Install Android 4.0.4 ICS on HTC Explorer with CM9 Custom Firmware

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HTC Explorer users has finally received a relatively better working build of Android 4.0.4 ICS (CyanogenMod 9 – CM9) for their phone. If Galaxy Y S5360 could get a taste of Jelly Bean on their phones, then why can’t HTC Explorer get ICS Android 4.0.4, all thanks to the XDA-Developers member sakindia123.

As you continue reading below, we will guide you through the entire process of how to install ICS Android 4.0.4 CM9 custom firmware on HTC Explorer with complete step-by-step instructions. Please make sure you backup your data as given below because you never know when something might go wrong with the phone. Let’s continue with the tutorial now.

Disclaimer: All the tools, mods or ROMs mentioned below belong to their respective owners/developers. We (TeamAndroid.com) or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial ;-)

What Works

  • Audio
  • FM Radio(Use Spirit FM from Play Store)
  • Hardware Acceleration(man itz smooth)
  • Phone
  • Bluetooth
  • Wifi
  • GPS
  • Video

What Doesnt Work

  • Camera
  • HQ Videos stutter a bit
  • Some apps that require root access,refuse to function

Make sure you have installed all your USB drivers for the HTC Explorer to connect it with the computer. Download HTC Explorer 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.

UPDATE: A custom ROM with Android 4.0.4 ICS AOKP and Xperia theme is now available for the HTC Explorer. Read here for the tutorial.

Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial on the next page and update your HTC Explorer to ICS Android 4.0.4 CyanogenMod 9 custom ROM.


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  • Gautham shenoy

    Bluetooth doesn’t turn on, any solution?

  • http://www.facebook.com/imvasishth HimAnshu VasIshth

    hi, wht exactly do u mean by, camera doesn’t work, will it be totally useless??

    • http://www.sizzledcore.com Haris Nadeem

      Yes. Your Camera app will crash.

  • Hamza Azam

    I tried to Install CyanogenMod 9 ICS ROM on HTC Explorer. Did everything properly but it says installation aborted. Now when I press the start button it shows white HTC screen but doesn’t load any further. Can you help me?

    • http://www.facebook.com/yasasviraman Yasasvi Raman Devadasu

      it happened for me too …. is ur mobile working now ??

      • http://www.facebook.com/yasasviraman Yasasvi Raman Devadasu

        dont worry .. just remove the memory card and put the given files again and follow the process ..it will be alright .. it worked for me

    • hitz

      same condition here plz tell me solution

  • Sohaib

    there was no playstore when i updated my explorer to ICS

    • Taabi

      reinstall GOOGLE APPS file from Recovery Mod !

  • kevin

    i did everthing correctly n it works fine <3 ics bt how to install apps

  • sohan

    my htc explorer got switched of while installing CM9… n its been installing again since 12 hours… what should i do now …. please suggest

  • Taabi

    Followed the tutorial…
    when cell turning on first time, automatically turned off after 7 or 8 minutes.
    then i press power button. nothing was happened, i removed battery and turned it on. and it WORKS !
    BUGS (i Faced)
    1,Brightness Control not working !
    2,Camera error : Can’t Connect to the Camera !
    3, Groups name of people are not showing in messages recipients List !
    Please tell me the Solution ASAP !!!

    • Taabi

      and i found that Officially there is no BUILD 9 of Cyanogen Mod 9 for HTC EXPLORER ! :s

  • Dundi

    my camera stopped too…please tell me how to fix it :D

  • Viswanath

    I did exactly as per the instructions and there’s no mistake happened.. plz somebody tell me the solution for this..