How to Root the HTC EVO 4G for Free

The HTC EVO 4G is one of the top selling phones around. HTC, Sprint and consumers all love the handset and continue to do so. But, as with all things in technology, particularly mobile, time can make a product grow old really fast.

That may not be totally the case for the EVO 4G. But we’re not seeing more people root the device, make backups and flash new ROM and kernels with them. The reason, to try and pull out all the juice its got.

As newer phones come into the market, what was the latest technology three years ago is now considered slow. It isn’t as powerful nor as fast as the newer releases. So, users are rooting their EVOs to try to get the most power from their devices.

Caution: Before going forward, be aware that rooting your phone may cause problems if it isn’t done correctly. While the warranty won’t be much of an issue not because the EVO 4G is over three years old, you may still ruin the device if you make a mistake somewhere along the process.

With that out of the way, we can now get on to the actually step by step process.

Start by downloading the bootloader from HTC’s developer site http://www.htcdev.com/bootloader. In addition to the boot loader, you’ll also need the 4G’s root package that’s available in zip format.

Once you have both files ready, extract them into your computer. Then reboot your phone into the bootloader mode. You’ll then need to choose Fastboot to be able to get the next steps done.

Once you’ve done this it’s time to connect your smartphone to your PC. Here you’ll need to run the flash recovery using the DOS prompt.

Once this process is completely click on bootloader then select recovery. This will allow you to see the EVO 4G in your PC’s explorer window. It will let you do the rest of the recovery through the sdcard.

Once flashing is done, all you need to do is reboot your phone and it will be rooted.

Official Gingerbread update for the HTC EVO 4G Coming Mid Year

It looks like the HTC EVO 4G is going to get its Gingerbread update after all. The update is scheduled for the second quarter of 2011. This allows the EVO owners to possibly get their versions mid to later in the year.

The entire process does take time because upon release from HTC, it will still need to go to the carrier, in this case Sprint. Spring for its part will review and test the system before loading it onto it devices. Only after all these steps will it be rolled out to the public.

So, you’re more likely to see the update come around mid year at around June or July. This is even if the company does mention 2nd quarter which could at the earliest mean April.

The update is set to fix some of the bugs and add more features, effectively moving up your Android software to Gingerbread. If you aren’t a fan of waiting, they’ll probably offer a manual update you can do yourself. This is often available earlier for download. But, you’ll need to spend a few hours at least fiddling with your device to get everything up and going.

Among the things we expect the update to offer are:

  • Android 2.3, which is the Gingerbread.
  • SMS fixes
  • A fix for the battery discharging issue.
  • Download management application for easier downloading.
  • Some streaming media fixes.

With the update, things should run smoother and faster. It should also let you control your tasks much easier.

How to Unroot Your HTC EVO 4G

Most of the time you hear about rooting your EVO to be able to do cool things. That’s often what you hear about since you’ll need to do that in order to change the factory settings or add certain custom things that other people don’t have.

But, in some rare instances, you may need to do the opposite. That is, the unroot your phone and get it back to the old settings. This may not always happen for everyone. But, it may.

And for those moments, we’ve come up with a step by step tutorial you can follow to unroot you HTC EVO 4G.

I’m sure that many will ask why in the world would I need to unroot my phone. After all, I put in all the work to root it in the first place.

So, here are a few of the main reasons.

  • You ran into problems while rooting your device. Let’s face it, a lot of the modifications and additions you’ll be doing follow steps from others who’ve hacked their phones. Along the way, there’s going to be quite a bit of trial and error. When you make mistakes and things get messed up, one of the best ways to get back is to unroot. This gets rid of the mess ups during rooting.
  • If you want to start with a clean slate. After a while and all the changes, you may want to revert back to a clean canvas to start over. Unrooting lets you start clean.
  • To be valid for warranty. In cases where you want to bring your device into the manufacturer to get the warranty, you can’t bring in a modified phone. This is a no-no when it comes to warranties.

To begin unrooting you’ll need to have a Windows PC ready as well as your rooted phone.

Once you’re ready, you’ll start by downloading Fastboot and the relevant stock RUU to your PC. You’ll be using both files.

Next, you’ll extract the files from Fastboot and use a USB cable to boot into bootloader.

Finally, lock the bootloader.

Once the bootloader has been locked, it’s time to get into unrooting your HTC EVO 4G proper.

Using the USB cable, run the Stock RUU as administrator. Next flash the firmware and then reboot your phone.

When you’ve done this, your EVO is now unrooted.

Depending on what you want to do, you can reroot your phone once again if you wish. And, redo the unrooting over whenever you want.

HTC files for “HTC EVO View 4G” trademark

It’s confirmed. HTC is filing a trademark on its View 4G technology. This paves the way for a potential unveiling of the HTC EVO View on the upcoming CTIA trade show. While still a rumor, it definitely puts more proof into the talks that have been swirling around.

To check out the filings, you can take a look that them here and here.

What this means is that the EVO View table will soon be coming into Sprint’s Network. We’re assuming that the partnership will continue from their previous association.

The EVO View 4G will likely be linked to the HTC’s Flyer which is a 7 inch Android table running on Gingerbread.

Of course, all this is still speculation although the information looks to be confirming everyone’s suspicions. To make sure though, you’ll need to look out for the official announcement when the CTIA actually comes around.