Installing CyanogenMod on HTC Desire [Android]

Categories: Android Mobile

I’m tired of waiting for T-Mobile NL to give me FroYo (Android 2.2). Besides, that controlling which apps I can or can’t have access to.

So, let’s get to it ourselves!

Starting this process I didn’t have the needed warm and fuzzy feeling because the tutorials I found were not so detailed. Which is why I’ll describe step-by-step what I did  (actually typing while I’m going through the process myself):


Note: I’m not responsible for anything that happens to your phone and I can’t provide any support or additional information. I ran it on my own doing some research, please try to do the same if you get stuck.


  1. First, backup your apps. I did it with an app called “Astro File Manager”
  2. To get root, go to Unrevoked. Select your mobile device and your OS.
  3. I’m on a Linux machine, so after I have reflash.tar.gz downloaded on your computer, untar it, than run sudo ./reflash
  4. You’ll be guided about the next steps (connect your phone as disk drive, turn on USB Debugging).
  5. Once everything is done, I got on my phone a “ClockworkMod Recovery” boot screen. Just to be extra safe, I ran through “Backup and restore” to create a backup. After the backup was done, I chose “reboot system now”
  6. Now you should have root! 🙂 The phone should restart the looking the same as it did before.
  7. Let’s prepare to install something else. From your computer download the latest version of the radio. I got the link from here . Move the zip file to the root of your phone’s SD card.
  8. Go to the Android Market and find/install “ROM Manager” (I used the free version). After it is installed, run it and choose to boot in recovery mode. You should get a screen asking you if the action has root access, allow it and run it again.
  9. Now back in ClockworkMod Recovery, choose “install zip from sdcard”. Find the zip file you just downloaded and install it.
  10. Reboot your phone.
  11. Now back into your normal looking phone again. Go back to ROM Manager and select “Download ROM”
  12. Let’s pick CyanogenMod, latest build is given and select Google Apps as well.
  13. Once everything is downloaded, click both checkboxes “Backup existing ROM” and “Wipe Data and Cache”. Press ok.
  14. You’ll now reboot to CyanogenMod! Process done!


  • Unrevoked
  • HTC Desire full update guide to CyanogenMod.