HTC Desire – Steps to Install Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS

htc desire GingerbreadSeems like, everyone wants to have Gingerbread 2.3 version of Android operating system on their Android mobile phone. So from now we will see one by one how you can install the latest Gingerbread 2.3 version of Android operating system on your device. Officially, the Gingerbread 2.3 version of Android Operating system is currently only available for Google Nexus One, but soon it will be made official to all other devices too. But if you don’t want to wait till an official version comes out then we will guide you to install this version right on your device. Please note that your device has to be rooted and unlocked one.

So, before we proceed for the updation of Gingerbread, you will have to first back up your data as you may lose whole data of your device. Also, please note that follow each step carefully and don’t jump to next step without carefully reading and implementing the same. It is better to read once and then proceed for updating your device. Since this is a beta version, some of the minute functionalities may or may not run. So, be careful before updating your device. So, let’s proceed towards the installation of Gingerbread on your device.

Procedure to install Android 2.3 on your Htc desire:

  • Before we proceed to install this new firmware, you need to boot your device into the recovery mode, on your desire, first enter fast boot by pressing power & back buttons from boot up. Now, press power then with power to select & volume to go up/down, navigate to where it says RECOVERY. Please note that your device should be rooted and should be an unlocked device so as to proceed for further steps.
  • You can also make use of the ROM Manager with which you can install, backup and then can restore the ROM’s on your device.
  • Now, you need to go to Android Market Place to download the ROM manager application and also need to download and install the Clockwork Mod ROM manager and install the same.
  • Now, you need to download the Android 2.3 Gingerbread 2.3 ROM for your device on your computer.
  • Now, click on the ROM Manager and then select the Flash Clockwork mod Recovery option. It will install the recovery image and backup the current ROM on your HTC Desire.
  • Now, copy the downloaded ROM into your device and copy the same to your device by connecting your device to the computer where you have downloaded this file.
  • Now, copy the Android 2.3 Gingerbread ROM which you have downloaded for your HTC Desire and copy it to your SD card by connecting your device to your PC.
  • Now open the ROM Manager app again, and then you need to select the install ROM from SD Card option and select the Android 2.3 Gingerbread ROM which you copied and then click on install it. Make sure to select the Wipe Data and Cache options before you install it.
  • Now, ROM Manager will install the Android 2.3 Gingerbread on your HTC Desire within few minutes of time, don’t panic if your device flickers or restarts automatically.
  • If you face any problems in a rare case then with the help of ROM Manager on your htc Desire, just boot your rooted HTC Desire into recovery mode and then install the ROM via recovery directly.

So, in this way you have successfully installed the latest firmware Android Gingerbread 2.3 on your device. In case if you face any problems then do leave a comment and let us know, we will solve your problems. Also, after downloading the zip file ROM, if password is asked then you need to enter as the password.

  • Ahmed

    Would you please tell me to install the same on HTC Wildfire S?

    • Pradeep Neela

      HTC Desire is different from HTC Wildfire

  • Kay

    Hi, it stuck on the OXYGEN screen! Any help? Tnx!

    • Pradeep Neela

      try re inserting the battery and re apply!

  • naran

    how to remove my aneroid 4 so that i can use 2.3 gingerboard itself

  • john

    fried my phone

  • harihara singh

    recently i bought htc magic g2 through naaptol online. but there is no google market and Bluetooth not working. if i go to google play for android file, i am getting you do not have any devices message. how can i get google market in my mobile

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  • Katharyn Poreda

    Well, It is an excellent product, mainly it is due to the screen (relatively large), very very responsive, Android es very fast and good

  • Arakan

    hello! everyone, how are you? I tried to root my htc desire a 1818 (orange htc with htc sense on the back) to install our Burmese font. I took my htc phone’s battery out and put in back. and i pressed power button and volume down button at the same time to get recovery mode. i enter recovery, mount and storage and i happened to do format system and wide cache/ data as well. now when i reboot my device/ open my phone, it show just light and HTC on the screen. if anyone know how to fix it to get menu/ icons back on the phone screen, please advice me how to do it. Great thanks !!!!!

  • DesireUser

    it worked on my first try. it did not even took more than 5mins. and EVERYTHING is working!!! im really excited!!!!! thanks for the FAST, STABLE, BEAUTIFUL rom!!!!!!
    really appreciate it :)

  • AZ

    ha, it works ! i´m definitely not a geek, and made it work – or maybe i am somehow.
    Humm.. let´s see, some apps are more mature mainly on the look and feel side of story. all the memory i saved when installing gingerbread already consumed, and i´d put nothing but the ordinary in, battery lasts slighlty longer indeed, at least it don´t run out at 6 pm ! The mouse track lost a bit of sensibility :(
    still to find a way to fix this… keep pushing, this is getting better every day.

  • Michael Davenport

    mine just keeps loading to the green oxygen screen and stays there. i want to reverse the 2.3 install and go back to 2.2. how do i do so?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      yes you can directly migrate by following the corresponding instructions!

  • saint

    berikan cara instal htc hd2 dong..

  • Andrew Chow

    I try to up grade my HTC Desire to 2.3 and error come out error 152. Cannot boot and install any more.

    Pls advise Wat to do.


    • NeaL Pradeep


  • Michael

    Can someone help ASAP

    I have HTC desire, wanted to upgrade to 2.3 gingerbread, followed instructions all seemed to work but now my phone is just constantly rebooting itself.

    I’ve tried the advice I found elsewhere to solve the problm but nothing worked

    Can anyone help ????

    • NeaL Pradeep

      just try applying the update once again! is your phone a network locked phone?

