Some Incredible How-To's
ROOT: What is it and what does it mean to you. A great thread on this can be seen at the link provided directly below. I suggest you read it all the way through.
THIS IS WHAT ROOT MEANS (stop asking) - Droid Forum - Verizon Droid & the Motorola Droid Forum
Thanks to the Unrevoked team rooting this device is incredibly easy. Rooting tool can be found here
unrevoked <---This is for Incredible only.
If on Windows you will have to install the Hboot drivers that come with the tool.
The Hboot drivers can be found here with instrustions
Also another side note... If you have installed HTC sync on your computer it is best to uninstall it. Seems to muck stuff up.
Now that the driver are installed you just have to run the tool.
Open the .exe, it will ask you to plug in phone and enable usb debugging. Usb debugging can be enabled by going to the settings menu>applications>development>USB deugging.
Once the tool has completed you should now be rooted, with Koush’s Clockwork recovery and sitting on a screen that is black with green typing on it. Next step would be to back up everything you have now. Scroll down to nandroid with either the vol+,- key or the optical trackball. Then click the optical ball on backup. Clockwork will then back up your phone so you will always have a known working ROM on your SD card. This would be useful if you load a custom ROM that fails to boot up or just plain does not work the way you like.
Updating the recovery .img
Right now the only way to update the recovery .img is with this tool. Koush’s most up to date recovery’s can be found here
My Brain Hurts: ROM Manager and Clockwork Recovery Image
Make sure you choose the Incredible.
Just open the tool, then click file>custom recovery and choes the .img you just downloaded. Then plug in phone and enable USB deugging. Till NAND is unlocked this is the only way to update the recovery.
Disclaimer: I am not responsible if you brick or hurt you phone in this process. If your phone tries to kill you, this again is not my fault. If your alarm doesn't go off and you miss work and get fired , again not my fault. This has worked for many people and is almost fool proof.
Also i did not write any of these programs nor claim that they are mine. All this greatness comes from Unrevoked and Koush.
Last edited by doug piston; 08-07-2010 at 01:56 PM.
08-06-2010 12:40 PM
Koush’s Clockwork Recovery:
Now that your rooted and have a recovery this is where your party begins. Recovery makes it so that if you load a ROM that will not work or does not please you, you have the ability to go back to either a previous setup you liked or just recover your phone when you think it will never boot again.
In recovery you will see multiple options. I don’t use all of them though so we will go through the ones you will use.
First the action buttons. To switch through the menu use the vol + and – or the optical trackball. To select a section use the optical trackball by clicking down on it. And the power button works as a back button.
Now on to the options available in recovery.
1. Reboot system now. Self explanatory. Phone will reboot.
2. Apply sdcard:update.zip We don’t really use this anymore
3. Wipe Data/facatory reset. You use this option before you flash a new rom. Very important.
4. Wip cache partition. You also use this on flashing of a new rom.
a. 3 and 4 are important. Roms like to have a clean slate to work correctly.
5. Install zip from SD card. You most likely use this one the most while in recovery. From here you can look for the ROM you just put on your SD card. Select choose zip from SD card. Then you can search through your SD card till you find the ROM of your choice.
6. Nandroid. This where you can back up a current setup or reflash a setup you had before. Go to this section to find your first backup you made.
7. Partitions menu. This is where you can mount any part of the /system or SD card. You can also format other partitions but you probably won’t use that. Also from this menu you can mount the usb mass storage. This will allow you to mount the SD card while plugged in to the computer even in recovery and have the ability to transfer files from the computer to the SD card.
8. Advanced. From here the only tool I use in it is to wipe the battery stats. The other options I haven’t used and I doubt if you are reading this "how-to" you will need to either.
Roms: Currently are a limited number of roms available, but more and more are coming each day. You can find them at..
Droid Incredible Roms - Droid Forum - Verizon Droid & the Motorola Droid Forum
Droid Incredible Android Development - xda-developers
Roms | Droid Fiend
To install these simply download the file>transfer to SD card>reboot into recovery>install from SDcard>select rom.
You can also get Roms from the Rom Manager app written by koush from the market.
Wireless tether: For wireless tether you need the app called "Wireless tether for root users". It can also be found here
android-wifi-tether - Project Hosting on Google Code
After that is installed use your favorite file manager to make a file called "android.tether" on the root of your SD card. But the .bin file below into it and start tethering
Radios: Alot of the roms coming out now require the leaked OTA radio to work correctly. Upating the radio can seem complicated and a little bit scary at first. If you just follow the directions and take your time you should be fine.
There is a great how-to on xda. It really does cover it all.
Install pre 2.2 OTA with 100% working root 2.0 radio/720p video - xda-developers
Basically you are going to unroot and get stock recovery back then apply the radio in update.zip form then reroot. We have to do this cause unlike the Moto Droid, we don't have Nand unlocked and Clockwork can not flash radios.
If you feel the need to go back to the stock radio, you will find all the info you need to do so here.
Huge disclaimer: DO NOT FLASH THE SAME RADIO TWICE. You will brick your phone. Do not interupt the phone will flashing the radio. During the radio flashing process the phone will reboot multiple times. 3-4 in fact. Just be patient DO NOT PULL THE BATTERY. With this said if you are at all uncomfortable with any of the steps in the link above it is probably best you just leave it alone.
Last edited by doug piston; 08-08-2010 at 11:17 AM.
If there is anything i miised or am just wrong about please let me know and i will change ASAP.
Regarding using the unrevoked tool with a Mac, it's actually the easiest way to do it. No drivers or anything. Just have USB debugging on, set phone to charge only, and run the program.
Thank you. You actually just reminded me that HTC should not be installed.
After reading about the RUU I have gotten mixed answers on what it will mean. Some say that you are able to upgrade after applied by downgrading the HBoot. Some say DO NOT apply the update whatsoever if you might ever wish to unroot at some point. Any input on this? Its frusturating having no clear answer.
Originally Posted by doug piston
You can always go back. It was an early misconception that once the new radio was applied, you would not be able to return to stock. Here's a fairly good article on that:
How to revert back to an earlier version of HBOOT - Android Forums
He is correct. adrynalyne is a smart guy, was good that he found that.
Updated how to to include this. Thanks!!
Last edited by doug piston; 08-06-2010 at 04:40 PM.
Added Tether instructions and a direct link on how to install the hboot drivers. Brucekey did a fantastic job with that. Also over the next few days I will be trying to screenshots and and other suggestions you guys may have. Please let me know.