How to Root

Published on December 10th, 2012 | by Tim Schofield


Root the HTC EVO 4G LTE

How to Unlock Bootloader

This video will show you how to manually unlock the bootloader on the HTC EVO 4G LTE regardless of HBOOT version. This is the first step you need to take before you can root your phone. Any questions, just ask.
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How to install the SDK tools:


How to Root

This video will show you the latest method to root the Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE. You must first unlock your bootloader before you can follow this method. Any questions, just ask.
Thanks for watching.

Root files:

Command to type:
fastboot flash recovery openrecovery-twrp-


How to get Free Wifi Tether/Hotspot

Roms and Hacks:


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About the Author

Tim Schofield

Tim Schofield is the owner of and the YouTube channel QbKing77. He has a love for all things tech and Android!

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32 Responses to Root the HTC EVO 4G LTE

  1. Jon says:

    Have you tried this on windows 8 64bit? If not please do and let me know if it works. I couldn’t get it to.

  2. Julian Green says:

    Hey, I have a problem, It says waiting for device after i type the fastboot oem …. in to the command box? Got a solution?
    I have htc sync, latest drivers, java and i followed everything exactly as you said.

    Thanks for the vid mate, help would be much appreciated.

    • qbking77 says:

      Very strange… You can try reinstalling sync? I’m not too sure why its not recognizing your device

      • Steve Crow says:

        Forgive my ignorance, but I’ve had the same problem as Julian and I think that the reason it’s waiting is due to the fact that when I normally plug into the computer, my phone asks me what I want to do (tether/open files/sync etc.) before my pc recognizes it, I have to choose open files. With the phone being in boot mode it can’t do that. Maybe something with debugging?

  3. TJ says:

    When changing boot loader it gets stuck on sending ‘recovery’ (7936 KB) Please help!

  4. I keep getting the following when I try to flash the TWRP. FAILED (remote: image update error). I’m using this command line: fastboot flash recovery openrecovery-twrp- help?

  5. Nick says:

    Hey Tim, I got the same error Julian Green had. After installing everything (java, sdk, adb, fastboot) and setting environment variables, it says in the DOS prompt. I had never plugged my phone into my PC before this so windows 8 had to install device drivers. Is it because the first time I ever plugged my phone in I was in the bootloader screen?

    • Nick says:

      sorry that should read ‘waiting for device’ – Disqus interpretted my brackets as HTML

      • qbking77 says:

        Do you have the phone drivers installed on your PC?

        • Nick says:

          I’m uncertain – Windows 8 automatically installed drivers after I connected it to USB, so I waited until after it was complete to run the fastboot command.

          • Nick says:

            I could try uninstalling the phone drivers; and repluggin in the phone and installing again. I could also try HTC sync? I don’t have that installed.

        • Nick says:

          I think so – windows 8 automatically installed drivers when I plugged in the phone while in bootloader so I waited until it finished before running the fastboot oem command. I could uninstall the drivers windows installed and download HTC sync if you think that would make a difference?

          • Nick says:

            Fixed it! I uninstalled all the drivers (while in device manager, make sure view|’show hidden devices’ is checked), downloaded HTC Sync Manager ( and installed it. Then plugged my phone in while it was on the normal homescreen and let it install all the drivers. Then unplugged my phone, went to the bootloader and then fastboot, then plugged it in again and waited patiently for all the drivers to install. Then the ‘fastboot oem get_identifier_token’ command worked. whew!

            also sorry for all the comments, could you deleted the other ones?

  6. jhonny says:

    Hey Tim any chance you can make an update video on how to root the latest version of this phone I think its 3.15.651.16 710RD

  7. Jasaa says:

    This is an awesome tutorial!! I’ve always wanted to root my phone but was afraid to try it. This was so simple anyone can do it!!!

  8. Tim, thanks your instructions are great. and I can now share my connection with my laptop. ( great for this weeks road trip to Florida.)

    side note… some of the files you quote have updated file version numbers.

  9. Synergy26 says:

    I just unlocked the bootloader, rooted my device, and installed WiFi tether but It will not work. It says it started with some errors. MY laptop can see it as an access point but without internet. Any suggestions??? Thanks for your help.

  10. jay says:

    I keep getting “error: cannot load ‘openrecovery-twrp-’. Have tried over and over and it keeps getting that error. Any suggestions?

  11. jay says:

    Got it……….figured out the numbers have to match the numbers on the openrecovery-twrp-??????-jewel.img found in the folder. All rooted now. Thanks.

  12. Steve says:

    Hey Tim, Is there a way to save the personal data on the phone before unlocking the bootloader so that you can just load it back up after its unlocked?

  13. David Poole says:

    Everything went smoothly! the only question i have now is i still have S-ON. Do you have any videos or instructions on how to get S-OFF. thanks!

  14. Myles says:

    I get to the part where I enter the command text to root but it keeps saying error. I did it over and over but still didn’t work
    . Help

  15. Herb says:

    Followed the process of rooting my HTC Evo 4G lte and, it worked fine (even with the mystery reboot). Two things though.
    1. the fastboot flash recovery openrecovery-twrp-, file would not take because the downloaded file was twrp- (maybe note to check the folder for the version you downloaded)
    2. The superSU file had the same problem, the developers site had updated and renamed the file to (SuperSU-v1.41).

  16. christopher henderson says:

    htc evo 4g lte if I unlock boot loader, and root. will this change my carrier settings, phone # etc. (im trying to stop error code 67 and 68 from popping up all the time.) thanks for any help.

  17. radavi98 says:

    I installed the latest 4.3 ruu on 4g lte and still show s-off and now unlocked but can not get root. Tried various methods but no root. Are there any other options? Do I have to redo s-off?

  18. jam says:

    error: cannot load ‘openrecovery-twrp-
    how do i fix this?

  19. Tim K says:

    Trying to root my old EVO 4G before I mess with my HTC One. when trying to load the recovery file it fails.

    C:UsersTimDesktopRoot_HTC_EVO>fastboot flash recovery openrecovery-twrp-
    sending ‘recovery’ (7424 KB)…
    OKAY [ 1.923s]
    writing ‘recovery’…
    FAILED (remote: image update error)
    finished. total time: 1.932s

    It seems other people have had this issue but I cant find a fix. I’ve tried removing and reinstalling HTC sync, tried older TWRP releases. I’m not sure what the problem is. Thanks in advance everyone!!

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