Install Unofficial CyanogenMod 10.1 Custom Rom on HTC Desire HD

HTCDesireHD

HTC Desire HD is a two year old smart device which supposing not receive any official update from HTC. Do not be disappointed as third party developers like XDA is still updating the Desire HD to latest Android 4.2. We are going to show you the complete guide to flash the unofficial CyanogenMod 10.1 custom rom to your device. This rom is build based on Jelly Bean JOP40D firmware which is the latest Android 4.2.1. The latest release include bug fix for bluetooth, GPS, removed terminal emulator and etc.

Benefit of Rooting

By rooting your phone/tablet, you can actually perform better management of your phone. However, many are afraid of rooting since bricking of your devices will still occur if you are not follow the guide exactly. To swap away your fear of rooting, we will listed down the benefits of rooting your Android devices:

1. Full Control of Android With root access, you can alter any system files (developer level), delete annoying pre-installed stock apps (come with carrier perhaps), change Samsung boot animation (or others brand) and much more. As you can tells, you can actually alter with full access to your phone via root.

2. Backup and Restore Your Android Devices It is not a unique condition whereby your phone will getting slower and buggy after long period of usage. No matter how well you keep your phone (not installing any stuff which is not possible), it seem like the phone will still getting degraded in performance or error keep popping up. Backup the entire system to an SD card is a must so that you can restore back to the state where no errors are found. Rooting allows you to do so as with Backup App like Titanium Backup or Nandroid Backup.

3. Most Important – Install Custom Rom The ultimate goal of rooting your Android devices is to flash custom rom. Many has complaint of the bad of stock rom and one of the best solution is to flash highly-customized rom. With the installation of custom rom, you are expecting: better battery, butter-smooth performance, customization in term of UI and applications, apply most advance and latest software and apps on older devices, faster network speed, stable network connectivity, USB OTG (On-To-Go) and many more.

Disclaimer

It’s always risky to root your device and be warned that a failure may brick your device. In order to keep your device safe, please read carefully every single line of the tutorial and follows the steps exactly. We are not responsible for any damage to your device.

Compatibility

The tutorial and guide below is only compatible to HTC Desire HD model. It will not compatible to other devices. Check phone model - Goto Settings -> About Device -> Model Number.

Requirements

  1. Windows-based PC
  2. HTC Desire HD
  3. Download and install USB drivers on PC. Download HTC USB Driver for Windows
  4. Enable Developer Options on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. How To Enable Developer Options On Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (Optional – Only applicable for Android 4.2 and above)
  5. Enable USB Debugging on your device. How to Enable USB Debugging Mode on Android Device.
  6. Backup your personal data on phone to PC to ensure you keep a copy of your personal data (SMS, MMS, Contacts, Internet Settings, Photos and etc). How to Backup Personal Data On Android Device.
  7. Make sure your phone is charged to 50% to avoid interruption during flashing. How to Check Battery Level On Android Device.

Download

  1. Unofficial CyanogenMod 10.1 Custom Rom (cm_ace-ota-pipe-20130103.zip, 153.79MB) – Development Page
  2. Google Apps Package (gapps-jb-20121212-signed.zip, 90MB)

Instructions: (From Custom ROM)

  1. Make sure you have follow steps above and enable all the necessary features before start.
  2. Do a Nandroid backup in CWM/TWRP recovery in case you need for restoration. (Optional)
  3. Connect your device to the computer via micro USB cable.
  4. Copy and paste the downloaded cm_ace-ota-pipe-20130103.zip and gapps-jb-20121212-signed.zip files to your phone internal SD card.
  5. Turn off your phone and disconnect from USB cable.
  6. Press and hold the Power + Volume Down Button to enter CWM/TWRP Recovery.
  7. In Recovery menu, you are always recommended to perform a full Wipe Data/Factory Reset to avoid crashing and ROM compatibility issue. You may skip this step if you upgrade from your previous ROM version. For CWM recovery, use Volume key to navigate in Recovery Mode. For TWRP, use touchscreen to navigate in Recovery Mode
  8. Do Wipe Cache Partition – Select from the menu and select Yes to confirm.
  9. Go to advanced and do Wipe Dalvik Cache — Select from the menu and select Yes to confirm.
  10. From the main menu in Recovery, select the install zip from sdcard, then select choose zip from internal sdcard, browse to folder location and select the cm_ace-ota-pipe-20130103.zip and click Yes to install.
  11. Back to main menu in Recovery, select the install zip from sdcard, then select choose zip from internal sdcard, browse to folder location and select the gapps-jb-20121212-signed.zip file and click Yes to install.
  12. After the installation completes, go back to recovery’s main menu.
  13. Select reboot system now to reboot the phone.
  14. For first boot up, it normally takes longer time. Please wait patiently.

Instructions: (From Stock ROM)

  1. Root and install CWM/TWRP recovery. How to Root, Install ClockWorkMod Recovery on HTC Desire HD
  2. Download root checker from Google Play to check your root status.
  3. Press Power + Volume Up to enter recovery mode. Check whether CWM/TWRP recovery is successfully installed.
  4. Connect your device to the computer via USB cable.
  5. Copy and paste the downloaded cm_ace-ota-pipe-20130103.zip and gapps-jb-20121212-signed.zip files to your phone internal SD card.
  6. Turn off your phone and disconnect from USB cable.
  7. Press and hold the Power + Volume Down Button to enter CWM/TWRP Recovery.
  8. In Recovery menu, you are always recommended to perform a full Wipe Data/Factory Reset to avoid crashing and ROM compatibility issue. You may skip this step if you upgrade your previous ROM version. (Use Volume key to navigate in Recovery Mode)
  9. Do Wipe Cache Partition – Select from the menu and select Yes to confirm.
  10. Go to advanced and do Wipe Dalvik Cache — Select from the menu and select Yes to confirm.
  11. From the main menu in Recovery, select the install zip from sdcard, then select choose zip from internal sdcard, browse to folder location and select the cm_ace-ota-pipe-20130103.zip and click Yes to install.
  12. Back to main menu in Recovery, select the install zip from sdcard, then select choose zip from internal sdcard, browse to folder location and select the gapps-jb-20121212-signed.zip file and click Yes to install.
  13. After the installation completes, go back to recovery’s main menu.
  14. Select reboot system now to reboot the phone.
  15. For first boot up, it normally takes longer time. Please wait patiently.

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