HTC Desire S – Steps to Install Official Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread Firmware

Desire Gingerbread LogoAs promised to you yesterday, we are here to have a look on how you can easily update your HTC Desire S Android phone with the latest version of Gingerbread 2.3.5. This article comes as a great respite for all those for all those who eagerly waited for this update of Gingerbread 2.3.5. Please note that since the Official update to arrive will take some amount of time to get pushed directly to your device but we are here with this firmware, so just in case if you would like to have this update then of course you can but when HTC Officially pushes this update then you won’t be able to as this is the same update.

To update your phone with this Gingerbread 2.3.5 release, you will have to root your HTC Desire S smart phone which too we will see on how you can do the same. Our only request to your guys is that kindly follow each and every single instruction which is mentioned in the article or else there is a high probability that you may end up bricking up the article for which again we should not be held responsible in any manner. We are here to assist you and to guide you but if you try to skip the instructions then we can’t help as your phone may have been bricked due to non following of instructions.

So, to keep things simple, we will first in this page will see on what are the new things which come across with this firmware update and then after that in the next page we will see what are the pre requisites along with the procedure to root the HTC Desire S Smartphone and then last but not the least we will see on what are the instructions to apply this update of Gingerbread 2.3.5 in your phone.

Disclaimer: We should not be held responsible in any manner if anything happens to your device as which is a very unlikely case if you follow each and every instruction which is mentioned below in this article. Also, these instructions should only be applied to the HTC Desire S only and if applied to any other similar looking or other devices then you will be bricking the device for which we should not be held responsible.

Enhancements in the Gingerbread 2.3.5 Release for HTC Desire S:

There are whole lot of changes which now comes bundled with this version of firmware which we will see in the due course of the article. But there are few things which we have listed below which are the enhancements in this new Gingerbread version.

  • Sense 3.0,
  • EXT4 File System,
  • Zip aligned de odexed ROM,
  • Zip aligned ROM,
  • Super user Root Permissions are added,
  • Apps include Latest Maps, Rom Manager, Es File Explorer & Titanium backup,
  • Multi language support
  • Faster EXT 4 Support
  1. Reply koen May 19, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Hi, any idea where i can find the Official Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread zip file for my desire S?


  2. Reply Nirmesh May 5, 2012 at 4:30 am

    hi, in my HTC desire S system update downloaded succesfully but when try to install mobile hang with symbol in middle of installation. please advice or guid me.

  3. Reply Kaan March 24, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    I have never seen a third class service poierdvr like HTC. They are the most worse set manufacturer I found. Don’t have any after sale service

  4. Reply eric December 28, 2011 at 11:30 am

    I’ve followed the instructions, everything works fine bar one thing. I can no longer switch off or choose to reboot when I press the sleep/on/off button. Please help.

    • Reply Pradeep Neela December 29, 2011 at 1:29 am

      install again, have you unlocked the bootloader!

  5. Reply aaquib November 22, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Thanks for the above. It really worked on HTC Desire S. Only issue is the market. I am unable to install any apps from the market. Please HELP!!

  6. Reply subin November 15, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    After going to recovery mode, i am getting exclamatory sign with one triangle in red color. from here it is not going further.

    here i need to remove the battery to come up from here

    could you please help on this

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep November 15, 2011 at 8:49 pm

      yes, you need to remove battery and then re enter to correct this issue!

  7. Reply rudhall2104 November 12, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    it won’t let me unzip the file, can you help me please

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep November 14, 2011 at 8:53 pm

      you need not unzip, directly place the file in your sd card!

  8. Reply Vijay November 8, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Hi PRadeep,

    I am not able to see the option to “install from sdcard/zip file” in recovery mode.
    Could you please help me, I am in india and not yet seen the official update from HTC.

    When I contacted HTC, they said that you will get when we deliver it, and also they have no clue when it will be ready in india.


  9. Reply humble November 8, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    hye..i do have the same problem now..can someone help us ? :)

  10. Reply DanTheMan October 31, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Hi, i have updated the phone but for some reason i can’t change the skin anymore, the skin picker crashes upon lanch. Anobody else have the same problem or a fix?

  11. Reply zay October 30, 2011 at 6:55 am

    i cant see the option where it says “install from sdcard/zip file” in recovery mode can u help me pls im stuck as same as above have mentioned.

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep October 30, 2011 at 11:39 pm

      follow the procedure again from the recovery mode, have you booted in HBOOT?

  12. Reply Drew October 27, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    I have tried to download the required files as stated in your post, but all the links appears to be dead.

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep October 28, 2011 at 1:21 am

      hi drew, there are some issues with the download servers, we are working on it!!!!

      • Reply Drew October 29, 2011 at 4:19 am

        Managed to download files last night and apply the custom ROM. Works a treat….thanks guys {:o)

        BTw – if anyone comes accross an issue downloading apps from Android Market after applying the ROM e.g. “there is insufficient storage space on your device” error message.

        Disable Fastboot via Settings >Power.
        Goto Clockworkmod via vol- and power button, after powering down your phone.
        goto recovery option
        goto advanced option
        clear cache and clear Dalvik Cache
        Reoot, then all should be fine again.

        • Drew October 29, 2011 at 4:20 am

          *Reboot even….my bad typing {:o)

  13. Reply jr October 27, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    there’s no clear storage on mine how do i get it?

  14. Reply raj October 27, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Will this update work on HTC Desire A8181?

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep October 27, 2011 at 1:26 pm

      no raj it will not work for your device

      • Reply Raj October 28, 2011 at 12:57 am

        Thanks Neal..

  15. Reply Tom October 23, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    I have the same problem, I go in to the “recovery mode” but mine says exactly the same as above.

    HBOOT – 0.98.0002
    RADIO –
    MAR 30 2011, 17:29:31


    —same as above—


    I really want to get this update!

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep October 23, 2011 at 6:15 pm

      please install the HBoot drivers!

      • Reply Tamer Shetwy November 1, 2011 at 1:43 am

        Kindly let me know where and how to install Hboot drivers, facing same , cant find any “install from sdcard/zip file”, just recovery an when I choose it it stuck with not allowed sign , then i have to release the battery :(

        • NeaL Pradeep November 2, 2011 at 10:32 am

          is your device rooteD?

  16. Reply Wil October 21, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Hi guys,

    I’ve tried this update step by step as it is written here, but I stucked right at the beginning of the proces, as my recovery mode screen is not the same, as the above screenshot – the mentioned option “clear storage” is missing. This is what my r. m. menu looks like.

    HBOOT – 0.98.0002
    RADIO –
    MAR 30 2011, 17:29:31


    —same as above—


    Can you please advise, what should I do in this case? Is it still possible to complete the update?
    It’s also not quite clear, where should I find the option “install from sdcard/zip file”. Could you please help me out so I can finish the process?

    Thanks a lot in advance!

  17. Reply Raymmc October 14, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    My phone is locked to Tmobile, can I apply this update?

  18. Reply Raymmc October 14, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Do I have to back up the phone, or will all the state survive the update?

  19. Reply Raymmc October 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Is this the HTC 2.3.5 update for Desire s that includes the changes with Sense 3.0 ?

  20. Reply some1 October 13, 2011 at 4:48 am

    Go in Settings/Power/ and turn off Fast Boot than try to enter in recovery mode…

  21. Reply Abhisek October 12, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    hii , my desire S does not go into the recovery mode at all. Kindly advice.
    I am new to rooting of phones please help.

    Phone purchased from INDIA.

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