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HTC Desire S Ice Cream Sandwich Update Now Available



HTC promised to roll out the HTC Desire S Ice Cream Sandwich update to its website soon and it looks like the manufacturer made good on its promise today as the HTC Desire S Ice Cream Sandwich update is now available.

The software is currently available on HTC’s (Select other, and then find files) website, something that HTC promised that it would do yesterday, and it can be downloaded by HTC Desire S owners right now.

HTC’s Desire S ICS RUU is a whopping 404.0 MB in size which means that owners are going to have to use some patience when downloading and installing the ROM.

Read: 4 Reasons Why the HTC ThunderBolt ICS Update Could Be Late.


HTC has released the HTC Desire S ICS update.

As promised, HTC has given HTC Desire S owners a choice as the software will only be available for a manual installation which means owners will have the option to stay on Android 2.3 Gingerbread if they wish.

Those that wish to make the upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich though now have the ability to.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is a vast improvement over Android 2.3 Gingerbread, at least from a features standpoint. We don’t know yet how well it runs on the HTC Desire S.

ICS brings a new user interface to the table, a new and improved Browser, Face Unlock, and a whole lot more. It’s not Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but it’s certainly a great piece of software.

Screen Shot 2012-08-31 at 9.27.21 AM

So now the attention turns to two Verizon-based devices, the Droid Incredible 2 and the HTC ThunderBolt, both of which were promised ICS by the end of August.

Thus far, HTC remains mum about the Ice Cream Sandwich release dates for both devices leaving owners wondering whether or not the company will live up to its promise.

Read: HTC Dodges ThunderBolt Ice Cream Sandwich Update Questions.

We should know for sure in less than 24 hours.

HTC Desire S owners though can now enjoy their upgrade to Android 4.0. Be sure to let us know how the upgrade works out.



  1. Michael

    08/31/2012 at 11:02 am

    using the ICS for the last 30 minutes and the first thing noticed is a slight lag. However that is forgiven. What bugs me right now is that the swiftkey keyboard is extremely unresponsive to the extent it is difficult to tap in every letter.

    • hassan

      08/31/2012 at 12:50 pm

      how do we perform a manual upgrade?

      • Michael

        08/31/2012 at 11:16 pm

        First, visit

        Second, Filter the results in Device by selecting Desire S. The first file to show on the filtered results would be 404 mb RUU file. Download this file.

        Third, Extract the downloaded .exe file and run it. Follow the instructions that appear once you run the file and read the ‘Read me’.


        • Santosh Thakur

          09/12/2012 at 2:10 am

          Thank you so much………….

        • Antony Dick

          10/01/2012 at 8:22 pm

          Thank you so much guys… You guys rock :) I had my Desire S updated to ICS last night and it works like a charm. At first the setup blew me off but then I had to restart the phone and then do the same process again and the setup was easy and quick.

          • Aarush Gupta

            11/19/2012 at 12:57 am

            Is it work in India too…??
            Is it my sim card works when I run wwe carrier..??

          • harsh

            12/07/2012 at 1:51 am

            hey guys does this ics file will work n india

        • cliff

          12/20/2012 at 9:57 am

          hi i did exactly what you said as well as the instructions and iam getting a error 171 usb connection error everytime
          please help me

        • kristine chavez

          08/20/2013 at 7:09 am

          hi. im front the philippines, and im bothered if i will use the files for europe/asia. my phone might not work anymore or may change language. help please. if the files wont affect the signal or language in my phone, i will use it. thank you.

          • naomi

            10/05/2013 at 7:48 pm

            hi were you able to update you htc desire to android 4.0? thanks

    • Muhammad Rehan Hussain

      09/03/2012 at 4:46 am

      Now is the best chance to install APEX launcher on your ics…I did it after a day or two of experiencing the HTC Sense 3.6…And well…the difference is like both of them are world’s apart…APEX launcher is the gives you the real experience of ICS…and yes HTC Sense is a bit laggy…and unresponsive sometimes…Trust me..,APEX in the best…but please buy the pro version…

    • Hemant

      09/05/2012 at 11:40 am

      My Swiftkey is working as on 2.3 after the upgrade to 4.0.4. In fact, it also has all my old language data… !

  2. bafad

    08/31/2012 at 12:50 pm do I install the file manually to my Desire S?thanks

    • Muhammad Rehan Hussain

      09/03/2012 at 4:52 am

      Goto and then goto Kernel Source code and after filtering for Desire S…download the WWE region v4.0 RUU update (404 MB) and then connect your phone to your pc (In Charge Only mode) and please backup your data and apps if any from your phone (Use ASTRO File manager to do so). The setup wont interfere with the data in your SD card so no need to backup your SD card…Also make a backup of your contacts..Now start the setup (from the downloaded archive)..Follow on-screen instructions…you are done…!!!

      • flex

        03/25/2013 at 10:42 am

        which region is WWE region

  3. Chris Welton

    08/31/2012 at 3:06 pm

    You guys are amazing. You talk as if HTC has bestowed some God-almighty favor on the Desire S users just by ‘releasing’ an RUU when it should have been an OTA after THEY worked the bugs out, not the users. Piss-poor HTC service as usual

    • Gouki

      09/03/2012 at 8:06 am

      lol God-Almighty… Looks like I have some one on my side…

    • William Shwer

      09/04/2012 at 7:36 am

      If you’re so mad at HTC, why did you open the article?

  4. rich

    08/31/2012 at 3:29 pm

    I may be being dense as new to smartphone malarky but what is ruu and ota. And how do i update this manually?

  5. Mukesh Singh

    08/31/2012 at 8:15 pm

    Updated ICS on Desire S. Amazing ROM…. Better performance in comparison to Gingerbread….

  6. ubaid

    08/31/2012 at 11:08 pm

    HTC promised that we will release an OTA update instead of any RUU update, Its time to change mobile phone go for Samsung or sony rising companys and a lot care for their customers. we should throw out this type of company.

