How to Update HTC Desire with Jellybean 4.1.1 Firmware

htc desire logoFor all those who wanted to install the latest AOKP version of Jellybean 4.1 version of firmware in their HTC Desire smartphone now can be really happy as in the due course of this article we will not just be guiding you to upgrade the firmware to the latest jellybean 4.1 firmware but also will be helping you to to install the add on apps with which you can move all your app stored in the phone memory to the SD Card so that you can not only speed up the device but also can experience numerous apps right on your phone. Full credits to the recognized XDA developer vijendrahs for coming out with this custom ROM firmware which is not just high on the feature list but also comes along with the additional features of Original Jellybean 4.1 firmware.

Over a period of this article so as to successfully update the device with the latest firmware, you will have to follow the instructions mentioned below which are nothing but the pre requisite instructions. Once you are following the below mentioned steps, you can easily and safely will be able to apply the update. Unfortunately, HTC won’t be coming up with any firmware upgrades in future. There are few minor bugs in this firmware as some particular apps may encounter error as “Force Close Error” but it will be sorted out in the coming days with the help of patch updates.

With the help of below mentioned instructions, you will have to take a back-up of all the data present in your phone. Don’t backup the data with the help of HTC Sync as it doesn’t recognize the device on the custom ROM firmware.

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

From the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”, enable USB Debugging Mode in your HTC Desire. Also, ensure that you are applying this update only on the devices which have the model name as HTC Desire and not to any other devices.

Check on whether your HTC Desire is rooted or not, you will have to check on whether the device is rooted or not by downloading the “Root Checker” app which can be downloaded from the Root Checker app which can be downloaded from the Google PLAY Store. If the device is not rooted, then this custom ROM firmware can’t be applied.

Now, once all the above mentioned instructions are followed, you can now head over to the next step where we have summed up a detailed guide on how to apply this firmware update in your HTC Desire smartphone.

Procedure to Update HTC Desire with the latest Jellybean 4.1.1 Firmware Update:

  • Once connected, place these two files in your computer, ensure that you are not placing the files deep into the sub folders.
  • Disconnect the phone from computer and turn Off the phone so that it can be then entered in the recovery mode. The recovery mode in htc Desire can be entered by pressing the Volume Down button + Power Button till you see the recovery mode screen on your phone.
  • In recovery mode, select “install zip from sd card” > “choose zip from sd card” and then choose the Jellybean 4.1.1 Firmware Package. As soon as you select the file, it will take up to 5 minutes to update the same in your device.  You will have to install both the above mentioned files as per the above order itself.
  • As soon as the firmware is updated successfully, you now will have to select the option of “Go Back” and then choose the option of “reboot system now” for rebooting the device in the normal mode. Also, note that once the device is rebooted, it will take more time than expected for rebooting the device since it will be setting up all the system files.

Note: At any point of time just in case if the process of firmware update gets stopped due to any reason, all you need to do is restart the process from the start by re inserting the battery.

Do let us know if you face any issues in the process of firmware update as we are committed to address the same at the earliest. Congratulations, you have now successfully applied the update of Jellybean 4.1.1 firmware update.




  1. Nikhil Pawar

    May 15, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Does it works for Desire V, with dual sim functionality ?

  2. zahir

    May 9, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    Can I do this on my HTC desire ???

  3. Gherbi Abderrahmane

    April 17, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    hey man
    am havin a problem downloading the google apps package
    ii tried so many times but it stopes at 95%
    can you mail it to me at :
    thank you

  4. Skand

    March 22, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Im using Desire V, and tried to update it but device says its not rooted, any idea…?

    • Pradeep Neela

      April 29, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      you also need to unlock the bootloader

  5. vivek

    March 12, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    can i update my htc desire VC?

