Desire HD

How to Update HTC Desire HD with XRom Sense 4.0 ICS 4.0.3 Firmware

HTC Desire HD LogoHTC Desire HD smartphone can now be installed with the latest version of XRom which comes powered with the Sense UI, all thanks to the Nik project under which this custom ROM firmware is being developed and designed. This custom ROM firmware comes with a host of features which are sure to increase the overall user experience. Over a period of this tutorial we will be checking out on what are the various instructions you need to go through for applying this update with the detailed guide on how to apply this firmware update. Please note that this is not an Official firmware released by HTC.

This custom ROM firmware is based on the ICS 4.0.3 firmware and was earlier ported on the Incredible S as well as on the Desire S device. Over a period of time there have been many builds of the AOKP as well as AOSP but this one comes with almost all the enhancements which you are advanced yet less RAM consuming. For applying this update, you need to root the device, to check whether your HTC Desire HD device is rooted or not, you will have to download the “Root Checker” app from the Google PLAY Store.

Backup all the data in your HTC Desire HD with the help of below mentioned steps and not with the help of the HTC Sync. Ensure that you are backing all the data present in your device so that just in case if the data gets lost or corrupted which is most probable then the same can be restored with the help of below steps.

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

The minimum battery left in your HTC Desire HD should be at least 50% so as to make sure that it doesn’t get turned off in the middle of firmware update. Disable all the antivirus suites in your computer and in your device. Additionally, ensure that the Mock Locations option as well as the USB Debugging option should be enabled in your device.

Disclaimer: It will be solely your responsibility if any damage happens to your HTC Desire HD caused due to not following of the instructions mentioned in this article. We should not be held responsible or liable for any damage done which is highly not possible if you follow all the instructions.

Features of XRom Sense 4.0 Custom ROM Firmware:
Latest Base : 2.09.707.1
Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich
BeastMode Kernel ( Thanks To Blackout Team )
Full Sense 4 (except Rosie)
Full Sense Weather lockscreen ( Thanks to ckpv5 )
Weather Video added ( Thanks to Huazvi ) .. Cleared not showing icon on lockscreen bug cleared by me
Simple Quicksettings ( Click on the Carrier name to show up quick settings in notifications bar )
Cube animations like One X
Enhanced Cube rotations for all apps
Browser resized and used from the Onex
Switch between Recent apps of ICS Style & Sense 4 style Recent apps by just long pressing on the Time on the Top Right . 
Skip tracks mod ( included as a patch )
Deodexed, zipaligned
Advanced Power Menu By Default
Busybox support
Init.d support
Stable , Fast and Optimised for Battery Life
Cube Animations in all apps are smooth as butter
Sense 4 lockscreens added ( Wallpaper , Photo Album , Weather , People )
Stock HTC keyboard with Trace enabled
All OneV skins added with Infinite skin
Project X Bootanimation ( Thanks to greg_2126 )

So assuming that you are done with all the above mentioned instructions, you can now head over to the next page where we have summed up a detailed guide on how to apply this update in your HTC Desire HD device.

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  1. Jakub

    October 16, 2012 at 2:40 am

    You have to turn off phone completly before entering recovery mode, can be done with out-in battery or by disabling quick start-up in options. Cheers

  2. Fouda

    September 17, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Hi, Thank you very much for this post, it has been very helpful.
    However, after I installed the ROM and the phone rebooted, I keep getting a message that “unfortunately, htc sense has stopped”
    Could you please help me out with this urgently as my phone hardly works now. I was asked if I should grant superuser to system at first and I said yes. Was this a mistake?

  3. stfns

    September 12, 2012 at 8:01 am

    as soon as i start the installation process the screen seems not to be working.

  4. mark

    August 28, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Installed the rom but now getting message saying ‘unfortunately HTC Sence has stopped’. I click ok and it reappears a few seconds later, also phone functionality limited. Please advise!

  5. dennis

    August 26, 2012 at 11:30 am

    i’m try several time after seeing those instruction.. the only things is, i cant enter the recovery mode. is thr any better instruction such like maybe a video for us to follow step by step. the worst it, my phone r now corrupted and i need to fix it in phone shop. = =

  6. kajacro

    August 23, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Thinking of flashing this on my HTC Desire HD. My reservation is that on my tablet, which has ICS, you can’t move apps to the external sd card, or access the ext sd card from any file explorer I’ve tried. I have 32GB card which I find very useful. Can do without ICS type roms if I can’t use the card properly….
    Can anyone tell me if I’ll be able to use it with this rom?

  7. feel

    August 23, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I cant update my device, help please!

  8. Taher El-Sheikh

    August 23, 2012 at 2:38 am

    I entered recovery mode but it said “Invalid Operation” while rooting

  9. Taher El-Sheikh

    August 23, 2012 at 2:20 am

    not working…i cant enter to recovery mode….error

    • Pradeep Neela

      August 24, 2012 at 3:37 pm

      download the ROM Manager app and enter into the recovery

  10. Taher El-Sheikh

    August 23, 2012 at 2:17 am

    I turn off the device first before holding the Volume Down button + Power Button
    or at the same time ????????

    • Pradeep Neela

      August 24, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      yes, kindly follow the instructions

  11. Ashraf Ali

    August 22, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I hope that will be with Arabic..
    Thank you so much..

  12. jibin

    August 22, 2012 at 11:18 am

    not working…i cant enter to recovry mode….error

    • Pradeep Neela

      August 22, 2012 at 5:40 pm

      download and install the ROM Manager app from the Google PLAY Store

  13. bijan2

    August 22, 2012 at 8:21 am

    I have the htc desire s. And I still can not update my phone to android 4.
    I was wondering if you could give me a link to solve my problem.
    If you can please send it to my email address: “”

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