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How to Update HTC One S with TrickDroid Custom ROM

If you own the HTC One S handset and want to update it with a powerful firmware that can optimize your device so that you can receive more speed and an improved battery life, then you are in luck as a new custom ROM has been made available for your smartphone. The software is being provided by those of xda-developers who had managed to find the best way for improving the performances of your One S. Anyway, more about this as well as the proper procedure from which you can learn how to update the HTC One S to Jelly Bean TrickDroid custom ROM firmware can be checked out during the following lines.

Now, you must know that this is not the only Android 4.1 based update available and suitable for your HTC One S. So, before deciding whether to install the TrickDroid ROM or not, I recommend you to check the other firmware too. You can do this by searching through our how to section, from where you can learn how to flash the CM10 OS, ParanoidAndroid, AOKP and more. Furthermore, you must know that the present tutorial isn’t coming from HTC, as this is not an official update released by the mentioned company. That’s why you must complete a step by step method and not OTA apply the software.

As mentioned, the upgrade is coming with important features and capabilities which will easily improve the performances of your smartphone. I have displayed some of the enhancements below, so for making a proper idea about the TrickDroid ROM take a look over the same. There aren’t any reported bugs or things that aren’t working, so this is a stable a smooth platform.

HTC One S TrickDroid Custom ROM Features

HTC One S TrickDroid Custom ROM Features

The TrickDroid custom ROM was developed by third party devs and it must be installed only on the HTC One S devices. If different you can easily brick your Android powered handset. As we are dealing with an unofficial port of the Android platform, before starting the update procedure, performing a backup is the best idea. Somewhere during the proper steps you will have to wipe the system, or else the Trick Droid software will not run properly on your One S. So, save all of your personal info, at least the ones which is being stored on the internal storage memory of your phone (the SD card will not be affected). If you want to perform a full backup then you should save the contacts, the messages, the call logs, the internet settings and even the current ROM (you can restore the old one in case something wrong happens).

But the backup is not the only thing you must complete before the actual steps. You must also unlock the HTC One S bootloader as the Jelly Bean based TrickDroid ROM cannot be installed on a locked system that has the factory restrictions on board. Therefore, go and ensure that your S has an unlocked bootloader. By making such an operation, the warranty of your device will get void; be careful in what you do and if you feel uncomfortable about this, maybe it will be better to stop here. Anyway, the warranty can be restored by downgrading to the stock ROM or by applying an official update released by HTC and suitable with your One S. As already stated, be aware as unlocking the bootloader is being considered a risky operation, so you have to follow a tutorial for completing the same.

After backing up the data and after unlocking the bootloader, you must install a custom recovery image on your One S. You will use this tool for flashing the Jelly Bean update from the SD card to your phone internal system. You can get CWM recovery or TWRP Recovery. If you use CWM recovery then you will have to install the update by using fastboot, so the method will be a little bit more complicated. Below I have described only the procedure that uses the TWRP recovery and not the CWM one. You have suitable tutorials explained here on Android.gs, so don’t hesitate and use the same.

The final section of this guide (the one that still talks about preparation tasks) is referring to the last pre requisites that must be completed. First, you must be able to use a Windows running computer and the handset USB cord. On the computer and on your HTC One S there shouldn’t be any security programs installed as the update procedure might be interrupted by these tools. Then, the USB debugging option from your device must be enabled and the battery should be charged for ensuring that the handset isn’t turning off in the middle of the operation. Remember to install the Jelly Bean TrickDroid custom ROM firmware only on the HTC One S device and not on similar ones.

How to Update HTC One S with TrickDroid Custom ROM Firmware

  1. Download the update file from here.
  2. Also download Google Apps (download link here) as the package isn’t included in the update.
  3. Save the files on your computer.
  4. Then, connect the handset with the PC (use its USB cord for doing this).
  5. Copy all the downloaded files from the computer to the phone SD card.
  6. Remove the USB cable.
  7. Turn off the smartphone.
  8. Reboot in recovery.
  9. You can achieve this by pressing and holding the Volume Down button while powering on. The bootloader mode will be displayed; from here choose recovery.
  10. From recovery the first thing to perform is the wipe.
  11. For a full wipe choose “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.
  12. Select “+++go back+++”.
  13. Then, select “install zip from sd card” and “choose zip from sd card”.
  14. Pick the update file first, install it and then do the same for flashing the Google Apps package.
  15. When the installation procedure is over, select “+++go back+++” and “reboot system now”.

That was all for today. Your HTC One S has been updated to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS as the TrickDroid Custom ROM Firmware has been successfully installed on your phone. Now, test the new ROM and if there are issues or bugs in the system share the same with us. Also, if you had problems in understanding my explanations from above do tell us so that we can help you make it through. Stay close for further guides and Android related tips.

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