Update HTC Desire HD to Android 5.1 Lollipop via CM12.1 ROM

HTC Desire HD was surely the best smartphone of 2009 and because of its large user-base, we see whenever a new Android version is released, developers releases custom ROM based on same Android version for HTC Desire HD. Great love story, isn’t it?

Android 5.1 Lollipop for HTC Desire HD

Just like all other developers, CyanogenMod team also don’t want HTC Desire HD to die and that’s why they have released CM12.1 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop custom ROM for mentioned phone just to keep it alive. We will show you the detailed procedure to flash this custom ROM on your phone. Just hold on!

This CM12.1 custom ROM which is based on Android 5.1 Lollipop wants you to have rooted HTC Desire HD. Also this ROM is only for HTC Desire HD and practicing it on any other device can be fatal for that device. [Verify your phone model from Settings –> About Phone]

Safety Guidelines

  • Make sure your HTC Desire HD is at least 63% or charged.
  • Ensure that you have complete backup of all your important data.
  • Make sure USB debugging is enabled on your smartphone. [If not, enable from Setting –> Developer Options]

Files Required

How to Update HTC Desire HD to Android 5.1 Lollipop via CM12.1 ROM

Step 1: Download the custom ROM and GAPPS. For easy browsing, place both the downloaded zip files on desktop of your Computer.

Step 2: Connect your HTC Desire HD to your computer to transfer the download zip files to your phone SD card. [Make sure latest HTC drivers are installed, otherwise your PC won’t recognize your phone]

Step 3: Turn Off your phone and boot it to recovery mode. [You can’t use touch in recovery mode, so use Volume Up and Down buttons for navigation and Power button for selection]

Step 4: In recovery mode, first tap on “wipe data factory reset” option to perform a factory reset. Once this is completed, go to advanced options and select “wipe the cache” followed by “dalvik cache” options to clear the cache.

Step 5: Go back to main recovery menu and select “Install zip from sd card” followed by “choose zip from SD card” and select the ROM zip file you have transferred to SD card in Step 1. Once ROM flashing is completed, repeat the same step for GAPPS.

Step 6: Repeat the above step for Google Apps (GAPPS) installation.

Step 7: Once the installation is completed, go back to main recovery menu by selecting “+++++Go Back+++++” option  and reboot your phone by choosing “reboot system now” option from main menu. For the first time, your phone might take little more time than it usually takes, so don’t be panic as it is normal and will be only for 1st time.

Enjoy! You have successfully updated your HTC Desire HD to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop using CM12.1 Custom ROM. Now don’t be shy and try the latest features of new OS from Google.