I rooted my HTC Incredible a few months ago by following a tutorial. My phone downloaded an OTA update and is asking to update. I would like to update and remain rooted. How do I go about doing this?

I removed a few bloatware apps. I couldn't tell you which ones, though.

Android version: 2.2
Baseband version:
Kernel version:
Build number: 3.26.605.1 CL264707 release-keys
Software number: 3.26.605.1

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First of all, since you've modified the system, the OTA update could very well fail partway through -- most of those are distributed as patches against the existing binaries.

The easy way to update is to find a pre-rooted stock ROM, like this one. You may need to update your radio first though, information and download links are available here. I think the one you have was the official Froyo radio -- you'll need the Gingerbread radio for newer ROMs to work properly. is the official Gingerbread radio.

However, if you want to go the hard way, keeping root (or at least the ability to re-root easily) is easy provided your Incredible is NAND unlocked (aka S-OFF). Recent versions of Unrevoked do this automatically, but depending on where you downloaded from and when could affect that.

To check if you're S-OFF, reboot into the bootloader (aka HBOOT). To do that, power off the phone, then hold down the volume down button and power it up. Keep the Vol Dn button held until you get a screen like the following:

Droid Incredible HBoot w/ S-OFF

You can also see the notification that it has S-OFF at the top of the screen. That's what you want to see. If that's missing (or says S-ON), then you don't have S-OFF. If you're not, get the latest Unrevoked Forever.

Once that's done, you can flash whatever you want and still be able to reroot easily by simply flashing your recovery of choice (often ClockworkMod) from HBOOT and then reflashing a root/superuser package from recovery.


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