Feb 17 2013

Install CyanogenMod 10.1 onto HTC Evo V

The HTC Evo V is a great phone from Virgin Mobile but as an avid Android user, I always want more out of my devices. I’ve recently run Harmonia, a cleaned up stock based sense ROM. (Here’s my guide to root and install Harmonia) This was fun but I had noticed my phone randomly rebooting and I decided it was time for a new ROM. I’ve used CyanogenMod before on my LG Optimus V so I knew that it should be my goal to get it onto my Evo V. Since the Evo has been out for a while, this shouldn’t be too much of a problem. I did have to jump through quite a few hoops such as getting S-OFF and flashing back and forth between ROMs to finally be able to even flash the CyanogenMod ROM but after a days work I now have CyanogenMod 10.1 with Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 running on my HTC Evo V from Virgin Mobile!

I quickly want to mention that the only thing not working with this ROM is the 3D camera, but that’s really not worth sticking with the stock ROM anyway….

So now it’s time to teach all of you how you can accomplish this with your phone. It’s a fairly simple process but it just has to be done in order and you have to take your time. Expect to spend a few hours on this and don’t rush through it. That’s how mistakes are made.

First thing is to make sure that your phone is rooted. If it’s not – read my guide to rooting the HTC Evo V. It is important that you keep the stock Virgin Mobile HTC Sense ROM on your phone. If you already have another ROM installed, do your best to revert to an old backup. Having the stock ROM will cause less problems down the road.

Now we should have a rooted phone running the stock ROM. Great! Now to have some more fun!

The first step can be a tricky one as it involved removing the battery cover on your phone and taking a wire to two point on the phone. This is to achieve S-OFF which will allow us to downgrade our HBOOT later on. First watch the video below to get an idea as to what you will be doing. Again, I recommend you first watch this YouTube video to get familiar with what you are about to do THEN read the instructions to do it yourself.

After watching the YouTube video go to the website mentioned in the video and follow the steps to achieve S-OFF on your HTC Evo V.

Great! Now we should have S-OFF!

Due to the locked down HBOOT currently installed on the HTC Evo V we will need to downgrade to something other than 1.57. This can be a fairly complex process. Leslie Ann has done a great job writing up a tutorial that should make this process quite simple. Follow this guide to “Fix everything by turning your phone into an Evo 3D.” Once you complete that guide, return here and we can continue to the next step! (Note the PRL update is indeed optional and will not effect the outcome of this guide.)

Awesome! Now we have S-OFF and an older HBOOT. Now we get to install CyanogenMod 10.1! This is exiting!

Reboot your phone into recovery. This can be accomplished by turning off your phone, holding down the ‘volume down button’ and pressing the power button. A menu with the option to boot into recovery should be displayed.

In recovery we are going to want to preform a few wipes to clean out or existing system. BUT before we do our wiped, go into the NANDROID menu and take a backup of your existing system.


After the backup head into the wipe menu and choose to do a wipe all/reset option. This will clear out the existing system. Once that completes select the option to wipe the dalvik-cache as well.

Next Obtain the latest ROM, GAPPS, and the WiMAX Log Cleaner  zips from the ROM’s forum. (One is located in the middle of the second post under downloads and GAPPS is located at the bottom of the second post under EXTRAS along with the WiMAX log cleaner.)

Link –> CyanogenMod 10.1 – WILD FOR THE NIGHT
TWRP Backup

Return to the main menu of the recovery and select to flash zips. Select the “WILD-FOR-THE…” zip first and flash that. Then do the GAPPS zip and finally do the WiMAX Cleaner zip. After doing all three of these zips separately, reboot your system.


TA-DA! You now have CyanogenMod 10.1 with Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 running on your HTC Evo V from Virgin Mobile! Congratulations!

If you got stuck anywhere or ran into some errors that you do not know how to solve, please ask me in the comments below and I will help you along!


