How and why I rooted my Droid Incredible
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Reviewed by Ryan McLaughlin on 09/07/2010
  • Jesse

    Great article, really up to date. Ever since getting 2.2 i’ve been unhappy with my phone as i feel it’s SLOWER than before with 2.1. Plus the big bonus was tethering to me with 2.2 and VZW botches that for me.
    So i’m looking for ways to root it, and i really appreciate this article, THANKS!

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  • Jesse

    i couldnt get it to work right keeps saying no such file

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  • Eric

    This is exactly the expression that I was looking for. I too have a Droid Incredible, updated to 2.2, and am frustrated with all of the bloatware that’s been installed.

    Also, in my research, I too came across all of the same articles that you have made reference to. But, I’m stuck…

    I can’t seem to find the HTC Sync 2.0.40. It just doesn’t seem to be out there for the Droid Incredible. The only HTC Sync anything that I could find was HTC Sync 2.0.33. Do you know if that will be sufficient? Could you provide me with a link to 2.0.40? When you say that it came loaded on your phone’s internal memory, what do you mean?

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    • 2.0.33 is sufficient, I just forgot to change the version number when I copied the instructions onto my website.

      When I mount the phone to my computer as a disk drive, it shows two drives, one for my SD card and one for the internal 8GB of memory. The internal memory on my phone came with a version of HTC Sync. I don’t remember which version it originally came with, but I have since upgraded it to 2.0.33.

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      • Eric

        Thanks for the prompt reply Ryan.

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  • Baby Anne

    Thank you Ryan. After your help, I’m using Wi-Fi on my Droid Incredible now since my Verizon service was interrupted due to my inability to pay. Unfortunately I lost my job soon after purchasing this phone and am under a 2 year contract. At this point I can’t afford a monthly bill of $100+…I assume my ESN is bad now?? and not sure when I’ll settle this debt with Verizon. So I guess my phone can’t be activated using Page Plus or can it? Or can it be activated using pre-paid cards? Another concern I have is how can I keep the same phone number whether activating the Droid or another phone while owing this outstanding bill? Is my number going to be impossible to keep? Would I be able to activate any phone and request my current number? Thanks for your time.

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    • Unfortunately, I think the answer to both your questions is no. With an outstanding debt you probably have a bad ESN and since Page Plus uses the Verizon network I doubt Verizon would allow you to reactivate. Also since Verizon holds the phone number right now they probably won’t release it without full payment. However, you won’t know for sure unless you try.

      My suggestion is to sell the phone and pay off your outstanding bill, then go buy a cheap phone that you can activate with page plus and transfer your number (page plus sells some cheap phones). I know it is a hit in functionality, but having an unpaid bill is really bad on your credit report and will affect getting another phone later, or even a car or home loan in the future. Some employers even check your credit report before hiring.

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  • california

    Great article, really up to date. Ever since getting 2.2 i’ve been unhappy with my phone as i feel it’s SLOWER than before with 2.1. Plus the big bonus was tethering to me with 2.2 and VZW botches that for me.
    So i’m looking for ways to root it, and i really appreciate this article, THANKS!

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  • Droid Incredible

    My Droid Incredible is on the way. I’m looking ahead to its superior processor, great digital camera, and appealing design. I am planning on rooting it and placing vanilla Froyo on it, pondering it will scream. I’ve rooted phones earlier than, and know the best way to observe directions. Any opinions on unrevoked versus unrevoked forever?

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