    • Pradeep Neela

      March 12, 2014 at 10:46 pm

      no vivek, there is no official update yet

  6. ram

    February 18, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    can I install the sAme package for desire v

    • Pradeep Neela

      February 23, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      no, it doesnlt work for the Desire V

  7. prince

    April 19, 2013 at 1:08 am

    pls i am having a lot of difficulties downloading the rom..can you pls help me by sending it to my e-mail i beg of you..thanks

    • Pradeep Neela

      April 20, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      what are the issues you are facing?

  8. Santhanam Balaji

    November 14, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Which ROM should I use to update my Desire V? None of them seem to be working.

  9. Najaf Murtaza

    November 4, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    what is the role of google apps package ???????

    • Pradeep Neela

      November 5, 2012 at 7:37 pm

      it will install play store and other google apps

  10. Mr Gil

    October 19, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Does the upgrade support dual sim function on the Desire V?

  11. Santhanam Balaji

    October 18, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Tried it with an HTC Desire V. Didn’t work. Showed an error. There don’t seem to be any custom ROM’s for this particular phone. Any help is appreciated.

  12. Mihai

    September 23, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Can I do it for HTC Desire C (so,it is not Desire,but Desire C) ? Later,can I go back to ICS if I change my mind?
    Thank you.

  13. Mihai

    September 23, 2012 at 12:58 am

    Hello. Thank you for posting this.
    I have 2 questions : can I do it to my HTC Desire C (so it is not the Desire model,but Desire C) and can I undo it ?
    Thank you.

  14. don

    September 18, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    In your instructions, you say ‘place the 2 files in your computer’. But isn’t it supposed to be saved in SD card ‘cos when in recovery mode how can you install from SD card if the 2 files are in computer? or did I miss some pre-requisite?

    Secondly, in my Desire V when in recovery mode, I don’t see ‘install zip from SD card’. Instead I have to volume up + power, in order to get to secondary menu in recovery mode which contains following options,
    – reboot system now
    – apply update from external storage
    – wipe data/factory reset
    – wipe cache partition
    – apply update from cache

    When I select ‘apply update from external storage’ (which I assume is the closest definition to ‘install zip from SD card’), the command prompt says ‘invalid operation’ & starts phone on normal mode.

    Appreciate your help.

  15. Simon Pang

    September 14, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Can my desire v can be update

    • Pradeep Neela

      September 15, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      yes you can apply the update

      • mr g

        October 19, 2012 at 4:40 am

        Does it keep the dual sim function in the desire v?

        • Pradeep Neela

          October 22, 2012 at 4:56 pm

          yes it comes with the dual sim capability

  16. Thomas Pryds

    September 8, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Thanks for a great guide. On my HTC Desire with Android 2.2.2 Froyo, I constantly get low storage space warnings, and I fight a battle to keep number of installed apps low, move apps to SD-card, clear caches, etc. etc. because of the small amount of storage. Any word on how this situation will be with Jelly Bean on the device?

  17. Ali

    September 8, 2012 at 7:36 am

    i can’t find “install zip from sd card” after recovery

  18. aaron

    September 5, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    is it desire v compatible ? any lag after instal it?

  19. Nikhil Patki

    September 3, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    How to update HTC Sensation with Jollybean 4.1.1 firmware

  20. Gerson Alves

    September 2, 2012 at 6:32 am

    O senhor refere-se tambem ao HTC Desire Wildfire ?. Se for verdadeiro, então é muito auspicioso, pois, possuo um que guardo comigo há bom tempo porém sem usa-lo exceto esporadicamente.Muito obrigado por responder-me adianto.

  21. Mahendhar Reddy

    September 1, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Any Bugs so far? Can i Update my “Desire S” using this?

    • Pradeep Neela

      September 3, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      yes you can install the desire s device

      • Dodo

        April 19, 2014 at 5:22 pm

        Does this firmwar Update my htc desire legally so i can download newr apps?

        • Pradeep Neela

          April 24, 2014 at 1:10 pm

          no, its a custom ROM firmware

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