    • aziz ansari

      09/10/2012 at 11:51 am

      its true ubaid,I m also very tired after update to ics this version is a very big problem of weak network signal and screen light automaticly on/off.then I called to htc but no slovtion any more.I think htc will go out.not responcing to there cutomer.

  7. ubaid

    08/31/2012 at 11:11 pm

    RUU update for desire s after 6 months??? Great shame on HTC.

  8. jakevollrath

    09/01/2012 at 1:55 am

    will there be an OTA update?

    • ubaid

      09/01/2012 at 2:11 am

      Unfortunately HTC cancelled the ICS 4.0.4 update for the HTC desire s through OTA, HTC really does not care about their customers, recently HTC himself promised that Their will be an OTA update of ICS 4.0.4 for desire s at the end of August but they did not do. Releasing the RUU update really shamefull, HTC is doing the same mistake which nokia did their customers, and you can see nokia’s position today.

  9. Alex (@twoayem)

    09/01/2012 at 7:51 am

    Not managed to complete the RUU update with an Orange branded Desire S, just stalls sending the updated to the phone. Will try it with an unbranded one later on.

    • Alex (@twoayem)

      09/01/2012 at 9:15 am

      Still no joy with an unbranded Desire S. Anyone else using Win7 x64?

      • Chris Welton

        09/01/2012 at 9:29 am

        I have Win7 x64 and a Desire S but was trying to psych myself up to do the thing!
        I think it would probably be best to do a reset (after backup, (btw I use MobileGo)) to close any apps before running the RUU.

        • Alex (@twoayem)

          09/01/2012 at 10:40 am

          Yeah, tried with a factory reset too, thought free space might have been the issue.

      • Hassan

        09/01/2012 at 9:39 am

        works for me on windows 7. Does anyone know if we can upgrade htc sense?

      • Pranay

        09/04/2012 at 7:54 am

        yes even i am stalled after the sending screen.
        gives error..

  10. sarath

    09/01/2012 at 10:37 am

    Can we update desire s to ics in India?

    • Chris Welton

      09/01/2012 at 10:43 am

      Sarath: Did you checkout the list at ?

      • Chris Welton

        09/01/2012 at 10:44 am

        Sarath: Sorry I thought I was posting in html, the link is:

      • sarath

        09/01/2012 at 9:47 pm

        Chris: went through the link “” but able to see only “WWE”(RUU) and “CHS” when filtered for ics desire s.Can any one help for this?

    • Prince

      09/02/2012 at 11:19 am

      Yes its a WWE(World Wide Edition). You can update it. I’ve updated mine. And its working.

  11. pradeep

    09/01/2012 at 11:54 am

    IS this iCS update for indian customers too

  12. pradeep

    09/01/2012 at 11:56 am

    what does the region WWE mean?? which part of the world is it?

    • Chris Welton

      09/01/2012 at 12:21 pm

      WWE means World Wide English

      • pradeep

        09/01/2012 at 11:22 pm

        thnx chris

      • rpdnn

        01/08/2013 at 8:13 am

        Means World Wide EDITION

  13. ER Samson

    09/01/2012 at 3:38 pm

    On my Desire S, ICS runs snappier than Gingerbread, the UI runs smoother. not sure about power consumption yet — but it also seems to have better performance than the previously installed Android OS (at least from what I remember based from the slope of the battery graphs being shown).

    I also was able to restore everything from pre-ICS settings (I only have four other apps installed and Google Play store remembers it), was able to restore all SMS from backup (using the stock messaging backup), all contacts was retrieved from Gmail (I moved all my contacts there), and finally the update didn’t seem to touch the SD card — so all my camera shots were still present.

    Also, the haptic feedback returns, it took me a while to remove it and it almost drove me nuts. Any here are the steps since the settings are quite buried deep inside.

    ** Settings -> Language & Keyboard -> Keyboard & Input methods category -> Touch Input (press the sliders on the right side) -> Text input -> Vibrate when typing checkbox

    ** Settings -> Sound -> Vibrate feedback checkbox

    Note that when doing the upgrade using RUU, make sure to follow the PDF Step-by-Step! I also updated my HTC Sync to the latest one to be sure (3.2.2 for my phone, kept the Adobe Air version that came along with HTC Sync).

    • Chris Welton

      09/02/2012 at 1:49 am

      ER Samson: Nice guide, thanks. Is the Sync update? included in the RUU?

  14. sarath

    09/01/2012 at 11:57 pm

    Took risk and updated to ics through RUU in india.Its working fine till now and looks gr8.

    • pradeep

      09/02/2012 at 1:19 am

      Hi Sarath can u plz tel me how to update..derz a 404mb file..shd i dwnload it to my pc first or directly on the phone..plz help

      • sarath

        09/02/2012 at 1:28 am

        :Pradeep just download the file to your pc ,install it and follow the steps in the PDF given with exe .that’s it

        • pradeep

          09/02/2012 at 3:10 am

          ok thnx Sarath but d downlaod is failing again n again aftr abt 200mb it dsnt download..tried 3 times now..

          • pradeep

            09/02/2012 at 3:37 am

            Its the 4th time now n at exactly 197mb the download stops sayin The download was taking too long and was stopped by the network…wat shd i do?

    • amar

      10/18/2012 at 6:30 pm

      hi sarath i downloaded and i installed but my phone is not working how to got previous vision of 2.3.3 can u mail me….

    • Arun Menon

      11/28/2012 at 7:48 am

      Hi Sarath,

      Can u help to get the link to download for india region

  15. ravitejakvrg

    09/02/2012 at 2:10 am

    Is it possible to rollback to gingerbread in case of any problem?

  16. john

    09/02/2012 at 6:13 am

    hi thanks for all the advice managed to download files but error message ; the document cannot be opened because it is not a valid pdf document any advice would be greatly appreciated

  17. WKO

    09/02/2012 at 10:47 am

    Its much better and alot faster now!No lag,no bugs,everything works perfect!Now have even more free ram (~300mb),on 2.3 i had like 150~190.Thank you HTC!

