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Rooting and Un-Rooting my Droid Incredible.

Android Root UserRooting my Droid Incredible was one of those geeky things I really wanted to do. I didn’t have a good reason, I just thought it’d be cool. So I did it; then I tried to un-do it.

Rooting my phone was really easy thanks to the unrevoked3 recovery reflash tool. All I had to do was plug my phone into my computer, start the app and it did the rest.

Then I had the wonderful world of root….. but didn’t know what to do with it.

I installed a wi-fi sharing app that didn’t work the one time I tried it. Even though I thought I wanted this feature, so I could share internet with my iPad, I realized if I want to go on the internet that using my phone was just fine. Plus 99% of the time my iPad is on my home network.

I also installed SetCPU which is supposed to save battery by slowing down the CPU when the phone is not in use. It’ll be interesting to see what happens now that it’s not installed. If the battery goes to fast, I may have to get it back.

Really, those were the main two apps I was using and I didn’t really see a big need to be rooted. So I tried to un-root. Turns out, that’s hard.

Un-rooting a phone is not very easy as the tool I used has no un-do option. I Googled some answers, talked to some friends, and came back with lots of ideas, but most I didn’t understand.

What I found out was this:

  1. The official Gingerbread update for my phone should un-root me automatically. I hope this is true because it’d be easy and I really want Gingerbread.
  2. I can reset my phone. Granted I lose all my apps & settings, but everything goes back to normal.

My main motivation behind un-rooting is Gingerbread. I want that update and was un-sure if my rooted phone would get it. I read somewhere that rooted phones don’t get official system updates. Not sure if that’s true or not.

Now I know I can flash custom roms and do a bunch of other nerdy stuff, but I don’t need that. I just want the latest version of Android, with all the HTC Sense gadgets and a phone that works well.

So now I’m waiting for the Gingerbread update to be sent to my phone from HTC and hopefully then I’ll be un-rooted. Even if I’m not, no big deal. As long as I get the update, I’ll be happy.

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