HTC HD2 – Steps to Install Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS

HTC HD2 AndroidWhat if i say that you can install Android 2.3 Gingerbread on your HTC HD2 in simpler and in a shorter manner as many of us might agree with me that HTC HD2 has got a lame operating system that is Windows Mobile 6.0 version as the best part of this is due to the hardware of HTC HD2 you can install almost every android version ranging from Froyo to Gingerbread on your device. So, let’s proceed and check out how you can install the latest Gingerbread 2.3 version on HTC HD2. Thought the build is not a final one or 100% optimized one but is an AOSP build.

Procedure to install Gingerbread 2.3 on HTC HD2:

  • First of all you need to download the AOSP build file MDJ Android 2.3 Gingerbread AOSP Build for your HTC HD2 device and need to save the same on your desktop.
  • Now, you need to copy the Android folder into the root of your SD card. You need to copy the data.img file into the Android folder.
  • Now, you need to run the exe file with the name CLRXAD.exe on your HTC HD2 with the help of file explorer.
  • After running the exe file you will need to run the HARET.exe on your HTC HD2 device.

So within 10-15 minutes your HTC HD2 will boot up and there you go you can see that your device is now working on the Android’s Gingerbread operating system and not on lame Windows operating system 6.0. So, in just four simple steps to be precise you can easily install Gingerbread on your HTC HD2.



    i cant download the link. it directs me to another link. what should I do??… it keeps directing me to illivid…. please help

  2. it work very fine thak you, when you release ice cream sandwich for the same

  3. After running the HARET bit, im getting a black screen and its not going away?

  4. Munish Jindal931

    nd how to restore windows back if one faces problems with android or any other issue

  5. Where can one get the rom from as this one is removed?

  6. i want to android htc hd2 leo phon now running but,android file not avalable files

  7. I canot find the file can upload another one

  8. i have hd2 and i want to install android on it, but the link provided in this thread is not working any more …please guide that where can i find the build to download

  9. Im having the problem with my keys flashing anyone know how to turn this off yet ?

  10. Kassandra Easterlin

    Insane fast. The responsiveness of this phone is like nothing I’ve seen before – there is no noticeable delay in using any of the UI menus or features.

  11. Hi, I am trying to download Android on my HTC HD2 but when I click on the link that is provided, it says it’s not available? Please help?

  12. i like it

  13. amigo, le ruego que me ayude, tengo un htc hd2, con windows mobil 6.5 y quiero ponerle android 2.3.3. Le ruego escribame a mi email, los pasos o los videos, para hacer bien el cambio de sistema.

    Gracias y Saludos desde Ecuador.

    gino, el desesperado.

  14. Hi , the downloadlink is not working. how can I get “MDJ Android 2.3 Gingerbread AOSP Build”?

  15. Yo man I turned my HTC hd2 into android 2.2 already, how would i get it up to an android 2.3?

  16. Hey, I can’t get the web where you’re download up is it my pc or my brower?

  17. is it still working now?plz reply asap as i want to turn my hd2 to android to..

  18. Oh thanks buddy em gonna try it, wish me luck..

  19. how do u get CRLXAD.exe i got CRLCAD,
    what happened

  20. install gmaps from android market and u will find the navigation icon i have installed using 1 gb image file works perfect thanks

  21. hello guys i have installed it on my htc every thing is perfect and working but i had a small issue lights on the keys are continuously blinking can any one help me to fix that and many thanks for this its really cool

  22. can u post the direct download link to that file i am unable to locate it


  23. Hi,
    I have followed the below steps

    – On computer, download and unzip indicated file – “MDJ Android 2.3 Gingerbread AOSP Build”
    – Connect Phone to Computer via USB, copy Android folder to root of SD-Card of Phone. I am not sure what does \root\ signify?
    – Copy one of data.img files (1024=T-Mobile_USA, 512=European) into phone’s Android folder. I copied 512 .img file as I have a phone I bought in India , unlocked
    – Detach USB connection (no longer needed) and when I see to run the files on my phone I don’t see ANDROID folder which I copied
    – I reconnect the phone to my PC and I see that the Android folder isn’t there.