  • nozferat

    Better off just buying an new phone….the amount of time you spend doing this is worth the cost of a new phone…time you never get back in your life to do other things. Ridiculous.

  • jeol

    Is there any way to tell S-OFF and root? I’ve been trying to flash the HBOOT and Radio and PRI for the past couple hours, but to no avail.

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  • Will


    Just wanted to thank you for writing such a thorough tutorial. I had a lot of trouble with a bad file, but once I got it figured out, everything went swimmingly.

    And it looks really good, and feels fast and slick. Really great tutorial.

  • WhynotV2

    I loved your opening statement(s) about running Harmonia and having random reboots. I’ve been running Harmonia for a while and wanted a new phone and the cheapest way to do that…install a new ROM!!! So thought I’d give CM 10.1 a go after finding your article here. Since I was already rooted and s-off, it was easy for me to do. I’ve been running CM10.1 now for about a week and a half and I’ve had 5 times as many reboots thus far (even after repeating the process after the 2nd reboot and the 4th) while having 0 with Harmonia. I know that’s not technically 5 times as many since 5 x 0 = 0, but you know what I’m trying to say. I’m going to give it another week or so to see if there are any further reboots (that I’m aware of) and if so, I’m going back to Harmonia. Thank you for the article though, good stuff!!!

    • Thanks for the comment! I’ve noticed the occasional random reboot as well but that only happens to me when I’m heavily using my phone.

      • WhynotV2

        Mine seem to come only when I’m looking at it lol. Of the 5 times, 4 of them have been within the 3 seconds after unlocking it. The other time came when I was impatiently pounding on the “back” button. *knock on wood* I do like the look of CM10 and that’s why I’m giving it the benefit of the doubt at the moment. 🙂

  • Ben

    I just finished rooting/installing Cyanogen Mod 10.1 on my Evo V. Considering how many times I had to change the hboot version and subsequent radio versions (after following the guide that was included,) I’m wondering how I will be able to keep these versions up to date as HTC and Virgin Mobile release new firmware updates. Also, will my wimax 4g be affected by any change in the hboot or radio version?

    • Your 4G should not be affected and you will just have to re-flash the ROM as new updates are released.

  • Justin

    so i get a error when trying to install rom from zip. ive wiped everything in order, when i try to install wild for the night rom it says “verify md5 for (rom name) md5 file not found aborting install =[ help

    • Try re-downloading the ROM and copying it to your phone’s SD card. It could just be a corrupt download.

  • Parama Vetti

    I am constantly in a reboot loop after flashing 10.1 cynogen mode, the zip I downloaded is WILD-FOR-THE-NIGHT-02262013-shootervm.zip , I tried re flashing 2 or 3 times after formatting the /system /data /cache , still of no help. How do I determine if I have dirty flashed.

    • A dirty flash is when you flash on a new ROM without wiping system and data.

      Try wiping System, Data, Cache, AND the Dalvik Cache – then re-flash once again.

  • bwood09

    I’ve encountered an infinite reboot loop so far. I flashed everything in the right order, and now it comes up, shows the boot screen for about two seconds, and goes away. Any suggestions?

    • Try going back to the wipe menu in the recovery area. Wipe data, cache, system, and the dalvik cache. Then re – flash the Cyanogenmod and GAPPS zip.

      • bwood09

        I tried that. Still not working. 🙁

        • Can you confirm you are on the downgraded Hboot?

          • bwood09

            Hboot is 1.04.2000.

            • Still having the issue after flashing another ROM (try Harmonia) and then flashing cyanogenmod back on? Have you tried removing the battery for a few minutes? Have you tried re downloading the zip, in case it got corrupted?

              • bwood09

                Well, funny story, I posted the first thing (before the edit) and said it worked, then it turned out I accidentally dirty flashed, so I cleaned up and reinstalled and now it works perfectly. I’m asking Google Now what the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow is, so it must be working 😀

                • Haha, awesome! Welcome to 4.2.2!

                  • bwood09

                    Thanks! I’m so excited!