How I Learned to Swallow My EVO Whole without Pooping Out Two iPhones Well there's good news and bad news. The good news first. If I can do it anybody can do it. After 4 months of holding on to 2.1 so as to make rooting easier and countless hours being confused as to what the hell everybody was talking about I got it done. Now fully rooted running Fresh. The bad news? There is no step by step, idiot proof guide to rooting. That's not to say that those people who have put a lot of time and effort into posts trying to help idiots like me aren't useful. They're very useful but none is comprehensive. Think of it this way. If someone invites you to a party and gives you their address there are at least a dozen different routes you could take to get there and . . at least a dozen different ways you could get lost. Rooting your phone is like that. One click and you're done is a myth or at the very least a gross oversimplification. There are different methods to root. I used the latest OTA 1 Click Simpleroot (Woot to Mast3rpyr0 , toastchf and jiqqaman). Different desktops to use (Linux, Windows XP, Vista, 7 and Mac). Different nandroid methods and different flashing methods. Not to mention different skill levels of the user. All of this makes it nearly impossible to write a definitive Idiot's Guide to Rooting. Add to that the very human aversion to the unknown and the uncertainty and apprehension it brings and - well - rooting can be a trial at best. So let me just offer this advise - First - be patient. It may seem like all the reading is pointless but it's not. It won't make the process entirely painless but nearly. However - the less reading you do the greater the pain you'll experience. Second - make a list. What to have before you start. What to do before you root. What to look out for while you're rooting. What to do if it doesn't work the first time (mine didn't). What to do after you've rooted (like how to verify that you actually have root). How to make a nandroid backup. How to flash a rom. How to flash a kernel. What apps you're going to need after root (like Superuser - not the world's most intuitive app) Third - don't panic. No matter how good your list is you're going to have minor hiccups. When that happens you're going to feel like you're completely lost trying to get to that party. Don't freak out. Your phone won't dissolve into a pile of goo. Speaking of goo - Google is your friend. Run into a problem? You can bet you're not the first. Rather than hound generous people here on the forum run a search. The answer you're looking for is there and that will usually get you to the next step. You can always start the root process over again. It won't brick your phone. Why root or . . why did I root? For most of the same reasons you have or want to but there was one thing that really drove me to do it. Why would so many people put so much time, effort and energy into something they weren't getting paid to do. There had to be something pretty great at the end of that and I had to find out what it was. Once I got rooted and flashed I went to bed so the voyage of discovery is all ahead of me now. Looking forward to getting started. Thanks to all those who took the time to post to help everyone like me.