How to Update HTC Evo 4G to Android 5.0.2 CM12 Nightly Lollipop Custom Firmware

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HTC Evo 4G has been given yet another chance at life via CM12 Nightly custom ROM based of off Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. Evo 4G has been around for quite a while now. Enough time that it has fully consumed it’s update support from HTC. However, the developer community hasn’t yet given up on this phone. With the recent announcement of HTC Evo 4G being on the Nightly list of CM12 makes it quite obvious that people still rely on this phone. CyanogenMod promise to provide a worthwhile Lollipop experience without major issues. You will be able to update HTC Evo 4G to 5.0.2 CM12 Nightly Lollipop using this complete tutorial. Not necessary, but it would be better if your phone is rooted and has a custom recovery installed. A custom recovery will be needed to install 5.0.2 based CM12 Nightly ROM zip and Google Apps zip files, since this is not an official HTC firmware update.

If this is your very first time installing a custom ROM, we understand you would want to make sure your installation process go as smooth as possible. So before we actually jump to the installation process of CM12 Nightly ROM, let’s take a look below at how to backup all your data. When installing this 5.0.2 Lollipop based custom ROM, your entire data will be wiped clean — like a brand new phone. As a HTC Evo 4G user, you have several options to choose from depending on how you want to store your data. These are the some of the tips given below that we want you to keep in mind and then proceed.

Android 5.0 Lollipop CM12

Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We ( or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉

5.0.2 CM12 Nightly Lollipop ROM Details:

For those who are new to CyanogenMod, please read the following:

CyanogenMod (pronounced sigh-AN-oh-jen-mod), is a customized, aftermarket firmware distribution for several Android devices (See above for supported devices & how to install CyanogenMod on said devices). Based on the Android Open Source Project, CyanogenMod is designed to increase performance and reliability over Android-based ROMs released by vendors and carriers such as Google, T-Mobile, HTC, etc. CyanogenMod also offers a variety of features & enhancements that are not currently found in these versions of Android.

Here is a quick note for those who are going to install this release of CM12 for the very first time:

NOTE: Since this is not a final build, make sure you know that after installing this firmware update, your Android device can get FC errors, boot loops, several other bugs, apps might not work or worse, your phone might not boot. To fix, you will have to reinstall stock firmware or any other stable custom ROM.

Remember, this is not an official firmware update. This is a custom ROM, based on AOSP release of the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop.

We haven’t really found any major issues or apps that do not work with this Android 5.0.2 CM12 custom firmware.

There are tons of useful articles and how-to guides on Team Android for the HTC Evo 4G, but we think you might be interested in the following posts:

Like this CM12 Nightly ROM based on the latest 5.0.2? We love it too and we know you are looking forward to install it on your phone now. Now please read below for important tips on how to make sure your installation goes smooth and you do not end up with any problems.

HTC Evo 4G USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for HTC Evo 4G properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download HTC Evo 4G USB drivers!

Backup and Other Important Tips

Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps:

Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below for some tips on how to backup data:

If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up. It is easier and faster to restore your phone through a custom recovery.

A few more optional tips that you should remember:

1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat and Lollipop.

2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?

4. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model. And also make sure you have an unlocked bootloader (except Samsung).

If you find the above tips useful and they were helpful to you, please consider giving us a +1 or SHARE with others so they can also benefit from these tips!

All set and ready? Good. Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial on the next page and update HTC Evo 4G to 5.0.2 CM12 Nightly Lollipop custom firmware.

  • D

    download link is broken =(

  • yoloswag420

    It says that device is super sonic, installation aborted, status 7

  • evcharger

    That’s for EVO 4G LTE, which is different phone from EVO 4G.

  • skajdlfg

    Thanks for getting our hopes up, authors. You’re not even talking about the right phone.

  • Manuel Garza

    This website COMPLETELY lost any and all credibility. This has already been said but this CM12 install is for the HTC 4G LTE (JEWEL) NOT the HTC 4G (SUPERSONIC). Despite showing the Supersonic in the picture. There is no excuse for this mistake from the jump but yet even now, how the hell is this page STILL loading with INCORRECT information that is potentially damaging to beginner, and novice users devices? Huge FAIL. Author please ram your cock in a door hinge. K? Thanks.