  18. Prince

    09/02/2012 at 11:16 am

    I updated my HTC Desire S. It has got better performance than the Gingerbread. The looks were awesome.

  19. john

    09/02/2012 at 11:18 am

    am i being stupid , do i need a computer to download this upgrade, i cannot believe how htc can leave novices like me , one minute excited about an update and then so frustrated. it might have taken months of waiting for this upgrade. but for htcs disrespectful attitude to their customers ,it has taken me a day of frustration to decide to never buy htc again.

    • Chris Welton

      09/02/2012 at 11:56 am

      Yes John, you have to download the .zip file to a computer or laptop.

      Make sure your computer will not hibernate or shutdown for the next while then connect your Desire S to a USB port on the computer.

      It’s best to backup the phone and make sure it is charged -up before running the download (by double-clicking it).

      There are two files in the archive — the RUU software upgrade file (ending in .exe) and an instruction list (ending in .pdf).

      Open the .pdf file to view the instructions (good idea to print it for reference) then double-click the file ending in .exe

      Then cross your fingers !

  20. ubaid

    09/02/2012 at 10:51 pm

    I updated my HTC desire s yesterday, I live in Islamabad (Pakistan) the official RUU update from HTC is really amazing, its work very fine no any lag or bug I found, thanks HTC for the official RUU update.

    • Hassann

      09/09/2012 at 10:35 am

      ubaid can you give me your number.. and plz guide me how to To install ICS on Desire s :( I m having error :(

      • ubaid

        09/09/2012 at 10:56 am

        Hassann first of all install the RUU update file which is 404.0 mb file from htcdev with the help of mozilla Firefox no use any other browser. when you install it then revert back I will guide u bro.

    • morshedul alam

      11/16/2012 at 10:38 am

      salam plz say me how u update htc desire

    • waseem

      02/02/2013 at 8:11 am

      hi ubaid bhai i am also from islamabad i also have htc desire s, can u tell me plz how can i update my cell to v4.04 and is it working in pakistan or not please reply me on my email i.e ([email protected])

  21. sanjay

    09/03/2012 at 3:19 am

    I have updated to ICS and all working gr8. Performance and battery backup increased.

  22. srirup goswami

    09/03/2012 at 4:05 am

    this is Srirup, last week i took the RUU and upgraded my phone…….i should say the previous 2.3.5 was better than 4.0.4……after installing the RUU its was damn slow then a total reset recovered a bit….

    few bugs i found:
    1. cant set any static ip wireless
    2. go launcher is reacting very slow in transition etc
    3. swift key x was not properly working until upgraded to 3.0, even the new version is not so responsive
    4. in go task manager the maximum free ram is going up to 220MB(in 2.3.5 it used to go 300MB)
    5. connecting issue as turned the phone router
    6. switching between application is visually good but very slow
    7. fancy animated phone lock dose not work smooth
    8. expected slow motion mode in camera
    9. the same version of go sms is working very slow

    Besides these all everythings are fine………over all the phone is working very slow rather than before. Not satisfied. If anybody have any solution please let me know.

    mail: [email protected]

  23. pradeep

    09/03/2012 at 5:40 am

    Hi guys need a help..for the update should the phn be connected to HTC sync or Disk drive mode..In the pdf file whch has come wt the download it just says (Your phone is connected to your PC using a USB cable. The PC must recognize your phone.)

    • WKO

      09/03/2012 at 5:55 am

      “Charge only” will be enough.

  24. Dhruvin Sheth

    09/03/2012 at 6:29 am

    updated to ics …. works like a breeze::::-)

  25. michael k

    09/03/2012 at 6:33 am

    Don’t know y its called ics ,cause to me its just gingerbread + if I’m honest, no face unlock it doesn’t look anything like ice for desire s on any vids I’ve seen

  26. Tony

    09/03/2012 at 9:25 am

    Worked well for me and does everything it should. HTC desire s on orange. Great to get rid of the orange apps as well by using the Ruu

    • Robert Spencer

      09/05/2012 at 2:58 am

      Hi Tony – are you on Orange UK? Deciding whether to do the update myself.. would be great to finally get rid of all Oranges crap. Cheers

  27. dodko

    09/03/2012 at 11:18 am

    Thanks for posting this. I’m already downloading it, hope it runs well.

  28. fedup

    09/03/2012 at 11:52 am

    I presume that the ics RUU update is not possible with a Mac OS X computer?

    • jono w

      09/03/2012 at 5:40 pm

      It is if you can run HTC sync with virtual box. But i just borrowed a PC for the ease. Download the file on your mac put it on a memory stick along with htc sync if you dont have it on you phone and use a pc for 10 min to update it. its super easy.

      • fedup

        09/04/2012 at 2:26 am

        Ok, thanks!

  29. Titan

    09/03/2012 at 11:58 am

    RUU worked on my Desire S (Orange RO)

  30. Ken

    09/03/2012 at 11:26 pm

    Updated using the RUU and all is running fantastic. Fast, stable and nice.

  31. zupernovae

    09/03/2012 at 11:58 pm

    If the phone is rooted already, can I use the same methode? (just download the ruu then update via laptop?)

    • jono w

      09/05/2012 at 3:49 pm

      it says it will unroot your phone with the update

  32. Perumal

    09/04/2012 at 1:57 am

    My desire S updated works fine except the front camera and the usb connection. Any suggestion pse?

  33. panewby

    09/04/2012 at 3:12 am

    Have downloaded the update, will wait a few days before i install it i think until there is more feedback. so far comments seem mixed. I’ve been thinking about routing my phone but not sure.

    • Chris Welton

      09/04/2012 at 3:43 am

      After replying to messages above and seeming to be an ‘expert’ on the RUU procedure I have to report that the update failed to install. Although I’m relieved that my phone is still a virgin and runs OK (whew!) ;)

  34. Adiko

    09/04/2012 at 7:39 am

    Just updated my Desire S last night, everything seems to work perfect…sim free UK.

