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How to: Root and Unroot the Droid Incredible

Last week an official Incredible root exploit was discovered and presented in a way that scared the heck out of most of us.  And then this weekend happened.  Someone took on the task of creating a 10-minute DI rooting video which was followed up by an un-rooting version similar to the step-by-step tutorials we’ve done in the past.  While the method to gain root access still appears to be semi-painful and users are experiencing all sorts of issues with drivers, this is much easier to follow than those initial instructions were.  Plus, you’ve got to be excited about a method to un-root already right?

So here we go…full instructional videos plus the files you need to complete the task below.

Video action on rooting your Incredible: (Download this file first.)

Unrooting video after the jump! 

Video action on unrooting your Incredible: (Download this file first.)

I haven’t had the chance to attempt this just yet, but I’m hoping to have some time tomorrow and will share my thoughts on the process at that time.  If I see a way to improve the clarity of the instructions in these videos, I will do so and make another version.  In the mean time, good luck!

Cheers everyone who sent these in!

  • Ntrnlerror9

    So all the comments on here are from about a year ago, im super newb to all this stuff, and was just testing the waters, i have that file downloaded for rooting, and got as far as opening sdk set up, and i keep getting the error warning java not found in your path. checking if its installed in C:Program Files (x86) Java instead, now i did go and make sure that i downloaded jre6 and its in C:Program FilesJava so whats going on here? or do i just not know enough and shouldnt be messing around with this? :) let me know when you can

  • Melissa Bennett

    So all the comments on here are from about a year ago, im super newb to all this stuff, and was just testing the waters, i have that file downloaded for rooting, and got as far as opening sdk set up, and i keep getting the error warning java not found in your path. checking if its installed in C:Program Files (x86) Java instead, now i did go and make sure that i downloaded jre6 and its in C:Program FilesJava so whats going on here? or do i just not know enough and shouldnt be messing around with this? :) let me know when you can

  • help help plz

    MY PHONE VIBRATED BUT HAS NO PICTURE SHOULD I BE WORIED?? CUZ I AM VERY

  • Lilsutton1994

    Why won’t my phone restart?

  • Miketrg

    If i root, then later unroot does it delete all my photos/videos etc that i originally had on phone before the root?

  • Miketrg

    If i root, then later unroot does it delete all my photos/videos etc that i originally had on phone before the root?

    • Roneill910

      no it doesnt.

  • Rexxking1977

    ok when i plug my droid up now after rooting it it does not show anything but debugging and dont give the option of selecting cd or nothing no more wt do i need to do

  • Cmmgrad

    I keep getting error: device not found no matter what I do.

  • jbdial

    In the future, please turn off your auto-focus on the camera and manually focus it just on your screen

  • jbdial

    In the future, please turn off your auto-focus on the camera and manually focus it just on your screen

  • Dgarret408

    Ok so slight problem. My phone won’t update to the 2.2 software. Just stays at 2.1, yet the firmware says 2.1update1. Not sure what to do now…..

  • Pantherdagger

    I deleted the clockworkmod folder from my SD card then booted into h-boot ran the PB31IMG.zip and worked excellent. Thanks for the link. I'm getting a replacement D-Inc so had to roll back :-(. Was rooted, modded, oc'd to 1190 mhz now back to running 998 mhz this sucks for now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1538200320 Daniel Sasson

    if i root and get the free tethering and do other stuff, and than unroot, will all that stuff still be on it?

  • Hans57sauc

    BUY A TRIPOD

  • Nyy2kmaxima

    When I try to update it the phone tells me update has failed the main version is older and asks me to reboot my device

  • Jonnxb

    thanks dude, your a life saver

  • Jonnxb

    thanks dude, your a life saver

  • Jpx17

    im having problems with the prompt. at 1:30 when i type what he does it says the system cannot find the path specified. help please????

  • digitalicecream

    Just unrooted. thanks!!

  • Ari

    unrevoked.com now has simple one click root for incredible!
    make sure to follow the instructions on installing the bootloader drivers that come with the download. then when your phone is ON, run the reflash.exe and voila!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Gawanda/1190250307 Steven Gawanda

    So, I've tried this a number a times and when I plug my phone into the computer and run the adb shell, my computer can't find the device, even using the alternative method of running the loop.bat program. Any suggestions on what I could be doing wrong or anything would be greatly appreciated!

    • ctmaines

      Same here…I got it to work once and got it rooted but now I'm trying to boot to a shell again to run some other stuff and I can't get the computer to recognize it. Does anyone have any suggestions?

