Rooting an HTC EVO Shift for Dummies! (Last Updated 3/24/2010)


  1. trphg

    trphg Member

    thank you kind sir! went out drinking tonight, and returned with a clear mind and looked at it in a different angle.. i was able to reinstall visionary n finish the perm root.

    if i decide to switch to a new sd card, do i need to put any apps on the new sd card (shift-root or visionary?)
  2. 330D

    330D From My Cold Dead Hands VIP Member

    Just drag and drop all the data onto your desktop, then put it all on to the new sd card before you install it. That's what I do... I honestly am not sure which apps are crucial to the operation of the phone... I would just leave everything to be safe. I don't think that they take up much space. I have 2 nandroid backups and all the random rooting stuff on my 8 gb card and it still has 7.75 gb left.
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  3. trphg

    trphg Member

    thanks for all your help brother, i truly appreciate it.

    what rom do u personally use? (if u do use custom roms) i'm lookin around n cant seem to find the *right* one.. in winmo we had soo many options
  4. 330D

    330D From My Cold Dead Hands VIP Member

    I haven't found one that is any better than stock just yet. Usually I would need to flash because of issues with the stock one being jacked up, but man this thing is pretty flawless. I have infinite's rom sitting on my desktop just waiting, but haven't done it yet. I also have had some issues getting my TB to run a useable backup for me, so I don't want to have to re download all my apps and start to setup from scratch. I would (if I was you) install root explorer, and just delete the apps you don't want from stock, then flash an overclock kernel, and see if you like that setup. I have found it to be perfect so far.
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  5. Avivator

    Avivator Member

    Assuming I'm already temp-rooted, would it be needed to get rid of the temp root and do it over as said in the guide or are there steps I should just skip?
  6. 330D

    330D From My Cold Dead Hands VIP Member

    I would dump the visionary or z4 root you have, and start right from step one so as to know what is going on, and to follow a proven formula. But that is just me... I'm no expert, I'm just good at following directions. And if you have trouble with a recovery, use rom manager and clockwork mod to flash it, makes it so easy...;)
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  7. SHMaRiM

    SHMaRiM Well-Known Member

    So far I'm just running the 1.8ghz kernal... however I have it set down to about 1.401ghz max and 245mhz min.

    Getting wayyy better battery life than stock.
  8. SHMaRiM

    SHMaRiM Well-Known Member

    I'd start from the begining since you need to download the SDK and setup adb.
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  9. Avivator

    Avivator Member

    Thanks to the both of you, will try it soon enough and post results!
  10. kellysa111

    kellysa111 Well-Known Member

    Can we sticky this thread?
  11. Avivator

    Avivator Member

    I'm now successfully perm-rooted. :)) Thanks for this guide, VERY helpful!! The only thing I seem to be stuck on is the wimax backup. When I put in the code it says there's no such file or directory. Also what is the backup for? I'm assuming it has something to do with 4G service but?
  12. 330D

    330D From My Cold Dead Hands VIP Member

    Pm EarlyMon, he will let you know.
  13. bcrtj457

    bcrtj457 Well-Known Member

    Can I delete visionary after im perm rooted? Its killing my battery and my phone had never run so slow!
  14. mrsf10

    mrsf10 New Member

    i am SO nervous to do this!! eekk!! i am so not tech saavy!!
  15. crump

    crump Well-Known Member


    It's not nearly as bad as you think. Once I had everything installed it literally took 5 minutes to complete the process. Just follow the directions step by step and you should be fine.
  16. 330D

    330D From My Cold Dead Hands VIP Member

    Yes. You don't need it after you are permanently rooted.
  17. 330D

    330D From My Cold Dead Hands VIP Member

    Nor am I, and this is the second phone I have rooted. If you can follow directions, and read, you can do it.
  18. ldeckard

    ldeckard New Member

    Will I be able to root my EVO Shift from instructions giving by SHMaRiM on 'March 3rd, 2011, 11:57 PM'? Or are their revisions based on comments that followed? Thanks!
  19. crump

    crump Well-Known Member


    Nope, no revisions.. Just follow the directions in the OP and you'll be rooted in no time.
  20. SHMaRiM

    SHMaRiM Well-Known Member

    As long as all the files you need to download are all there then your golden. If visionary was updated or whatnot just get the latest version. Everything should be the same.

    I just updated the OP to make it even SIMPLERRRR...
  21. ldeckard

    ldeckard New Member

    Thanks SHMaRim. rooting went very well.

    What was the point of the 'Wimax Backup'? I did it after rooting the phone. I'm not sure what this is for. But, hey any backup is good.
  22. SHMaRiM

    SHMaRiM Well-Known Member

    When installing custom ROM's and whatnot your phone potentially could crash and all your information could be lost including your WiMax keys and other info. If you were to lose your WiMax key you would no longer be able to login/connect to your 4g.

    BTW there is a super easy way to backup your entire phone. I'll update the OP within the next half hour or so...
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  23. sktr021

    sktr021 Active Member

    Thanks for this guide. The hardest part of the whole thing was sitting there waiting for the SDK to download.
  24. getthemother

    getthemother New Member

    How will I know I was successful?
  25. edp

    edp Well-Known Member


    dl connectbot from the market. after doing so, open the app and on the bottom left hand box select local. you can name it whatever you want. then select your new profile and in the dialog box type in su and press enter. you should get a #. if you get a #, then you are rooted. then type exit and hit enter. and type exit again, and then press enter.

    or i guess the easiest way is to try to use an app that requires root such as wireless tether. if it starts with no problem, you are rooted.
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