Tutorial to Update Android 4.0.3 Firmware in HTC Droid Incredible

Sanjana February 17, 2012 0

It’ time to get incredible with HTC Droid Incredible as they can now install the freshly rolled out ICS Android 4.0 version in their smartphone. It is to be noted that this is not the official firmware version released by HTC and you have to root your smartphone prior to applying this update.

htc droid incredible

Rooting will void your warranty and the only way to reclaim back the lost warranty is by re-applying the default stock firmware in your phone. This new firmware is the Android 4.0.4 update and it ropes in a number of general features, operational and no-operational features that we will be taking a look at in a short while.

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 updation procedure is not recommended for basic users but is for advanced users and is only applicable to HTC Droid Incredible smartphones that are network unlocked. Do not apply it in any other device as it might not be reversible and may harm the device by blocking it.

Let’s take a look at some of the general features, operational and no-operational features that come with this update.


  • Power menu (source)
  • Built from AOSP — using 4.0.3
  • Facebook contact sync
  • Superuser & busybox built from source included
  • ROM Control application enables you to control your ROM and customize it according to your wish
  • ICS style toggles
  • Deodexed & unsecure boot.img  for adb remount

Operational Features:

  • Google Voice
  • Tethering
  • Data
  • Camera including Bar Code Scanner
  • WIFI
  • Phone
  • Bluetooth
  • GPS/Nav
  • USB Mounting

Non-Operational Features:

  • Some have issues while reading music
  • EMMC Mounting
  •  You tube is jerky unless you have it on HD
  • Flash for websites


You ought to 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. Do not use HTC Sync to back up your data as it might not recognize the phone after the update since it is an alpha release. Follow the link posted below to easily backup and restore all your data.

Pre Upgrade Instructions for Rooting and Firmware Update

Must Have:

Download Android 4.0.3 AOKP BuildDownload Google Apps Package

Steps to Update Android 4.0.3 Firmware in HTC Droid Incredible:

Step-1: Download Android 4.0.3 AOKP Build followed by Google Apps Package from the Must Have section to your computer and enable USB Debugging from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”. Make sure to tick the option of USB Debugging.

enable usb debugging

Step-2: Connect your smartphone to the computer via original USB Cable obtained at purchase time. Copy the downloaded zip file to your phone and make sure not to place this zip file deep into any sub-folder in your phone. After copying is over, remove the connected USB Cable and power off the phone to enter into Boot loader mode.

Step-3:The Boot loader mode can be entered by pressing the Volume up key + OK button and holding both press Power button simultaneously . If the device boots into Normal mode then re-try to enter into Boot loader Mode by the same process till you are finally there.

Step-4: In Boot loader mode choose the option of  “Recovery” to enter the device into Recovery mode. In Recovery mode select “install zip from SD Card” > “choose zip from SD Card” then choose the ICS Android 4.0.3 Firmware zip file followed by Google Apps zip file placed in your phone.

recovery mode

Step-5: After the firmware is successfully updated, the device will reboot or land up in Recovery screen again. In Recovery mode screen select the option of “++++ Go Back ++++” > “reboot system now” to reboot the phone in ICS Android 4.0.3 AOKP build firmware. If the device takes more than 10 minutes to reboot then pull out the battery and re-insert it to reboot the phone again.

If the device gets stuck somewhere in the middle of the updation then re-apply the procedure again from the beginning. To confirm whether the firmware has been successfully updated or not, navigate to the path Settings >About Phone > Firmware Version where you will discover the firmware version as Android 4.0.3 version.

Thus you can easily update your HTC Droid Incredible smartphone with an all new Android 4.0.3 version by following the steps mentioned above carefully.

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