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Install Custom Deodexed ROM On Verizon HTC Thunderbolt

htc-thunderbolt-rumorThe first custom ROM for the the Verizon HTC Thunderbolt has been leaked! The device has steamrolled into the Android world, not only because of the punch it carries in terms of hardware, but owing to how quickly the phone was rooted and a custom recovery installed. And now as we said earlier, a custom ROM has been made available. The ROM courtesy of Android Central forum member Adrynalyne, is a very basic ROM in fact. For more on this ROM and how to install it to your device, read on!

This ROM is still the first of its kind and the first custom ROM on the scene so don’t get your expectations so high. Bases on the newer firmware, newer then the one shipped with the stock Thunderbolt, the ROM has no known bugs so far offering the following features:

  • Most crap bloatware has been removed but all the HTC bloatware still exists.
  • The ROM is deodexed.
  • Zipaligned.
  • Boot animation, startp sound, and shutdown animation have been re-routed to system/media to allow for easy modifications.
  • Dalvik heapsize has been increased to 32M.
  • WiFi scan interval has been increased from 15 seconds to 90 seconds.
  • Latest Market.
  • Latest Gmail.
  • Busybox 1.9.

Now let’s get this installed on your Thunderbolt!

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. Download the kernel and the ROM from the links above and copy the ROM (not the kernel) to the root of your SD card.
  2. Now the kernel according to the developer has issues being flashed with ClockworkMod recovery, hence we’ll flash it with ADB. Copy the kernel (boot.img) to any location of your choice.
  3. In Windows command prompt, enter the following command:
    adb reboot bootloader

    This will boot you into fastboot USB.

  4. Now in command console navigate to the location of boot.img and execute the following commands in the console:
    fastboot flash boot boot.img
    fastboot reboot
  5. After the phone reboots, reboot again, this time into recovery.
  6. Once in the recovery, make a NANDroid backup. See our guide on how to perform / restore a NANDroid backup.
  7. Now wipe data/factory reset > wipe cache and Dalvick cache.
  8. That done, navigate to install zip from sdcard > choose zip from SD card and select the ROM you copied to your SD card.
  9. You will be prompted with whether to install the file or not; choose Yes.
  10. Wait patiently for the process to finish and once it does, simply reboot your phone!

Congratulations! Your Thunderbolt has tasted the first of many custom ROMs that are due on this device! For updates and queries regarding this ROM, visit the forum thread at Android Central.

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