    Please help me

  24. Hi Pradeep,

    Do I need to root my hd2 with the latest verison or any works fine as I last rooted it about 1-2 years ago.

  25. how to make usb working? i atach my phone to usb but it only charging…

    “Neal Pradeep Reply:
    July 11th, 2011 at 9:42 am

    without sd card is it recognizing!” – what did he meant?Without SD car it wont work..because android is on sd car..someone pls reply..

  26. hi.why in that android folder is CLRCAD no clrxad ?? it not f** working!

  27. I followed you instruction but gingerbread is not working. 2.2.1 is runing

  28. Hi, my HD2 already had froyo2.2 when I got it. I would like to know I can now get gingerbread 2.3 on it . please help.

  29. I installed my HD2 with Froyo is work well, but when I try to load Gingerbread is never success. in boot process the system always switch to boot on Windows. any help?

  30. hello men this is nice working perfect and needs just 5 min to put in on my htc and let it work but now i use it and my buttons are flashing al the time ?? help me with this plzz

  31. It’s totally impossible for me to copy the .img file to android file, which it says I have to do? winrar tells me it only copies rar or zip files, this is f’ed up sorry need a better more point to point explanation. thx

  32. been waiting for 30mins stuck on the black screen

  33. Well, looks like I spoke too soon. Everything seems to work except that I can’t seem to download any apps from the market place. Ho hum….

  34. my htc hd2 is bricked and i need to put anos but computer will not show that its conected plkease help

  35. i dont have CLRXAD file but i have CLRCAD what should i do can someone please if this is ok and that I can go ahead and start up

  36. i’m not sure if this thread is OUT of DATE but in downloaded package
    is not file with name CLRXAD.exe, in package is only CLRCAD.exe

  37. Tried a couple of times. Waited for more than half an hour. The screen is stuck with the message “Jumping to kernal (custom)”

  38. Hi i already done as ur instructed to install android ginger bread on my htc hd2. after copy down the file to my sd card, and root the phone, i cant activate the crlcad.exe file, and its not as stated above clrxad.exe. how do i do that. thanks.

  39. I have followed all the steps stated on this website and done this many many times over and over again, but still no luck, when I run clrcad and then run haret it shows a green HTC sign and then restarts my phone. How do I fix this problem. I have already updated the latest rom of the hd2. Please help…

  40. hi .. can i install this gingerbread android on my HTC TOUCH HD? will my phone corrupt installing this gingerbread? can i roll back to windows mobile by resetting my phone if i dont like running on android? thanks in advance!!

  41. Hello, I was able to successfully download the Gingerbread OS and after some tweaking my HD2 does run Android. I can only connect to the Internet via WiFi….not thru my regular Internet configuration settings. I noticed you told someone above to configure their APN settings. What should it be? I am with T-Mobile and I do have a data plan attached to my bill. Thanks

  42. I have a question, can i boot this from SD if i have HD2 Android NAND(I dont have win 6.5) I want to have this build because i plan to use it for Fpse and other games since i can overclock it to 1.6ghz

    • yes you can do so easily, there will not be any issues!

      • It looks like your the man on this page. I have been looking into this for a very long time and really want to get the android software on my HD7. I have the HD7 as well but its a piece of junk as well. I want something that is going to function correctly cause I cant stand a phone that doesnt work correctly. is there any way you can help me with the step by step. More then anything i need help getting the file.

  43. Please help on Video Camcorder…It’s not working… Help.

  44. How do I remove the android system on my HTC HD2??

  45. Hi guys
    any body help me. when i going for install CLRCAD & HARET.exe its shows (the file HART cannot be opened either it is not signed with q trusted certificate or one of its components cannot be found if the problem persists try reinstalling or restoring this file).
    what can i do now?
    please guide me

  46. Hello,

    Well, I’m a bit disappointed. I managed to run GB2.3.5. I ran out of battery and from this point I’m not able to boot anymore an Android rom on my HD2. Any solution is welcomed…

    Thanks in advance,



  47. Hi, Does your phone have to be rooted in order for this to work?

  48. Hey. I am currently running Android 2.2 on my HTC HD2. I know exactly how to install Gingerbread and have already done so a few times. I keep putting 2.2 back on it because all my contacts and apps are on 2.2. Does anyone know what file/folder would be in the 2.2 boot files that I might be able to transfer in with the 2.3 files to get contacts and apps moved over or if it’s even possible? Thanks!

