HTC Desire – Tutorial to Update Android 4.0.3 Firmware

Sanjana February 8, 2012 0

Guess what?  Your HTC Desire smartphone has at last fulfilled your long lasting desire to install the latest ICS Android 4.0 firmware version. Yes you can now install the freshly rolled out ICS Android 4.0.3 firmware version in your HTC Desire smartphone. This is not an official firmware release from HTC but is the alpha leaked version.

htc desire

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 Desire 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.


You must backup all the user data present in your phone since chances of data loss or corruption are there. Having a backup will help you to replace the lost data if any damage occurs. Do not use HTC Sync to back up data after the update because it may or may not recognize the phone after the update since it is a alpha release. Follow the link posted below to backup and restore all your data easily.

Pre Upgrade Instructions for Rooting and Firmware Update

Must Have:

Download Android 4.0.3 Zip Package

Steps to Update Android 4.0.4 Firmware in HTC Desire:

Step-1: Download Android 4.0.3 Zip Package from the Must Have section to your computer and connect your smartphone to the computer via original USB Cable obtained at purchase time. Copy the downloaded zip file to your phone’s SD Card.

Step-2: After copying is over, disconnect the USB Cable and enable USB Debugging from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”. Make sure to tick the option of USB Debugging.

enable usb debugging

Now enter the device into Boot loader mode 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-3: 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 Zip file placed in your phone. As soon as you select the file it will take around 5 minutes to apply the update.

Step-4: After the firmware is successfully updated, the device will rebooted or will land up in Recovery screen again. In Recovery mode screen select the option of “++++ Go Back ++++” > “reboot system now” to reboot the phone. In case there is an interruption in the middle of the updation process due to any reason, then pull out the battery, re insert it and   follow the entire procedure again from the beginning.

Thus you can easily update your HTC Desire smartphone with the latest ICS Android 4.0.3 firmware by following the steps mentioned above carefully.

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