How to Update HTC Desire with AOKP Milestone 6 ICS 4.0 Firmware

htc desire logoHTC Desire smartphone continues to get flurry of firmware updates, custom ROM firmwares though and not the official firmware unfortunately from HTC. So, in the due course of this article we will be checking out on how you can install the latest AOKP Milestone 6 ROM firmware. This firmware ropes in the latest ICS firmware. Full credits to the XDA member pratheek1992 who has come up with this custom ROM firmware of Milestone 6 version. This version of firmware infuses the exact replica of the ICS Android 4.0 firmware as that of the Galaxy Nexus.

With the help of below mentioned simple steps back up all the data present in your phone so that just in case if the data gets lost or corrupted, the same can be restored with the help of below mentioned steps. Don’t use HTC Sync for backing up the data as it doesn’t recognize the device in 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

From the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”, enable the USB Debugging by selecting the appropriate option. After this, disable all the antivirus suites installed in your phone as these tools generally interrupt the process of firmware update. Also, ensure that the battery level is not less than 50% or else the device will get turned Off in the middle of firmware update.

Disclaimer: We should not be held responsible or liable for any damage happened to your device due to not following the instructions. It is very unlikely that there will be any damage to your device if you follow all the instructions.

Note: Please be informed that once the device is rooted the warranty will get void. The only way with which the warranty can be reclaimed is by re applying the factory firmware update which you can find from the current path of “Settings > About Phone”. To check on whether the phone is rooted or not can be found with the help of “Root Checker” app which can be downloaded from Google PLAY Store.

So assuming that you have followed all the above mentioned instructions, you can now head over to the next step where we have summed up a detailed guide on how to apply the update.

Procedure to Update HTC Desire with ICS based AOKP Firmware Update:

  • Download AOKP Firmware Package and Google Apps Package from here to your computer. Once downloaded, connect your htc desire with the computer and place these two files in your device. There are few other optional packages like Google Now which too can be downloaded and copied to the htc desire device as it can be applied in the recovery mode which will be explained in the next step.
  • After placing the files, disconnect the HTC Desire device and turn off the device so that it can be 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 placed AOKP Firmware package and Google Apps. Once the file selection is over, the firmware will be applied within 10 minutes, you can see the progress of firmware update with the help of a progress bar. Please note that while restarting the device, it will take longer time than expected since its the first reboot after application of firmware. Just in a rare case if you face force close issues then you can get into the recovery mode and clear the cache and wipe the data.

Once it’s done, the device will be restarted and bingo there you go, you have now successfully learnt on how to apply this AOKP based custom ROM firmware in your device. Do let us know in the comments section below just in case if you face any issues. You can check on whether the firmware has been updated or not from the path “Settings > About Phone” where you will see that the current firmware version is ICS 4.0 firmware with AOKP as built.

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