Tutorial to Update HTC Incredible S with Android 4.0 Alpha 2.1 Firmware

Sanjana December 19, 2011 0

HTC Incredible S users can now update the latest release of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich version. To update this android 4.0 logofirmware in your HTC Incredible S, it is required to root your smartphone that can be done by following the instructions mentioned in this article. Let’s take a look at some of the feature that work and others that don’t. This is not the official release but the test build of ICS.

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 Incredible S so do not try it in any other devices as it might not be reversible and will harm the device by blocking it.


  • Touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi
  • Hardware 2G / 3G
  • Bluetooth
  • Data
  • Sound
  • RIL
  • Rotation
  • Status LED
  • Sensors
  • Market
  • GPS
  • Google Account
  • SD Card
  • Software Video Decoding

Not Operational:

  • Camera
  • USB and Wi-Fi Tethering
  • Proper UMS and Hardware Acceleration
  • Some minor bugs reported.


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. Follow the link posted below to backup and restore all your data easily.

Pre Upgrade Instructions for Rooting and Firmware Update

Must Have:

Android 4.0 ICS Package

Steps to Update HTC Incredible S with ICS Android 4.0:

Step-1: Download Android 4.0 ICS Package from the Must Have section to your computer and place it in your desktop to avail easy accessibility. Connect your phone to computer via original USB Cable that you got at purchase time and copy the file to your phone’s SD Card without modifying or renaming them.

Step-2: Disconnect the USB Cable and enable USB Debugging from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”.

enable usb debugging

Presuming that you have already rooted your HTC Incredible S enter into Recovery mode by pressing the Volume down key and Power button simultaneously. After entering into Recovery mode click on “Recovery” option as shown below.

recovery mode

Step-3: Select ”Clear storage” option using the Power button. Now  select “Install zip from SD Card” > Choose zip from SD Card”  and choose the ICS zip file placed in your phone. After selecting the file it will take 15mins to complete the process of firmware updation.

Step-4: After the files are successfully applied in Recovery mode, select the option of “++++ Go Back++++” then choose “Reboot System Now” option to restart. If you are interrupted during the firmware updation process, you will have to reapply the whole process again from the beginning.

Thus by following the  simple steps mentioned above you can easily update your HTC Incredible S with the latest version of ICS Android 4.0 firmware.

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