HTC Desire S – How to Install Beta Android 4.0 Firmware

Sanjana December 15, 2011 0

Want to relish the taste of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in your HTC Desire S smartphone? Well here we are with htc logo exactly the same thing that you wanted all along. Yes you can now update the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in your HTC Desire S. However it is to be noted that this is not the official ICS Android 4.0 release but is the beta leaked version. Still you can make use of this beta version of ICS to get the feel of original ICS Android 4.0 in your phone. Lets take a look at some of the features that work and others that don’t.


  • Both Hardware and Software keyboard
  • Capacitive buttons
  • Touch screen
  • Hardware acceleration
  • Video playback
  • Wi-Fi
  • Overclock
  • Bluetooth
  • 3G/4G
  • SD Card
  • GPS
  • Headphones
  • Text Messages
  • Market
  • Microphone
  • Phone Calls
  • Text Messages


  • Camera
  • Gtalk
  • USB Mount
  • Full/ Real Hardware Accelaration

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You must backup all the user data present in your phone since chances of data loss or corruption are there. Having a backup can help you replace the lost data if any damage occurs. Follow the link posted below to backup and restore all your data easily.

Pre Upgrade Instructions for Rooting and Firmware Update

Must Have:

ICS Android 4.0 Package for HTC DesireGoogle AppsHTC Sync Drivers

Steps to Update HTC Desire S with Android 4.0 Firmware:

Step-1: Download Custom Recovery Image and Turn Off S in your HTC Desire S phone. Now download ICS Android 4.0 Package for HTC Desire and Google Apps from the Must Have section to your computer then connect your phone to the computer via official USB Cable. Copy both the downloaded zip files to your phone without modifying or renaming them in any manner.

Step-2: Enable USB Debugging from the path “Settings > Application > Development > USB Debugging”. Now download HTC Sync drivers to your computer and install them. It is to be noted that this step is applicable for Windows computer only as Linux or Mac based computers are not yet supported.

enable usb debugging

Step-3: Disable Fastboot from the path “Settings > Power > Fastboot” and power off your phone to enter into Recovery mode. Press the Volume Down button then Power On the phone and choose “Recovery” option.

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Step-4: Choose the option of “Clear Storage” then “install zip from SD card” and select the ICS Android 4.0 file followed by Google apps file placed in your phone. It will take 5-10mins to apply this update and after the phones is updated it will restart on its own.

Thus by following the above simple steps you can easily update your HTC Desire S with Android 4.0 firmware. If you are interrupted during the firmware updation process, you will have to reapply the whole process again from the beginning.

We wont be responsible for any harm caused to your device during the updation procedure that is unlikely to happen if you follow the instructions carefully. The update procedure is only applicable to HTC Desire S  phones so do not try it in any other devices as it may not be reversible and harm the device by blocking it.

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