HOW TO: Install Android 5.0 CM12 Lollipop on HTC Explorer
We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to install Android 5.0 CM12 Lollipop custom firmware on Explorer. If you are used to installing custom ROMs on your Explorer, then this should not be any different for you.
However, for beginners, you need to root your HTC Explorer and install a custom recovery. Please Google that up if you are unsure and make sure you read the tutorial once before actually performing it on your device.
- This Android 4.2.2 tutorial is only for HTC Explorer. Please don’t try this on any other variants of the phone.
- Make sure you backup all your data in your phone before proceeding.
- This is not an official HTC software update. This is a custom third-party ROM.
- Bootloader should be unlocked. How? –> How to Unlock Bootloader of HTC Phones.
- Make sure ClockworkMod Recovery is installed on your phone.
Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:
NOTE: Make sure ADB and Fastboot is configured on your PC. How? See here: How to Set Up ADB and Fastboot with Android SDK.
Step 1 – Download Android 5.0 CM12 ROM for HTC Explorer to your computer and extract boot.img from the zip file separately.
Step 2 – Connect and mount your HTC Explorer USB (mass) memory on your computer using the USB cable.
Step 3 – Now copy/paste the downloaded Android 5.0 ROM zip file to your SD card. Make sure the file is in the SD card root.
Step 4 – Copy/paste the boot.img file to android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory.
Step 5 – Then turn OFF your phone.
Step 6 – Now to get in the Bootloader/Fastboot Mode. Turn ON the phone while pressing and holding the Volume Down + Power buttons.
Step 7 – Once in the Fastboot mode (on your phone), navigate to android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory (on your computer) and open Command Prompt (Shift + Right-click > Open Command Prompt).
Step 8 – Type the following command and press Enter.
fastboot flash boot boot.img
Step 9 – Then, type the following command and press Enter.
Step 10 – Follow the navigation instructions on the screen. Select BOOTLOADER and then go to RECOVERY. Alternatively, read this: How to Enter Recovery Mode on Any Android Phone.
NOTE: Screenshots of the ClockworkMod Recovery may change as new versions are released.
Step 11 – Once you are in ClockworkMod Recovery, select perform a full data wipe by selecting “wipe data/factory reset” as shown below. Use the Power button to select everything while in the Recovery Mode.
Step 12 – Then, perform a cache wipe by selecting “wipe cache partition” as you can see in the image below.
Step 13 – Now this is optional, but it is recommended to perform a wipe of your dalvik cache as well. You will not get into boot loops or any other errors. From CWM recovery, go to ‘advanced’ and then select “wipe dalvik cache”.
Step 14 – Then go back to the main recovery screen and select “install zip from SD card”.
Step 15 – Now select “choose zip from sdcard”. Using your volume keys, navigate to the Android 5.0 ROM zip file that you copied to your SD card and select it using the Power button. Confirm the installation on the next screen and the installation procedure should start now.
Step 16 – After the installation completes, go to “+++++Go Back+++++” and reboot the phone by selecting “reboot system now” from the recovery menu as show below.
Your Explorer will boot now and it might take about 5 minutes to boot on your first time. So, please wait.
That’s it! Your Explorer should now have Android 5.0 CM12 Lollipop custom ROM installed on your phone! Go to Settings > About phone to verify.
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