  49. Hi i am running the 2.3 on my HTC HD2 on t mobile everything works but when i go to plug in my phone to put music or transfer pics nun happens is there any fix for this problem or no?

  50. How can I going back to Windows 6.5 if I’m not liking this? Can I am backing up Windows 6.5 in case I’m wanting to go back?

  51. hello.. just wanted to let u guys to know that it work fine…. i used the 512 img. file…..except for

    1. camera is blured
    2. my 5 buttons at the buttom of the phone keeps flashing all the time no matter what i do.

    but thank you for doing such a good job.. when there is a solution for these 2 liltte bugs it will be a perfect “hack”



  52. -reposting this comment to ensure this works….. just follow exact instructions and read carefully cuz it worked on my first time
    when done it should take you to the android setup app

    Shola says:
    March 13, 2011 at 12:15 am
    * Works like a charm. Thanks guys. Here’s how I followed the instructions;

    – On computer, download and unzip indicated file – “MDJ Android 2.3 Gingerbread AOSP Build”
    – Connect Phone to Computer via USB, copy Android folder to root of SD-Card of Phone
    – Copy one of data.img files (1024=T-Mobile_USA, 512=European) into phone’s Android folder
    – Detach USB connection (no longer needed)
    – On Phone, use File Explorer to go to Android folder, run (click) CLRXAD.exe
    – On Phone, same folder, run HARET.exe
    – Done. Watch Android Gingerbread boot up

  53. hi,


    I could find the root folder on my sd card please help

  54. Hi i have tried to install ginger bread on my phone but its stuck on black screen and also i dont have CLRXAD file but instead i have CLRCAD what should i do can someone plesase guide me as i have folloowed all the steps correctly
    Thanks in Advance

  55. Why does the browser keep force closing after installing gingerbread??

  56. why is the home screen key on my hd2 always blinking after I install android gingerbread

  57. Folks – I need some help. I have followed all posts here. I have extracted all three data files . I have extracted all three but I can’t find data.img file. I have also downloaded from different sites..but still have same problem. I am HTC HD2 (European version). Can you please let me know where I can get data .img file for this. THANKS.

  58. If i install gingerbread on my hd2 and decide im not happy with it how can i go back to the windows os? My phone is unlocked to any network so should the majority of android apps work when running gingerbread?

  59. hi. tnx for your help .
    i did it and it works now i am using android but i can not sign in to my google. can you help?

  60. Thank u very much!
    It work fine, but I have problem with CamCorder (Record video) option. Please help me about this.

  61. help please,i successfully insalled it and with dual boot and eveythin but wi fi isnt working for me in android..any help?

  62. Hi Neal
    I got it and it’s works ver well except camera ..I mean when your record video it’s always freeze ..only can take pictures..any idea?

  63. I can see Android 2.3.1 runing in my HD2
    But internet 3G is not working.
    Anybody can help me in this?
    Thank you!

  64. hi,

    i have downloaded the MDJ Android 2.3 Gingerbread AOSP Build onto my desktop but my computer doesn’t seems to recognize the extension. .7z kindly advice.

  65. I followed your tutorial and managed to install Android 2.3.1 without any problem. Thanks!
    Do you know a place where I can find 2.3.4 to install like this?

  66. Morteza Rezvani

    It was excellent.

  67. I dont get CLRXAD I only have CLRCAD where to find it

  68. @Neal Pradeep i install the gingerbread on my htc hd2 T8585. It works well. However the 4 button below start to flash non-stop after some time even when the screen is off. Any ideas?

