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Old September 16th, 2010, 07:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Simple unrEVOked 3 rooting for stock Incredible or Evo on 2.2

After spending many hours online helping people get their Incredible and Evo phones rooted with the unrEVOked 3.21 Reflash tool, I've learned a lot. I rooted my Incredible which has the OTA 2.2 update as well, so I have personal experience. UnrEVOked 3.21 is a 1-click rooting program. When it's done, you'll have a fully rooted phone with S-OFF and Superuser installed.

This guide is for people with the Incredible or Evo running "stock" Android 2.2. The phone can have been shipped with Android 2.2 or received the "Over The Air" update. In either case, again, we're talking about a stock phone running 2.2.

Preparation - Windows:
  1. You must install the HBOOT-Capable Universal Drivers. Read and follow the article to the letter. There is a ton of bad advice floating around on the IRC channel and in forums!.
  2. Re-read Step 1. The #1 problem for people is not having the right drivers installed. Try to get past your A.D.D. and do Step 1 all the way to seeing the Device Manager as shown at the bottom of that article.
  3. Unplug USB.
  4. Shut down the phone.

Rooting the Phone:
  1. Get the Reflash.exe program for Android 2.2 Incredible/Evo. Pick the one for your OS (Mac, Windows, or Linux). This program runs on your computer, not on the phone!
  2. Verify that you have an SD Card installed with at least 2Gb free space. If the SD is smaller than 4Gb, make sure it is FAT32 formatted. Look at it on your PC or Mac to be sure.
  3. Boot the phone normally.
  4. Enable USB Debugging (Settings, Applications, Development).
  5. Enable Unknown Sources (Settings, Applications at the top).
  6. Enable USB "Ask Me" mode (Settings, Connect to PC).
  7. Plug in the USB cable and choose Charge Only on the phone. On the Mac you may get an error about not being able to mount, click Ignore.
  8. On Windows (only), open the Device Manager and verify that you see the Android listed for ADB as shown in the pix at the bottom of the article linked-to in Preparation-Windows above.
  9. Run Reflash on the PC/Max/Linux system.

If you did everything right, and if your phone is a stock 2.2 Incredible or Evo, Reflash will come up and start the rooting process.

Be patient! The process involves several (4) reboots and some long periods of apparent inactivity. Let it go. Wait for at least 5 minutes before deciding it has become stuck.

How to know it worked:
Once the Reflash process completes (5 or so minutes), unplug USB and reboot the phone. It will look normal. Open the App tray and look for the Superuser app. If you open Superuser it will be blank, that's normal. For final confirmation, reboot the phone into HBOOT and see if it says S-OFF at the top. If so, you're rooted!

Backing up the phone:
Now that you're rooted and in HBOOT, it's time to do a complete backup of the phone (a.k.a. Nandroid backup). DO THIS NOW!
  1. In HBOOT, using the volume buttons move to RECOVERY and press the Power button. The phone will appear to reboot but it will end up in the ClockWorkMod recovery screen. From now on use the trackball on the Incredible (click to select), and the volume up/down on the Evo (power to select).
  2. Move to Backup and Recovery, then select. This will show the Backup and Recovery menu. NOTE: You might have to select Nandroid first (info from IRC user, I didn't).
  3. Move to Backup
  4. Select to start the backup.
  5. When the backup completes (several minutes), press the power button to return to the main ClockWorkMod menu
  6. Select Reboot System, go.
When the phone boots to its normal mode, you're done! Now you can enjoy the benefits of root. I'll leave all of that to other sources on the net.

Problems?
If the above is followed to the letter, your chances of problems are slim to none. If you have A.D.D. and can't follow the directions, you probably shouldn't be rooting anyway Here are some things to try if it dodn't work:
  • Before deciding it failed, boot the phone and look for the Superuser app. It might have actually worked!
  • Try running Reflash again with the phone in the correct state as instructed above.
  • Go back and really follow the directions for installing the drivers. Some people just don't get it.
  • If the phone seems to be bricked, do a battery pull reboot. In 5 days of working with the RC on the IRC channel, there were no bricks.

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LOL, a day late for me, but all of that worked for me and i'm now rooted. Just figuring everything out now. Nice instructions.
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I can verify that thsi process works for an EVO that WAS rooted under 2.1, then updated to 2.2 OTA.
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Thanks for the report! I saw you helping others on #unrevokedtest. Good work!!
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Just to let you know, you might want to remove this part from your post:
"The phone, must not have ever been rooted and reverted in the past."

The phone being rooted in the past doesn't matter. All that matters for your instructions is that you have 2.2 and that you are not currently rooted. If you rooted months ago and then unrooted yesterday, this method will still work just fine.
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Finally!

Somebody who knows how write concise instructions, spell, and include links.

Could you do the same for going back to stock 2.2 just in case we ever need to? - I sure would appreciate it!
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so the new unrevoked roots, flashes new recover, AND turns security off? so we don't have to do unrevoked3 and then unrevoked forever? it's just one step now?
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It does it all. Like I said, there's so much outdated info out there... One click and you've got S-OFF and Superuser installed on your phone!
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Just to let you know, you might want to remove this part from your post:
"The phone, must not have ever been rooted and reverted in the past."

