made sure I did everything right and in order. Watched video paused and did what you said. Got phone unlocked thank you so much for that. When I got to the part where you flash and hit recovery to get to the Revover screen where you go to and boot from the card. Around the 12 minute mark on the video. When I hit recovery it just reboots and starts up phone like normal but it does unlock. I have the HTC EVO 3d the virgin mobile phone. It has the ice cream sandwitch on it

          • James says:

            I had the same problem as Andy with my Virgin HTC Evo V. My phone is unlocked but not rooted at this point. How do I re-lock the phone? Any help would be great.

            • John says:

              I have the same problems as all the above and it seems like know one knows how to fix it or there just ignoring this question.
              Cheers
              John

  8. Lluís says:

    Hi, Max
    I’ve been trying for a long time to root my evo 3d, but I always get the same error…
    I’m uploading a screencapture for you, see if you can solve it, cause I’m getting mad, dude…
    I get the error when I write “fastboot flash unlocktoken Unlock_code.bin”…
    I don’t know what to do, it’s not the first time I try to do it and I get the same error…
    http://img406.imageshack.us/img406/1460/screencapturek.png
    Thanks, man

  9. Michael says:

    Does this still work with Hboot 1.5?

  10. Android says:

    Hi, just rooted my Evo 3D, HBoot-1.49.0013 – Vodaphone AU phone.
    Just wished I had backed it up first….
    Took a few reboots, and battery removals to get all my Apps back, now, where did I put that new kernel….

  11. Andy says:

    I have done this step by step 2 times and made sure I did everything right and in order. Watched video paused and did what you said. Got phone unlocked thank you so much for that. When I got to the part where you flash and hit recovery to get to the Revover screen where you go to and boot from the card. Around the 12 minute mark on the video. When I hit recovery it just reboots and starts up phone like normal but it does unlock. I have the HTC EVO 3d the virgin mobile phone. It has the ice cream sandwitch on it 4.0.3

  12. Andy says:

    I have done this step by step 2 times and made sure I did everything right and in order. Watched video paused and did what you said. Got phone unlocked thank you so much for that. When I got to the part where you flash and hit recovery to get to the Revover screen where you go to and boot from the card. Around the 12 minute mark on the video. When I hit recovery it just reboots and starts up phone like normal but it does unlock. I have the HTC EVO 3d the virgin mobile phone. It has the ice cream sandwitch on it 4.0.3
    Reply

  13. android says:

    how can i root my evo 3d on android ics ..

  14. Jamie says:

    Hey Max could you Do a new tutorial about rooting and flashing with stock ics hboot 1.53.007

  15. Lysandra says:

    I cant find a the zip file. The GSMEVO3Droot.zip. Where can I get it?

  16. rob says:

    can you please help me, i get all the way to selecting recovery @ 12. min but insed of the revelotionary screen it takes me to my home screen… i think i’ve done everything right….
    thanx

    • HTC Evo 4G Hacks says:

      try doing the step right before, flash the recovery and make sure you get successful message, check for error messages, and post them here if you do get them.

  17. ammar says:

    I can’t root my evo 3d on ics .

  18. invince says:

    HOW DO I ROOT MY STOCK OTA ICS ROM (GSM) ??????????!?
    i want to keep the original ics and be rooted !

    • HTC Evo 4G Hacks says:

      You have to unlock and root, there might be another way though, I am always looking into new ways to root.

  19. David says:

    I tried it several times, getting new token posting it on htcdev and downloading the unlock bin file. But every time I get “FAILED (remote: signature verify fail)” I have a EVO 3D GMS with HBOOT 1.53.007. ICS OTA Updated. I use the original HTC Sync driver because the driver you posted does not work with my WinXP.

    • HTC Evo 4G Hacks says:

      Not sure if this fails you need to ask HTC, it’s supposed to work and a method they provided. Try sending HTC an email for help. Just being honest here, but that’s the case it seems to me, HTC site may be broken.

  20. paul says:

    hey i followed all the steps and then at 11:10 when you write ‘fastboot flash recovery cwm’ and hit enter, it says ‘error: cannot load ‘cwm’. i also tried writing it in full and it says ‘error: cannot load ‘cwm-4.0.1.4-shooteru’. Any help please ?

