UPDATE: For those of you on Software number 2.08.651.2 or later OR HBOOT 1.50 and later, please see new root method for Evo 3D here.
For GSM HTC Evo 3D, you must downgrade your HBOOT to 1.49.0007 then use this method.
It looks like we have full S-OFF permanent root, you can follow the video and instructions below. My Evo 3D has been rooted FINALLY! And you should do it before it gets blocked with OTA update.
Here’s how to permanently root your HTC Evo 3D and also S-OFF on the bootloader so you can install new ROMs:
This guide is for Windows-based computers only, I will have another blog post on how to do it with Linux and Mac soon.
First, connect your Evo 3D to your computer via a micro USB cable and put your phone into USB Debugging mode under Settings->Applications->Development.
Next, download the rootevo3d.zip file (which contains everything you need) and unzip it to the root directory of your hard disk such as c:\rootevo3d.
Download rooting files here
Install the Evo 3D drivers in this folder by running “HTCDriver3.0.0.007.exe”. Please install these drivers even if you have installed drivers before otherwise the rooting method will not work!
When the drivers are installed, you can verify under Device Manager that there’s My HTC under Android USB Devices.
Next open up a command prompt by typing “cmd” under Start->Search, then browse to your rootevo3d folder by typing:
cd \rootevo 3d
to find the serial number of your Evo 3D.
If you get something like HT168HX09557, that’s your serial number, write it down on a notepad as we will need it later.
If you don’t get this, that means you haven’t installed the drivers correctly or your phone is not in USB Debugging mode. (Also turn off Disk Drive Mode, set it to Just Charge.)
Next, we are going to find the HBOOT version number of your Evo 3D. Take the batteries out then reboot your phone into bootloader mode by holding down both Volume Down and the Power Button.
Mine says “1.40.0000”, make a note of this as we will need it later and reboot your Evo 3D.
Next, goto this site and get your beta code by putting in the serial number and choosing the HBOOT.
(For GSM Evo 3D, choose “HTC Evo 3D GSM” and HBOOT “1.49.0007”
Save this beta key/code as we will need to enter it later.
Next, go back to the command prompt and type:
Enter your beta key you got earlier here when it asks you and your Evo 3D will start rooting!
It should reboot your Evo 3D a couple times and you will see “S-OFF”!
When it’s done rooting, it will ask you to download recovery and install it, just hit Y.
If that all went successfully, congrats, your phone’s bootloader is unlocked now and you have ClockworkMod Recovery installed. The only thing left to do is install SuperUser app.
Choose “Bootloader” and hit the Power Button.
Choose “Recovery” and hit the Power Button, this will get you into ClockworkMod Recovery.
Once in ClockworkMod Recovery, choose “mounts and storage” and hit the Power button.
Choose “mount USB storage” and hit the Power button. This will put your Evo 3D into disk drive mode without having you to reboot your phone.
Go to your computer and copy over the su-220.127.116.11-efgh-signed.zip file to the SD card of your Evo 3D.
Unmount your Evo 3D in ClockworkMod Recovery then choose “install zip from sdcard” from main menu.
Choose “choose zip from sdcard” and hit the Power button.
Choose “su-18.104.22.168-efgh-signed.zip” and hit the Power button.
It should install the Superuser app. For those of you who’ve temp-rooted or perma-temp rooted, you might get installation abort error like me but just ignore it as that’s because you already have Superuser app installed.
Reboot your Evo 3D and it should activate your phone (again).
When everything comes back up, you should see that Superuser app is installed and you can run rooted apps!
If you rooted your Evo 3D, don’t forget to thank the guys over at Revolutionary.io who made it all happen!
Installing Recovery failed, what do I do?
See how to install ClockworkMod Recovery manually.
Does rooting erase my apps and contacts?
No, this rooting method doesn’t erase any of your apps and contacts, just don’t do factory wipe like some “others” are saying, follow our guide.
My camera is not working after rooting!
Try rebooting your phone a couple times, sometimes right after rooting, some apps might be a bit buggy but couple reboots will fix it all.
What does rooting Evo 3D give me?
You can get cool stuff like free wifi tethering, USB tethering, ability to backup/restore ROMs, and also install new ROMs. Most ROMs also give you easily double-battery life over stock with minimal bloatware so there’s nothing to lose but everything to gain.
Can I brick my Evo 3D while rooting?
That’s hard to do if you follow all of our directions carefully. And there’s always a way to unbrick Evo 3D so no, there’s not really a way to brick your phone.
Does this method work on Evo 4G or other phones?
No, this rooting method is ONLY for Evo 3D, please DO NOT TRY on other phones and that could brick your phone.
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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