Root Mac = the root of all Evo

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by ivlillion, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. ivlillion

    ivlillion Member

    Jul 8, 2010
    Can anyone please post a guide or video for a noob to root a HTC Evo on a macbook. key words being noob, evo, and Mac

  2. terekkincaid

    terekkincaid Member

    Jun 19, 2010
    Use Boot Camp with Windows 7, follow all of the other guides :p

    Seriously, you need some drivers and I don't think there is a Mac version of HTC sync. Also, if it's like my experience with the Touch Diamond, Parallels won't work either. You need to be fully in Windows to get everything to work.
  3. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon

    Jun 10, 2010
    New Mexico, USA
    I used this method.

    IDIOT-PROOF Root Guide and Tutorial

    Sign up for an account there so that you can either give thanks or ask critical questions. DO NOT START NEW THREADS THERE. Ask nicely for help only in that thread to begin with, and only if you've exhausted all other means by following my instructions here and their instructions there.

    You won't need the extra zip package they suggest, your built-in one is fine.

    Under your Documents folder, I suggest you make an EVO folder and do everything from there.

    Where they tell you to get a DOS window, goto Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal -- open two of them, goto your EVO folder to start.

    I'll presume that your Safari prefs are set to always download to a Download folder in your home area.

    Open two Finder windows - one in Documents/EVO and the other in {your name}/Downloads. Don't try anything fancy on downloads unless specifically instructed. For most downloads, just let Safari alone and then drag your downloaded file from Downloads to EVO - do all operations there.

    Safari -> Preferences -> General -- uncheck Open safe files after download. Unzip whatever you need with a double-click once a zip is in your EVO area. DO NOT UNZIP THINGS UNLESS EXPLICITLY TOLD TO.

    When you plug your Evo into a USB port on the Mac, you should see a dialog on the Evo letting you select Charge Only or Disk Drive. If you miss it, you should be able to get to it by pulling down your Evo Notification Bar at the top of the screen.

    To eject the Evo as a disk drive, first do in Mac Finder, then change to Charge Only on the Evo side.

    If any command says to run adb under "tools" (you'll see) from a dos window, that's done in a terminal window like this:


    When the "evo-recovery" command is called for, that's done like this in a terminal window:


    Before rooting, goto Evo Settings->Personalize->Scenes->Menu and save your desktop.

    If you want to install the stock rooted rom, just after the Titanium Backup step, run it again, scroll down until you see [HTC] Desktop.... and back that up, too.

    If you go with the stock rooted rom, you want to goto post 202 in that thread (pointed to above) and then do your first update. Doing updates by hand gives you practice. Then you want to search XDA for the pointer to the 1.47 update - because their wiki seems have been down since last night at least and I can't give you that link right now.

    Go to the Root forum sticky at the top of the main page for this forum.

    READ EVERYTHING, take your time.

    READ THE XDA INSTRUCTIONS multiple times, take your time.

    Then - read, read, read some more before beginning.

    If you're the least bit confused or uncertain, ask questions in those other forums - not here. (As it is, I'm prolly gonna get flamed for even putting all of this here. My only justification - however weak - is that a Mac noob has to have somewhere really zero level to start.)

    If my instructions here don't make sense, or what you read doesn't make sense, then hold off and read some more for a week.

    Keeping your shirt on and taking your time to right in the first try is WAY more important that botching it and bricking your phone. If you do, Sprint will NOT help you - they'll say you voided your warranty.

    Again - these are your baseline tips. See Root in this forum area, top of main page, then go to the XDA page.

    Expect to spend much more time than the 30 minutes everyone is quoting. It's not a race. Slow down, take your time.

    Do not skip any steps whatsoever. Read ahead of time so you know what to expect and then re-read ahead of time for each step - read at least three steps ahead at the end of every successful step.

    That's the most help I can give you on this.

    PS - Oh, yeah - you don't need HTC Sync. You should be able to find a suitable Mac script that does that just fine. If not, then check back here, and I'll either point you to one or just build you one - but I'll post it in XDA or up in Root forum or someplace appropriate.

    PPS - Things have changed since the 1.47 update. READ, READ, READ, READ.

    Finally - never do an OTA update on a rooted phone - OTA updates aren't for rooted phones and you'll tangle things nicely.

    PS for new 2.2 rooters -

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  4. Braaainz

    Braaainz Well-Known Member

    Jun 7, 2010
    subscribed for future reference. Thanks. I'll probably root my phone when HTC stops updating Android on the Evo (in a year or three).
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  5. ivlillion

    ivlillion Member

    Jul 8, 2010
    i did it, thanks for all your guys help. rooted on a mac.
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  6. ivlillion

    ivlillion Member

    Jul 8, 2010
    anyone that needs help please contact me.
  7. atxghost

    atxghost New Member

    Sep 22, 2010
    a video of this process would help a great deal maybe?
  8. Chad.Mobley11

    Chad.Mobley11 Well-Known Member

    Mar 25, 2010
    Best Buy Rep
    Central FL
    why do all that? Use UnrEVOked, so simple and is available again.
  9. djdisturbed

    djdisturbed Well-Known Member

    Apr 25, 2010
    Burlington, NC
    No need for that, b/c you dont need the drivers like you do on the windows version. Its actually easier to root on a mac then a pc b/c you basically just download the sdk and roms/phone files, hook the phone up to your computer and type out your commands.
  10. IXDoubleDXI

    IXDoubleDXI Active Member

    Dec 21, 2009
    I agree, just use Unrevoked. I tried Monday night on my MB following the directions, tried again last night, probably like 15 times total. Followed all the instructions to a T. Finally decided to Connect to the MB as a disk drive and on the first attempt...rooted. Did titanium backup, installed wireless tether, all is good so far. I was pretty nervous about messing something up, but this was simple and i'd recommend it to anyone.
  11. John Kotches

    John Kotches Active Member

    May 7, 2010
    Computer Geek
    Troy, IL (STL Area)

    Let's be realistic... The vast majority of people are intimidated by a command line. The thought of typing commands in scares them. The GUI era means very few actually know how the OS works. Me, I'm right at home at the $ sign, but I'm old and have more years having to fill the screen with text than many posters here have been alive ;)

    It helps a lot to know unix...

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