  21. Mark says:

    I have the HTC EVO 3D form sprint and it says I need hboot were can I get it and it also say that I will lose all my information were can I back it up and put it back in with still keeping the root, thanks.

    • HTC Evo 4G Hacks says:

      I think you will have to unlock bootloader as soon as possible as there’s no way to root it without an unlocked bootloader.

  22. Eno says:

    hey man you are the best.. all works fine for me. whith evo 3d x515m android 4.0.3.. but in linux ( ubuntu 12.04 ) do not get response from the device after this comand ./fastboot-linux oem grt_identifier_token so i have to wse windows and I hate it that.

    • HTC Evo 4G Hacks says:

      what response do you get? Please post them otherwise it’s hard to help.

      • eno says:

        in the terminal says:

        “waiting for the device to response” just that after 20′ and nothing. mabye something in 12.04 is the folt. in 11.10 works well.

  23. Mike D. says:

    When I type in “fastboot oem get_identifier_token”, cmd says “waiting for device”

    I don’t have HTC sync installed and I have usb debugging enabled. And I believe it automatically goes into charge only mode (not sure if you can change that at the fastboot screen anyway.)

    I did try selecting bootloader and switching back to fastboot usb and instead of making the normal usb connecting noise, it just made 3 quick lower beeps usually meaning my computer doesn’t recognize the device I think. However When I disconnect the evo, my computer makes the normal disconnecting noise.

    I have no idea what else I can do D=

    -Mike

    • HTC Evo 4G Hacks says:

      Your phone must be on fastboot mode.

      • Mike D. says:

        I have it in fastboot mode. And I know I have the right drivers because it says fastboot usb. but when I try to get the token it just says waiting for device and sits there until i close cmd.

        • Mike D. says:

          I read somewhere you need to disable sync on your pc and now I just read that you need to have it for this to work so I’m trying to redownload that now and I’ll let you know if it works. Great tutorial though! I’ve been trying to do this for a while now and usually can’t follow what I need to download even.

  24. Mike D. says:

    I’m having another problem. at about 12 minutes into the video, I can’t get the recovery from fastboot. It just reboots my phone and starts up normally. I tried reflashing and redoing that step and I know I have the superuser files copied (still zipped) on my sd card. CMD responds saying it flashed ok and everything.

  25. Elliott G. says:

    I am having the same problem as Mike D. right at the 12 min mark of the video I chose recovery but all it does is reboots the phone. It does not go to the blue screen with revolutionary recovery screen to finish the job, also my phone is updated to android 4.0.3 now I dont know if that makes a difference.

    • HTC Evo 4G Hacks says:

      Make sure your internet is connected while you do it, otherwise the revolutionary part will fail, you can also install manually via fastboot.

  26. manuel says:

    can i use this root method too root my htc evo 3d.? im on
    UNLOCKED
    Shooter XC Ship s-on RL
    HBOOT-1.58.0000
    ics 4.0.3 sense 3.6
    if not can u link me to the root method Thankss

    • HTC Evo 4G Hacks says:

      yup should work fine.

      • Prasada Rao K says:

        Hi,
        HTC EVO 3D
        HBOOT 1.5.3
        ICS 4.0.3 (Official Firmware)
        I rooted my phone using above video. I successfully rooted my phone. Can I LOCK(not RELOCK) or unroot my phone as original HBOOT. please help me regarding this. I want to send my phone for warranty purpose.

        Thanks.

        • HTC Evo 4G Hacks says:

          You can try running RUU.

          • Prasada Rao K says:

            Hi,
            Could you please provide the URL where can I find the detail information. I am from India(bought the mobile in India). I want to LOCK my phone not RELOCK.

            Thanks.

          • Prasada Rao K says:

            Hi,
            Could you please provide the URL where can I find the detail information. I am from India(bought the mobile in India). I want to LOCK my phone not RELOCK. Could you please provice the RUU details link

            Thanks.

