1. Background Check
Please click here and read up all about what it means to root and install ROMs, then do step 2.
2. YOU NEED AN SD CARD!
Make sure you have an SD card in your phone. If you don’t then all hell will break loose and the universe will be sucked into an unknown dimension beyond the horizon of scientific knowledge. Or something along those lines.
3. Enable USB Debugging
On your Droid Incredible’s home screen, tap menu, select Applications, tap developer, and check the box that says USB Debugging.
4. Download unrEVOked
unrEVOked is the limera1n for all HTC android phones (hence the capital EVO in the middle).
Click here and select which operating system you own. The download will begin.
5. Plug in your device and root
The time has now come.
Plug in your Incredible to your computer over USB. You should see a notification that says USB Debugging is enabled.
Also, pull down the notification bar and select the USB connection (not the debugging, the other one). Then, select to have your phone as a Mass Storage Device or something like that (My phone has been screwed over so much that I no longer have the stock htc operating system installed, so I can only be so specific to my knowledge).
You should see TWO drives mounted on your computer, one for the internal phone storage and one for your SDcard.
Then, hit the reflash button and take cover.
Time will pass into another dimension beyond the human eye’s comprehension of life itself. Portals will contradict all possibilities of universal independence. Our very existence will tremble at the rip in the fabric of space and time.
Oh, and you’re device will be rooted.
6. Did it work?
After you’re device is rooted it *should* be able to boot into ANOTHER DIMENSION IN SPACE AND TIME…. wait…. into the standard 2.2 htc sense froyo you had before you rooted.
However, if you look in your applications drawer, you should see a new app called Superuser.
Congratulations, you’re rooted!
7. Get root apps
Now, you can run applications that require root access.
A few of my favorites:
If you’re on the road and want internet on your computer or iPad, then you’ll have to fork an extra $20 a month to verizon and suffer a 2GB limit.
But not if you have Wireless tether!
With Wireless Tether, you can create an encrypted wireless network with access control and everything, and the bandwidth limit is only that of your phone’s data plan.
You can find Wireless Tether by searching in the android market.
If you keep getting warnings telling you that your SD card is full, then you’ll love Root Explorer. You can browse your android’s files, and even delete, rename, or move things around from both the SD card and the internal storage. You can delete those huge downloaded zip files, or all of the pictures you don’t want from the DCIM folder. Handy! This is available in the Android Market as well.
If you ever do any kind of posting to a blog about android stuff, this application is a MUST. You can easily take a full resolution screenshot by just shaking the device. Then, you can plug it into your computer and transfer the screenshots off of your SD card.
8. Got ROMs?
One of the most amazing parts of having a rooted android phone is that you can install other operating systems. Want gingerbread? HTC hasn’t even released the update. But now that you’re rooted, you can install other operating systems without htc’s permission.