How To: Root Your MyTouch 3G / Magic (GoldCard Method)

PART II VIDEO:

PLEASE NOTE! IF YOU HAVE A MyTouch 1.2 / Fender, STOP!
WE ARE DOING A NEW PROCEDURE JUST FOR YOU, HERE. USE THAT PROCEDURE INSTEAD OF THE ONE BELOW!

Before Beginning:

Have a SPARE memory card (2GB is perfect and relatively cheap) to use for the Goldcard procedure, do NOT use your normal everyday card as it will ONLY be a goldcard after we are done.

I. Setup ADB and Create a Goldcard

1. Just follow our new How To Create a Goldcard procedure and once you have finished it enitrely and have a working goldcard, come back to finish this procedure.

III. Root the MyTouch using the Goldcard

1. Download the Sappimg.zip file for your phone:

SappIMG.zip (for old MyTouch and all Magics)

Save the file to your computer, then save it to your goldcard (Do NOT rename it to anything, leave it as SappIMG.zip). Then take out your Goldcard from the computer.

2.. Take your original memory card (NOT YOUR GOLDCARD) and save whatever is on it to your computer as a backup before beginning.

3.Put the memory card into your phone (AGAIN NOT THE GOLDCARD).

4. With the memory card in your phone, click on Settings, SD and Phone storage, then click Unmount SD card. Once it unmounts, click Format SD card.

5. Plug the phone into the computer and mount the SD card so we can save a file to it.

6. Download the 1.33.2005 HBoot and save it to your newly formatted memory card, and then rename it to update.zip (windows sometimes just needs you to rename it update and if you still see the zip folder symbol next to the file that means that it is still update.zip even though it only shows update).

7. Turn off your phone once the update.zip file is on the memory card.

8. Take out the memory card from the phone and put in the Goldcard (all while the phone is still off).

9. Turn on the phone by hold down the Power and Volume Down button. When the screen comes to the rainbow (or skating android screen), it should automatically pick up the SappIMG.zip file and ask you to update. Go ahead and update (DO NOT INTERRUPT THIS PROCESS).

10. Once the flashing is COMPLETE. Then turn off the phone.

11. While the phone is off, take out the Goldcard and put in the regular SD card (the one with the update.zip file on it).

12. Turn on the phone while holding Back and Power until the Fastboot screen comes up.

13. Download Amon Ra’s Recovery Image and save it to the AndroidSDK\Tools folder on your computer.

14. Plug the phone into the computer (while still in fastboot mode).

15. Goto the Start menu type cmd into the run section of the start menu and hit enter to bring up the Command Prompt.

16. Type the following into the command dos prompt on the computer (the black screen with white letters that just opened) while the phone is connected through USB, hitting enter at the end of the line:
cd\
cd androidsdk\tools\
fastboot devices

17. You should see a serial number pop up and the word fastboot to the right of it. This means that your USB drivers are all set up correctly and you can continue. If you do NOT see this, then you need to start over or Google for how to set up the USB drivers correctly (this will help).

18. If it worked, type the following into the command prompt (with hitting enter at the end of the line):

fastboot boot recovery-RAv1.2.0H.img *the 0 in 1.2.0H is a Zero not an Oh

19. Once the phone boots into the recovery mode, then click on Apply Update.zip (if you get Can’t Mount E: etc. then just click Wipe Data on the recovery screen then hit Apply Update.zip again).

20. Once it is finished applying the update, hit home and back to reboot the phone. It should boot up into recovery mode OR get stuck at the HTC Magic screen. Once it does either of those, then take out the battery and put it back in.

21. Turn on the phone by holding Back and Power to get into Fastboot mode again. At the top it should read 1.33.2005. If so, turn off the phone. If not retry this section.

22. Take out the SD card (while the phone is off) and put it into your computer via the cardreader it came with.

23. Open the memory card on the computer and delete the update.zip file from the memory card.

24. Download Amon Ra’s 32A based image and save it to the memory card, rename it to update.zip

25. Put the SD card back into your phone and turn the phone on by holding down Back and Power. Once it boots up into fastboot mode, plug the phone into the computer via Usb (the command prompt should still be open on your computer).

