You can now install Android 4.2.1 on HTC Sensation with the help of CyanogenMod 10.1 (CM10.1) experimental build that is now available for download. HTC might never release the official Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean software update for your HTC Sensation, but the developers community is still supporting the phone with the latest Android 4.2.1 AOSP and CyanogenMod based ROMs. You can update HTC Sensation to Android 4.2.1 CM10.1 Jelly Bean using our tutorial below. Please note, ClockworkMod recovery is required to install this ROM.
As you read further, we will guide you how to backup your important data, some other important tips and then tell you how to install Android 4.2.1 CM10.1 Jelly Bean on HTC Sensation with a custom ROM (preferably CWM Recovery). Make sure you backup all your data as given below. Let’s continue to the tutorial now.
Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial 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 😉
Android 4.2.1 CM10.1 Jelly Bean ROM Details:
This ROM is built using CM10.1 sources for the HTC Sensation and is based on the latest Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean from the AOSP with all the latest Android features and Google apps. Please remember, this is an experimental build so expect lots of bugs and errors.
UPDATE: You can now also install Android 5.0 Lollipop on HTC Sensation. Read our tutorial!
HTC Sensation USB Drivers
You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for HTC Sensation properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:
Backup and Other Important Tips
Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps:
Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below for some tips on how to backup data:
- Backup your SMS messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore SMS Messages.
- Backup Contacts, Gmail and Google Data. How? –> Sync with Google Sync.
- Backup Call History. How? –> How to Backup Call History.
- Backup WhatsApp Messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore WhatsApp Messages.
- Backup APN Settings: GPRS, 3G, MMS Settings. How? Note down everything from: Settings > Wireless & Networks (More…) > Mobile networks > Access Point Names.
Samsung users can also back up data using Samsung KIES. 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.
If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up.
A few more optional tips that you should remember:
1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean.
2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?
4. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.
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All set and ready? Good. You can now head over to the next page and update HTC Sensation to Android 4.2.1 CM10.1 Jelly Bean custom firmware.