We can thank our friends at XDA Developers for the root Evo 4G LTE method, or even more specifically a member that goes by the name ofzedomax. There’s many different restrictions the phone OEMs put in place to keep you inside their preferred boundaries. These restrictions stop people from installing things like custom ROMs which are made by third-party developers and not by the official HTC developers. Gaining root also allows users to remove the bloatware which OEMs install along with phone carrier networks. That another reason why this Taiwanese manufacturer of smartphones doesn’t want you unchaining the internal system.

Read all the steps carefully after the jump to make sure your Evo is ready for the guide. There’s a few things we recommend before starting the guide, including making sure you have the right drivers and the zip file.

HTC Evo 4G LTE

  • You will also need to have USB debugging mode enabled in order to complete this guide. This helps to connect your Android phone with the PC.
  • You will need to make sure you have the HTC USB drivers. This is necessary for when you connect the device to the computer. You have to connect it to the computer in order to root the device.
  • You want to back up the current ROM and data to the Evo internal storage. If you are running low on internal SD card storage space, you can try out Google Drive. The Drive is cloud storage owned by the Mountain View company and they offer a limited amount of free space.
  • This method works on PC’s running Windows, Linux and Mac. If you are using a windows based PC you will need to start at step 1., for Linux step 4. and for Mac users step 5. Your device needs to be connected to your PC during the process.

Rooting the HTC Evo 4G LTE

Step 1. Windows users will first need to ensure they update their drivers. This can be done by downloading the driver files:

Step 2. Once this is done you will need to download then extract the following:

  • Evo4GLTERoot.zip HERE

Step 3. Double click on the runme.bat file. A box will appear, click ‘Enter’ to begin rooting your device.

Step 4. If you are using Linux you will still need to download the Evo4GLTERoot.zip from step 2. Unzip the file in the downloads directory. Once this is done, open a terminal and type the following:

cd Downloads/Evo4GLTERoot

 chmod 755 *

 sudo ./adb-linux devices

Then:

sh runmelinux.sh

Step 5. Mac users will also need to download the Evo4GLTERoot.zip from step 2. Unzip the file in the downloads folder. Once this is done, open a terminal and type the following:

cd Downloads/Evo4GLTERoot

 chmod 755 *

 sh runmemac.sh

Step 6. Boot your device.

Now that your device is rooted, you can instantly download rooted apps. Furthermore, you may be interested in checking our custom ROMs. We also have a root checker app available from the Google Play store you can install to verify the system internals are officially unchained.