Updating your HTC One XL is easy, even if we are talking about applying an OTA roll out, manually flashing an official Android firmware, or installing a custom ROM software. But, if you don’t know how to complete these operations, read the guidelines from below and use the method you need in order to safely update your HTC One XL.

When a new OTA (over the air) Android update is being released, the same firmware is being rolled out in phases or gradually depending on each carrier or market. Thus, the OTA update will be made available in different times for the HTC One XL users. Due to same reasons, you might want to learn how to manually flash the official Android OS on your smartphone. In order to do so, you will first have to download the software on your computer and then by using a dedicated tool you will be able to flash the update on your One XL – we will discuss more about the proper installation procedure during the guidelines from below.

Manually updating your HTC One XL represents an official operation because you will apply the stock Android OS on your HTC One XL and not a custom update. Thus, the same firmware as the OTA release will be flashed only you will be using a manual procedure and not the default one. Furthermore, when dealing with an official update you data will be in safe hands, though a backup operation is recommended when you apply the Android OS manually as in rare cases the data might get corrupted.

On the other hand, if you want to install a custom ROM firmware (such as CM11, AOKP, ParanoidAndroid and so on) on your HTC One XL, you should know that you are about to complete a risky and complex operation. An unofficial update can be flashed by using dedicated procedures, so you should be an advanced Android user when looking forward in using a custom ROM. Also, a custom firmware can’t be installed unless you have previously rooted your HTC One XL and installed a custom recovery image, such as CWM or TWRP recovery on your phone.

All the mentioned operations aren’t official, thus by updating the HTC One XL with a custom ROM (CM11, AOKP, ParanoidAndroid, etc.) the warranty of your device will get void. Unfortunately this aspect can’t be avoided so try not to mess things up as you can end up in bricking your handset. Anyhow, the warranty can be restored as soon as you revoke root access and reinstall the factory and default restrictions on your device – just update your One XL with stock or official Android OS and you are done.

Also in this case – when a custom ROM firmware will be installed – the backup must be completed because on the update process a wipe will be performed. You need to use compatible backup and restore apps in order to save everything that you might need afterwards, including personal data, info, accounts and market apps, contacts, call logs, text messages or internet settings. Do note that you can anytime use backup and restore apps from Google Play and you can use the custom recovery image for saving your current ROM by applying a Nandroid backup on your HTC One XL.

Now, before doing anything else you need to ensure that you can use a computer, your phone and its USB cable. Since you will have to connect your One XL with your PC, on your phone the USB debugging option must be enabled – just head towards menu – settings – developer options. Furthermore, on your computer you should temporarily deactivate the antivirus, antimalware and any other security program. Also, your smartphone should be charged especially if the battery status shows less than 50% power left – your handset might get bricked if it gets turned off in the middle of the flashing procedure.

This step by step guide is compatible only with the HTC One XL. So, use the guidelines from below for updating the mentioned Android smartphone – else you can end up in bricking or damaging your smartphone or tablet.

How to Update HTC One XL

How to update with OTA release

It is important to use a WiFi connection and not your data plan when applying the steps from below.

  • On your phone go to Menu.
  • Then tap on Settings.
  • Head towards About Phone.
  • Tap on Software version option.
  • Just check if a new update is being available for your One XL.
  • Download the firmware and wait while the Android OS is being automatically flashed on your device.
  • Done; that’s how you can apply the OTA roll out on your One XL.

Manually update with an official Android OS

First on your computer set up ADB: install Android SDK on Windows or set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux. Now, you can either use a Nandroid backup file (you can have it if you have made a Nandroid backup previously or you can just download a Nandroid backup from the web) or the official RUU that’s compatible with your HTC One XL.

On your computer Fastboot program must be installed. Then you have enter your One XL on fastboot mode. Then, connect your handset with your computer via USB cable and on the same folder as Fastboot on your computer open a command prompt window. On the same cmd window, type “fastboot oem lock”. Now just run the RUU file and that’s it, the stock Android OS will be flashed on your Android smartphone.

Update using a custom ROM firmware via CWM / TWRP recovery

  1. Download the custom ROM and the Google Apps package on your computer.
  2. Don’t unzip these files – just connect your One XL with your PC and transfer the files on your phone’s SD card.
  3. Then unplug the USB cord and enter recovery mode on HTC One XL.
  4. From recovery mode select “wipe data factory reset”.
  5. Then choose “wipe cache partition”, pick “advanced” and select “wipe dalvick cache”.
  6. Go back to main menu of recovery and select “install zip from SD card” and “choose zip from SD card”.
  7. Pick the custom ROM file and flash the same; repeat the process and install the Google Apps package.
  8. In the end, from recovery select “reboot system now” and you are done.

Congratulations; you have successfully completed our step by step guide. So now you know how to easily update HTC One XL with both official / stock Android OS and with custom ROMs firmware like CM11, AOKP or ParanoidAndroid. Do share your experience with us and with our readers by using the comments field from below. If you have problems, we will try to assist you as soon as possible.

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