The EVO comes with a High-resolution camera, HDMI connector for TV-out, fast mobile data support but only produces a single-core processor and low pixel density screen. if you want to spice it up a bit why not open the hardware and make it more powerful than ever before?
Whenever you want to open the OS away from the default factory restrictions it’s best to use an older device that’s less expensive. That makes the EVO 4G the perfect candidate since its several years old now and isn’t worth much money. Sometimes root access, custom ROMs and custom firmware offer a less stable experience for the user compared to that of official software releases by the real phone carrier networks and device manufacturers. Nevertheless, the fun side of things comes from third-part developers tinkering with exploits and allowing us to install new themes and alter the design of what we are seeing on the smartphone display.
What Is Rooting the Android Operating System?
When you buy a new smartphone, you might not know it, but the Android operating system is in a “locked” state. For the most part, it will not make much difference to you: most apps are still available to use, and there are benefits to this locked state such as better security. When you root the Android operating system, you are gaining full administrative rights over the OS.
Why Would You Want to Root Android?
Gaining full administrative rights over the operating system has some perks to some people. For example, out of the millions of applications available on Google Play, some of them will not be able to run on your device unless it has root access. Until you have a specific need for wanting Android rooted, you probably want to leave Android as it comes out of the box. But if you need to unlock an app, then that is when you want to look into rooting methods. Using more apps is only one example of why you may want root access, here is the full list of benefits:
- Unlock more applications. Some of the apps available for Android cannot run unless you have root access. This is because the app’s features cannot run without the root permissions because the features require the full system access before they can be useful.
- Better battery life. Smartphones are great, but they have one caveat, which is each time you recharge the battery, it loses some of its overall lifespan. That means smartphones, in general, do not make great investments, and if your weekly paycheck is low, you will want to limit the number of smartphones you go through. One of the ways you can do that is by removing bloatware and creating a better battery life.
- Bolster performance. If you are the budget-conscious shopper, you may want to increase the device’s performance. This can be done by removing the bloatware as well. The more processes you have running, the more memory that is used. By removing some of the apps, it can help lighten the load on your hardware.
- Customize Android with themes. With root access, you can download and install any theme that’s at your disposal. That includes any customized theme you can find.
What Are the Risks of Rooting?
If you are buying a smartphone that is not running iOS, then it is probably the Android operating system that you want running as the ideal software to pair with your shiny new hardware. It is, in fact, the Android OS that offers you the chance to customize the OS considerably more than iOS: custom themes, run any app you know about, the works. For many users, the “openness” of an operating system is important, because it offers them more freedom which means running into fewer problems with their investments. But there is a reason iOS likes a far more locked approach: the ability to customize is not for everyone, and if you do not know what you are doing it can lead to a lot of problems which can define your time with the OS rather than freedom.
With power (full admin permissions) comes greater responsibility. Here are some of the main risk factors when it comes to rooting:
- Malware becomes a larger threat. You might read the occasional news article about how new malware is wreaking havoc in parts of the world on Android. But the Android operating system with root access becomes considerably more vulnerable to exploits because applications are no longer prisoned off in their own sandbox environments. This means if you accidentally download malware, it can do more damage because it can spread throughout the operating system and even jump into other applications and potentially view sensitive data.
- You can accidentally brick the smartphone. There is always a chance that you end up bricking the smartphone before you had the opportunity to use it with root access. That is because if you are going to brick it, it is going to happen during the rooting process.
- You may void the warranty. Most manufacturers do not allow you to root the Android operating system and still get to bring it in for repairs under warranty. Whether they are legally meant to do that or not is another question, but it is now common knowledge that most do not want to help you if they find out you have unlocked the OS with root access.
Details of Note
- That said, there are loads of options that remain the same. Take backing up. You must make copies of your personal data since performing this custom operation and unchaining the system internals will wipe the data. That means you phone contacts, pictures, settings, music files, videos and text messages are vulnerable. Backup to the handsets internal storage system or external options such as the SD card when permitted. You can download apps accessible from the Google Play store that help you backing up everything. Sync the contacts with Helium, backup the texts with SMS back, find extra storage space with Google Drive or if you prefer a cloud service that isn’t owned and operated by Google you can try G Cloud backup.
- Firstly, you should know that there are several version of the HTC EVO including the 4G, 4G LTE, Design 4G and the Shift 4G. The most confusing here is noticing the 4G and LTE together since they are nearly the same thing. Nonetheless, notice these are two separate devices in this range. That means if you are looking for the LTE variant of the guide this is not it. We are creating the steps for the fast 4G mobile data support variant only. Do not attempt installing the same files on any other device since it risks bricking the handset. Bricking is the worst possible outcome.
- Partaking in customizing the operating system always voids the rest of the manufacturer’s warranty. You can revert back to stock firmware and un-root the phone. By doing so you’ll make the warranty work again since there’s no way of the workers knowing what you did before to the phone. Everything returns the way it was. However, if you have problems with the phone after rooting you are on your own and must use threads from XDA Developers to work your way out of trouble. The most common issue is getting stuck in boot loops. These loops need you to enter the recovery mode and wipe the cache partition. You ought to press the factory reset function if the boot loop still occurs.
- The smartphone comes with USB Mass Storage and USB charging as default features. They are both important for the steps. the latter is important since it means the battery starts charging once we plug it into the computer. We are connecting to the computer. Therefore you don’t have to worry about how much battery power is remaining unless the charging feature isn’t working. If USB charging isn’t working it’s a great idea to save up at least 50% battery power. You can double-check this by looking at the battery icon available from the status bar.
- Enable USB Debugging on your smartphone from the Developer Options menu. Find this menu from the Settings menu. It’s hidden in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. If it’s not showing up you must tap on the build number seven times, go back to the settings menu and try looking again.
- Moreover, user must unlock the bootloader before proceeding. Hit the Devs link here for more details.
- Furthermore you ought to find the HTC USB Drivers. That way you are connecting to the computer and the phone is fully operational. You can find them from the official website or third-party sources. For most of you this isn’t an issue since the drivers are working. If you are connecting to the computer and accessing the phones data from My Computer > Phone Drive, it’s working perfectly.
- The following is for advanced Android users only. If you are a rookie we suggest finding a friend or family member with Android experience tinkering with ROMs or at least flashing files. Read over the essentials carefully and don’t make any mistakes.
How to root the HTC EVO 4G
- Turn the computer on and log in to your user account.
- Download the rooting package here.
- Start with the phone off and press Volume Down and Power keys to boot into bootloader mode.
- Select the fastboot option.
- Find the USB cable.
- Connect the EVo to the computer using the USB wire.
- Click Start > Run > Type CMD and the command prompt is opening.
- Type fastboot flash recovery recovery-RA-supersonic-v2.3.img
- Don’t touch anything until the flashing finishes.
- pick the bootloader option on the mobile.
- Pick the recovery option.
- Pick the USB-MS toggle option.
- Find and transfer the CWM-SuperSU-v0.87.zip file over to the internal storage.
- From inside recovery select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.
- Now select “install zip from SD card” followed by “choose zip from SD card”.
- Upload the SuperSu file from three steps before.
- Go back to the main screen of recovery and select “reboot system now”.
Excellent work; that was all for now which means you are able to install application you couldn’t before. Some of our favorites include Full!screen, BBQ Screen, FPS Meter, Unicon, Nandroid Manager, GMD Speed Time, Market Helper, Greenfiy, Network Log and dSploit.