  35. Dhiraj

    09/04/2012 at 8:58 am

    Installed it last night (India Time) and it’s working fine for me in New Delhi (India)..however not much difference i can see except for the fact that the screen looks a little compact the same way we change the resolution on our PC’ processing speed, camera, music is all working fine..will update if found anything bad :)

  36. JP Rask

    09/04/2012 at 1:42 pm

    Installation went smooth without any problems. I’m on a Windows XP laptop and use Swedish mobile operator Telia. Previous android on my HTC Desire S was Ginger Bread. No comments yet on performance and experience of ICS, but now it’s time to start using it :-)

  37. sher

    09/05/2012 at 3:53 am

    I’ve already installed it and it seems to run fine. Better than Gingerbread.
    But, how do I change the size of my widgets and also why is the lockscreen still the same?????

  38. Fede

    09/06/2012 at 3:12 pm

    Has anyone else noticed that when updating to ICS and locking the phone with the upper-button, sometimes, the screen turns on again and you are able to open the slide-menu?

  39. Alistair May

    09/06/2012 at 3:45 pm

    OK, I upgraded per instructions. However, the phone is now saying “No SIM card”.


    I’m with T-mobile. How do I fix this, alternatively how do I undo the upgrade?

  40. Alistair May

    09/06/2012 at 5:39 pm

    OK, I took the SIM out and put it in again – bingo

  41. joyshinde

    09/07/2012 at 8:00 pm

    updated ICS on my Desire S, now my fonts are smaller and so are the icons. Otherwise it feels smoother than before. Once problem is with SMS, I am not able to pick up the underlined phone numers from the text. Does anyone know how to fix this?

  42. Lolzz

    09/08/2012 at 12:59 am

    Is it ok to upgrade it if i’m on Asia (Philippines)?

    • a

      09/24/2012 at 4:15 pm

      HI! I’m from the same country. were you able to upgrade yours? Do you need to run htc synch during the update? Should your phone be in charging or disk drive mode? Do I have to root my phone before updating?

  43. Rajiv

    09/08/2012 at 8:17 am

    Thankz…. I have been searching it for months and then finally with ur help I got it. It is working great. Though I am disappointed with HTC as they did not deliver what was xpected. Also the GUI is almost the same as the previous version. But @ the end nothing is better than something. HTC could have done better

  44. Eugene

    09/08/2012 at 8:34 pm

    Okay…so with the ICS on my phone, i right away notice the sluggishness n its extremely annoying. Quite a few good features, but i still think the upgrade hasn’t done enough to impress.

  45. pal206

    09/09/2012 at 3:08 am

    hey, please help me,
    Anyone who istalled this ICS for Desire s can helps me that this WWE RUU is Include the Hungarian language? thankin u in advance.

    • szabczy

      09/22/2012 at 1:13 pm

      The ICS upgrade for Desire S does not contain the Hungarian option.
      If you install the application ‘MoreLocale2’ the Desire S will behave as a hungarian phone with all of the correct translations. I’ve tried it already.

  46. Hassann

    09/09/2012 at 10:32 am

    Cant update having error.. i am from lahore.. please someone give me his number.. And guide me there Plz :(

  47. aziz ansari

    09/09/2012 at 2:07 pm

    after update ics 4.0.4 I face a problem for weak network.

  48. RaresB

    09/10/2012 at 2:33 am

    HTC ROM Upgrade Utility
    Installation Instructions:
    1. Hardware Requirements (PC)
    1 GHz or higher processor clock speed recommended
    512 MB of RAM or higher recommended
    Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher-resolution video adapter and monitor
    150 MB of available free hard disk space
    USB 2.0 is required
    2. Software Requirements -Supported Operating Systems (PC)
    Windows XP Home / Professional / Media Center Edition Service Pack 2 and 3 (32-Bit)
    Windows Vista Ultimate / Enterprise / Business/ Home Premium/ Home Basic Edition (32 & 64-Bit) Service Pack 1
    Windows 7 Ultimate/ Professional/ Home Premium / Home Basic Edition (32 & 64-Bit)
    Microsoft Office Outlook 2000, XP, 2003, 2007 and 2010-32 & 64 Bit.
    3. Installation Instructions
    Before you proceed the ROM Update Utility (RUU), please confirm the following items:
    (1) This software upgrade is a newer version than what is currently installed on your phone. If it is the same version and your phone is operating normally, there is no need to reinstall the software.
    To check what version is installed on your phone, press Home > Menu > Settings > About phone >
    Build number, and note the Build number.
    (2)HTC Sync has been installed on your PC.HTC Sync can be found on the Micro SD card that was shipped with your phone. You can also download and install HTC Sync at
    (3) Your phone is connected to your PC using a USB cable. The PC must recognize your phone.
    (4)Standby and hibernation mode on your PC has been disabled.
    (5)Close all running applications on the PC.
    (6)The Screen unlock pattern has been disabled, press Home > Menu > Settings > Security and uncheck Require pattern
    (7) Make sure that the battery level of the phone is at least 30% (at least 3 green blocks). To check the battery level, tap Home > Menu > Settings > About phone > Battery > Battery level.
    (8) Once the RUU is downloaded, launch the application on your PC and follow the instructions on screen.
    * Please note that this upgrade will erase any data stored on the phone. We recommend that you back up all your data before performing this upgrade.
    * This is a generic software update. Any additional software or settings provided by your mobile operator or company will be lost. If you require this customization, please contact your supplier first before upgrading.
    * The update will take up to 10 minutes, DO NOT interrupt the update process, make/receive phone calls, disconnect the phone from the PC, or press any buttons until the process has been completed.
    * Click View Read me when executing the ROM Upgrade Utility (RUU) to view detailed upgrade procedure, error message information or Q&A.

