Flash Unofficial Carbon Android 4.4.2 Kitkat ROM for HTC Desire


Carbon ROM version 0.3 Android 4.4.2 Kitkat has released for HTC Desire. It is an unofficial version of Carbon ROM. It is fast, snappy and a stable ROM. The developer added lots of custom features from SlimROM and CyanogenMod.

In this tutorial we will provide you a complete guide of how to install Unofficial Carbon Android 4.4.2 Kitkat ROM on HTC Desire. Before going to the tutorial section, please have a look at the features of Unofficial Carbon Android 4.4.2 Kitkat ROM


- Carbon Fibers (all ROM features are organized in one place with scrollable tabs)
- Navigation bar (custom colors, icons, layout, buttons)
- SlimPie
- Status bar settings
- Lockscreen settings and notifications
- Ribbons
- Power Menu settings (add more options and toggles)
- Quicklaunch (Put up to 4 applications/shortcuts in the quicklaunch ring)
- Expanded Desktop
- Quick Settings (Tiles)
- Quick Access Ribbon in drawer
- Status and Navigation Bar See Through (currently very popular)
- Tons of other stuff that needs further exploration

Disclaimer: This guide will be using ‘CWM recovery’ as a tool to flash the official firmware on your HTC Desire. During the process, you might lose all your existing installed apps and personal settings. It is therefore necessary for you to follow the guide carefully. Also, please, do mind that this tutorial is only for installing Unofficial Carbon Android 4.4.2 Kitkat ROM on HTC Desire. Don’t try this guide in any other Android device.

Prerequisites to Install Unofficial Carbon Android 4.4.2 Kitkat ROM on HTC Desire:

  1.  Download and install USB drivers for HTC Desire
  2.  Enable USB debugging mode from developer menu.
  3.  You should have a custom recovery tool like TWRP or CWM installed on your device
  4.  Backup any important data before going forward for the tutorial.
  5.  Ensure that your HTC Desire carries more than 70% of charge.

 Download Files

  1. Download ROM File
  2. Download Google Apps (Gapps)

How to install Unofficial Carbon Android 4.4.2 Kitkat ROM on HTC Desire

  1. First step is to reboot your phone into Recovery mode. Press and hold down the Volume Up button, alongside Home and the Power button, until the screen flashes. Release the three buttons then. After a few seconds of that, the phone will enter recovery mode
  2. Once in the recovery mode, take a Nandroid backup of your existing ROM. This is necessary, to enable you to recover your current ROM install, just in case the new ROM does not perform according to your liking. In order to perform a backup, select Backup and Restore, then on the next screen, select Backup again. Go back to main recovery menu after backup is complete
  3. Once done, select wipe data/factory reset, select ‘Yes’ on the next screen to confirm your action. Wait for a few minutes until the phone wipes your data. Once complete, go back to CWM recovery menu and Wipe Cache Partition and then Wipe Dalvik Cache.
  4. Select install zip from sdcard, then select choose a zip from SD card. Choose ROM file that you copied earlier and select it by pressing the Power button. Confirm installation by selecting Yes. Install the said zip file on the next screen. The ROM installation will begin.
  5. Once, the phone finishes installing the ROM, you need to re-do step 7, but choose Gapps .zip file instead of ROM zip to install the Google apps package.
  6. When GApps get installed, go back to the main recovery menu and select reboot system now to reboot the phone
  7. That’s it!