Install Un-Official CyanogenMod 12 on HTC Desire HD

Who would have ever thought that Android will be able to reach such heights, that there will be an entire portal for it to enter a world where you can do lot of customization on your device. In 2009, when its official distribution was started and everyone thought that it won’t even last for a year, Android proved its worth and right now it is at the top of Mobile world. More than 100 OEMs are using Android as their Primary OS and each of the manufactirer have contributed into improving it little by little in early versions but the breakthrough start with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Afterwards Android 4.4 Kit-Kat made a dominating début and now Android 4.4 Kit-Kat is running on more than 37% of Android devices.

Now a days, Android 5.0 Lollipop is the buring topic in Android world. Even those who own such a device which can’t be updated to this version are looking for a way to update their device to the latest version. On the other hand AOSP Android 5.0 ROMs were available for a lot of devices, which was then updated by Team Cyanogen to CyanogenMod 12 and now most of the low-end and discontinued devices are being updated to this ROM without any problem. HTC Desire HD is one of those legacy devices. CyanogenMod 12 in an Un-official way has been made available for HTC Desire HD and this articles is about, How to Install Un-Official CyanogenMod 12 on HTC Desire HD. If you are interested in other ROMs, you can Visit our Custom ROMs section or you can install this ROM on your HTC Desire HD by following our tutorial below. This is not an official release from HTC but a Custom ROM, you need to install a Custom Recovery on your device to install this and also your device must be rooted. Let’s go through the ROM features and early preparations to flash this ROM.

Install Un-Official CyanogenMod 12 on HTC Desire HD

Early Preparations:

1. This is only for HTC Desire HD!

This custom ROM is only for the device mentioned above. Make sure that your model number matches the one listed above. To do so, go to Settings > About Device on your device and see your model number. Flashing this ROM on any other device will result in bricking it so make sure that you meet this requirement first of all.

2. Battery should be charged at least over 60%

Make sure that your battery is charged enough to complete the flashing process. In case your battery is low and your device goes dead during the flashing process, you may end up soft bricking your device as it won’t complete the flashing process.

3. Root Your device

Follow the Link to root your device: Link

4. Backup everything!

Just to be on the safe side, you may consider backing up each and everything from your Android device. This is highly recommended so that in case anything goes wrong, you still have the access to all of your data and you can restore it immediately. You may backup everything as listed below.

5. Disclaimer

The methods involved in flashing custom recoveries, roms and rooting your phone are highly custom and may result in bricking your device, and has nothing to do with Google or the device manufacturer that is HTC in our case. Also rooting your device will void its warranty and you will be no longer eligible for any kind of free device services by the manufacturers/warranty providers. In case of any mishap we may not be held responsible. Follow these instructions to the letter to avoid any mishap or bricking. Make sure that whatever you do, you are doing it at your own responsibility.

Downloads Required:

CyanogenMod 12 : Link

Google Apps: Link

How To Install CyanogenMod 12 :

How to Flash the boot.img:

  • Make sure that Fastbboot/ADB is configured on PC. How? How to Install Android Adb & Fastboot Drivers on Your Windows PC [Guide].
  • Then Download the CM 12 File from the above links.
  • Extract the .zip file and in Kernal Folder there is a file called boot.img.
  • Copy and paste the boot.img to the Fastboot Folder.
  • Turn off your phone and open Bootloader/Fastboot mode. How? Press and hold Volume Down + Power button until you see some text on screen.
  • Now Open Command prompt in Fastboot Folder, How? Hold Shift Key and Right Click anywhere in the Fastboot folder.
  • Now type in the following command: fastboot flash boot boot.img Press Enter.
  • Then type in thr following command: fastboot reboot
  • Connect your device with PC.
  • Copy and Paste the Above zip files to the root of your sdcard.
  • Open Recovery mode. How?
  1. Connect your device with PC
  2. Open Command Prompt in Fastboot folder.
  3. Now Type: adb reboot bootloader
  4. Choose Recovery from Bootloader
  5. You need to enable USB Debugging for this (Settings>Developer Options : Developer Options appear by tapping build number 7 times in About Phone).

Into the Recovery:

  1. Back-up your ROM using the Recovery.
  2. To Perform a Back-up, Navigate to Back-up and Restore on Next screen, Choose Back-up again.
  3. Go back to Main Screen after the Back-up is complete.
  4. Then Navigate to ‘advance’ and choose ‘Wipe Dalvik Cache’, so your device won’t get into any bootloop.
  5. Navigate to ‘Install zip from sd card’ another windows will open in front of you.
  6. Finally Select “Wipe Data/Factory Reset”
  7. Select ‘choose zip from sd card’ from the Options.
  8. Select the CyanogenMod file and confirm the installation on next screen.
  9. Go Back and Install Google
  10. Once the Installation is Over, Select +++++Go Back+++++
  11. Select Reboot Now to Reboot the System.

The first boot might take up-to half an hour, so better play a game or get yourself a cup of coffee or Tea۔

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