How to Root the HTC EVO 4G

HTC EVO 4G was the smartphone launched in the year 2010 running on the Sprint’s WiMAX Network to provide ultra-fast speed to its users. The smartphone was among those initial devices which were running on the 4G network and still the phone is considered to be the best for the 4G connectivity. If you are interested in rooting your device to gain much more customization access, here’s how you can root your HTC EVO 4G smartphone.

I. Before You Begin:

1. The warranty of your device will be voided if you root it. Keep this in mind and go ahead.

2. You must be on HBOOT 2.18.

3. You must have unlocked the bootloader of your device. You can do so from here.

II. Downloading Required Files:

1. Root Package (Download from Download Here section)

III. Rooting the HTC EVO 4G:

1. Download and place the Root Package file onto your Desktop.

2. Extract files from the Root Package to your Desktop. Make sure that you’ve fastboot.exe file on your Desktop.

3. Turn OFF your smartphone.

4. Reboot your device into the bootloader mode. Just press and hold Volume DOWN+Power buttons together and you should enter the bootloader mode.

5. From the bootloader menu, select the Fastboot option using the Power button.

6. Connect your device to your PC using the USB cable.

7. Open a Command Prompt Window on your Desktop. To do so, press and hold the Shift key on your keyboard and right-click on any empty area on the screen and choose Open command window here.

8. Enter the following command into the Command Prompt Window you just opened:

fastboot flash recovery recovery-RA-supersonic-v2.3.img

9. You need to wait till it finishes flashing the custom recovery on your device.

10. On your device, select the Bootloader option using the Power button.

11. You now have a few options on your screen, choose the Recovery option.

12. From the Recovery menu, choose USB-MS toggle option.

13. Your device will be shown as a disk drive on your PC. Transfer the file you extracted from the Root Package to the root folder of your device’s SD card storage.

14. Now, from the Recovery menu, choose Flash zip from sdcard option followed by Choose zip from sdcard.

15. Head to the folder where you transferred the file in Step-13, select it for flashing.

16. Reboot your device after the file has been flashed.

Your device is now rooted ! You shouldn’t be waiting here after rooting your device, go load a custom ROM on your smartphone.

IV. Flash a Custom ROM (Optional):

1. If you are ready to flash custom ROMs on your device, head to the How To Flash a Custom ROM on the HTC EVO 4G to learn how to do that.

If this procedure helped you please thank/donate to the original developers here.

If you need help with this procedure, please ask in the comments below or in the forum.

This is part of our Android How To’s. We have how to’s on rooting, loading ROMs, and tons of other tips and tricks for your specific device or for Android devices in general! For all of our Android How To’s, head here.

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  • CantMesWitDis

    On the HTCdev site for unlocking the bootloader, which phone do we pick? There is the Evo 4G+ (Korea Telecom) and the EVO View 4G…but I don’t think either of these are the correct phone (the one you’ve listed in this article). Did you pick “all other supported models”?

    • Djevert

      Pick Any outher supported model

  • This would have been great had it said “Step: 1 back-up your sd card or files before unlocking. I rooted just to get rid of kindle, and ended up losing everything 🙁 not good for non-techies

  • Alexander Evo 4G

    I was glad when finally superuser was installed, but after rebooting… it is the same… Uuuuh! How about from common folder? Why it doesn’t work on 2.18 hboot? Though I’m happy to see my phone unlocked!

  • John

    Trying to unlock bootloader on my evo, cant get past step 7.

    a lot of files missing, poor instructions are leading me in circles, any help would be great.

    • The Guy

      I know that the instructions say otherwise, but you need to extract (Using WinRAR or 7zip) to a folder. Hold shift and right-click the folder and select “Open Command Window Here”. I can’t get the command to work.

      • Mahesh Makvana

        Hello The Guy,

        The instructions clearly say that you should extract files (not folders) from archive over to your Desktop and make sure you’ve the fastboot.exe file available on your Desktop.

  • fred

    will this work on the htc evo 4g PC 36100 Super Sonic please help

  • James

    At step 11 when i chose recovery. my phone went to the a screen with a phone and a triangle. Now it wont turn on at all. I believe it may be bricked. help please

    • Mahesh Makvana

      Did you follow all the steps carefully? A device could only brick if you missed a step or you didn’t do it properly.

      Try flashing the stock firmware and then root the device.

      Hope it helps!

  • Thank you so much! Ive been looking all over for a straight foward tut.

  • chitty

    stuck at waiting for device

  • Margo2115

    do you have ways to root htc evo wimax? please help me