How to Install CyanogenMod on the HTC EVO 4G LTE ("jewel")

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This guide will walk you through the process of taking the EVO 4G LTE from stock to having a custom recovery image and the ability to flash the latest version of CyanogenMod.

Note: DISCLAIMER

Modifying or replacing your device's software may void your device's warranty, lead to data loss, hair loss, financial loss, privacy loss, security breaches, or other damage, and therefore must be done entirely at your own risk. No one affiliated with the CyanogenMod project is responsible for your actions. Good luck.


Important Notes

Note: Minimum supported recovery

The minimum version of recovery that can be used to install CyanogenMod on this device is: ClockworkMod 6.0.5.0 or TWRP 2.7.1.2. ClockworkMod recoveries can be found at unstableapps.com and TWRP can be found at mdmower.cmphys.com (see /data/media variant).

Note: Minimum supported bootloader

The minimum supported HBOOT version is 2.10.0000. This bootloader is included in firmware version 4.13.651.4. Information on upgrading your device's firmware can be found at Jewel data/media transition.

S-OFF

You must have an unlocked bootloader or be S-OFF. S-OFF is recommended so that you can easily update the firmware on your device as well as install ROMs through recovery without needing to manually fastboot flash the boot partition with every install. You can obtain S-OFF using either rumrunner or firewater. Optionally, you can also install the engineered firewater HBOOT (only for firmware 4.13.651.3 or 4.13.651.4!), which will make available a larger set of supported fastboot commands and remove the red warning text from the HTC logo screen.

If you opt to go S-OFF, you can skip the HTCDev unlock instructions below. Also, once you have S-OFF, leave it be; there's no reason to flip-flop back and forth between S-OFF and S-ON states.

Unlocking the device

Note:

The EVO 4G LTE can be unlocked officially via the HTC Dev unlock program. This unlock method may have certain restrictions, such as not being able to flash a kernel via recovery (no longer applicable to 2013+ released devices) or no USB access to sdcard in recovery. Some devices, however, have no other method to install custom firmware.

  1. Configure your computer for fastboot.
  2. Enable USB debugging on the device.
  3. Connect the device to the computer through USB.
  4. From a terminal on a computer, type the following to boot the device into fastboot mode:
    $ adb reboot bootloader
  5. Once the device is in fastboot mode, verify your PC sees the device by typing fastboot devices
    • If you don't see your device serial number, and instead see "<waiting for device>", fastboot is not configured properly on your machine. See fastboot documentation for more info.
    • If you see "no permissions fastboot", try running fastboot as root.
  6. From the same terminal, type the following command to obtain your bootloader unlock token:
    $ fastboot oem get_identifier_token
  7. Visit the HTCDev Bootloader Unlock website and follow the instructions there to obtain your unlock key. If your device does not appear in the drop-down list, select All Other Supported Models.
  8. If the device doesn't automatically reboot, reboot it from the menu. It should now be unlocked.
  9. Since the device resets completely, you will need to re-enable USB debugging on the device to continue.

Installing recovery using fastboot

You can use fastboot to install your recovery image to the device.

Installing recovery on the EVO 4G LTE

  1. Download recovery -- you can directly download the recovery image using the link below, or visit clockworkmod.com/rommanager to check for the latest version of ClockworkMod (if your device can be found there). Be careful to select the right image!
  2. Connect the EVO 4G LTE to the computer via USB.
  3. Make sure the fastboot binary is in your PATH or that you place the recovery image in the same directory as fastboot.
  4. Open a terminal on your PC and reboot the device into fastboot mode by typing
    adb reboot bootloader
    or by using the hardware key combination for your device while it is powered off.
  5. Once the device is in fastboot mode, verify your PC sees the device by typing
    fastboot devices
    • If you don't see your device serial number, and instead see "<waiting for device>", fastboot is not configured properly on your machine. See fastboot documentation for more info.
    • If you see "no permissions fastboot", make sure your UDEV rules are setup correctly.
  6. Flash recovery onto your device by entering the following command:
    fastboot flash recovery your_recovery_image.img
    where the latter part is the filename of the recovery image.
  7. Once the flash completes successfully, reboot the device into recovery to verify the installation. Boot to recovery instructions: With the device powered down, hold the Volume Down and Power buttons until HBOOT appears, then release the buttons. Navigate using the volume keys and select RECOVERY using the Power key.
    • Note: Some ROMs overwrite recovery at boot time so if you do not plan to immediately boot into recovery to install CyanogenMod, please be aware that this may overwrite your custom recovery with the stock one.

Installing CyanogenMod from recovery

  1. Download the CyanogenMod package for your device that you'd like to install to your computer.
    Optional: Download 3rd party applications packages, like Google Apps which are necessary to download apps from Google Play.
  2. Place the CyanogenMod .zip package, as well as any optional .zip packages, on the root of /sdcard:
    • Using adb: adb push filename.zip /sdcard/
    Note: You can copy the .zip packages to your device using any method you are familiar with. The adb method is used here because it is universal across all devices and works in both Android and recovery mode. If you are in recovery mode, you may need to ensure /sdcard (sometimes called Internal Storage) is mounted by checking its status in the Mounts menu. If you have booted regularly, USB debugging must be enabled.
  3. If you are not already in recovery, boot to recovery mode now.
    • With the device powered down, hold the Volume Down and Power buttons until HBOOT appears, then release the buttons. Navigate using the volume keys and select RECOVERY using the Power key.
  4. In Team Win Recovery Project, select menu choices by tapping on the appropriately labelled button.
  5. Optional (Recommended): Select the Backup button.
  6. Select Wipe and then Factory Reset.
  7. Select Install.
  8. Navigate to /sdcard and select the CyanogenMod .zip package.
  9. Follow the on-screen notices to install the package.
  10. Optional: Install any additional packages you wish using the same method (if you are installing multiple packages, install CyanogenMod the first and then install any subsequent packages on top of it).
  11. Once installation has finished, return to the main menu and select Reboot, then System. The device will now boot into CyanogenMod.

Note:

This device, if unlocked with HTCDev Unlock, must have its kernel flashed via fastboot. Extract boot.img from the CyanogenMod .zip package and flash it from the bootloader with: fastboot flash boot boot.img

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