Official Ice Cream Sandwich Update for HTC Sensation [Guide]


HTC Sensation owners can flash Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 on their phones with the official OTA (Over the Air) ICS update by HTC, thanks to XDA modder MrT69 who has created a bootloader version of the OTA ROM that you can install much more easily than previously available recovery versions of the ROM. Here’s a list of what’s inside the ROM by default:

  • ROM 3.32.401.105 RELEASE
  • Busybox 1.19.4
  • Superuser 3.07
  • Touch Recovery
  • Root

Read on to find out how you can flash Ice Cream Sandwich on your HTC Sensation.

This ROM and the guide below are compatible only and only with the HTC Sensation and HTC Sensation XE. It’s not compatible with any other device. Check your device model in Settings » About phone.

Warning! The methods and procedures discussed here are considered risky and you should not attempt anything if you don’t know exactly what you are doing. If any damage occurs to you or your device, including a bricked, non-functional device, we won’t be held liable.

How to Install Ice Cream Sandwich Update on HTC Sensation

  1. Download the ROM file from the original development page.
  2. Copy the downloaded zip file to your SD card.
  3. Power off the phone.
  4. Now, keep the Volume Down + Power button pressed together till the phone boots into the bootloader, then let go of the buttons.
  5. Wait for a few seconds and your phone will automatically detect the “” file that you transferred to your SD card in step 2
  6. Now when asked, select “Yes” to begin installing the “” rom file
  7. Wait a while while the ROM is installed on your phone, and enjoy Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 on your HTC Sensation.

The official Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 ROM is now installed and running on your HTC Sensation. Share your thoughts on your experience, in the comments below.

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  • Usman Salim

    misleading – required s-off and root. Also super CID was required. I tried without superid and my phone was stuck in reboot loop.

    • Larry

      Yes, You are right

  • Jad

    if I installed the file can I update my sensation xe if there is an official update??e

    • Kapil

      Well, I think you will be able to update it officially whenever HTC launched it via OTA in your area. Even otherwise, you can upgrade with this method only, any official update in future.

  • veezavee

    The last leaked ICS rom (3.32.401.3, for Sensation had disabled the “Unknown Sources” for 3rd party applications. Does anyone know if that is also the case with this version?

  • Djorzor

    Nothing happened when I keep the Volume Down + Power button pressed together?

    • Djorzor

      Sensation XE Software number 1.73.401.4, Android version 2.3.4, Build number 1.73.401.4 CL161971, Kernel version

      • Kiran Shenoy

        Power off. Take out the battery for a few seconds. It will work then.

  • Kaarel

    Didnt work for my T-mobile HTC sensation. The bootloader started and zip was loaded but i was returned to the main bootloader screen after load.

    • Nick Ebert

       I had the same problem

      • Dinuguan Waray

        I got the same problem. Hope somebody can help. Thanks,.

        • dus

          same here

          • wildwind75

            same here,know somebody help_???

          • Yllongboy

            same here…keeps on restarting..:(

    • Andy

      – S-Off (no root necessary)
      – Super CID

  • Stuffsux00

    will we be able to download future OTA updates after flashing this ROM? or will that mess it up?

  • Doctabeatz

    Does ICS run faster than HTC Sense 3.0?

    • TheChad

      ICS is the OS, HTC Sense is the Overlay, they are 2 completely different things

  • Villa

    Is root necessary?

    • Kapil

      No, you don’t need root for this.

      • Simran Dhaliwal

        we required root for this….dnt lie my son

        • Kapil

          You can install a cwm recovery without first rooting your phone via fastboot. And then go to recovery and flash this and that would be it. 2 yrs ago, it was kinda necessary to have root to be able to clockworkmod recovery. It’s much easy now, bro!

  • xMilanist

    Thank you very much , you helped me so much , thanks alot

    • Kapil

      Glad for you… thanks!