Rooting Instructions for HTC EVO 4G now Available!

by Jeffry on June 3, 2010

HTC EVO 4G android phone on Sprint was rooted recently, and now we have guide to root EVO 4G. toastcfh from xda-developers has found way to give you root access on EVO 4G. Rooting Android phone provides full access to its system files allowing you to modify the phone’s firmware and install third party apps, themes and custom ROMs. You can then spruce up your EVO handset with number of third party applications.

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How to root HTC EVO 4G Android Phone

Step 1:  Download this file (PC36IMG.zip) and copy it to the root of the storage card.

Step 2:  Turn the phone off. Once it is, hold down the volume button and the power button until you get a white screen and some text. You’re now in the bootloader. It should automatically start checking the PC36IMG.zip file you copied on the card.

Step 3:  Once it’s done, it will prompt and ask if you want to install Images. Select yes.

Step 4:  Confirm to reboot.

You have now rooted ROM on your EVO. Make sure to delete or rename the PC36IMG file so that it does not try to install it again automatically next time you enter into bootloader. You can rename it by plugging in the phone, choosing “HTC Sync” and type the following command:

adb shell mv /sdcard/PC36IMG.zip /sdcard/root-PC36IMG.zip

Voila! You have rooted your HTC EVO 4G successfully. Leave the phone plugged in if you want to load the custom recovery.

Flashing recovery for custom ROMs

To install custom ROMs on the Evo 4G, you must flash the recovery image. Follow the steps below.

Step 1:  Download this file (evorecovery) to your desktop  and unzip it.

Step 2:  Type “adb reboot recovery” on your command line prompt (without quotes). This will reboot the phone into recovery mode. It looks like this:

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Step 3:  Once it’s in recovery mode, go back to your computer. Find the evo-recovery file that you unzipped. Inside are a series of files. For Windows, double-click “recovery-windows.bat.”  Windows Vista or Windows 7 users must right-click it first and choose “Run as administrator.” You now have the custom recovery module so you can back up the phone, flash custom ROMs, etc.

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You might also like to learn more about EVO 4G handset:

Via – androidcentral

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  • seven

    I have rooted my phone and think I backed it up, however I still have no memory or no how to do the ROM stuff and make it go faster and more memory. It takes forever to load too. I have Titanium, superuser, memory booster and a RAM program. I really need step by steps of how after adding superuser and Titanium what to do I have a EVO 4g Thanks!!!

  • Sctty112667

    Sprint wont let me use the Evo I bought from niece cause they said theres and unpaid bill on it can I get past that by rooting the Evo

  • Oden383

    I’ve downloaded the appropriate file, but while its processing it says; ” no image or wrong image”
    does anyone have an idea what I’m doing wrong?

    thanks!

  • alex

    SD checking…
    checkinging “PC36img.zip”

    then it say:
    Main Version is older!
    Update Fail!
    Do you want to reboot device?
    Yes
    No

    This is the message I got and it fail to Root. Please help if anyone have any idea. I have a Sprint HTC evo. Got his in Sept, 2010.
    What should I do next?

  • Dillon

    I get tge same thing. Main verison is older! Do you want to rebut your device

  • Sean

    The instructions seem so simple. Can this be done on the phone alone? It seems like that is how it is being explained.

  • Mohd Ibrahim Shah

    Your guidelines for rooting EVO Handset are very useful. But are you sure that these applications shall be able to run internet on my EVO Sprint in India on CDMA carrier of Tata Indocom. yours sincerely Mohd Ibrahim Shah

    • vikas

      hi
      r u sucessfullin using evo 4g on tata n/w. i m planning to buy evo for tata n/w.please suggest

      rgds:
      vikas

  • zollie

    i got the same Kannan!please someone help!

  • Kannan

    Per instruction above I tried with my EVO 4G, I got the following

    I copied the zip file and booted to check on the image file.
    After finishing the image load, I got it as

    SUPERSONIC EVT 3 SHIP S-on
    HBOOT – 2.10.0001
    TOUCH PANEL-ATMELC03_16ac
    RADIO-2.15.00.11.19
    Oct 15 2010 12.07.00

    HBOOT

    Main version is older!
    Update Fail!
    Do you want ot reboot device?
    Yes or no

    Can you please help what to do next?

  • Kdcute21

    pc36img.zip is downloading but not opening..

  • Mboatwright87

    everywhere i go to get the pc36img.zip file it is always invalid please help.

  • Hydranmenace

    If its saying Main version is older, that means you have the OTA update installed. If you look under settings->About phone look for “build number” and it probably says 1.47XXXX. You have a few options. The simplest method ive found is first to run unrevoked 3. This will root your phone and allow for NAND backups. Step 2: Follow the instructions here -> http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=701835 . Step 3: follow the instructions found here -> http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=715915 . Thats what i did. It isn’t as hard as it sounds, you can basically cut and paste any commands you see. You will need the android SDK installed on windows to use those ADB commands of course. Thats the 3 step process I used and indeed, im running froyo on my evo. Good luck!

