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Install Android 5.0 CM12 on HTC Sensation Lollipop Unofficial Custom ROM

HTC Sensation users, this is a big custom ROM update for you all — Android 5.0 Lollipop as CM12 unofficial ROM. Official support was dropped by HTC a long time back, but HTC Sensation has been kept alive thanks to a developer shantur. He has released Android 5.0 Lollipop with CyanogenMod 12 features and this custom firmware comes with an impressive list of features. We are always glad to see older Android phones receiving latest Android updates. You can update HTC Sensation to Android 5.0 CM12 Unofficial Lollipop 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 5.0 CM12 Unofficial Lollipop on HTC Sensation with a custom ROM (preferably CWM Recovery). Please make sure you backup all your data as given below because this tutorial will wipe your data in the installation process of this CM12 unofficial custom ROM. Let’s continue to the tutorial now.


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Android 5.0 CM12 Unofficial Lollipop ROM Details:

This ROM is built using CyanogenMod 12 sources for the HTC Sensation and is based on the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop 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.

Here are all the features this Android 5.0 ROM comes with:

  • 3.4 Kernel based on HTC MSM8960
  • 3.4 Camera Drivers and libs
  • Continuous Autofocus in Photo and Video modes.
  • Awesome sound
  • In kernel mp-decision
  • Stock Sensation XE CPU frequency 1.5GHz
  • Fast Charge enabled
  • No known freezes or reboots

For those who are new to CyanogenMod, please read the following:

CyanogenMod (pronounced sigh-AN-oh-jen-mod), is a customized, aftermarket firmware distribution for several Android devices (See above for supported devices & how to install CyanogenMod on said devices). Based on the Android Open Source Project, CyanogenMod is designed to increase performance and reliability over Android-based ROMs released by vendors and carriers such as Google, T-Mobile, HTC, etc. CyanogenMod also offers a variety of features & enhancements that are not currently found in these versions of Android.

Here is a quick note for those who are going to install this unofficial release of CM12 for the very first time:

NOTE: Since this is not a final build, make sure you know that after installing this firmware update, your Android device can get FC errors, boot loops, several other bugs, apps might not work or worse, your phone might not boot. To fix, you will have to reinstall stock firmware or any other stable custom ROM.

Remember, this is not an official firmware update. This is a custom ROM, based on AOSP release of the Android 5.0 Lollipop.

We haven’t really found any major issues or apps that do not work with this Android 5.0 CM12 custom firmware.

There are tons of useful articles and how-to guides on Team Android for the HTC Sensation, but we think you might be interested in the following posts:

Like this CM12 Unofficial ROM based on the latest Android 5.0? We love it too and we know you are looking forward to install it on your phone now. Now please read below for important tips on how to make sure your installation goes smooth and you do not end up with any problems.

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:

Download HTC Sensation USB drivers!

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:

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 Lollipop.

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 5.0 CM12 Unofficial Lollipop custom firmware.