  69. I start up the program and as its beginning to write “quietly brilliant” on the start up screen it stops and resets, doing the same thing over and over again. any solution to this problem?

  70. That is ok but still to discover
    I ve got aN HTC T-MOBILE Leo with MW 6.5 I want to change it to Android i tried many tutorials but in vain
    this one has done the first steps but still to discover

  71. where is the data img file

  72. Works cool on my HD2….so happy

  73. i bought my mobile in singapore, so which *.img shall i use, b-coz i saw differennt location need a different *.img file. plz help me to use ANDROID IN MY MOBILE TOO

  74. I installed this Android and i use data.img 256. I can not see my contacts, other stuff work. I also try do start navigation IGO Primo, but no succeess.
    How to make contacts visible?

  75. Got tired of Tmobile and windows OS, even tmobile help told me to get android. this is my first time and i am following directions, BUT, there is no CLRXAD.exe anywhere, there is instead CLRCAD.EXE…so whats the difference? Is there something else that needs to be done? TIA…really want this done.

  76. hi guys,can anyone help me pls?i did everything right and everything works,but there’s a problem.After i lock the phone and wait for,say 5 or 10 minutes,it won’t get back to life.:( i get just a black screen,it compeletely blocks and i have to use the reset button on the back.HELP!

  77. Aight i did everything and now its stuck on th HTC in green letters do i just wait or did i do something wrong HELP

  78. … and remember.. unblock free your phone in advance by calling your phone company provider who will provide you with the unblock code.


    After spent lot of time looking for good advice how to install Android on my HTC HD2 Tmobile Usa, happily I found this excellent site. I read several times the instructions and the comments and experience from other users in order to avoid any problem and frustration in case of no success. I am extremelly satisfied now with Android. I was scared when a file .7z was copied but I found how to unzipped and finally …very important…Install the application to keep DUAL applications WP6.5 and Android, because after restarting the phone , it always got WP instead of Android. Now my phone have the two systems.
    Do not give up. Read this thread and learn from other’s experience. Thanks everybody !!!

  80. It looks like alot of people aren’t having a success, including myself, I got a few lines at the top and a black screen for more than 30mins many times still not working I’m pretty sure I followed every step exactly, but there must be something different between my phone and sucessful ones?

  81. How on the HTCHD2 can I reverse and go back to windows?

  82. everything works perfect , but when i try to call the phone goes off

    please help

  83. I ahve downloaded the file to my computer. If i open the zip folder i get an android folder and then 3 .img folders. Do i copy all 3 to the android folder then copy the android folder to the root on my hd2? Then run the two things inside the android folder from my cell? Also will this lock my phone if it is unlocked? I have never rooted before so please help!

  84. No problems to install ;) but there`s still one problem if i don’t talk about all the lags … but why does the battery work for 3 days if windows is active an if i avtivate android the phone turns off after 6 hours :/

  85. Following are details.of my device. Radio
    Rom 143.405 Flash size 512 mb.Have done as specified but my device stops booting after 5 lines and then dark screen. My device is htc hd2 leo. Does Gingerbread work on this if not which android os should I use .Thanks

  86. I’m still confused which .img file to use?
    I’m on O2 in the UK.



  87. @Todd GenY DualBoot is another alternative you can use.

    • No offense meant; but I have the same issue of starting in windows. I went through the file explorer and ran the two exe’s in order to get back to android. But after reading these threads I may try dual boot setup. I went to the link above and the author is fairly clear right at the top about it not working on an htc hd2. Something about no snapdragon yet. This is just an FYI, not a flame. I’m a noob.

  88. Can you put whatever apk files you want in the “AndroidApps” folder?

  89. Here is a link to a simple program that will let you dual boot into either Windows or Android upon startup without having to go through file explorer.

  90. hi htc hd7 can run Android 2.3 ?if can u tell about the step to do it? thank

  91. it was working fine utill i reboot my cell….after rebooting it booted on windows again :/ what to do?

  92. how do I turn off the green notification light.

  93. Dear Pradeep,

    Even after reading all the comments and replies, I’m still confused as to which img file need be copied and whereto?

