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Install Android 2.3 Gingerbread On HTC Desire HD

HTC Desire HD GingerbreadEver since the release of Android 2.3 Gingerbread source code on the AOSP (Android Open Source Project), we have been busy bringing you AOSP based Gingerbread ROMs for several Android devices, and the one we’re featuring now is for the HTC Desire HD that got posted on Twitter by Kali and brought to our attention by XDA-Developers forum member saquib. Continue after the jump for details, download link and installation instructions.

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

Despite being posted with a note saying “completely unsupported” and “do not report bug”, this ROM has been tested by several users to be quite usable. Apart from the Android Gingerbread interface, most key features are working. Some users – especially ones with old radio versions – had trouble with getting data to work while others faced no such problem. USB Mass Storage, Camera and Camcorder are not working, while Google apps aren’t included and finding a suitable build that works with this ROM could be tedious, though some users did manage getting them to work. You can head over to this thread at the XDA-Developers forums to join the discussion, report feedback or view workarounds posted by users.

To install this ROM:

  1. Make sure your device is rooted. In case it isn’t, follow our guide on how to root HTC Desire HD.
  2. Download the ROM from the link given below and copy it to the root of your SD card.
  3. Power your phone off and reboot it in recovery.
  4. To backup your existing ROM, apps and data, take a nandroid backup.
  5. Use the main recovery menu to wipe all data and cache. Then go to the advanced menu and wipe dalvik cache.
  6. Get back to the main recovery menu and select ‘install zip from sd card’. Select the ROM that you copied to your SD card in step 2, and wait patiently while it is flashed to your phone.
  7. Once the flashing is done, reboot your phone

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Leave a comment

  • Pete

    The link to the ROM doesn’t work. Is there anywhere else we can get it from?

    • I have uploaded the ROM to our own server and updated the link. You can download it now, it works.
      Dropbox must have disabled access to the old link when it reached their monthly download limit of 10 GB for files hosted for public.

      • Raheel Ali Khan

        Hi Haroon,

        I have Nexus One already rooted with desire ROM. Can i use this gingerbread ROM to root my N1?

        Is it comptaible?


        • Hello Raheel,
          This ROM is not for Nexus One – it is for HTC Desire HD only.

  • hafyz

    im having trouble updating my desire hd. after installing rom it just stuck at welcome screen (android logo) and it just keeps blinking and didnt bring to main screen. i tried to reboot the phone into recovery mode by pressing and hold power and vol up button, but it failed. anyone know how can i undo this? thanks

    • AubreyD

      have the same problem.. it’s stuck at the android logo. Anyone know how to continue?

  • hafyz

    camera isn’t working?

    • Since you posted this comment after your previous one, I am assuming you did get it to boot and found out that camera isn’t working. Yes, the camera, camcorder and USB mass storage are not working, as I had mentioned in the post itself.

  • se7en


    i was totally lost on rooting process and lots off stuff i missing out… would you able to made it from scratch? I just bought my Desire HD, and previously had HD2 and installed ROM’s without problems.. Plese advise.. Here are some of what i have done.

    Android Version 2.2
    Baseband 12.28b.60.4eU_26.03.02.26_M
    Kernel version
    htc-kernel@and18-2 #1
    Build number
    1.32.707.5 CL277010 release keys
    Software number

    I’ve installed:
    ROM Manager

    booting to recovery mode, got stucked on the phone with triangle logo (figure it out by power + up button) it goes to the recovery mode

    • Marcin

      push down volume and power! not up !

  • Mastrobutti

    se7en I’ve got the same problem

  • George


  • Tirdad

    hi every body…
    I’ve a question…i have a HTC Desire HD, and i want to improve the android to android 2.3 but when i check the updates in this direction: (settings <about phone <system software updates) , a message says "no updates are available for your phone".
    i wonder because my friends with HTC Incredible S are able to download the android 2.3, but i can't.
    is there anything in your mind???


  • milad

    Hi.i change my rom but this rom is bolshit.how can get back my original rom?please help guys

  • flaviu

    hy, i make everytingh right but i have one question: the root of sd card is one directori and where i find it?

    Download the ROM from the link given below and copy it to the root of your SD card.

    if you can tell my where ii find this root.



    • Arif

       what if i like to install Android on Nokia N900