Install CyanogenMod 9 ICS ROM on HTC Explorer

Carrying some young blood along with a lot of “sense”, the HTC Explorer is one of the new breed generation Y devices which is being taken hands on by the youth. The reason behind this could be attributed to the faster armv7 processor whose overclocking capabilities have surpassed many droids out there who posses the Gigahertz processor ticking inside, or to the intelligently crafted HTC Sense UI 3.5 with some heavy Facebook and social media integration within itself. The HTC Explorer is surely one of the most exciting devices amongst the price category where the Taiwanese mini surely knocks the competition straight out of the vision.

Furthermore, the device has already started to receive its share of development viz. the kind of hype it has built up in the youth as we have a working recovery as well as a working Cyanogenmod 7 ROM for it besides a few bugs like the camera. The development chart of this little fellow has recently faced a facelift via the successful CM9 port which is as usable as it could be( C’mmon, you can ignore a few bugs! ).
In this post, we are going have this tutorial for you to install CM9 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM on you HTC explorer. Obviously it is indeed a kind of achievement for a small device like this with its developer community in the growth stages, to have a somewhat functional CM9 ICS ROM. This ROM surely delivers some exciting ICS experience to the users who faced a setback at their hearts when HTC decided to put phones with low ROM capacity out of the scene for an ICS update.

Features of CM9 ICS On HTC Explorer

The ROM does performs well enough to get you through almost all of the daily tasks that you have on the shelves for the day, besides a few bugs like the camera ( that is somewhat a common bug found in most of the beta ROMs out there ) but as the ROM is still under its development stages, we can assume those bugs to get fixed as the development process proceeds.
These are the things that work:

  •  Audio
  •  FM Radio(Use Spirit FM from Play Store)  Hardware Acceleration
  •  Phone
  •  Bluetooth(Next release )
  •  WiFi
  •  GPS
  •  Video

Known Bugs:

  •   Camera
  •   HQ Videos stutter a bit
  •   Some apps that require root access,refuse to function(To be fixed in next build)




If you are done with that, let us proceed with our tutorial.

Pre-Installation Tasks

  1. Back up all apps using ASTRO File Manager. You can get the APK files using ASTRO and later restore it. Rooted users can use Titanium Backup which also backs up data along with the apps.
  2. Back up all contacts to SD card.
  3. Backup SMS on Android.
  4. Backup call log on Android.
  5. Have minimum 60% charge on your phone else you might get stuck while the update process is running on your device.
  6. Remove any security or Anti-virus app if you have them installed.
  7. Enable USB Debugging. This can be don by Settings>Applications>Development and making sure that USB Debugging is checked.

Disclaimer: Hack My Android is not responsible for any damage that your device may face during this process. The developer is also not responsible for the same. There are little chances that your device may face any issue. However, try this at your own risk. This process voids the warranty of your device.

Steps to Install CM9 ICS ROM on HTC Explorer :

  1. Download the ROM zip file from the original thread.
  2. Copy the downloaded zip to the root folder of your sdcard.
  3. If you have ROM manager installed, you can proceed via it or Boot into the recovery mode.
  4. In the recovery mode, you can navigate using the volume buttons and select using menu/home button.
  5. Make a nandroid backup in recovery mode.
  6. Use these to navigate and select “Wipe” and then “Wipe data” and also consider wiping Dalvik cache if you don’t want to face “Low on memory” issues.
  7. Now, navigate through the interface choose “select zip from SD card” and select the zip file which we downloaded earlier.
  8. After it gets completed, you can flash the GAPPS file in a similar fashion and get back using the back button and select “Reboot” and you are done!.

Please! do not forget that this ROM is still under development and has some bugs, so please proceed at your own risk and help the developers’ community 🙂

If you liked this post, please leave your comments/queries/suggestions in the comments section, we’ll be happy to hear from you as I personally own this device.

  • 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 please?

  • Hamza Azam

    I have already wiped cache!

    • You need to wipe data and dalvik cache too!

      • Hamza AZam

        I have done even formatted dalvik cache too! formatted everything in the mounts and storage yet it dont work! Any idea bro?

        • Please give me complete details – how did you try to install and what happens when you turn on your phone now?

          • Hamza azam

  … This is the thread where I download the second rom. It works fine for my friend. When Install it from zip my mobile says:
            It says Finding update package.. Opening update package.. E:can't open /sdcard/
            Installation aborted.

  • Velayutham

    It worked tanks for the update lalit!! 🙂 I hope you soon come up with jelly bean lol 😉

  • Saqib Afaq

    Which on is better Explorer or wildfire give opinion

  • Vineeth Raj

    You might need to edit this post. The latest Cyanogen Mod 9.1 build #7 by sakindia123 has all the bugs fixed. The video recording bug in the Camera has also been fixed.
    If beginners need a detailed tutorial on how to install cyanogen mod,….

    This link might help.

  • Vineeth Raj

    If the update package is turning up as bad, then perhaps, your zip file might be corrupt. Try downloading it another time.

  • please temme if i dont like your's modified rom ….so heres any way to switch back my official rom of htc or not?? because i'm not sure that there your rom has no issues… cause i've already waste my last phone for doing this type of things

  • Devpriyo Bhattachary

    Thnx man.

    Perfect info and very precise steps. Its 5 in the mrng and now finally I have completed the process. Alas 🙂 installed and all is woking fine rt now. going to sleep now. hope everythin is fine whn i wake up :)….

    thanks again..



  • i have same problem too… what should ido? plz help….

    It says Finding update package.. Opening update package.. E:can’t open /sdcard/
    Installation aborted.

    • Lalit Indoria

      It is because the zip file has not been downloaded properly! You need to download it again!

      • Erick tandas

        i had same problem bout cm9 installation aborted..
        i wanna know it will work properly after stalling

        other problem is i wipe the file on sd card and the recovery file has gone and i cant set in recovery mode

        plss help 🙁