HTC One is a great Android smartphone, but for being able to properly use your device you have to update it with all the official Android releases. Furthermore, if you want to spice things up you can choose to improve the performances and personalize your HTC One by installing a custom ROM firmware based on latest release of Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS. These operations are requiring dedicated procedures as you can’t apply an update automatically – you can, but only when talking about an OTA roll out. So, because of that, during the following lines I will show you how to easily update your HTC One with both official and custom ROMs.
As I have mentioned, an OTA update can be installed automatically, so this is the easiest way in which you can update your HTC One. But, when talking about OTA releases you should know that each carrier is providing the firmware on different dates and each roll out is offered in phases or gradually. Due to same reasons not all the HTC One users will be able to flash the OS at the same time. Because of that a manual update procedure might be required.
The same manual procedure might be a must have when you will try to unbrick your HTC One. Also, you need to manually install an Android OS when you have to downgrade your smartphone to stock ROM for removing bugs and for relocking the bootloader and revoking root access. So, as you can see, learning how to manually update your HTC One is quite important. Now, during the guidelines from below I will show you how to easily flash an official Android OS on your smartphone and also I will teach you how to apply an OTA release.
On the other hand, if you want to improve the performances of your HTC One, you will have to learn how to install a custom ROM firmware on your phone. The same operation will also be explained and detailed below, so don’t hesitate and check the proper tutorial. You should know, that when flashing a custom ROM, root access is previously required. Furthermore, a custom recovery image, such as CWM or TWRP recovery must be installed on your device, as the custom update will be installed by using the same. In conclusion, all these are unofficial operations and the warranty of your handset will get void.
It is also important to know that when using a custom ROM the OTA updates can’t be noticed. Therefore, you will have to apply the updates manually. Moreover, the warranty which gets void when applying unofficial operations can be restored when installing the stock Android firmware, which means that the steps from below can be used in that matter too.
Now, before starting the proper step by step guide, take a look and apply the pre requisites from below. These preparation tasks might be completed when trying or looking forward in manually updating the HTC One with official or custom ROMs.
- A computer or notebook along with your HTC One USB cable must be near you – you will have to connect your phone with your computer at some point.
- On your phone from menu – settings – developer options you have to check the USB debugging option – else the mentioned connection can’t be properly established.
- On your computer the security programs must be temporarily disabled – do that for your antivirus and antimalware programs.
- Check the battery status of your phone: if there is less than 50% power left, plug in the charger – you device might get bricked in case it gets turned off in the middle of the update operation.
- Backup your HTC One, especially if you want to install a custom ROM – the system will be wiped out when performing this operation.
- If your device is installed with a custom recovery image, use the same and make a Nandroid backup for saving your current firmware.
- On the other hand use compatible backup apps from Google Play for saving your personal data, info and accounts such as contacts list, call logs, market apps, text messages and so on.
- Apply the tutorials from below only if you own the HTC One, because the guidelines are compatible only with the mentioned Android device.
How to Update HTC One
Flash an OTA update on HTC One
- Before applying the OTA update make sure that you can use a WiFi connection.
- Then on your phone go to menu and tap on settings.
- Up next select System Update and head to HTC Software Updates.
- Finally tap on Check now.
- If there is an OTA available, don’t hesitate and download the same.
- Then wait while the firmware is being automatically flashed on your device.
- In the end your HTC One will reboot into new version of Android OS.
Manually update HTC One with stock or Official Android OS
- On the computer you are using you need to download ROM Update Utility (RUU) from this page (choose the RUU compatible with the model of your HTC One).
- Install the program on your computer.
- Just follow the on screen prompts.
- Now run RUU and follow the instructions from being able to install the Android OS on your device.
- Connect your phone with your computer by using the USB cable.
- In the end your phone will reboot into Android OS.
Update HTC One with Android based Custom ROMs
- On your computer download the update file and Google Apps package (if the same isn’t included on the custom ROM file).
- Save the files on desktop and don’t unzip anything.
- Place these files on your phone’s SD card – first connect your smartphone with your computer by plugging in the USB cable.
- Turn off your phone and then enter recovery mode on HTC One.
- Use the recovery mode menu and select “wipe data factory reset”; then choose “wipe cache partition”.
- Also pick “advance” and then select “wipe dalvick cache”; in the end return to main menu of recovery.
- Then select “install zip from SD card” and “choose zip from SD card”.
- Pick the custom ROM and update the firmware on your HTC One – do the same for flashing Google Apps package.
- Go back, select “reboot system now” and you are done.
Good job; now you know how to safely update HTC One with stock / official or with custom ROMs. Use the comments field from below if you have questions or if you want to talk with our team or with our readers.