How to Root Your HTC Evo 4G!

UPDATE: This is for older Android 2.1, Check this post for the latest rooting HTC Evo 4G!

If you want to get most of our your HTC Evo 4G, you will certainly want to “root” it.

By rooting your HTC Evo 4G, you have total “control” over your phone plus, you will have the ability to install custom ROMs on your HTC Evo 4G.

Since HTC Evo 4G just launched yesterday, there aren’t any ROMs other the “rooted” ROM to install but still, that gives you access to install many “root” apps such as CPU control apps that can let you overclock your HTC Evo 4G.

Anyways, you will want to follow these directions carefully.

And don’t worry, you won’t brick your phone, I’ve done this hundreds of times on many Android phones and Android OS is pretty darn stable it’s almost impossible to brick your HTC Evo 4G.  (Yes, it’s that good.)

*Note – This is a guide for complete dummies, if you are an expert already, go root it already.

So, let’s begin.

How to Root Your HTC Evo 4G!

Download the following three files:

“Rooted” HTC Evo ROM

1. Connect your HTC Evo 4G as a “disk drive” to your computer and copy into the root directory of your SD card.

2. Reboot your HTC Evo 4G into “fastboot” by turning it off then pushing the power button WHILE holding down the volume down button.

3. Next, wait like a minute and your HTC Evo 4G will check for the zip file and come to this screen:

4. Hit the Volume Up button to start the update.

5. Your HTC Evo 4G will now “root” your phone, this should take about 5 minutes and when it’s done, hit the Volume Up button again to reboot the device.

Congratulations!  You’ve just “rooted” your phone!

6. One more step, connect your HTC Evo 4G to your computer as “disk drive” and rename the to  This is so your phone won’t try to install that zip file again by accident when you start fastboot mode again.

Wait!!!  But there’s more, having a “rooted” phone doesn’t mean anything unless you have a “rooted” ROM so, let’s try now install the “rooted” ROM.

How to Install Rooted ROM on your HTC Evo 4G!

First, you will need to install Android SDK and ADB drivers so your can backup your stock Android OS (you never know when you need it again) and also to install the new “rooted” ROM.

Download this “rooted” ROM zip file and copy over into the root directory of your HTC Evo 4G’s SD card. (like we did with other files earlier)

1. Follow these steps on install Android SDK and ADB drivers then come back to the next step!

2. Once your phone is in “recovery” mode and your phone is recognized by your computer, unzip the into a directory.

3. Open up a command prompt, go to the directory where you unzipped the files.

4. Then from there, run “recovery-windows.bat” for Windows, “” for Mac, “” for Linux.

5. If you don’t get any errors then you should see something like the following:

6. Once you get to this step, your HTC Evo 4G should have entered into the “new” recovery mode.


7. You should see a menu like this on your HTC Evo 4G now:

(Optional) How to Backup Your Stock Android System!

Just in case you might want to restore to the stock Android system, follow these steps so you can backup your current “stock” Android system before installing the “rooted” Android system.

8. Select the “Nand backup” using the volume buttons then hit the power button.

9. Hit the power button again and your HTC Evo 4G should start backing up.

10. Once it’s complete, you should see the following screen.

(Congratulations!  Now you know how to back up existing ROMs on your HTC Evo 4G!  This backup saves the whole “machine” state of your phone.)

11. Next, let’s return to the main menu by selecting “Return” and hitting the power button.

How to Wipe your HTC Evo 4G!

12. You will need to complete “wipe” your HTC Evo 4G before installing any new ROMs, so select “Wipe” then hit the power button.

13. Select “Wipe data/factory reset” then hit the power button.  Hit power button one more time.

14. Once that’s done, select “Wipe Dalvik-cache” and hit the power button. Hit power button one more time.

15. Return to the main menu again and select “Flash zip from sdcard” and hit the power button.

16. Select “” then hit the power button.  Hit it again.

17. Once that’s done, simply reboot your phone and voila, now you have completely freed your HTC Evo 4G with a “rooted” ROM.

18. Verify that you have installed the “rooted” ROM by browsing the application menu and you should see an app called “Superuser Permissions”.

Congratulations, you’ve just rooted your phone and learned how to backup/install custom ROMs on your HTC Evo 4G.

Tip: You can now install Custom ROM apps that will allow you to install new ROMs on the fly without going through all these tedious steps, go to the Android Market and search for “ROM”.

If this is the first time you are rooting your Android phone, try watching this video I made while I did “rooted” my HTC Evo 4G.  It’s a bit confusing because I did it while rooting my phone for the first time but a lot of the steps can be more understandable before you begin the process of rooting your HTC Evo 4G:

Credits – Huge thanks to XDA Developers as always, without their guide, I wouldn’t have been able to make this one.

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233 Responses to How to Root Your HTC Evo 4G!

  1. Ryan says:

    Having the same problem with what I’m amusing is an outdated file?!

    Main Version is older!
    Update Fail!
    Do you want to reboot device?
    (Vol Up) yes
    (Vol Down) no

    Any help would be appreciated.

  2. wilson says:

    hello, i am really interested in rooting my EVO but i have the updated 2.2 version. the reason i want to update it is to use the free wifi.will following the steps given above work with my phone?or do i need to follow a different set o directions?

  3. josue says:

    hello every one l wandid to ask that l cant dowlod Rooted” HTC Evo ROM becus it gives me this erro 404. The requested page was not found why can some one tell me why thaks

  4. Edgardo says:

    HTC Evo rom gives me erro 404 what should i doo please help new on android plese some one help fast thanks

  5. Gregory says:

    I tried to open the zip file and got “older version” error message. I am running fro 2.2 is there a different root zip for the updated software?

  6. Cathy says:

    The third link for the rom download isn’t working. Is there somewhere else we can get or any ideas? Thanks for help

  7. Terrell says:

    The file is showing invalid. Do you have another link for it???

  8. julian says:

    i attempted to root my device and receive the following message:
    Main verson is older
    update fail!
    how do i get around this

  9. Rob Mclain says:

    Getting the same error…
    Main version is older
    Update fail!
    Yes or no…

    Seems like a lot of people are having this problem…are their any fixes to this??

  10. chris says:

    the third file rom is not available. Any updates?
    any fixes

  11. train says:

    Why would you take so much time to do this and have no answers, i dont get it , my phone had the up date , your file dont work anymore , DO YO HAVE A NEW ONE OR NOT ????? thz for any help you can give (TW)

  12. train says:

    PS plz dont give up thz (TW)

  13. Erik says:

    will rootin my evo wipe everything off of it

  14. Rodney says:

    when i try to reboot it it just boots up normally. can anyone help please

  15. Angelo says:

    Hi I have the EVO android os 2.2 and before I root my EVO is going to work with Android 2.2 OS
    I try some other software to do root and it is no working works only with Adroid 2.1 os

    what I waint to do is to activate my hotspot wifi … from my evo

    Thanks Angelo

  16. Tevone Herron says:

    Ok So I’m getting My Phone In A Week And i wanna root It. Would It Be Best To Do It then.. And If So Will I Lose All My contacts

  17. Michael Staff says:

    If something happens to my phone like it malfunctions due to this “root” process, will sprint be able to repair even though I bought the insurance for my evo?

  18. MR.XX says:


  19. JF says:

    I am not able to download the Rooted HTC Evo ROM. Do I need to pay for it or make a donation? please help me , i was very satified with the palm pre tehter.

  20. dylan says:

    same problem as JF download link 404 not found >.>

  21. bob dobalina says:

    when will 3.0 honeycomb be out?

  22. Oleg says:

    will I be able to use skype without wi-fi?

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