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How to Install CM9 on HTC Wildfire S

The HTC Wildfire S users can now update their phones with the Ice Cream Sandwich flavor as CyanogenMod 9 custom ROM is here. So, in this step by step guide we will be checking in how to install CM9 on your Android based smartphone; the operation can be completed easily, by following a few steps and of course by downloading and then flashing the ROM on your Wildfire S. You have it all explained and detailed here, so don’t hesitate and give it a try.

CyanogenMod is the most popular custom ROM among users worldwide due to the features and capabilities that are being included in the software. The CM team is developing updates suitable for many and different Android powered smartphones and tablets, updates which mostly are being based on the latest version of the Android platform. Therefore, the CM9 ROM will update your HTC Wildfire S with Ice Cream Sandwich. Of course, you will not get the classic ICS interface, or default capabilities as the ROM is coming with its own “appearance” (themes, backgrounds and so on) and features.

By flashing CM9 on your Wildfire S you will be able to power up its performances. We know that the S is a mid-range smartphone with regular to decent specs: 512 MB ROM, 512 MB RAM, 2 GB internal storage included, 5 MP camera, 600 MHz ARM 11 processor and the Gingerbread OS. Furthermore, HTC stated that the handset will not receive any more OS updates in the future, so the only way in which you can get a better firmware will be by installing a custom or beta ROM into its system. The best part is that with CyanogenMod 9 you can upgrade the Wildfire to ICS, leaving the already outdated Gingerbread away.

CM9 main features for the HTC Wildfire S

CM9 main features for the HTC Wildfire S

Once you apply this tutorial, the phone will be unchained, the system optimized and customized and opened for changes. You will gain more speed, the RAM memory will get better, the battery life will be improved, the theme manager will customize the appearances and the other features will power up the capabilities. For a better view of the same, here are some of the CM9 enhancements; read them and see if you are satisfied or not.

We are talking about a custom ROM, so the present update isn’t coming from HTC. That means you will have to previously root your Wildfire S in order to flash the firmware properly. Furthermore, a custom recovery image (we will use it for performing a wipe and for installing the update) should be installed on your device. Unfortunately, when you gain root access, the warranty will get void. You can restore it by applying an official OS (released by HTC), in your case by making a downgrade to the stock ROM, meaning that the root access will be revoked and the bootloader restored (the factory restrictions will once more be installed).

Another negative aspect that is linked with this operation is related to the data stored on your Wildfire S. During the procedure it might be wiped out or corrupted. For avoiding unpleasant situations, you should perform a backup. More info about this can be reached by searching through our previous posts (for backup guides) from where you can learn what apps you should use in order to make a full and safe backup. You can save contacts, messages, call logs, market apps, images, videos and more, so don’t think twice, just ensure that your personal info are in safe hands.

Up next, you must actually get things moving. And the first to start with are the preparation procedures. As you might know, a Windows running computer will be required as well as the phone’s USB cord. Then, on your computer and on your Wildfire S you must deactivate all the security tools because the tools can interfere with the process. Then, for being able to update the Wildfire it must be powered on during the whole operation. So, make sure that it has at least 60% of battery power remain, or else charge it first. On your handset enable the USB debugging option and remember that you have to root and install a custom recovery image on the same.

The next thing to do is to take care of the steps from below. The proper step by step guide will now begin, so read all carefully and do all as explained. Follow my directions for updating the Wildfire S and not for any other similar smartphone as you can brick its system. And try not to mess things up as the warranty is no longer in your hands.

How to Install CyanogenMod 9 on HTC Wildfire S

  1. For the first step, you should go here and download the CM9 file.
  2. Of course, save it to your computer.
  3. Then, connect the phone with the PC by using the USB cord.
  4. Just copy-paste the file downloaded before from the PC to your handset.
  5. Remove the USB cable.
  6. Reboot the device and try entering in recovery mode: press Volume Down key while powering on.
  7. From recovery menu, select: “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition” (this is why you need to do a backup).
  8. Then, from the same menu (return back with “+++go back+++”) select “install zip from sd card” and “choose zip from sd card”; just pick the file from step 4 and click “ok”.
  9. The installation process will now begin, don’t press anything, and just wait until it’s over.
  10. In the end select “+++go back+++” and “reboot system now”.

