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Hello, everyone!

I know there are several threads on these topics already, but being redundantly helpful, I took the time to create a single guide with all the above information in one place. I mean, why not?

The guide covers:
  • Root via unrEVOked3
  • Titanium Backup
  • Wireless Tether
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  • removing unwanted apps
  • custom ROMs and kernels
  • Completing restores from Titanium and nandroid backups
  • Returning your phone to stock

The UPDATED Complete Guide: Root & Everything Else (2.2 after the Nov OTA)

I hope you find this guides easy to use and helpful!

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Thank you! Your guide helped me get my first root in 15 mins.
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This thread is sticky material IMO.
We have enough stickies in this forum as is, so I can't really do anything ATM (Big guys upstairs don't like having too many stickies in one forum). And since those guys beat him to the punch, I'll give them their shine for now. If anyone feels like this is a drastically better guide than the two already stickied, PM me and we will discuss it. I will look further into it if you feel strongly about it.

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Great guide! Just to let you know, unrevoked2 flash recovery app now has a mac version
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I've added ROM and kernel instructions to the guide.

Is there anything else people would like to see included?
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Bump for all the newly rooted folks that keep asking about it.

Recent changes make the root portion unnecessary but many have asked about other portions of this tut already.
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Recent changes make the root portion unnecessary but many have asked about other portions of this tut already.
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Does anyone know if unrEVOked3 includes the apps Wireless Tether and Superuser Permission?
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Is there anything else people would like to see included?
You are awesome for putting this together! Thank you.
A section on how to restore things from backups would be a nice addition
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A section on how to restore things from backups would be a nice addition
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I also added a bit on returning the phone to stock.
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With the current bug in enrEVOked3 I've made a few quick changes to the post to bring back the old method of rooting.
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I did a nandroid backup and it seemed to go okay but at the end I got:
"No /sdcard/ .android_secure found. Skipping backup of applications on external storage.
Backing up cache...
No sdext found. Skipping backup of sd-ext.
Generating md5 sum..."

then the backup finished. Is this supposed to happen and that's why peeps use Titanium backup in addition to backup their apps?
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Backing up cache...
No sdext found. Skipping backup of sd-ext.
Generating md5 sum..."

then the backup finished. Is this supposed to happen and that's why peeps use Titanium backup in addition to backup their apps?
That seems odd. Do you have a stock SD card or a different one? Is it full, or is there room? You'll need about 300-400MB depending on what you have on your phone. When you boot the phone normally does the SD card get mounted?
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Before seeing your tutorial I had already installed the USB Drivers, and they are in My Documents. I'd like to follow your tut step by step, because right now:
-Unrevoked does not do anything, so I assume it doesn't recognize the phone
-Old method "exec ‘/system/bin/sh’ failed: No such file or directory (2)" doesn't cycle in.
-And step 5 in the second way to start Old Method doesn't happen. I get no SD Card error messages.

How can I uninstall those drivers off the phone so I can start from scratch?

Thanks for your tutorial!
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Nicely Done! My Inc is now rooted! woot woot
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Amazing. I did it on another computer with the unrevoked3.exe. XP didn't want to do it.

If I hook it up to my XP, although I rooted it using a Vista, will I lose root access?
Also, if I were to purchase a larger SD card will I need to reroot the phone?

I'm not the most tech savy person, so I'm learning as I go.
I'm trying to remove some bloat and when I go to the mount /system, how do i run adb shell?
When i type it into cmd i get ('adb' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file)



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Amazing. I did it on another computer with the unrevoked3.exe. XP didn't want to do it.

If I hook it up to my XP, although I rooted it using a Vista, will I lose root access?
Also, if I were to purchase a larger SD card will I need to reroot the phone?

I'm not the most tech savy person, so I'm learning as I go.
I'm trying to remove some bloat and when I go to the mount /system, how do i run adb shell?
When i type it into cmd i get ('adb' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file)



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Connecting your phone to a different computer or using a different SD card will not cause you to lose root. The only way you could loose root now is by an OTA update, or if you specifically flashed your phone to return to stock.