  27. Tomy says:

    Hey, I’m a bit late, but does this root method still work for the 1.53.0007 version? Because i dont really want to ruin anything…and that stuff i have on my microSD, is there a way to keep it, or is it necesarilly erased? And if i can keep it, could you please post a link to how i have to do it? Thanks a lot! 🙂

  28. Ed says:

    Everything goes well until its time for my phone to say unlocked. All cmd promts worked, I downloaded everything you said and after 3 tries, nothing. any suggestions where I might have screwed up?

    Thanks!

  29. Ed says:

    heres what the command says:

    C:\rootevo3dnew>fastboot unlocktoken Unlock_code_bin
    usage: fastboot [ ]

    commands:
    update reflash device from update.zip
    flashall flash boot + recovery + system
    flash [ ] write a file to a flash partition
    erase erase a flash partition
    getvar display a bootloader variable
    boot [ ] download and boot kernel
    flash:raw boot [ ] create bootimage and flash it
    devices list all connected devices
    continue continue with autoboot
    reboot reboot device normally
    reboot-bootloader reboot device into bootloader

    options:
    -w erase userdata and cache
    -s specify device serial number
    -p specify product name
    -c override kernel commandline
    -i specify a custom USB vendor id
    -b specify a custom kernel base address
    -n specify the nand page size. default:
    2048

  30. Ed says:

    Still nothing 🙁

    C:\rootevo3dnew>fastboot flash unlocktoken Unlock_code.bin
    sending ‘unlocktoken’ (0 KB)…
    OKAY [ 0.155s]
    writing ‘unlocktoken’…
    (bootloader) unlock token check successfully
    OKAY [ 0.028s]
    finished. total time: 0.193s

  31. Karl says:

    hey, i don´t find android 1.0 in device manager. Perhaps this is due to i have a windows vista?

  32. Kevinh8hf says:

    Hi, I Get an Errormessage at sign the Token on the phone
    I have hboot 1.53.0007

    Fastboot is Off
    USB Debugging is On
    HTC Sync isshutdown
    Fastboot USB in highlighted
    All files are in the right folder
    Here is the errormessage

    C:\Android>fastboot flash unlocktoken Unlock_code.bin
    sending ‘unlocktoken’ (0 KB)…
    OKAY [ 0.141s]
    writing ‘unlocktoken’…
    FAILED (remote: unlock token check failed)
    finished. total time: 0.141s

    hope you can help me and sorry for my bad english

  33. cpo says:

    i did everything up to the recover part. When i go ahead and hit recover it does not bring up the recover screen it just reboots my phone like regular……. can you please help me with this……..

  34. yaseen says:

    hi i am trying to root my htc evo 3d hboot 1.53.0007
    in adb i cant flas the recovery .img it say device not found
    please tell me how to fix that???

  35. yaseen says:

    finally i have root my htc evo 3d hboot 1.53.0007
    but after root usb is not work and in fastboot also is not working i cnn downgrade plzzzzzz helpppp..

    • HTC Evo 4G Hacks says:

      I don’t think that’s root related, do you have another computer to test with to make sure it’s not your computer?

      • yaseen says:

        i have check my phone on anoother computer but the usb still not working and fastboot as well is there anyway to fix that??

  36. taino conquer says:

    i successfully unlocked my evo 3d android version 4.0.3.that was htc sense 3.6 software number 1.13.652.2 710rd with your video you made. AWSOME, now i flashboot flash recovery successfully and upon reboot the fastboot information said unlocked and your video said to go to recovery and install supersu i just can t get to that recovery menu to install
    PLEASE sort out this mess to help me root my phone i guess my phone is bootloader unlocked but when i did a root check it said it was not rooted so please help me
    Thank taino conquer

    • HTC Evo 4G Hacks says:

      Why can you not get into recovery? Do you get something else? If so, try reflashing recovery in fastboot and then…

      • taino conquer says:

        instead of the blue recovery screen i get the htc logo for like 5 sec… phone turns off..,. htc logo then regular boot up(meaning my virgin mobile evo 3d shows the virgin splash never shows blue recovery. sir i got my phone bootloader unlocked it says it what do i need to for it to be a rooted phone….. my fastboot screen
        ****unlocked*****
        shooter xc ship s-on
        HBOOT-1.57.0000
        eMMC-boot
        if that changes anything
        im thinking that my hboot is to new for the method that you provided please help i kind of think going to command prompt and typing in fastboot flash recovery ….etc.. flashes the recovery . if thats correct then i been doing that several different times and it just doesnt work