    • Basu

      11/17/2012 at 10:00 pm

      I have downloaded the RUU file successfully. Will this update work with a Win 8 PC or should I use a PC with Win XP ?

  49. Geethal

    09/10/2012 at 10:00 am

    Hi. Just update to ICS. First ipression was “THANKS GOD.. NOTHING HAPPENE TO MY PHONE..” And it looks great.. Works fine..

  50. Ross

    09/10/2012 at 10:36 am

    When I go to run the RUU it warns me about it being a development only update? Do I need to worry about this or is it fine?

    Also, has anyone had problems with their SD Card not working afterwards? Someone said it was a good idea to remove it before hand as they had to format it to get it to work again.


  51. winmarker

    09/10/2012 at 1:09 pm

    My carrier is orange but i need to know before update if i install HTC carrier one will it work ?

  52. OmaR shokry

    09/10/2012 at 2:46 pm

    Upgrading HTC Desire S to custom Android 4.0.3 ICS ROM :)
    go to link and have fun :

    • winmarker

      09/11/2012 at 5:02 pm

      thanks a lot works fine =)

  53. Potter

    09/11/2012 at 3:11 am

    Thank you for contacting HTC regarding your HTC Desire S.

    My name is David and I am a Technical Support Agent for the HTC Written Team.

    I understand that you are currently querying the release of Android 4.0 to the HTC Desire S.

    After much investigation and research on the issue Mike, HTC has decided not to release the Android 4.0 update as a Firmware Over The Air (FOTA) release. Instead of the FOTA, we have released the update as an RUU available through the HTC Developers web site (

    This update is only recommended for users who want to experience Android 4.0 and fully understand the limitations which apply to this update. We are offering the ROM upgrade utility (RUU) for you to download. Before proceeding with the download, please be aware that all regional customizations, including operator applications, will be removed. It is also important to note that flashing this ROM will erase your previous customizations, including any messages, emails, contacts, and other personal information. We suggest you take advantage of your Google account or other backup solutions available through the Google Play Store to ensure you do not lose your personal data. Your SD Card will not be erased or modified.

  54. fawazfazi

    09/11/2012 at 3:56 am

    Guys plzz help.. my desire S is not connecting with the PC through data cable, i tried to change the cable nd PC too.. i did everything but it just start charging and nothing happens. even no notification is shown on the notification bar.
    Is there any other way to upgrade my phone without data cable..?? bcoz its seems like cable is not gonna work :(

  55. YJ

    09/11/2012 at 8:43 am

    I had a problem! Although I have my phone connected, the ERROR [170} USB CONNECTION ERROR kept coming out!

    I followed everything on the guide,installed HTC Sync all that stuff. Its still the same :(
    There’s also a “USB Debugging Connected” warning every time I run the RUU, not really sure to tick or untick it. It says its intend for development purposes only,I tried either way by ticking or unticking. The ERROR still comes out.

    Someone help please,really appreciate it. Thanks in advance.

    • Errol Greer

      10/08/2012 at 1:47 am

      I have the same problem. The computer (Win 7 Pro) and windows sees the phone. Indeed I can open it up in Win Explorer, but I also get your error 170. Have you got a solution yet ?

  56. jarmo

    09/11/2012 at 1:08 pm

    ITs totally crap, i will downgrate it , many features doesnt work, even always on flash mode in default camera, doesnt show new numbers , just says uknow number and doesnt show it .

  57. Steen

    09/11/2012 at 2:15 pm

    I downloaded the RUU, followed the instructions and about 10 mins later my Desire S was up and running again with Android 4.0.4. It works like a charm and it performs better than the old OS. Great job guys!

  58. Priti

    09/11/2012 at 9:39 pm

    At the time of update i am getting an error like “Cannot connect to your andriod phone” then it asks me to exit the setup. Can anyone help me , i have HTC synch installed in the pc too .. still i dont know why this error comes.

    • Errol Greer

      10/08/2012 at 1:42 am

      I have the same problem. I am running Windows 7 Pro. The computer shows that the phone is connected. I can even open it up in Windows Explorer and see the contents, but I also get the message that you have. Did you get any help after posting your comment ?

  59. Vikrant

    09/12/2012 at 6:25 pm

    As i was installing the RUU software i saw the file was named as (RUU_SAGA_ICS_35_S_HTC_Europe_14.01.401.2_Radio_20.76.30.0835_3831.19.00.110_release_275068_signed)
    just one doubt about for the “Europe” thing, is this seriously for all over the world?

  60. Vikrant

    09/12/2012 at 8:58 pm

    And a new problem has come up with Desire S RUU update is that if you do this update you will void the warranty of your phone.
    Confirmed with the HTC service centres as well as the there call centres.
    Highly disappointing.

  61. KTM

    09/12/2012 at 10:47 pm

    Im going for this, Just in case anything goes wrong can we revert to GB with a factory reset?

  62. JackcomJ

    09/13/2012 at 10:00 am

    I had the same problem, you need to install htc sync and have that running in the background will you perform the update.

  63. ggku

    09/13/2012 at 12:17 pm

    once if we update the phone to ics ruu, can we go back to the ginger bread version by using restore factory settings if we didnt like ICS??? please reply

    • Vikrant Singhal

      09/14/2012 at 1:16 am

      Yes you can go back to gingerbread. The process is the same as u got ICS. Just change the selection of operating system to android 2.3

      • ned

        09/14/2012 at 4:29 am

        It is not the same ,there is no ruu for 2.3. in the list

  64. ggku

    09/15/2012 at 3:30 am

    Device Carrier Region Type Kernel Android Size Description

    Desire S
    v2.3 88.4 MB

    Desire S
    v2.3 88.4 MB

    Desire S
    Virgin Mobile
    v2.3 88.4 MB

    Desire S
    v2.3 92.7 MB

    Which one of the above i have to download to go back to my original ginger bread 2.3… (i am from india)…. my device (HTC DESIRE S) is not working properly after installing ics.. bluetooth is not working.. animations are very slow.. please help me…

  65. Varun

    09/15/2012 at 5:52 am

    Do we have to have a rooted phone for this to work????

