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The wait is over for The Droid Demos’ guide for how to root the HTC EVO 3D. Its simple, its straight forward, and it will help guide you down the yellow brick road of rooting. Enjoy!
A big thanks to Bentenrai and his initial thread for rooting the EVO 3D, off which I created this guide, eugene373 for the temp root solution, Team Win, UnrEVOked and AlphaRev, and anyone else that has helped make this happen.
Just download, do not install or run anything yet.
Run the exe file that you just downloaded by double clicking on it and install the Android SDK. I change the install location to C:/android-sdk
If you don’t have Java installed, click the link it gives you, download JDK Java SE 6 and select your OS (I’m on Windows 64bit). Run the file and install Java. Once complete, just hit Back on the Android SDK installer and then Next.
Install Drivers and Prepare for Root
Make sure your phone is NOT connected to the computer.
Make sure that HTC Sync is not installed on your computer (if you didn’t do the temp root section)
Click the Start button in Windows
Type uninstall a program in the search box and hit Enter
Make sure HTC Sync does not show up in the list. If it does, uninstall it
Download the HTC Driver Pack (if you didn’t do the temp root section) and install the HTCDriver3.0.0.007.exe you just downloaded.
Plug in your phone to the computer. If it asks where to install drivers from, just select Install Automatically.
Go to the this PG86IMG-twrp-shooter zip file that you just downloaded and rename it “PG86IMG” with NO .zip at the end. Your computer knows its a zip file.
Put your phone into disk drive mode by dragging down the notification bar, click Charge Only and change it to Disk Drive mode.
On your computer, transfer the PG86IMG zip file to the phone. Don’t put it inside any folder, just drag it on the the Removable Disk that is your phone and wait for it to transfer.
Apply S-Off and Flash Recovery
Go to the revolutionary exploit folder that you extracted and run the “revolutionary” application file that is inside by double clicking.
It will give you your serial number. If it doesn’t this can be found under your battery on your phone or on the box your phone came in. Open up the revolutionary.io page that we left open (after downloading the exploit) and put this serial number into the Serial Number section.
Select your operating system, device, and HBOOT version (also shown in the command prompt from the revolutionary exploit that we are running).
Click Generate Key and type the key it gives you into the open command prompt and hit enter. Let it the exploit run. It may reboot a few times.
It will ask if you want to install ClockworkMod recovery. I select n for No, but you can say yes. It may crash. If it does. Just skip it. We will install a recovery now anyways.
Your phone should now be in Fastboot and say S-Off at the top. Use the Volume Down button to go down to Power Down. Click the power button on your phone to select it.
Take off the back of the phone and take out the battery for 10 seconds.
Put the battery back in, put the back on, HOLD the Volume Down button and then press and HOLD the Power Button at the same time and it will boot into HBOOT .
It will ask if you want to start update (of the PG86IMG.zip that we put on the phone). Press Volume Up for yes.
Install Superuser Permissions
When it is done, we need to delete the file. So press the Power Button to reboot the phone and let it start up. PLUG IN your phone while its booting up.
Your phone will go through Hands Free Activation. Let it do this and then press OK.
Let it do the PRL Update and press OK.
Cancel the firmware update or just wait for it to fail.
Drag down the notification bar and put your phone into disk drive mode. If it doesn’t show up, unplug your phone and plug it back in.
On your computer, delete the PG86IMG.zip from your phone.
Download this Superuser file and transfer it to the phone to the same location as the deleted PG86IMG (i.e. not inside any folder, just directly on the phone).
Power off the phone(hold the Power Button and select Power Off)
Wait for it to completely turn off. Once off hold down the Volume Down button and the Power Button to boot into HBOOT. If it doesn’t boot into HBOOT, take out the battery, put it back in, and try again.
Use the Volume Down button to go down to Recovery and select it by pressing the Power Button
Once in recovery, select Install Zip (by pressing the power button)
Select Choose Zip to Flash (by pressing the power button)
Use the Volume Down button to go down to the superuser zip file that we put on the phone and select it by pressing the Power Button.
It will install quickly. Use the Volume Down button to go down to Reboot and select it with the Power Button
You are now complete rooted with S-Off and a custom recovery. Once booted, you can login to Google, download Titanium Backup, and Restore your apps by opening TB, hitting Menu>Batch and selecting Restore all apps with data
You’re now rooted!
I can’t make calls or send text messages (Error 16): ~Thanks bk718~
Make a phone call to anyone/any number and stay on the phone.
It will automatically connect you to a particular sprint department that handles this issue. It should take just a couple minutes and they will fix the error.
Updating my profile fails:
Download “MSL Reader” from the market and run it to get your MSL, a 6 digit number
Go to the Dialer(Phone) and dial ##3282#
Select Edit Mode
Select Data Profile
If it already shows your User Name, press Menu>Restore
Input under “User Name” the email address that you wrote done before rooting.
Brent Klauck, or djR3Z as he is known around the web, is a 21 year old tech, social media and life enthusiast. He is the founder of The Droid Demos and collects hobbies in his spare time, whenever that is.
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