HTC Desire, as many would agree was the first desirable Android device by HTC and debuted with Android 2.1, followed by an update to Android 2.2 and 2.3 (though 2.3 came without HTC’s Sense customization. But then HTC said goodbye to further updates, but custom ROM developers took up the mantle and delivered custom Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs for the Desire, and now they’re continuing the tradition by releasing custom Android 4.1 Jelly Bean ROMs for it to keep it updated to the latest Android version.
XDA Forum Member bWorks has released an unofficial port of CM10 (CyanogenMod 10) based on Jelly Bean for the Desire, bringing you Jelly Bean features such as a smooth as butter interface (at least as smooth as the aging hardware allows it to be), Google’s advanced voice search assistant, offline voice typing, smarter keyboard, improved and actionable notifications, etc along with CM10’s performance and customization options.
Keep in mind that the ROM is a work in progress and in an alpha stage, so its expected to have a few bugs and issues as well as things that might not work properly. You can check the latest list of issues in the ROM → here.
Let’s take a look at how the unofficial CM10 Jelly Bean ROM can be installed on the HTC Desire.
This guide is applicable only for HTC Desire. DO NOT try this on any other device.
The methods and procedures discussed here are considered risky and you should not attempt anything if you don’t know completely what it is. If any damage occurs to your device, we won’t be held liable.
How to Install CM10 Jelly Bean ROM on HTC Desire
- This procedure will wipe all your apps, data and settings (but it will NOT touch your SD cards, so don’t worry about those). Backup your Apps and important data — bookmarks, contacts, SMS, APNs (internet settings), etc. This Android backup guide would help you.
Important! Don’t forget to at least make a backup of your APN settings, which you can restore later if your data connection does not work after installing the ROM. Use the backup guide to find out how.
- Make sure your Desire has ClockworkMod recovery installed.
- Download the latest version of the ROM from its development page.
- Copy the downloaded zip file from step 3 to the SD card.
- Turn off the phone, then boot into ClockworkMod (CWM) recovery. To do so, hold Volume Down & the Power button until the device boots to the bootloader/HBOOT mode. Then, use the volume keys to highlight the RECOVERY option, then select it using the power button to boot into CWM recovery.
In recovery, use the Volume buttons to scroll up and down and the Power button to select options.
- Perform a Nandroid Backup of your existing ROM, so that you can always restore it from recovery if something does not work out with this ROM. To perform a backup, select Backup and Restore –> On the next screen, select Backup again. Go back to main recovery menu after backup is complete.
- Select wipe data/factory reset, then select Yes on next screen to confirm. Wait a while till the data wipe is complete.
- Select install zip from sdcard, then select choose zip from sdcard. Scroll to the ROM file on the SD card and select it. Confirm installation by selecting Yes – Install _____.zip on the next screen. The ROM will start installing.
- After the installation is complete, select go back then select reboot system now to reboot the phone and boot up into Jelly Bean. The first boot can take up to 5 minutes, so be patient.
NOTE: To go back to your previous ROM, boot into recovery, select backup and restore then restore your previous ROM by selecting it from the list.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is now installed and running on your HTC Desire. Visit the official development page for more info and to get the latest updates on the ROM. Share your thoughts on the ROM in the comments.