You have to install the android sdk. In the downloads section of the guide you can get the first link (the zip file) or download it directly from Google:
Android SDK | Android Developers

If you download from google, unzip the directory "android-sdk-windows" to c:\ and rename it "sdk." Then run sdk-setup.exe

adb is in the sdk\tools directory.
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That seems odd. Do you have a stock SD card or a different one? Is it full, or is there room? You'll need about 300-400MB depending on what you have on your phone. When you boot the phone normally does the SD card get mounted?
I have an upgraded card. 16gb sandisk class 2. There's plenty of room on it for the backup so that's not the issue.
Since I got this card it's been a little inconsistent. Sometimes when I reboot the phone the card won't read properly and I'll have to remount it. Or after the phone has been connected to my computer used as a disk drive the card will take forever to read after i unplug it. The other day I reformatted the card and restored all my data on it and that seemed to help but it still doesn't seem like it should all the time. You think I should try the nandroid backup again and see if the results change?
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Old July 16th, 2010, 09:22 AM   #36 (permalink)
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I have an upgraded card. 16gb sandisk class 2. There's plenty of room on it for the backup so that's not the issue.
Since I got this card it's been a little inconsistent. Sometimes when I reboot the phone the card won't read properly and I'll have to remount it. Or after the phone has been connected to my computer used as a disk drive the card will take forever to read after i unplug it. The other day I reformatted the card and restored all my data on it and that seemed to help but it still doesn't seem like it should all the time. You think I should try the nandroid backup again and see if the results change?
It sounds like the card is flaky. Now that you've formatted the card try doing a backup again. If it doesn't work, try it on a different card.

If it works on a different card I'd exchange the one you have for a new one.
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Does anyone know if unrEVOked3 includes the apps Wireless Tether and Superuser Permission?
This is what I'm waiting to find out before I root.
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This is what I'm waiting to find out before I root.
It comes with Superuser Permissions. Wireless Tether can be found in the market and installed post root.
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It comes with Superuser Permissions. Wireless Tether can be found in the market and installed post root.
Thanks man. This is my first smart phone, so it's my first time rooting. I wanted to be sure it was worth it before going in.
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Congrats on getting rooted!

Connecting your phone to a different computer or using a different SD card will not cause you to lose root. The only way you could loose root now is by an OTA update, or if you specifically flashed your phone to return to stock.

You have to install the android sdk. In the downloads section of the guide you can get the first link (the zip file) or download it directly from Google:
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If you download from google, unzip the directory "android-sdk-windows" to c:\ and rename it "sdk." Then run sdk-setup.exe

adb is in the sdk\tools directory.
Have sdk installed. How do I now run adb in the cmd prompt? it is giving me errors. everything i try is no recognized.
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Have sdk installed. How do I now run adb in the cmd prompt? it is giving me errors. everything i try is no recognized.
You have to get to the tools directory from the command prompt.

If you put the sdk folder in the C:\ drive you get there by typing

cd\

Then your prompt will say "C:\"

type "cd sdk\tool"

Then your prompt will say c:\sdk\tools\"

Remember "sdk" is the directory where you put the sdk that you downloaded. If you put it somewhere else you need to go to that directory, and then tools.

In other words, if you saved the SDK directory to your desktop it would be

c:\users and settings\username\Desktop\sdk\tools

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You need to know where you saved the sdk folder that you pulled out of the zip file.
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Now that unrEVOked v3.1 has been released, which fixes the communication error with windows systems, I've removed the old method of rooting from the guide.
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Now that Unrevoked has released a simple root process, the "complete guide to rooting" methods are not needed. With that reasoning, I am unsticking them and resticking this thread in its place as this now holds more value.

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Great work Jonathan. Deserved to be a sticky This is like the one stop shop now.

If it isn't too much work, may I suggest expanding the Wireless Tether section with the excellent info from this thread http://androidforums.com/all-things-root-incredible/123227-wireless-tether-not-working-me-help.html please.
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Default Glad its all in one spot.

However, at the moment your page that the link goes to doesn't work. Any help or a mirror link would be great for those occasions when this happens. Thanks.

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However, at the moment your page that the link goes to doesn't work. Any help or a mirror link would be great for those occasions when this happens. Thanks.

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Sorry if it was down - I'm supposed to have redundant servers and cached backup service as well...
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Great work Jonathan. Deserved to be a sticky This is like the one stop shop now.

If it isn't too much work, may I suggest expanding the Wireless Tether section with the excellent info from this thread http://androidforums.com/all-things-root-incredible/123227-wireless-tether-not-working-me-help.html please.
Thanks for the suggestion - I've made the changes.
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