  66. kumar

    09/15/2012 at 5:54 pm

    I have updated to ICS but found pretty slow, has anyone got any idea why is it too slow.
    Downloaded WWE version and I am in UK.

  67. Andy N

    09/17/2012 at 4:06 am

    Works fine on Orange branded Desire S, Just make sure you have HTC sync installed on PC, connect phone as ‘Charge Only’ Finally got rid of the Orange Bloatware… Woop!

  68. Zsolt

    09/17/2012 at 8:09 am

    I have updated my Desire s, works fine no bugs no issue everything is ok.Wi fi,camera,hot spot works well.i was thinking about upgrade for 2 weeks, should have done immediatly.Do not be afraid of to do.

  69. rav

    09/17/2012 at 8:27 am

    it works very well….i got the sence 3.6 is that correct? I mean shouldnt we get sence 4?…

  70. js

    09/18/2012 at 1:48 am

    can some one tell me why the redirects me to ….. where is the update?

  71. mat

    09/18/2012 at 6:27 am

    i have win7 (64 bit) and each time i double-click on the RUU a window appears (clearly loading something) but then it disappears and nothing happens afterwards..did anyone else face the same problem? it’s realls annoying..

  72. mat

    09/18/2012 at 2:31 pm

    found out what the problem was:

    to all of you using win7 facing problems: make sure you run the RUU in admin-mode!

    • Errol Greer

      10/08/2012 at 1:51 am

      What do you mean by admin-model ? I have Win 7 Pro, and although the phone is seen by Windows, I get the error that I need to connect it ! Error 170 “connection error”

  73. iandunstonIan

    09/19/2012 at 1:34 pm

    I installed ICS yesterday. Two problems: 1) no internet except via wi-fi (on GiffGaff in UK) 2) 6 seconds of the ‘Loading’ message every time I go back to the front screen. Looks like I will have to return to factory 2.3

    • iandunstonIan

      09/19/2012 at 2:30 pm

      Did a factory reset on the ICS and both problems have fixed themselves so I won’t need to go back to 2.3

    • Danyal

      10/01/2012 at 10:47 am

      I also have no mobile network

  74. waqas

    09/20/2012 at 2:33 pm

    i completed all steps mentioned abov bt now my ohone doesnt onn, can any 1 hep me plzzzzzz

  75. waqas

    09/20/2012 at 2:36 pm

    i completed all steps mentiond abov bt now my phone doesnt onnn, can u help me plzzzzzzzz

  76. waqas

    09/21/2012 at 2:57 am

    i updated my desire s to ics bt my phone doesnt onn, is my phone brickked?, what should i do? can any 1 help me? i m n pakistan

  77. zuellig

    09/22/2012 at 12:34 am

    i updated my desire S as mention in the manual. there was no error massage but after reboot it was totally brick. just blackscreen. it was impossible to start the bootmanager it doesn’t even recognize if the power cable is on or of. thanks htc, now i’m very interessted what my retailer will say about the garantie….

  78. Bob Pike

    09/27/2012 at 5:35 pm

    Upgraded my phone last night…..fantastic! ICS is much faster and crisper than Gingerbread. Now I can say my phone is superior to my old iPhone 4.

  79. Jack

    10/01/2012 at 8:15 am

    Is there an update for the HTC inspire ?

  80. Danyal

    10/01/2012 at 9:41 am

    I done this and now my mobile network doesn’t work after installing ics

  81. Antony Dick

    10/01/2012 at 8:28 pm

    You have been very helpful in removing that Haptic Feedback. I am wondering if you can help me out in disabling the Notification sounds for Mail and Messages. In the Gingerbread version we had an option to change the Notification Sound for Messages and Mails separately but in ICS I’m not able to disable the Notification sound for Messages and Mails as that is really annoying. Any other thoughts, folks?

  82. Yasha

    10/02/2012 at 3:48 am

    there is no RUU file in that web site. There is only one 97Mb version!!!!!

  83. Tony H

    10/02/2012 at 6:41 pm

    I updated the phone around 4 weeks ago and then sent it up to my wife in Laos… the only issue I am having is:
    Program: Tango (video phone)
    Problem: the video output of the front camera is inverted.. that is to say the other party sees and inverted image.
    Anyone else experiencing this?

  84. EM

    10/03/2012 at 10:15 pm

    hi whats the meaning of WWE? region in HTC DEV

  85. Rauli Kallinen

    10/04/2012 at 3:18 am

    Well, this is my first and last HTC phone. Absolutely ridiculous hassle with android update.

  86. Vj

    10/04/2012 at 5:11 am

    This happens with Gingerbread 2.3.5 aswell..I did not upgrade till now but still it shows inverted image…your phone is fine its application issue.

  87. himanshu snha

    10/04/2012 at 9:10 pm

    plz tell me wat to do after i downloaded files from htc dev site. on clicking it shows progresss and then it get closed.. plz help

  88. graham

    10/05/2012 at 2:25 am

    My Desire S has severe lag on games now after this update, to the point where the games automatically pause when the going gets tough. It even lags on typing using SlideIt. Same phone, same apps, all good before update, now thinking of downgrading, which is a shame, as ICS looks and feels really good.

  89. heaga

    10/08/2012 at 8:09 am

    Anyone notice that there is no sound with the radio/media player using headphones following the ICS upgrade? Sound returns then if the device is restarted. But then goes again……

    • sol

      11/18/2012 at 12:37 pm

      I made the ruu upgrade and have the same problem – no idea how to fix it

    • tk

      12/05/2012 at 2:02 am

      Same here….any fix 4 this. have reinstalled ruu but no change?

  90. Martin

    10/08/2012 at 5:01 pm

    Please help!

    I am desperately trying to upgrade either to JB or ICS.