    1. Copy all the folders (containing data.img) to Android folder?
    2. Copy all the folders (containing data.img to root?
    3. Copy selected file to root?
    4. Copy selected file to Android folder?

    If 3 or 4, which file? I bought the phone from India.

    Thanks in advance.

  94. will my contacts be erased wen I install android 2.3 on my htc hd2… PLISS LET ME KNOW BEFORE I DO ANYTHING THANKS :-D

  95. disadvantages of android 2.3 in hd2 :
    video recording not working,
    gps is not working
    battery will charge long time (3 hours)
    barrery backup is very low, when compared to 6.5
    internet data connection is turn off frequently because incoming call, incoming sms , outgoing cal
    internet data connection is donot turn on automatic
    camera photo is bad
    when andriod is running, at the same time card is removed, os is damaged
    when watching movie or torrent download, button lights turn on and turn off, it creat distrubance

    • Dear Ashok V,

      u r clearly mis-informed, i run Ultimate Droid 3.3 (2.3.3) build off nand on my hd2…
      Video recording works (800×480)!!
      720P video playback!!
      GPS works !!
      Battery charges in less than 2 hrs and last for @least 30hrs (moderate usage)..
      Internet connection/ Suto sync connects & remains on regardless of calls, sms or mms…
      Camera (5MP) works!!
      Android is running off NAND and so i can unmount my sd card & re-mount whenever…

      Get ur facts straight before criticizing…Ignorance is no excuse.

      • Well Voncrane, this comment thread isn’t about the Untimate Droid, it’s about this version of Gingerbread and everything he listed is valid. It doesn’t work. So unless you are running the ROM that this thread is about, then you shouldn’t call people ignorant. Sounds like you are the ignorant one who just came into a thread that you didn’t know about.

      • Hi Voncrane, where did you download the files for ultimate Droid 2.3.3?

  96. copy and past the data file only into the android folder.

  97. All I get is the black screen — I’ve waited 20minutes, 40minutes and now, 45minutes before shutting off the phone (taking the battery out ’cause it won’t shut off normally), formatting the sd card, copying the files on it again and going through the steps one more time.

    Any idea why it’s not working? Should I let the phone try to boot up all by itself even if it means waiting a couple of hours?

  98. my phone allways go to windows…

    What im doig wrong?!

    where is the root?

    thank you

  99. Hello, i have done all the steps and still its goes back to windows again, and i dont have CLXAD i have CLRCAD, i tried to put all the data files in the android map and it doesnt work, i tried to only use the data 1024 but it didnt work either.. do i have to clean the SD card before i put the android map there?

    PLease help.. MVH Zahra

  100. after i do everything it reboots and goes back to windows. what’s going on? thanks

  101. Which data.img file must I choose beause there are 3 data.img file (256, 512,1024)?

  102. hi im harsha
    i have tried this. it works super though it crashes some times.
    i do not have the navigation icon / program anywhere in it…

    how to add this program, the one with an arrow usually found in android

  103. i cant download the file when u go to that link there is more than one file which one do i download please help :()(((

  104. y is it telling me to unzip some files. including the data.img file (which won’t unzip)

    • Hi Silvia,

      You should try to download the files again and unzip it. Please click the below link to download the files for Gingerbread 2.3 Android.

      If you still facing the same problem, then I think you dont have the unzip application in your system.


  105. Michael Mogensen

    Hi all ..

    It works super with my HD2 …. only thing is that the multi-touch-function doesn’t work. Not at big deal, but I’d like it to work :)

  106. is this only for T-mobile? how about singapore version of HTC HD2, i think it name as “LEO”?

  107. I dont get CLRXAD I only have CLRCAD wat am i doin wrong

  108. Haven’t done this yet, but had a few questions:

    When I turn off my HTC will it revert back to Windows?
    If so, will my apps and contacts saved in the Android OS be delete?

    Thanks in advance

    • that depends on the coding actually, if it has that capability to use the apps simultaneously then it can be used but generally you cannot use.