  37. taino conquer says:

    also my hd boot it 1.57

  38. taino conquer says:

    when i go to recovery after (flashing, writing cwmblah blah onto the recovery as shown in video) a htc logo apppears, screen turns off, then htc again then it powers on without showing the blue screen with large recovery print on it. that supersu is on my sd card.i been trying to install it(instead of doing it through the blue reccovery screen) through and the phone responds therenis a binary missing, most likey meaning that you are supposed to install this through the blue recovery screen.

  39. taino conquer says:

    what other recovery images can i use with your rooting
    method

  40. Mia says:

    so i have the GSMEvo3DRoot zip on my desktop and put it into a compressed folder and clicks “extract files” to a folder named GSMEvo3Droot in my downloads, but when i do in CMD and after i put “cd Downloads” I put “GSMEvo3DRoot” and it says “GSMEvo3DRoot is not recognized as an internal command, operable program or bath files” this means…?

  41. Jesse Fraga says:

    on the terminal it says no file or directory can you please make another on a mac and plus my android version is 4.0.3 and my HBOOT it 1.58

  42. Jack says:

    I followed every step and all was going well. I then tried to run recover and it did not go to the recovery site to select the Super SU file. It booted straight to the home page. What am I doing wrong?

  43. victor says:

    when i did the recovery after its already unlocked it sends me to the htc normal home screen it doesnt allow me to open the zip from the recovery

  44. Bob says:

    I keep getting an error
    ” (bootloader) [ERR] Command e
    OKAY [ 0.000s]
    finished. total time: 0.000s”

  45. Bob says:

    version-bootloader: 1.40.0000
    (bootloader) version-baseband: N/A
    (bootloader) version-cpld: None
    (bootloader) version-microp: None
    (bootloader) version-main: 1.13.651.7

  46. Don says:

    I have the same problem as James, BaumSquad.M24, Andy, rob,
    Mike D, Elliott G, cpo, taino conquer, Jack and victor.

    Can’t boot into recovery to flash superuser!

    ****unlocked*****
    shooter xc ship s-on
    HBOOT-1.57.0000
    eMMC-boot

    try 4EXT Recovery for GSM Evo:
    Dosen’t work without busybox. And, busybox won’t install
    because the phone is not properly rooted, superuser is not installed!

    Why can you not get into recovery? Do you get something else?
    If so, try reflashing recovery in fastboot and then…:
    Tried reflashing different versions of cwm recovery images with the same results.

    Common! We need a solution to this problem! RUU???????

  47. Muhammed yasser says:

    First i want a link for htc evo 3d x151m official rom 🙂
    2st i have unlocked my bootloader and install recovery succssesfully then i choosed recovery>install zip from sdcard >choose zip from sdcar > and i chosed the root zip file its succssefly installed but when i open titanium backup it said to me that my Mob Doesn’t rooted ! i want The Real root file zip

  48. David says:

    Hi, i can not find android 1.0 driver. Can you help me? thanks

  49. Bean86 says:

    I’ve been trying to root the device and I get to CMD but for some reason it doesn’t recognize the file.
    This is what I get when I try to type in the file location and name etc..

    [IMG]http://i46.tinypic.com/ayoqqu.png[/IMG]

  50. thameur says:

    *** UNLOCKED ***
    SHOOTER_U PVT S-OFF RH
    HBOOT-1.53.0007
    RADIO-11.25.3504.06_M
    OpenDSP-v02.6.0.2226.00.0202
    eMMC-BOOT

    I can’t to install any custom rom PLZ help

    • thameur says:

      *** UNLOCKED ***
      SHOOTER_U PVT S-OFF RH
      HBOOT-1.53.0007
      RADIO-11.25.3504.06_M
      OpenDSP-v02.6.0.2226.00.0202
      eMMC-BOOT

      I can’t to install any custom rom PLZ help in HTC EVO 3D ( GSM )

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