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Install Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread Custom ROM On HTC Desire

The HTC Desire finally gets the much awaited and highly anticipated Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update, thanks to XDA-Developers forum members AdamG, _thalamus and schiznik over at XDA-Developers, who have cooked up a custom ROM from the build of the Android 2.3.3 for the HTC Desire. The ROM, keeping in view the need and want of most users for the aesthetics to remain as close to stock as possible,  and the developers have gone on to removing almost all of the bloatware from the ROM. To put it precisely, it’s a personal ROM as per the developers.

Lets look at what mods this ROM features before we install it:

  • More camera resolutions.
  • Adhoc wifi support added. htc-desire
  • Browser user agent toggle.
  • LED notifications fix.
  • Full screen browser toggle.
  • Bare minimal Google Apps.
  • Superuser.
  • Removal of apps via launcher by holding the icon in the delete zone.

According to the developers, there are plenty of minor tweaks and performance enhancements made to suit the the Desire. The major appeal however as claimed by the developers is that this ROM is NOT de-odexed. This means that upon the install of this ROM, it will not use much of the available space in the /data partition, hence you have sped up boot timings, low memory usage and an overall quick performance.

Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.



  1. Copy the ROM to the root of your SD card.
  2. Reboot your phone into ClockworkMod recovery.
  3. Take a nandroid backup.
  4. Wipe data, cache & Dalvik cache.
  5. Select ‘Install zip from sd card’ > ‘choose zip from sdcard’.
  6. Select the ROM’s zip file, confirm the prompt and wait for the ROM installation to finish.
  7. After the installation is complete, go back into the main menu and hit the ‘Reboot system now option’.

If you followed the steps as told above, you have booted into Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread and should be a proud owner of an HTC Desire! Do let us know how how this ROM faired for you. For more information and updates, visit the forum thread at XDA-Developers. Do not make feature requests, as the developers have clearly stated this ROM is for personal use.


  1. HTC says SMS/MMS “may” not work in North America with its Gingerbread download. Will this ROM have those problems?

  2. HTC says SMS/MMS “amy” not work in North America with its Gingerbread download. Will this ROM have those problems?

    • You have to do Step 3 properly. Make sure you’ve cleared all the things listed there. Remember, the cache and the dalvic cache are two seperate things. Make sure they’re cleared.

      I just did it with no problem at all. It works perfectly.

    • I’ve got the same issue… my phone hangs on the bootscreen and wouldn’t go any further. Is there a way to repair my phone?

  3. Hi, when rebooting into clockworkmod recovery my doesn’t turn back on. I have to take the battery out and then back in again for it to start?

    Any advice would be awesome?

    • The link has been updated. In case if it is still problematic, then please head to the XDA Forums thread mentioned at the end of the post for updated ROM links. Thanks for pointing out!

  4. just installed it, some visual changes but nothing special + live wallpapers are gone and some animations
    HTC Desire

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