26. Type the following into the command prompt (with hitting enter at the end of the line):

fastboot boot recovery-RAv1.2.0H.img *the 0 in 1.2.0H is a Zero not an Oh

27. Once the phone boots up into recovery mode, click the Apply Update.zip (if you get Can’t Mount E: etc. then just click Wipe Data on the recovery screen then hit Apply Update.zip again).

28. Once the update is complete click home and back to reboot.

29. ALL DONE YOU NOW HAVE ROOT! You can use the phone as is now with Root access. If you want to load a new ROM (like a Hero ROM for instance) then go to the next step.

IV How to Put the MyTouch Splash Screen instead of the Vodafone One

1. Download the original splash screen:

MyTouch Splash Image

2. Save it to the Tools folder of your AndroidSDK (same place you saved the Recovery Image etc.).

3. Turn on your phone by holding down Back and Power to get to Fastboot mode, then plug it into the computer.

4. Open the command prompt on your computer, then type:

cd\
cd AndroidSDK\tools
fastboot flash splash1 splash.nb

5. Reboot the phone once it is done.

V How to Install Hero or another 32B ROM

Visit our next video, How to Load Hero onto your MyTouch 3G :)

Reported Issues

None reported…


  • Kent

    I have done this process atleast 5 times. Everything works great and goes smooth until you power off or lock the display, then the display goes grainy. You can’t get it back unless you reboot. Even then, once the display locks, it does it again. I have the original mytouch 3g. -x-

  • Kent

    I have done this process atleast 5 times. Everything works great and goes smooth until you power off or lock the display, then the display goes grainy. You can’t get it back unless you reboot. Even then, once the display locks, it does it again. I have the original mytouch 3g. -x-

  • Umair

    First of all Thank u unlockr for this great information.
    I followed all the steps one by one and successfully manage to root my HTC mytouch 3G Fender phone.

    The issue is after this root, I am unable to hear voice while calling. But as I connect earphones I am able to hear the voice. Please tell me what should I do, so I can hear the voice without earphones.

  • emilio

     when i tried to update in step 9 i got an error message saying “model id incorrect” any Help please?

  • Zacdavid15

    Says Main Version Older And update Failed.

  • Postie

    Hi there the gold card site opens up and it just goes to revskills and says page not found .!! Can you sort it out please.

  • Jcc2150

    will roms speed up the mytouch 3g or will rooting it speed it up? …please let me know. still wondering if i should do this or not…

  • guest

    It says Model Id incorrect what do i do please help

  • MODEL ID INCORRECT – SOLUTION

    For those getting “Model ID Incorrect”, it’s because the GoldCard was created incorrectly.  This tutorial has that part WRONG.  Here is the fix.

    In the tutorial, it tells you to get the GoldCard image file from that http://psas.revskills.de(etc.) website.  It tells you to (1) reverse the CID code that you got from the Command Prompt, and then to (2) replace the first 2 digits w/ 00.
    STEP (1) IS WRONG.  Instead of reversing the code, you have to use the online reverser: http://hexrev.soaa.me (it’s the website that he (Unlockr) uses in the video tutorial on the “How To Create a Goldcard” page.  After typing in your CID, the website will give you the real reversed code.  Enter this into the psas.revskills.de website, and follow the rest of the steps, and it’ll work like a charm!

  • Omkar Mirkar

    I would like to advise to follow the step mentioned in this site ( it worked for on my Kingston 2GB card ) http://wiki.cyanogenmod.com/wiki/Goldcard

    I have a question…. will I be able to downgrade from 2.2.1 to 1.5 successfully???

    just one reply will encourage me to follow my further step, as I am afraid not to brick my phone ( because it is gifted to me by my loved once that’s why)

    I’ll let you know my touch’s hboot info
     
    sapphire pvt 32b ship s-on g
    hboot-1.33.0013 (sapp3000)
    cpld-10
    radio-2.22.28.25

     just to let u know I have rooted my phone using http://www.unlockroot.com (of course you need a USB debugging enabled), still i wan’t a custom ROM of cynogen so i need my phone to be downgraded and guess this post will help me but I only need a positive confirmations for you people, thank you.