    First I’ve tried to unlock (succesfully), root (no success as my Desire S has Hboot 2.00) to upgrade to JB.

    Second I’ve tried the all automatic ICS upgrade and got out with Error 155 (unknown) :(((

    I followed all the steps and ended up with nothing :(

    Last thing that I didn ‘t try is to use mini SD card of bigger volume as I use my older 512 MB. Could that be the issue as the size of the update file is 404 MB ?

    Thank you

    • heaga

      10/11/2012 at 1:27 am

      Did you download the ROM to your computer first?

      • Martin

        10/13/2012 at 8:55 am

        S-off was the problem !

        How stupid is that.
        Apparently after I turned s-on install went through.

        ICS is now running.
        However I have no 3g internet :( – tryied manual setting of AP – didn t work.

        An there’s several other bugs such as incompatibility with some apps etc.

        Moronic update that is -> going to downgrade

  91. tz

    10/10/2012 at 7:58 am

    hey there..anyone having problems when clicking on website links on whatsapp/messages after your ics update?mine always crashes when i try to click a link and it kinda pisses me off..==

    • oli

      10/18/2012 at 1:32 pm

      yap, me too! if i click on a link in an app it will cause the app to crash!

      • Chris Welton

        10/18/2012 at 3:25 pm

        Funny you should notice that, NOT FUNNY. I only found out today (from my cellnet provider) that one thing that was dropped from the ics upgrade was live links in texts. I was in contact with HTC for over a week and they never mentioned it but today they say I should have read the fine print in the readme file that came with the RUU upgrade.
        When trying to find a solution I sent a text with a link in it to my wife and asked her to return it — the message app crashed !

  92. noname

    10/11/2012 at 11:05 am

    cool now im stuck with a black screen with “htc” in the middle-.-

    • noname

      10/11/2012 at 11:06 am

      i even tried taking out the battery but nothing happens

  93. Joshua

    10/12/2012 at 7:10 pm

    Downloaded it, followed the steps and *shazam!*. Clenched my buttocks a bit though when my USB connection was interrupted. But it’s far from a complete update. It’s a skinny version of the real thing. I wanted the new lockscreen so bad!

    • Bob Pike

      10/13/2012 at 1:56 am

      Did it a month ago, the difference is amazing!

  94. Graham

    10/13/2012 at 7:26 am

    Update to my previous post, I ended up rooting phone completely and flashing Reaper V3 via clockworkmod. Phone now runs VERY quickly, with over clocking I go from a quadrant score of 1900 to 2759. Rooting is scary, but ICS made my phone barely useable so had no choice.

  95. Logan

    10/15/2012 at 2:53 am

    Having mixed feeling after reading all this posts. Im on a Android 2.3.5 with HTC sence 3.0 – from Malaysia. My only issue with this version is that the phone auto-restarts on a random call/during call/after call has ended. If could solve this issue, i dont need this update…

    • Paul

      10/15/2012 at 8:02 am

      Which USB connection type should I use to perform this update, charge only or HTC Sync ?

    • yzfr1

      10/22/2012 at 12:44 am

      Logan: A regular factory reset should fix your phone problem, no reason to upgrade just for that.

      • Logan

        11/16/2012 at 7:58 pm

        Thanks bro – Im fine with Gingerbread. Im not going to take the risk. :-)

  96. Kasperq

    10/19/2012 at 2:40 pm

    I cant go-to LINKS in a SMS message… That really sucks!!! If you get a hyperlink to a webpage in a sms, you cant go directly – you have to copy/paste… nice bug! NOT!

    • Chris Welton

      10/19/2012 at 2:47 pm

      I have found that Handcent SMS from the Google Play store works tolerably well to replace the use of live links in texts.

      • Kasperq

        10/19/2012 at 2:49 pm

        there is a 3rd part solution ? just downloading that “handcent SMS” ?

        • Chris Welton

          10/19/2012 at 2:52 pm

          Yes. It is not identical to what has been removed from the ics RUU update by HTC but works OK.

        • Chris Welton

          10/19/2012 at 2:56 pm

          Handcent SMS:-

        • Chris Welton

          10/19/2012 at 2:59 pm

          Just can’t get an html display in here.

      • Kasperq

        10/19/2012 at 2:54 pm

        thanks man… didnt think of that… wow I have been annoyed by this mistake…
        :) thanks

        • Chris Welton

          10/22/2012 at 12:54 am

          Incidentally, I’ve been stewing about HTC all night. As soon as I finish breakfast I’m getting on their FB page and pushing for the ‘live link in texts’ to be returned.

          • Kasperq

            10/25/2012 at 3:57 pm

            Any luck with the live link in texts ?

  97. yzfr1

    10/22/2012 at 12:46 am

    Paul: Charge Only with USB Debugging turned on.

  98. yzfr1

    10/22/2012 at 12:49 am

    Am I the only one a bit annoyed about still having the old Gingerbread keyboard? Don’t get why they wouldn’t include the standard ICS keyboard…

    • Chris Welton

      10/22/2012 at 12:51 am

      Forget the Gingerbread keyboard, use Swype

  99. neepheid

    10/25/2012 at 3:40 pm

    I performed the update yesterday. I had a bad moment when the phone rebooted after updating Radio and then Windows told me that it was an unrecognised USB device. Eep! Had to unplug it and put it in again. Then Windows got it, I started the upgrade again and this time it went through OK. Phew!

    So far I’m pretty impressed – the phone seems a bit quicker on the whole. Too early to say what has happened to battery life.

  100. kostas

    11/14/2012 at 12:33 am

    I am ready to install adroid 4.0 version to my htc desire s. Do i have to download a newer verion for htc sense or it is included at the RUU file?

  101. morshedul alam

    11/16/2012 at 10:35 am

    hi how i do htc desire update 4.1 ice cream version plz know me early

  102. meshak

    11/18/2012 at 11:58 pm

    DO we have upgrade to 4.0 for desire s in Mauritius yet ???