    • ctmaines

      Follow all of the steps here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?…. That worked for me. I guess the problem is with the drivers. I uninstalled the HTC Sync program first.

  • KooklanR

    If I root my HTC incredible, do I lose my previous files I already have installed on my phone memory / SD card?

    • Avb

      Move the files first, duh

  • Shawnmpike14

    no matter what I do i can not get this to work

  • Parcou

    got the phone rooted…thx some asked me to get in recovery mode to copy a file so I did the same process to get to the directory message not found using the loop…. OK not what..I cannot get into adb shell mode for the $ to get to su for the # to do my commands…

    So after doing this root in this method how do I get into recovery? (I cannot do it live it denies the permission to do so)

  • http://www.facebook.com/countedshadows Christopher LeBlanc

    Errors Unrooting. (sorry I misposted below to someone elses question)

    My HBOOT screen still errors out when I try to unroot. I've got the downgrade file PB31IMG.zip on the root on my SD Card and it errors out and tells me “no image or wrong image file”.

    Any idea what the reason for this could be?

    • Robbie

      I went out and bough a new micro SD card and formatted it before transferring any files and it worked after that

  • Drock

    hmm.. i really want to root my incredible, but i really wont use the wifi tethering much so im not sure if its worth it right now.. as soon as a Froyo ROM becomes availible, I will be for sure be rooting though.

  • Rnmedic1839

    The file that unroots the phone Could that be modified to Root the phone? It almost seems too easy to unroot. I like others have tried to root but still waiting for an easier way. Anyway they could put a nandroid file in that unroot file to allow access for rooting? Seems way easy. Just my thoughts. Thanks for the Vids

  • kaytsak

    need help i tryed every way possible i still cant get it to find my device dose any one know y or what im doing wrong?

    • ctmaines

      I have the same problem…can anyone help?

  • Shanon1354

    Does this work with a mac? i cant even get the regular file to open?

  • Jermaine151

    Nice videos! One question: If I unroot using your method, will I lose all of the 3rd party apps I've installed from the market? Thanks in advance and keep up the good work!

    • Jermaine151

      Figured it out the HARD way! Backed up my apps and contacts, but have to reconfigure everything and in each app. :(

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nathaniel-Spencer/1014751332 Nathaniel Spencer

      yeah i tried to root it and then i lost all apps and had to install them again

  • Dpry3580

    Can we OC incredible after root? Thats my main reason for doing it. 1.3 1.5 or higher will kick. Cant believe ppl are downgrading to the moto and are exited about it. I had moto 1 for a month before incredible, no comparison. My coworkers (mostly linux guys) are gealous. Except the ones who forked over big money to upgrade. So whats the deal? What problems have you had with inc?

    • Pantherdagger

      I had my D-Inc OC’d to 1190 mhz with SetCPU after rooting. Not bad since stock 1 ghz processor only runs at 998 mhz.

    • Pantherdagger

      I had my D-Inc OC’d to 1190 mhz with SetCPU after rooting. Not bad since stock 1 ghz processor only runs at 998 mhz.

  • Ari

    I came up negative, tried all the variations including the one listed below. Anyone happen to be in the Los Angeles area that can assist me in rooting my incredible Incredible? Thx

    • Johndoughto

      so far i am getting no where…

      tried both ways in video, and list below a few times, and replaced 16gb card with 8gb card (no 2gb available yet)

      was hoping this would be a bit more stream lined by now, i rooted my motod (thanks kellex to good directions) and really want the wifitether on my inc

  • Jkim712

    oh and my phone is a droid. haha

  • Jkim712

    could you PLEASE make a video tutorial for changing my phone from 2.1 to 2.2? when you do these things on video they're SO much easier to follow than just written instruction! and your video's have been so helpful thus far!

    and must i have my phone rooted before i install the 2.2?

  • Gil

    WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY too fast. Even for pausing and rewinding.

    • Achpoques

      You're a typical trailer trash. Not really all that suprised to see you couldn't keep up even with pausing/rewinding.

  • MikeC

    A lot of good info, but please SLOW DOWN, thanks :) It is very hard to follow, and you keep skipping around, and not being loud and clear, I'm not a newbie by any means but even I had a bit of trouble keeping up with your jumping around. Also, make sure and repeat things clearly so they can be easily understood and heard.