The phone being rooted in the past doesn't matter. All that matters for your instructions is that you have 2.2 and that you are not currently rooted. If you rooted months ago and then unrooted yesterday, this method will still work just fine.
Thanks for letting me know, several others pointed it out on #unrevokedtest also.

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Thank you. This was desperately needed!

I've seen in other places that HTCSync needs to be uninstalled first. Is this no longer true?
Edited to add: Never mind, I see in the linked post that it is not necessary.
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great stuff, the SD card bit is what tripped me up for a couple hours
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I've seen in other places that HTCSync needs to be uninstalled first. Is this no longer true?
Edited to add: Never mind, I see in the linked post that it is not necessary.
Yes, that's one of the most prevalent ones. The problem: The Android SDK has drivers, but they don't have the interfaces needed for the HTC phones. Enter HTC Sync, which has the same drivers but with the additional interfaces in their .INF files for Incredible and Supersonic (aka Evo). So you have people telling you to install HTC Sync to get those drivers, then uninstall HTC Sync (leaving the drivers) so it doesn't get in the way of the rooting process by binding to the phone when it's plugged into USB.
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Fantastic tutorial. Will use it when I root soon.

Question, my main reason to root is extend battery life, should I do a factory reset before I root, to start fresh? Or root, then reset?
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Thanks Bob. I know that will help out a lot of peeps get their phones rooted!
I just have an addition for the preparation part because not everyone is on a Windoze PC.

For Mac:
No USB driver install needed.
OSX doesn't give you the option to format in FAT32 so that's best done elsewhere if you need to format your sdcard.

I answered some ?'s when the last unrevoked released for 2.1 from Mac peeps so I figured it would come up again.
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Thanks for the simple tutorial, I just rooted my Dinc following your instructions. Now to uninstall all the annoying bloatware................
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I didn't think it need to be said until I was in the IRC channel and a few people ran into this problem.....

MAKE SURE YOU DON'T HAVE AN UPDATE.ZIP IN THE ROOT OF THE SD CARD

This can be remedied later... but is a pain in the arse when you are in the middle of rooting and it just stops cause it found one.
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I didn't think it need to be said until I was in the IRC channel and a few people ran into this problem.....

MAKE SURE YOU DON'T HAVE AN UPDATE.ZIP IN THE ROOT OF THE SD CARD

This can be remedied later... but is a pain in the arse when you are in the middle of rooting and it just stops cause it found one.
Yup. Have been there and done dat! haha
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Thanks Bob, great job I think I am ready to go for root with these well written instructions. I want to be sure I can unroot if I do root. Do you have the experience to write such a complete unroot guide. The guides I have found are all video guides which I don't like because people have a tendency to be incomplete in video guides they are so much harder to follow.
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Great tutorial and easy to follow (as are most tutorials, people just don't understand to read EVERYTHING).

Feels good to be rooted again, I've missed it these past couple weeks.
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Bob, Just rooted....your instructions are perfect.

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Desperado, thanks. I'm posting the shortlink to this over and over on #unrevokedtest :-)
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Thanks for letting me know, several others pointed it out on #unrevokedtest also.

Wll edit now!
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And BTW, awesome write up! When I rooted I just kind of peiced together instructions from 4 or 5 different sites because some things no longer applied in one guide while another guide would be incomplete. Kind of a pain. Thankfully I understood what I was reading but I imagine most people don't and get VERY confused
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Desperado, thanks. I'm posting the shortlink to this over and over on #unrevokedtest :-)
They should just add this to the links in the header of the chat session. That would let them focus on real issues instead of helping with the known issues.
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This article was linked from the channel topic announcement by Joshua_ last night. He had some suggestions which I took and edited. So you'll see it (via a bit.ly shortened URL).
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Would someone be so gracious to upload the IRC version of reflash somewhere us w/o IRC clients can download from? Thx.
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Awesome directions. Very easy and very quick!
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Yes, that's one of the most prevalent ones. The problem: The Android SDK has drivers, but they don't have the interfaces needed for the HTC phones. Enter HTC Sync, which has the same drivers but with the additional interfaces in their .INF files for Incredible and Supersonic (aka Evo). So you have people telling you to install HTC Sync to get those drivers, then uninstall HTC Sync (leaving the drivers) so it doesn't get in the way of the rooting process by binding to the phone when it's plugged into USB.
Rereading your other post, I got confused again - it says:
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You do not have to remove HTC Sync if you have it installed. These drivers will replace the ones that came from HTC Sync and be usable for that as well as rooting. The trick is getting these drivers to replace the ones you have from the Android SDK or HTC Sync or ??? (or simply installing them if you have no drivers yet). The idea is to plug your phone into USB while it's in HBOOT mode, forcing Windows to look for Bootloader drivers. Only the ones here provide that.

