So I decided today that it was finally time to root my HTC Incredible. And as I was told by several friends, it was pretty much a piece in the cake. Anyone wishing to do so, I recommend following this walk-through by Jonathan Eggers
The basic run-down:
Install the Android SDK - you really just need this for adb, the Android Debug Bridge. This provides you with an interactive shell, as well as the ability to push / pull files, and install
.apkpackages. If you download the
.zipinstead of the
.exe, you don't have to worry about installing the JDK.
Use clockworkmod to make a full NAND backup.
Install Titanium Backup to make/restore backups while booted into the UI. Also allows you to uninstall a bunch of the junk Verizon forces you into having (Skype mobile, VZ navigator, etc)
Install WiFi Tether.
I also installed a new boot splash-screen
because I was tired of the stock one. For 2.2, you need to rename the
bootanmiation.zip inside that zip file to
VZW_bootanimation.zip and send it
down. You can also replace the
VZW_Droid.mp3 with a sound of your choice.
Finally (for now!) I installed QuickSSHd by
TeslaCoil Software. It's pretty much just dropbear
with a nice UI, but it was everything I was looking for and only $1.75 in the
Market. If you already have shared keys set up for other SSH servers, you can
simply copy your public key to
~/.ssh/authorized_keys, just like OpenSSH (the
same format works).
Next up is to check out some of the top root apps on androidsu.com.
Looking forward to playing with some kernels and ROMs in the future, but for now I am quite happy!