The wait is over -- the fellows behind Unrevoked have released their "forever" tool.  While we're not going to get into specifics (you can read those, and you had better, at the source link) what this tool does is unlock your Evo or Incredible's firmware -- forever.  As in even if you accept an OTA update, it stays unlocked.  According the the Unrevoked team, this is a permanent patch.

Be aware, there is always the potential for problems, even big ones.  Be sure to read everything and understand before you download and install this.  Having said that, I've done it and had no issues, and so have a few others.  No go have a read and see if this one is for you, and check out the screenies after the jump. [Unrevoked] Thanks Bret for the screenshots!

S-off baby!

unrevoked splash screen


Reader comments

Nothing says forever like UnrEVOked


Ya, I was getting excited until I realized my 2.2 EVO still can't get root to install this. I'm regretting upgrading now prior to rooting.

I don't understand... the Unrevoked forever page lists my current baseband radio version as a supported version (and I have froyo/2.2). Doesn't this mean Froyo is supported?

If you were rooted on 2.1, and installed 2.2 using one of the several methods now available that preserve root, you can use this. But I don't think this will work if you did the OTA and lost root. The instructions say you need to have a custom-recovery prior to using this.

doesnt seem to work connected my phone to laptop started unrevoked 3 it says pushing imagine since more then 20 minutes now and nothing happens. wish that rooting would be as easy then it is on the pre. sucks big time.

There is no "rooting" the Pre because it was never locked down to begin with. You just go into developer mode and you ARE root. It was/is wonderful.

Yes, it sucks big time that you have to go through all these things with Android. But at least it is possible.

And yes, it is waaaaaaaaaay confusing- recoveries, roms, boot loaders, images, OTA vs. download, radio versions, full root vs. semi-root, hboot, ENG, nandroid, NAND flash, warranty, PRL, S-OFF, etc, etc. I have yet to find any sources that really defines it ALL (and well) step-by-step.

Are you already on the 2.2 OTA? If so, unrevoked3 won't work. You'll need to wait until someone figures out how to root 2.2

ok i might be a little dumb here, but the steps say copy "" to a temp location, then place "" onto SD card. Where do u get the file from?

I feel so stupid for not doing something like this before upgrading to 2.2. I hope there is a way to root the EVO soon.

I tried it on my evo with 2.2 and it went thru the whole process but then towards the end it says "failed to flash recovery image"

will this open up my phone so I can use the wifi hotspot. That's all I want is the hotspot for free. I am a noob so is it worth it?

thanks guys for the answer. thats what i am on on the official update and never had the evo rooted before that. so i just need to wait seems like it that is bs lol

Oh yeah baby! I has some problems with drivers on my Windows 7 machine, but unrevoked worked perfectly!! OK, so here's the big question... Do I attempt to install Froyo? Or wait 5 days for the rumored official OTA on Aug 18th?