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Froyo update for the Evo 4G is now rootable

The Froyo (Android 2.2) update for the Evo 4G has been rooted.  While the current method is a bit hairy and involves timing and a bit of luck, the directions look very straightforward, and more important, not too dangerous to your precious hardware.  The method is a mix of the recent exploit used on the Droid 2 and tools from the UnrEVOked team, and should leave you with a fully rooted and bootloader unlocked Evo, ready for your choice of a custom ROM.  

Remember, this sort of thing breaks warranties and has the potential to ruin things, even if this method looks fairly safe.  Proceed at your own risk, or wait it out a few days to see if an easier method rolls around -- nobody here will blame you. But you trailblazers, hit the source link to give it a go!  [xda-developers] Thanks Chuck!

Jerry Hildenbrand
Jerry Hildenbrand

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

  • I have to Stress to people Try to Avoid using the Unrevoked Method... Use Simple root Once Rolled back... Check the Sticky in the Hack/Mod Evo Section... We got you covered over there...
  • Will Simple Root work once you get to the point in the instructions that indicate you're at the Stock 2.1 build?
  • Yes, easy/simple root will work after the roll back to 2.1. Click on the link and read the thread. Its long and growing by the minute but it is all there.
  • yay
  • Yes! Just got a replacement phone two days ago, came with locked down 2.2........not anymore :)
  • Very nice to see that the Evo can once again be rooted after the froyo update. Unrevoked can't be too far behind this so I think I'm going to wait it out since I have yet to root my Evo.
  • Ill have to convince my dad to let me root his evo for him. Anyone know of a good rom with stock google apps?
  • Once rolled back and you use simple root to root the stock 2.1, can you accept the Official OTA update to Froyo 2.2 or will that make you loose root again. From what I understand when using the unrevoked method is that it roots 2.1 and you can accept the OTA update to 2.2 but still be rooted. Is that correct...
  • Wow complicado
  • Did this tonight. The directions are long but very clear and easy to follow it was easy to move to 2.1 and the install unevoked forever. I was not able to use the 2.2 OTA so I installed a rooted stock Rom instead. Unfortunately I was not able to find clear directions for this and had to teach myself some things. It was touch and go for a while but now its all good.
  • Side Question: In the picture above, how do you get gmail to give you the number of new emails on the top right corner of the app icon? Similar to the iPhone???
  • Search for Gmail Unread Count in the market. It works great.
  • I'll wait for something more simple, thank you.