Desire HD

How to Update HTC Desire HD with Blackout ICS 4.0.4 Custom ROM Firmware

HTC Desire HD LogoHTC Desire HD users were feeling dejected as all thanks to the HTC for not bringing any firmware upgrades, but the time has changed and now full credits to the XDA developers for coming out with an all new custom ROM firmware which has roped in the latest ICS firmware which is dubbed as Blackout ICS. This firmware is based on the Incredible S and it requires you to fully wipe the device before applying this update. Also, be informed that this is not an Official firmware upgrade by HTC but a custom ROM firmware. Over a period of time we saw various custom ROMs for Desire HD which you can check the same in the corresponding link. This update comes with the latest Sense 3.6 and ICS 4.0.4 firmware build.

Before applying this update, you will have to make sure that the device is rooted, to check on whether the device is rooted or not, download “Root Checker” app from the Google PLAY Store to check the same. The best part of this custom ROM firmware is that as per the developer it’s 100% stable and doesn’t have any bugs, but if at all there are any then you can report the same in the comments section below. Over a period of this article we will be checking out on what are the changelogs of this firmware version, detailed pre requisites and then the detailed guide on how to apply this firmware update. Full credits to the XDA developer QD2DC for coming out with this release.


  • Rebase to Incredible S 4.10.405.1 (Android 4.0.4)
  • Camera fixed AND Recording 480p and 720P WITH audio
  • Camera – Removed Stereo Recording and Front Facing Cam/Mirror App
  • Blackout BeastMode Kernel V1.0
  • New OC Values
  • Re-Wrote Tweaks App
  • Few new tweaks add (more to be added ota style ;))
  • Exclusive Blackout Skin v1.0 with Sense 4.0 Style Clock Widget (default)

Disclaimer: Neither we, nor developer should be held responsible for any damage happened to your device in the process of following the instructions mentioned in this article. It’s very unlikely that there will be any issues but just in case if at all there are any issues then we are committed to help you in solving the same.

Since you will have to wipe the data present in your device before proceeding to apply this update and also its recommended that you manually backup the data rather than using the automated HTC Sync as it won’t detect the device on the custom ROM firmwares.

SMS – Use “SMS Backup & Restore app”,
Contacts – Sync with the Gmail application,
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

Enable the USB Debugging in your HTC Desire from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”. Also, ensure that the minimum battery charge left is not less than 40% so as to make sure that it doesn’t get turned Off in the middle of firmware update.


So once you have followed all the above mentioned steps, you can now head over to the next page where we have summed up a detailed guide on how to apply this firmware update.

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  1. Ravi

    September 19, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Well I tried these steps, but couldn’t update the software. After entering into recovery mode, I am seeing HTC screen followed by one image with “!” mark over the mobile phone. my phone stuck there. don’t know what to be done.

  2. Sidhumohan

    September 13, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Hi I installed the ICS Blackout successfully on my HTC Desire HD. But the problem is when i connect the headphone and try to call then noise that we will hear from radio like sound is coming. Please give me a patch to fix this and at the same time voice clarity reduced and there is a chit chat sound is going on through speakers. When i plug in headphone and call phone is automatically switching to loud speaker and noise is coming through speakers. Please fix this headphone problem and voice clarity. Playing music through headphone is working fine.

  3. Kumar

    September 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    i flash this rom, but it is slower than as usual, and FM Radio is not working

    • Pradeep Neela

      September 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      download the sprint fm app

      • Kumar

        September 9, 2012 at 5:28 pm

        thanks yar, i tried but doesnot works

        • Pradeep Neela

          September 9, 2012 at 5:51 pm


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