Take note that the CM9 for the HTC Wildfire is still in its first version of release, so if you find bugs in the system don’t worry, as the CyanogenMod team will take care of that as soon as a new variant of the ROM will be developed and launched. We will prompt you with the same so stay close. Also, share your thoughts with us and do tell us how things worked for you. If something wrong occurred we will do all that we can for resolving the issues.

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    • Pramod

      please tell me how to update my HTC wildfire s device ? give me a some path

    • vishal

      hi there I am trying to upgrade my wildfire s with the zip file
      mentioned above, however while on recovery mode, the “LOCKED”message is
      displayed and there are no options for steps 7 and 8, how can i go round

  • Randy

    Doing the wipes and selecting the zip file in recovery only restarts my phone back to the same Rom?? Tried it several times.:..

  • Randy

    Doing the wipes and selecting the zip file I
    n recovery only restarts my phone back to the same Rom?? Tried it several times.:..

  • ahmedayman

    i cant do it 🙁

  • Gabriel Gonzalez

    speaker and audio jack dosen’t work anymore

  • man i have a problem with saynogen 9 & wi fi is not working on it my divice htc wildfire s

    wat i have to doo ?

  • harshil

    i cant upgrede my wildfire s with android 4.0….plz help me

  • FraoJ

    Will this work with wildfire and wildfire s?

  • ki

    what is the latest version of this rom?

  • 1010

    Nice Tutorial…

  • aadaileh

    Hi there.. I am not sure where exactly to copy the zip file? In which folder? thanks

  • Adeel

    Do I Need First To Unlock Boot Loader?

    • Pieter Engelbrecht

      Yes, you will need to unlock the boot loader to install ClockworkMod Recovery. I did that and rooted mine using this guide

      I then installed the latest CyannongenMod9(alpha 9) for the wildfire s that I got here following the instructions of this guide, you will notice the one used in this guide (alpha 5) lower down the list.

      • Jasonsmedia

        Can you tell me, did this process make your phone better, faster, or free more memory? Also, was your wildfire S a gsm model? Thanks

        • Pieter Engelbrecht

          Actually the phone was my brother’s, but he likes it and advised me to update my Desire s with CM as well. He also has Link2SD (or something similar) installed and he currently has about 200-300Mbs of programs installed. It is a GSM model.

          You can do a backup of the stock android with ClockworkMod Recovery and the restore to it if you don’t like CM.

    • Oo Nahla

      i do it by “kingo root” very easy just use your pc download kingo root and connect your phone with your pc and click root and enjoy

  • nik

    i have unlocked the bootloader & when after it I reboot my phone and try entering in recovery mode a red caution is displayed on screen for hours, how to fix it, please anyone help me

    • nik

      a red caution sign with a phone on screen is displayed

      • Actually, hold the volume up for several seconds, and then press power. It worked for me…

  • jeffrey

    does this rom work for gsm as well

  • asrako

    hi there I am trying to upgrade my wildfire s with the zip file mentioned above, however while on recovery mode, the “LOCKED”message is displayed and there are no options for steps 7 and 8, how can i go round that? cheers asrako

  • Krid

    I did the whole thing. I was able to install the CM9 and it did say install complete. Then I tried rebooting but it wont go through. It goes to the whole cycle of rebooting like showing the HTC logo then it goes to a black screen and thats it. Its stuck there. Does this thing really work? HELP PLEASE!!!!!

  • joshua

    It says Installation aborted wat shld i do……..

  • Ajay Bharadwaj

    is there any jelly bean update for htc wildfire s with fully bug cleared and stable. and the rom what you provided above (cm9) is stable or not ? is there any bugs in it ? pls help me out..

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  • zohaib

    +++++Go Back means how to do this step please brief.

  • Aaron Dominic

    i tried three times and i always result in error (stat?s 7)
    pls… help

  • new me

    hi awesome upgrade but the volume doesnt work ive messed with the settings for an hour and NONTHING! please help thanks

  • WildfireSUser123

    I have the Sense Fire Kernel. Is it ok?