Install HTC Sense 4.0 ICS ROM on HTC Explorer

Its all what all of us, the owners of the HTC pico have been waiting for. We got greeted by a fully functional Android 4.0 CM9 ROM and a successful Android 4.1.2 CM10 Jelly Bean ROM port by the developers but there was something stuck in the past which was itching out the nostalgia within us. It was the HTC guys who brought this pain to us by awarding HTC Sense 4.0A to our pico’s closest sibling, the Desire C, but wait, how could we count out the team backing us up on the XDA!

Surprise! We have the HTC Sense 4.0A port done for our little pico.  You don’t believe me? have a look at those screen below!

[box_light]The ROM has been updated. Please read this.[/box_light]


About the ROM:

It is actually a direct port of the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich based ROM from HTC Desire C. Since both the devices are very closely related to each other in terms of hardware and basically the chipset being the same, our pico won’t be facing too much of difficulties in handling HTC Sense 4.0.

Since this ROM is still under development, we can’t assure you about the stability factor. All-in-all this ROM can be taken for day-to-day use if you can compensate for the absence of Bluetooth, Wifi and USB for the time being as the developers are working hard at it to get all of these bugs fixed as soon as they can.

Done with that session of introduction, let’s begin with the installation of this ROM.

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 HTC Sense 4.0A ICS ROM on your HTC Explorer :

  1. Download the zip file from the original thread.
  2. Copy the downloaded zip to the root folder of your sdcard.
  3. Boot into recovery.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions and flash the ROM zip file.
  5. Select “Wipe” and then “Wipe data” and also consider wiping Dalvik cache if you don’t want to face “Low on memory” issues.
  6. Now, navigate through the interface choose “select zip from SD card” and select the zip file which we downloaded earlier.
  7. 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!.

If your phone has booted up successfully, you’re in for a treat with the latest and best of HTC’s version of Android which they themselves couldn’t provide to us. Cheers! for dat.

If you faced any problems or have any queries/suggestions, please leave us your words in the comments section.

  • Jimivania

    its in ENGLISH language or other??????? 

  • Revit1647

    its not reading all the contacts, plus usb not working.. 

  • Nikag89

    I made instal but when i rebooted not open system just i see HTC logo and it was stopped 🙁 please help me… thank you for attention.

    • Did you wipe cache,dalvik cache and data after installing?

  • sahil

    same prob with me it sucks on logo screen….

  • goutamduttam2607

    well in that case, you got to wait more at the time of the first boot or you can install the modified version which has the same version but boots and performs a bit faster….

  • Guillermo

    how do I boot on recovery ? which instructions do i have to follow??

    • Lalit Indoria

      Turn off the phone, press and hold volume down while turning it on. You will enter HBoot. From there select "Recovery" option.

  • Guillermo

    How do i flash the rom and select wipe data and wipe dalvik????????

    • Lalit Indoria

      1) remove the battery
      2) wait for 2 sec
      3) re insert it
      4) press n hold volume down button n then press n hold power button(dont leave the volume button while pressing power button) keep holding both of the buttons until you see a white screen(you are in bootloader menu now). Now select "Recovery mode" option.

  • Arnav

    my htc is stucked on htc logo beataudio

    • Lalit Indoria

      Wipe data and dalvik cache from recovery mode.

  • arnav

    I wiped data& cache

  • Alex

    mount sd-ext patrition

    • Arnav

      i mount sd-ext partion

  • Karthik

    i have the same problem. Did all of that. HELP :'(

  • Akash

    My wildfire s 'volume down' key is not working. How can i "boot into recovery" it.

    • Lalit Indoria

      If you know to run ADB commands, you can use "adb reboot recovery" command but again you will need volume key to navigate in the recovery mode.

  • Abhinay

    hey arnav I am also facing same kind of problem….if you have found the solution ….please do share….

  • fraz

    when i instal htc sense 4 on my pico
    when i rebot my phone on start logo of htc its struck not going forward i wait til 15 min
    what i have to do

  • tulz

    logo screen is lock how solve the problem

  • jaskaran

    ‘m install 4.0 sense in htc. only htc logo only show to me. nd then the phn the systems means menu is nt opened .plz help.

    • Lalit Indoria

      Please read the post before posting. The ROM has been updated, you can find the new ROM here.

  • jaskaran

    in this sense bluetooth and wifi usb cable will be work…………….

    • Goutam Dutta

      please follow the official thread now! this ROM has been fixed by the moderator and it’s working perfect for me!

  • Siddhesh

    First of all I m not having root folder in my sdcard
    And when in boot into recovery I just see a error.screen

    • Lalit Indoria

      Root folder is nothing but the SD card itself. It is referred to as the root of SD card. What error screen do you see?

  • siddhesh

    First to go to recovery I switched off the device & removed battery and again inserted it .
    Then I pressed volume down button &.along.with it the power on button then I came into boot menu which had many options out of which I selected recovery .
    Then I got an error .on screen there was just a standing cell phone and a red coloured error sign which was shape

    • Lalit Indoria

      Did you unlock the bootloader?

  • siddhesh

    No I did not

    • Lalit Indoria

      You need to unlock the bootloader mate 🙂

  • sifdhesh

    Plsss hlp Me

  • siddhesh

    How to unlock it is there any software for it .
    If there then pls can u give me the link

    • Lalit Indoria

  • siddhesh

    i opened the website and registered myself .
    bot when i opened the boot loader and opened choose device option htc explorer or model number (A31oe) ,no such option was.
    what to do

    • Goutam Dutta

      There should be an option for other devices. Check that and proceed!

  • hammad

    im also stucked on boot screen i also do wipe data/factory reset and wipe chache partition nd reboot it come on boot manager so plzzzz tell me that what can i do now…….!!!!!

  • Bharat Varia

    Is sd ext mounting necessary to flash this rom.,
    I got flashed cyganmod rom 4.1 without any prob.
    But unabke to flash any other rom like htcsense 4.0 sense 5 bulletfx etc.,
    I tried to sd partition by device itslef for 1 gb. But it didnt get mouneted by device.showing error .,failed to mount sdext.

    Even partition by software like minitool doesnt work..
    I tried new memorycard also but d output is same.,
    Can u

  • Bharat Varia

    Bro..I already tried your rom as well.,
    I think d prob is woth sdext mounting only.
    Is there any way to fix droid making partition sucessdfully but doesnt mount it.!
    Really fade up..tried almost 7 custom roms.,only cyganmode works all othet stucks at htc logo..

  • nishant

    from where can i download the rom of htc sense4.0
    ……..given link is not downloading

  • Abbas

    wifi showing error… what to do now!!!!!

  • stronghold909

    i cant install any sense rom on my htc explorer …always stuck at HTC Quietly Brilliant screen!!!