Desire S

HTC Desire S – Steps to Install Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 Firmware

Desire S HTC LogoWanna power your HTC Desire s with the latest Ice Cream Sandwich? Then here it is, in the due course of this article we will check out on how you can install this latest ICS in your device. This comes as a huge relief for all the users of HTC Desire S who always wanted to taste this latest firmware version. Please note that this is the alpha version and not the final version which is released by HTC. There is still no news on by when the official update of ICS will be arriving for this phone. The only thing you need to make sure is that your Desire S needs to be a rooted one and also the boot loader should be unlocked.

As said that this article, this is the beta version of the firmware and not the final version, so there are things which work and there are some things which doesn’t as mentioned below.

Things which are Working:
Video Playback
HW Acceleration (Hack(
Keyboard (SW and HW)
Capacitive Buttons
SD Card
Market (see second post)
Text Messages

Things which are Not Working:

USB Mount (Just mount in recovery)
Full/Real HW Acceleration

Disclaimer: Please note that we should not be held liable or responsible in any manner in whole or in parts if anything wrong happens to your device which is the most unlikely if you follow the instructions as prescribed in the due course of this article.


Quick Pre Requisites:

  • Before proceeding you need to ensure that you have rooted the device and boot loader is unlocked. Note that this firmware should only be applied on the phones which are unlocked or else it will mess up the phone.
  • Backup all the data which is there in your phone memory so as to ensure that just in case if the data gets lost or corrupted

SMS – Use “SMS Backup & Restore app”,
Contacts – Sync with the Gmail application,
Notes – Manually save the notes in your mail as these will be lost in the process of firmware update
Call Log – Call Log and Restore
Images, Songs, Videos, Files – Copy to internal / External SD Card,
APN and MMS Settings – Note down from the path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names

  • Charge your phone as it should at least have 50% of battery charge left so as to ensure that the phone doesn’t get turned Off in the process of firmware update. Also, just in case if you have installed any custom Firmwares then you need to clear the cache as well as disable the lag fixes if installed any in your device from the recovery mode.

Now, lets proceed to the next page where we will see on how you can easily update your phone with the new ICS Android 4.0 update.

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  1. Don Grimsell

    April 19, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Is there any news as to the (proposed) upgrade of HTC Desire S phones to ICS

    • national

      April 13, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      will my phone get spoilled when i miss up

  2. Andrew

    January 3, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    cheers. i’ll keep checking for updates.

  3. Andrew

    December 31, 2011 at 9:58 am

    is there any way to update the phone to this software without losing the camera?
    or is there an update on its way?

    • Pradeep Neela

      December 31, 2011 at 10:58 am

      as of now its in the beta stage, so the camera woes will be there for some days!

      • Andrew

        January 3, 2012 at 4:34 pm

        cheers. i’ll keep checking for updates

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