Desire S

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

Procedure to update HTC Desire S with Gingerbread 2.3.5:

  • First up you will have to download the Gingerbread 2.3.5 update Zip File in your computer and after that you will have to connect the phone with the computer using the USB cable which you have got at the time of purchasing the phone.
  • Now, as soon as you connect the phone you will have to copy this Zip file into your phone and then you will have to ensure that the file is not placed deep into any folders or else the zip file won’t be detected in the phone.
  • Now, disconnect the phone from the computer which is connected using the USB cable and then simply turn off the phone so that then you can enter the phone into the recovery mode.
  • The recovery mode can be entered by pressing the Volume Down Key and simultaneously you need to press the Power button after which you will see the recovery screen in your phone.
  • In the recovery screen, you will need to choose the option of “install from sdcard/zip file” and then choose the file which you have copied into your phone which is named as “”.
  • So, as soon as you select the file, the firmware will be updated successfully. Please note that in the due course of the update ensure that you are not interrupting the process of firmware update, if you interrupt the same then there is a possibility that you may have to apply the update once again.
  • So as soon as the firmware is updated successfully, the device will be rebooting and after that to just check whether the firmware has been updated successfully or not you will have to go to the path of Settings > About Phone to check with the same where you will see that the firmware version is Gingerbread 2.3.5.

Do let us know in the comments section just in case if you face any issues as we will try our level best to answer all of those at the earliest. Just in case if you are unable to access the Internet which is by 3G / GPRS, then you will have to again configure the APN Settings in your phone so as to access the Internet.

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  1. 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. 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. 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. 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.

    • Pradeep Neela

      December 29, 2011 at 1:29 am

      install again, have you unlocked the bootloader!

  5. 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. 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

    • NeaL Pradeep

      November 15, 2011 at 8:49 pm

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

  7. rudhall2104

    November 12, 2011 at 7:08 pm

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

    • NeaL Pradeep

      November 14, 2011 at 8:53 pm

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

  8. 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. humble

    November 8, 2011 at 4:15 pm

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

  10. 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. 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.

    • NeaL Pradeep

      October 30, 2011 at 11:39 pm

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

  12. 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.

    • NeaL Pradeep

      October 28, 2011 at 1:21 am

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

      • 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. jr

    October 27, 2011 at 1:22 pm

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

  14. raj

    October 27, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Will this update work on HTC Desire A8181?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      October 27, 2011 at 1:26 pm

      no raj it will not work for your device

      • Raj

        October 28, 2011 at 12:57 am

        Thanks Neal..

  15. 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!

    • NeaL Pradeep

      October 23, 2011 at 6:15 pm

      please install the HBoot drivers!

      • 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 🙁

  16. 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. Raymmc

    October 14, 2011 at 4:52 pm

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

  18. 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. 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. 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. 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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