  • http://twitter.com/zegolf Zach Egolf

    Couldn't get mine to work. This worked 100%

    *******************************************************************************************************
    Success!! My snag was that whole sd card problem, but worked following these steps (thanks to first person that posted it)

    1. Load up the fastboot menu by holding down power and the optical trackpad.
    2. Plug in the USB cable
    3. Press power again to select fastboot.
    4. Click the SD card out, highlight recovery, and then press power to select recovery.
    5. As the first white HTC screen is loading, you will hear a “detach” sound if you are on a windows computer. Immediately click the SD card in at this time.
    6. Try to get into shell.
    7. If you did not get into recovery, reboot into the OS by holding down power and volume up and clicking power again. Do a battery pull and repeat steps 1-6.

    This was posted from my laptop while wirelessly tethered to my Inc.

    Spam
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    By molinap1 on Sun, 06/13/2010 – 23:49

  • holidayK

    question: once you are rooted (on any device using android) can you just download ROM Manager and all them are compatible for any device?

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/ANVA5ZENMB73A7SM6A4MS472JE Zach

      Nothing has been developed as far as ROM's go. That'll come in time. Downloading ROM Manager now would just be a waste of time and money. I'm sure the site will post as the custom builds start coming.

  • Jeff

    Has anybody seen or tried the froyo for non rooted thats posted at mydroidworld .com?

  • andrew401

    ahhhh man why would you want to unroot? i mean unless you had to bring it to verizon but I LOVE BEING ROOTED! I was going to sell my Dinc because I thought it was not going to get it but good thing I didn't unrEVOked team f*cking ROCKS!

  • Chris Nimon

    Man, somebody has their big boy pants on today. I cant even keep up with all the new posts. Yeah, Ill wait for Kellex's vid. (best in the biz)

  • Mando

    Whoa looks complicated!! Does anyone know if froyo works on the rooted incredible?

  • palomosan

    Finally some Incredible love.
    Thanks Kellex.

    • kellex

      No prob. I'm hoping to do this tomorrow to my Inc.

      • aarynk

        Will be waiting to hear how you thought the root process was… Going to wait myself until you bring us a better vid Kellex!! :)

        • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/OACSOOGRUV2EMZPJT6EAH3FM6M Miguel Martinez

          Yep, I want the Kellex approved and official video, that's always the best way to go.

      • http://twitter.com/Beca019 Rebeca Ibarra

        I'll wait until I get your stamp of approval as well. :)

  • Talkdj

    Hey Christopher….nice date and everything, she's very cute. But did you notice the wedding ring on her ring finger? Bad Christopher………

    • Talkdj

      Whoops….sorry Kellex, I posted in the wrong post…..I was wondering what all this Incredible stuff had to do with Eyeconn post. sorry kids

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/RXFWXDUWRRHCGFV6NP2SDZ7YLU Ray

        It has nothing to do with eyecon the Incredible is a phone. That's why its a totally different post.beam me up scottie welcome back to planet earth budy how nice of you to join us.

  • aarynk

    Still a little to crazy for me… liking my Incredible but I miss my Rooted Droid. Oh well it wont matter any ways next month when I get my Droid X!!

    • kellex

      Amen to that. :)

    • Dpry3580

      Youre downgrading from the incredible? The new moto specs arent that good.

    • JR

      the droid x is un-rootable they have a locked bootrom so nothing will work

      • Mrpicolas

        The Droid x is rooted bootloader is a different thingall together

  • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

    +1!!!

    • kellex

      Look at you.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/RXFWXDUWRRHCGFV6NP2SDZ7YLU Ray

      Do you even have the incredible?lol

      • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

        No, but I'm watching this anyways. I wanna see how hard this possibly could be.
        My g/f has a Moto Cliq (POS phone) and I am going to root it soon I think lol
        Too much fun! lol

        • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/RXFWXDUWRRHCGFV6NP2SDZ7YLU Ray

          Speaking of the cliq I just saw this on my twitter check it out http://androidandme.com/2010/06/news/hackers-re

          • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

            Wow! This great news!
            Thanks for the 411! :-)

          • Mrpicolas

            Maybe that will keep you busy for awhile

          • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

            Seriously….rooting a Cliq is basically the same thing, but I dont understand where to get themes and what not.
            Plus from what I have read, the Devs seem to be lazy starting things and then not finishing…
            Yikes lol :-P

          • http://www.facebook.com/countedshadows Christopher LeBlanc

            Errors Unrooting.

            My HBOOT screen still errors out when I try to unroot. I've got the downgrade file PB31IMG.zip on the root on my SD Card and it errors out and tells me “no image or wrong image file”.

            Any idea what the reason for this could be?