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Install Android 4.0.4 ICS AOKP Custom ROM on HTC Desire HD

HTC has recently announced that they have dropped their plans of releasing Android 4.0 ICS for HTC Desire HD. Earlier this year, HTC posted a list online which said that HTC Desire HD would be one of the Android phones which would receive the official Android 4.0 ICS software update. But that isn’t the case. This isn’t stopping anyone from not having Android 4.0.4 ICS on their Desire HD, thanks to IceColdSandwich AOKP custom ROM.

As you continue reading below, we will guide you through the process of how to install ICS Android 4.0.4 AOKP (IceColdSandwich) on HTC Desire HD with complete steps. Remember, your data will be wiped and you will lose all your settings and apps. Make sure you backup your data as given in the coming steps below.

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UPDATE: You can now install Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on HTC Desire HD. To read more on how to install and other instructions, visit the link below:

Android 4.0.4 ICS AOKP custom ROM will let you enjoy the stock Android experience on your HTC Desire HD without any HTC Sense. It is the pure vanilla version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with many mods and under the hood tweaks / optimizations.

Make sure you have installed all your USB drivers for the HTC Desire HD to connect it with the computer. Download HTC Desire HD USB drivers! Apart from just the USB drivers, there are a few more things that you need to take care of.

1. You need to enable USB debugging mode. This helps to connect your Android phone with the PC. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging.

2. Your phone battery should be 80-85% charged. If your phone goes off suddenly because of battery, during flashing ROMs or installing mods and updates — your phone might go dead permanently. See here: How to Check Battery Percentage.

3. Backup all your important data that you might need as soon as your flash a new ROM, or make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below on how to backup data:

4. Your phone should be factory unlocked. Additional instructions for locked Android devices will be added in the tutorial for unlocking devices.

Data can also be backed up using HTC Sync for HTC devices, but if you backup data manually, you get more options what to choose from and it is very easy to move data across Android devices from different manufacturers, i.e moving Samsung Galaxy Note backup data to HTC One X.

Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial on the next page and update HTC Desire HD to Android 4.0.4 ICS custom firmware.