Anyway, here's how:
Uninstall HTC Sync,
Which is it?
Also - here's a dumb question - I'm not familiar with IRC, but followed a link elsewhere to sign up for the correct channel. Didn't really understand what I was looking at , but there was a link at the top for the reflash.exe file, which I downloaded. It's a 23 MB file. Is there any way to check whether it is the correct version? On my desktop the version number reads 1.2.0.715 when I look at file properties. This looks very strange.
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The second. The first appears to be one of my hastily typed IRC messages :-)

The Reflash.exe (Windows Reflash) from that link is definitely the correct one (well it leads to a page that has the real ones for all OS). The IRC channel is operated by the unrEVOked team.
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Thanks Bob for your guide. It made things incredibly simple. I was rooted within minutes.
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I'm trying to find one source on how-to correctly flash my EVO with CM6 after gaining root using unrevoked. Any suggestions out there?
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Ok, been trying to do this for a while tonight. I install the "USB drivers" as listed, and when it finished, my phone shows in device manager as "Android Bootloader Interface".

So I follow the next steps, fine. Then when I plug my phone back into the computer with "charge only" selected as stated, I check back into Device manager and instead of "Android Bootloader Interface" it shows under "Android USB Devices" it says "My HTC" and won't let me update the driver again.

l tried running the "reflash.exe" anyway and I get the error "Not a 7-zip archive" and will not run.

What am I doing wrong?

EDIT: I had a bad download, second one worked fine, Thanks!
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Excellent job with the guide. It took about 10 minutes for the whole process to happen, but now I'm rooted and it was easier than I thought it would ever be. The hardest thing was getting Windows 7 to not install the wrong drivers when I plugged in the phone. After a second go, it was easy breezy! Thanks!
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OSX doesn't give you the option to format in FAT32 so that's best done elsewhere if you need to format your sdcard.
Actually, you CAN format in FAT32 on a Mac using Disk Utility. Just select the MS-DOS (FAT) option when erasing it.
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I have an htc desire with 2.1 on it, unrooted of course. Can I use this?
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Actually, you CAN format in FAT32 on a Mac using Disk Utility. Just select the MS-DOS (FAT) option when erasing it.
Ok. I've tried that before then checked it on a windoze box and it said it was Fat16.
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The second. The first appears to be one of my hastily typed IRC messages :-)

The Reflash.exe (Windows Reflash) from that link is definitely the correct one (well it leads to a page that has the real ones for all OS). The IRC channel is operated by the unrEVOked team.
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By the way, would you recommend a factory reset first? I haven't had any significant problems (at least, none that a factory reset is known to fix) after doing the OTA update on my DInc.
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I have an htc desire with 2.1 on it, unrooted of course. Can I use this?
Yep! This link will take you straight to the page for the desire:
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Thanks and thanks again Bob

That is an extremely well-written and documented procedure.

I just got my Incredible on Wednesday, and now I believe Root-Day will be very soon in the future.

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I did it yesterday and I'm now having fun getting rid of bloatware.
My phone now feels better to me because I don't see a lot of things that I wouldn't use.
Great procedure.
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Best guide ever thank you! Just rooted took about 5 min including backup!
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Thank you sir!!! I see they've released 3.21, so I'm going to edit the post and cross-post.
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Awesome walk through. Actual rooting of the phone was easier than reading on how to properly setup for root, and having the drivers configures correctly. Adios bloatware...
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OK the article has been edited to include the link to the Reflash package, and removal of the pre-release status and IRC info.
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Ok, been trying to do this for a while tonight. I install the "USB drivers" as listed, and when it finished, my phone shows in device manager as "Android Bootloader Interface".

So I follow the next steps, fine. Then when I plug my phone back into the computer with "charge only" selected as stated, I check back into Device manager and instead of "Android Bootloader Interface" it shows under "Android USB Devices" it says "My HTC" and won't let me update the driver again.

l tried running the "reflash.exe" anyway and I get the error "Not a 7-zip archive" and will not run.

What am I doing wrong?

EDIT: I had a bad download, second one worked fine, Thanks!

I had the same problem last night, and it tooke me a few tries to figure it out, i had to uninstall all htc drivers first, then install the usb driver that are made for the hboot. I had the same issue with the device manager saying "Android Bootloader Interface' and then "Android USB Devices". After a few tries it came up as what it should say which is "Android Composite Adb Interface".
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Wow so much trouble for Windows users. At least this is one place the Mac's don't have to worry about. haha
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I installed all the Drivers and my device manager says Android phone, ADB. I downloaded the Unrevoked 3.21 and it gives me the reflash package.exe file. I open it up and it has a big pop up box that says Unrevoked3, Painless root and reflash, Plug phone in etc....

I plug my phone in and enable debugging mode and nothing happens. I have no HTC software on my PC, I have no verizon software on my PC.

What am I doing wrong here?
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Link posted in the sticky HERE

Thanks for sharing this info
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I installed all the Drivers and my device manager says Android phone, ADB. I downloaded the Unrevoked 3.21 and it gives me the reflash package.exe file. I open it up and it has a big pop up box that says Unrevoked3, Painless root and reflash, Plug phone in etc....

I plug my phone in and enable debugging mode and nothing happens. I have no HTC software on my PC, I have no verizon software on my PC.

What am I doing wrong here?
Anyone?
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