  103. hullo help

    11/19/2012 at 2:16 pm

    Hi so I finally fixed the Error 170 problem with the USB cable and the device becoming disconnected. I pressed uninstall for HTC sync then chose to repair the installation. After that I tried to update to 4.0 once and it failed. However upon rebooting my phone and computer (leaving my phone in charge only mode) it worked for me. Now using chrome to post this from my Desire S. No lag at all and works better than gingerbread. Cheers

  104. Logan

    11/27/2012 at 7:23 pm

    I took the risk and updated to ICS – already 2 days seems to be okay. i can feel its a bit faster, but the browser lags. And my previous that the phone auto reboot while in call/after call ended is STILL THERE !! happened yesterday. Damn, i thought this update would solve that issue but it doesn’t.

  105. Arun Menon

    11/28/2012 at 7:43 am

    Is ICS update available for india region

  106. Vamsi

    12/04/2012 at 4:58 am

    I have updated the ICS 2 days back and evrything seems fine so far…liked the look and feel of far no complaints..i feel battery life is increased. I have my office email configured and always autosycs Exchange, facebook and gmail. Wifi is on when at home and runs on 3G through out the day (including phone calls & SMS). Last night at 9:00PM I charged my phone to 100%, presently it is @ 60% (time 6:30PM as I write this). So battery life is quite good and I don’t see any issues so far. And yes I had bluetooth issue earlier, it was not detecting any device thought it might be resolved but its not fixed. Overall it was a easy installation and no issues were observed.

  107. Vamsi

    12/04/2012 at 5:08 am

    hello Arun, there is no ROM for India alone, you can download the RUU with following search criteria:
    Device : Desire S
    Carrier: HTC
    Region: WWE
    Version: 4.0

  108. Vamsi

    12/05/2012 at 10:09 pm

    Update to my earlier comment. bluetooth started working after restarting my phone for 3 to 4 time that’s wonder but WOW..!!!

  109. Tim W-B

    12/13/2012 at 3:34 pm

    Question: Does the phone need to be rooted to apply this (2.3.5 on Orange/UK if that makes any difference)?

  110. mklrukshan-sri Lanka

    01/07/2013 at 8:33 pm

    How to Update HTC Desire S to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS)
    Step 1) Download Android 4.0 ICS for Desire S from here.

    Step 2) Connect your Desire S USB to your computer using the USB cable.

    Step 3) Copy the downloaded file to your SD card.

    Step 4) Turn off your phone and then turn it in again in the bootloader mode by pressing and holding the Volume Down + Power buttons.

    Step 5) Now follow the on-screen instructions and select BOOTLOADER and then go to RECOVERY.

    Step 6) Once your smartphone is in ClockworkMod recovery, browse for o the file we have just added to SD card and press the power button to select it.

    Step 7) Press again the power button & select “choose zip from sdcard”.

    Step 8) Navigate to v4 ICS zip file and select it using power button. Confirm the installation on the next screen and the installation procedure should start now.

    Step 9) Once installation is completed, go to “+++++Go Back” and reboot the phone.

    Your phone will now boot for the first time in Android 4.0 ICS, so it might take some time on first boot, however it is normal.

    Enjoy Android 4.0 Ice Cream sandwich on your HTC Desire S.

  111. Rasel Islam

    01/20/2013 at 7:50 am

    Its really good and very easy to install. I have already installed on my Desire s. Thanks “GOOTTABE” Admin. Now my android phone run very smooth & its looks very smart more then before. Thanks again Admin. -Rasel, Bangladesh.

  112. Atiq

    01/22/2013 at 1:53 am

    After updating my Desire S to ICS 4.0.4. Performance it much much improved. And the battery time is also greater than before.

  113. nikhil

    01/23/2013 at 11:10 pm

    is it safe to upgrade using that RUU file when it is not given for India region?

  114. Eric

    02/04/2013 at 10:52 am

    I found the solution for the 155 error!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For me it worked! If you have UNLOCKED you phone then it will show this error. I just Relocked the phone and VOILA! It was updating. If you have questions how to relock your phone then write to me

    • smitty1892

      02/10/2013 at 7:55 am

      Is this update available for desire s on o2 carrier

  115. Chandra

    03/10/2013 at 10:12 am

    Its too gud, working smoothly and its pretty fast. Thanks Admin

  116. Ajaysingh Bal

    03/19/2013 at 1:21 am

    the RUU file is only 71 mb and nt working.can anyone help???

  117. Seamus

    04/23/2013 at 12:34 am

    when i open the extracted RRU file, it just opens install wizard for two seconds before closing itself, what am i doing wrong

  118. Manav Sikka

    05/26/2013 at 10:25 pm


    Please let me know if it’s safe to upgrade using this RUU. I’ve searched a lot and found that there’s no way to go back to HTC stock gingerbread once you update to this ICS upgrade. Please let me know if it’s worth upgrading as i have heard that there are many bugs in this upgrade.

    • Manav Sikka

      05/28/2013 at 8:52 pm

      Someone Please respond to my query, i desperately want to upgrade but have some doubts.

  119. Mario

    09/09/2013 at 1:13 am

    Hi,anybody from Australia update,thanks,Mario

  120. Sofia Koutsouveli

    02/14/2014 at 2:14 pm

    I’ve updated my Desire S phone to Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich and it seems faster and better, the only issue was that I had to use my 32bit Windows 7 laptop since the update file didn’t work on my 64bit Windows7 PC even though HTC says it works on both 32bit and 64bit Windows7. Otherwise, the update went smoothly and without problems, I think other Desire S owners should consider upgrading as well.

  121. Sreeram

    02/19/2014 at 9:58 pm

    I tried connecting the phone to pc but unable to update.. Just the indicator says updating and no further action. Kindly advice.

  122. goh

    07/30/2014 at 9:35 pm

    The operation will take 10 mins but I have already waited close to an hour now.. How do I stop it now?…

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