  109. nice post, you are really helping people who are using androids, this particular installation guide helped me, thanks

  110. To everyone who is having issues where it sits at the black screen, I had this, I fixed it by updating the window ROM from the HTC site. When windows was updated to newest version for my network I tried again and it worked!

  111. Does it work if the phone is operator locked? Do I have to unlock it first?

    • @Ric no! it doesn’t you will have to unlock your phone first and then yo can update it.

  112. so i did everything rite but one i try too boot it up it goes to the htc screen with green letter then goes to a black screen then reboots into windows 6.5 again…btw i had another android program download on my phoen but i took that off too download this new improved one. what am i doing wrong? and do i have too copy just teh android folder into my phoen or all 4 folders into my phone?

  113. i have it goes to windows mobile 6.5

    i have NRG ROM installed on it.

  114. every thing working with 512 mb image except vedio recording any body have idea to solve this.please email to me .thanks

  115. hi ,

    so if i reboot from android i will go back to windows mode????

    am i missing some step here???

  116. so which file do we copy into the android folder?HELP PLZ!!

  117. Does this work? will it mess up my phone?

  118. Does this work,

    How do you sync ur mail,agenda and contact with microsoft exchange server

  119. * Works like a charm. Thanks guys. Here’s how I followed the instructions;

    – On computer, download and unzip indicated file – “MDJ Android 2.3 Gingerbread AOSP Build”
    – Connect Phone to Computer via USB, copy Android folder to root of SD-Card of Phone
    – Copy one of data.img files (1024=T-Mobile_USA, 512=European) into phone’s Android folder
    – Detach USB connection (no longer needed)
    – On Phone, use File Explorer to go to Android folder, run (click) CLRXAD.exe
    – On Phone, same folder, run HARET.exe
    – Done. Watch Android Gingerbread boot up

  120. I’ve copied the files to the SD used, clrad and the haret, then the HD2 screen goes black, with a message is the top left… Jumping to kernel… i’ve waited for 40 min but nothing happend..
    and my phone is not operator locked..
    help please…


  122. I’ve copied the files to the SD used, clrad and the haret, then the HD2 screen goes black, with a message is the top left… Jumping to kernel… i’ve waited for 20 min but nothing happend..

    any suggestions?

  123. so everything works right

  124. so i need to copy three of the data folder? or just the .img file?

  125. So my question is, is my hd2 actually running android or is it a ROM? In anycase, i am planning on unlocking it to use on att, so should i do this before installing android or does it not make a difference?

    My phone shows black display with small text in left corner, ive waited for 20 minutes and nothing :(

    please, help

  127. @Lisa yes, copy all of them, it will be in the folder itself.

  128. @ MC may be the GPRS Speed is slow, try using 3G / WiFi

  129. @Hakkan copy the img file in the root of your device.

  130. @Matt,is ur phone is running now, i mean are you able to use all the apps in your phone?

  131. My phone now shows a black screen with a small amount of text in the top left corner informing me it is shutting down the hardware and jumping to Custom Kernel. Is this normal?

  132. works a charm. thanks

    • Did you have the CLRXAD.exe or the CLRCAD.exe? With the CLRCAD.exe, it does not work and there is no CLRXAD.exe that is in the Android file. Please help, TIA1

  133. Installation procedure is not detailed enough. There is 3 data files, how we should handle them not mentioned.

    I will say, put the data file (for T-Mobile USA 1024, for European 512) into Android root directory.

  134. I am also wondering if I need to copy all 3 of the data.img files over. They are located in 3 different folders.

  135. There are 3 different img files… do you need to copy all 3 in to the android file?

  136. gehans house password


  137. When I click on it it takes me to where it shows alot of downloads. Which download buttom do I click on? I know its suppose to be easy but im not a computer geek

  138. I am trying to download the Android 2.3 Gingerbread but now sure if im even doing it right. It takes me to where I download things other than Gingerbread. Can u pls help.

  139. as of now i can sense that you are on a slow network.. try the same on WiFi that might solve your issue.

  140. Why the Navigation app always shown Checking navigation availability on my Samaung Galaxy S phone?