  • Schackz

    I have updated my HTC desire to Gingerbread 2.3 without any issues so far and am posting step by step on how to upgrade, You can find it at

  • Ross

    Since upgrading to 2.3, which seemed to install fine, I have major bugs with text messaging. If I start to text, then delete a couple of characters, the phone jumps in a loop of delete mesages by selection. When I finally get out of this I can’t type anything until I press the menu button and then cancel it. Then I can finish the text, but after this to send the message the phone jumps up to the first message I ever sent to the person and I have to scroll through all of the old messages until I reach the bottom to press the send button. Has anyone had this problem? Also wifi keeps dropping out which used to be really solid. HTC Desire HD on Orange. Would really apprecate a fix for this as it’s really frustrating. Phone was brilliant before the upgrade.

    • NeaL Pradeep

      its not an issue of the ROM , you need to do the factory reset once!

  • kenny

    hello, anyone can help me??? i have HTC desire, after install android 2.3, my phone can’t access internet by using 3G. please reply me ASAP..

    • Neal Pradeep

      hey kenny, you will have to configure the APN Settings, kindly contact your service provider for the same!

  • Tim Ibbotson

    Worked perfectly. enough said…..

  • Sean Borg

    this also ruined my phone as it now will not boot up at all….just the white htc screen

  • Sean Borg

    wont boot up…remains a white screen with htc written on it

  • vicky o’meara

    I revived the update 2.3 for my phone it all works well, apart from piccasa web albums. It wing open and every so often I get a message telling me to force close piccasa even when I’m not using it.

    • Neal Pradeep

      @vicky just re install the application again!

  • nitesh

    i have an error during installation,
    the error is while attempting to run privileged command..
    what i do

    • nitesh

      plz………….. rpl

    • Neal Pradeep

      @nitesh wats ur current version?

  • paul

    Checking for phone system software updates manually
    From the Home screen, press MENU, and then tap Settings.
    Tap About phone > System software updates.
    Tap Check now.

  • Se7enth

    Followed complete instructions, now phone hangs on white htc boot screen.
    Hope it isn’t bricked.

    Can anyone help?

    • Se7enth

      Got the phone working again with restore of backup.
      I’ll wait for the official release…

  • Daeville1

    I upgraded successfully from 2.1 eclair to 2.3.3 Gingerbread from rom manager premium with just a simple download.. works like a charm…. Most of all I got got what I really wanted, the hotspot option and it save battery power forever…. HTC Desire CDMA

  • Arne

    Did work fine! But why the hell don’t you mention the fact that it is OXYGEN ROM anywhere. This is of no use if you really want to have the complete Gingerbread update. I guess I have to wait for the official one since it will be out in a few weeks for my Desire…

  • Juanjo

    I have exactly the same problem that “Nare Pesso”. And i don´t know how to come back to the last 2.2 froyo android version which worked perfectly… I think people will be try those flash before to upload to ingenuous people that I, used it….
    Have anyone reproduce and any solution about this issue?
    Best regards

  • webdesign egypt

    hi all,
    does anyone know for sure if htc official v2.3 update has been released ? i read some news that it’d be available by the April!

    • ace

      no gingerbread for desire

  • hell ya

    is this the official android 2.3 or it is edited with a developer if it is the official one why is the oxygen logo at the initiation of the phone??

    • Neal Pradeep

      its not the official version, its the custom made version, beta one!

  • Nare Pesso

    I followed the instructions above and all went well till it got stuck in a black screen with the word OXYGEN in sparkling green appeared. It is stuck in this screen and cannot be restarted by the power button. Removing the battery and restarting normally after 1-5 minutes brings the same black screen with green OXYGEN which occasionally blinks or goes off for 1/2 a second. Taking out the battery and rebooting with “volume – down and power button” will reboot into rooted mode and I can then do a recovery boot and install from the sd card or restore or install zip or rom, none of these attempts have ended in anything other than the black screen with the OXYGEN. Any ideas?

    • Neal Pradeep

      @Nare Pusso just retry the procedure you will get through!

    • Tarek ELmahdy

      Make sure to select the Wipe Data and Cache options before you install it.

  • A. S. Bhasker Raj

    I have HTC Wildfire Mobile.

    Is it possible to load Gingerboard 2.3 OS on this mobile?

    How to do it any help.

  • Steve

    Thanks Neal.

  • Luke

    Just need to update
    The latest package is rc7 (Today is 27/Jan/2011)
    download here:

  • Luke

    Works great for me!

  • Steve

    Is this OS for the CDMA or GSM?

    • Neal Pradeep


  • jacanterbury

    noob here & i’ve not upgraded a phone OS before so I must be missing something. Why do it this way (which isn’t that straightforward) when there seems to be a built in ‘system update’ facility?
    What are the (potential) problems with just letting the phone do the update itself?
    [I’m on 2.2 atm]
    many thanks

  • jbohaj

    Please write a step by step tutorial on how to install JDK, Eclipse, ADT plugin & Android gingerbread SDK 2.3 on Computer.

  • Rob

    Scrap that, it all working perfectly, just needed a restart then it all worked great

    • inzagster

      what phone did you install it on?

      • Neal Pradeep

        on HTC Desire!

  • Rob

    Been stuck on “Oxygen” screen for 10 minutes or so, any tips?

  • synack

    it (rc6) worked just nice… but got stuck with inability to download apps from market. Clearing market cache, etc didnt help… will be trying out rc7 and if not stable enough, will switch to leedroid 2.2

  • Rafael

    It doesn’t work with my HTC Desire!
    After select Android 2.3 ROM, the screen shows OXYGEN and don’t initialize!

  • web design in egypt

    has anyone tried that successfully ?

  • zztop

    also, it just performed a factory reset on my phone pretty much

  • zztop

    didnt work, aborted the install for some reason

  • neppah5

    I an Only interested in Gingerbread for the Droid Incredible, please.