  • jason

    When I copy PC36IMG and I get to the bootloader it tells me
    “Main Version is older Update Failed” What does this mean and how can I get past it

    • Hydranmenace

      If its saying Main version is older, that means you have the OTA update installed. If you look under settings->About phone look for “build number” and it probably says 1.47XXXX. You have a few options. The simplest method ive found is first to run unrevoked 3. This will root your phone and allow for NAND backups. Step 2: Follow the instructions here -> http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?… . Step 3: follow the instructions found here -> http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?… . Thats what i did. It isn't as hard as it sounds, you can basically cut and paste any commands you see. You will need the android SDK installed on windows to use those ADB commands of course. Thats the 3 step process I used and indeed, im running froyo on my evo. Good luck!

  • Perla

    I downloaded the file and added it to the SD card, & got all the way to the white screen,. and it read the file but did not request to update it,. what do i do? Please help.

  • Demacedo

    When i start the rooting process it says me Main verson is older! Upadate fail!
    Would to know what that means…
    demacedo@verizon.net

  • Me

    The zip file appears to be corrupted. I downloaded it twice, and it failed both times.

  • Hydranmenace

    Doing this voids your warranty I think, correct? Can sprint detect that you've rooted your phone, and is there a way to “reset” it back to factory in case you had to send it in for servicing or whatever, so they wouldn't know? This looks like a good tutorial but seems like its missing a few steps. Go back to your computer and type these commands *where*? Command line on the computer? On the phone someplace? Give us a newbies step by step please? I don't want to wreck my new phone, I just think HTC limiting the hardware i payed for is stupid. I want my wireless N and rid of the stupid 30 fps limitation.

  • Chris

    I followed all the steps and it did nothing but wipe my phone as far as i can tell cause. nothing is different. and i still cant use wireless wifi

  • Chris

    I followed all the steps and it did nothing but wipe my phone as far as i can tell cause. nothing is different. and i still cant use wireless wifi

  • Scott

    I have two questions. I did everything that I was supposed to and everything seemed to go quite well. But, I never did the flashing recovery for custom roms because I didn't think that I would need that part, since I don't believe that I'll be doing anything too extreme. I mainly rooted so that I could install unlimited apps. Anyways, my questions are 1) how do I know that I have rooted completely? and 2) how in the world do I remove an app that I installed from the EVO? I can't seem to figure that out. I know how to remove it from the home screen or any other screen, but I don't know how to remove it from the phone. Any help would be great…thanks.

    • Loren

      Rooting does not allow you to install unlimited apps. It is not like jailbreaking an iPhone. You will still have to pay for them. As far as removing stock apps you will need the Android SDK installed. Here are the commands once you ADB Shell into the phone. #Remove FriendStream/system/bin/rm /system/app/FriendStream.apk/system/bin/rm /system/app/com.htc.FriendStreamWidget.apk#Remove Peep/system/bin/rm /system/app/com.htc.TwitterWidget.apk/system/bin/rm /system/app/HtcTwitter.apk#Remove FootPrints/system/bin/rm /system/app/HtcFootprintsWidget.apk/system/bin/rm /system/app/HtcFootprints.apk#Remove Stocks /system/bin/rm /system/app/Stock.apk/system/bin/rm /system/app/com.htc.StockWidget.apk#Remove Visual Voice Mail, The Icon Remains/system/bin/rm /system/app/VVM.apk#Remove Quick Office and PDF Viewer. /system/bin/rm /system/app/Quickoffice.apk/system/bin/rm /system/app/PDFViewer.apk#Remove Vzw BackUp Assistant##WARNING## You MUST Do A Factory Reset If You Remove These## Or You Will Have Force Close Problem in Accounts & Sync/system/bin/rm /system/app/VzWBAClient.apk/system/bin/rm /system/app/VzWBAService.apk#Remove FaceBook, Updated Version In Market/system/bin/rm /system/app/Facebook.apk/system/bin/rm /system/app/HtcFacebook.apk#Remove YouTube/system/bin/rm /system/app/YouTube.apk#Remove Calculator/system/bin/rm /system/app/Calculator.apk#Remove Teeter/system/bin/rm /system/app/teeter.apk

      • TayVeon

        will rooting the phone give acess to the hotspot feature

        • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EJ2YOQUDBNKRLNCQ7I7S3F7CWE Wes

          That's what I'm wondering too…I just want to be able to wifi tether, but I'm not concerned with custom apps. Unrevoked doesn't seem to allow temporary root anymore, so I'm wondering if I can just root, without installing a custom ROM, and use wifi?

  • Scott

    I would like to add something for all of those EVO buyers like me. I am quite new to all of this android stuff, in fact, I haven't really ever done software for phones at all, mainly just computers. Anyways, it be wise to tell others that when the white screen comes up, you have to select a couple of options, "boot" being the first, and then when it asks if you want to start update, you have to select the top volume button, basically saying yes. After that, then you will do a reboot. But, yeah, it's pretty much that easy.

  • http://twitter.com/HTCEvoForum HTC Evo Forum

    The fact that the phone is being rooted before release shows a huge potential for developers and end users alike. I expect to see numerous roms out in the first few weeks, giving us many options to what we want on our Evo. Oh, and thanks for this guide!

    • jay

      I just root my Evo 4g Andriod v2.2 and it works great. Thanks for the guide. If this didnt work for your phone they actually have an instruction how to use fix it. just follow the guide and you’ll get it.

      • martin

        can you help me how download jar and jad files to my htc evo 4g, I dont want to do in sdcard, I allready rooted

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