Want HTC Sense UI (HTC Desire ROM) on Your Nexus One? Ok, no problem.

It was inevitable, that someone would port the Sense UI enabled HTC Desire ROM over to it’s sibling, the Nexus One. One thing not predicted, was how quickly it was done.

Thanks to Paul at Modaco, the Desire ROM is available for download and can be installed on any rooted Nexus One.

A word of warning though, this is a very Alpha build (no not even Beta yet), so it is a bit glitchy. But if you want to try it out do the following (if you haven’t already done so):

I. Root the Nexus One
II. Flash a Recovery and Load the Custom ROM
(In the second procedure, just make sure to use the Modaco Sense UI ROM from our Downloads section instead of another one).

Enjoy, leave your feedback! How do you like it? Think there is a point to buying a Desire now?

Thanks Modaco!
Thanks Breakthecycle2!

  • big phil

    tried to use new desire rom now phone says screen locked and drag down to unlock but won’t let me and track ball keeps blinking need help fast.

    • Big Phil,

      You need to make sure you wipe before loading the ROM. Boot into recovery, wipe data, and reapply the rom.
      Good luck!

  • big phil

    I thought I did which one am I to wipe data/factory reset, dalvik- cache, battery stats or rotate settings.Thanks to android back up and I kept taking out the battery I was able to get phone back working.

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  • james

    I have no data connection when i switch from cyanogen to modacos desire rom anyone know how to fix this?

    • James,

      You need to put in the APN. Goto the Mobile Network settings then APN,, click menu Add APN and put in T-Mobile’s information. Save it then select it. All done.

  • surviven6802

    @Theunlockr The Desire Sense UI is awsome! No problem loading it on my N1 thanks to you! but dang it eats up some internal memory .. I only have 112mb left out of 200 and something. Have you heard any thing about partitioning SD card for more internal memory good or bad?

    • Surviven6802,

      You can do that and setup Apps2SD no problem, I would recommend having a Class 6 card though if you do that so when you use the apps they are slow.

  • gotti

    Unlockr, I’ve downloaded this rom and I’ve be trying to figure out how to set up apps2sd and can quite get it. I’ve tried to find it in forums but no luck, I have nexus one using the Modaco sense Rom, can u please help me?

  • David

    installed…however, it seems to be stuck on an endless the htc start-up loop and will not go to the homepage. Any suggestions? I performed a wipe before installing the rom. Thanks

    • David,

      That happens occasionally with new ROMs. Just reboot back into recovery rewipe and reflash the ROM. If that doesn’t work format your sd card, put the rom back on it (since itll be erased by the formatting), wipe then reflash it.

  • Optimus

    hey unlockr my google maps navigation isnt working. i open maps, type in address then navigate and it loads the correct directions and route, but at the bottom just keeps saying searchng for gps….HELP!!!

    • Optimus,

      Reload the rom, or flash a different rom. Also try just reseting, or power cycling the phone.

  • Jamie

    I want to root a nexus one and load HTC sense but would rather pay someone who knows what they’re doing to do it than mess it up myself. Anyone offering this?


  • Optimus

    OK so I have a theory lemme know if you agree….I wiped then reloaded the rom, didn’t download any apps or updates and went straight to navigation ni problem. Did maps update to newer one in market, then the error I had before. Is it possible the rom is not compatible or having a problem with the newest version of maps?

  • back2msg

    i had done everything above but except 2 things i didn’t do backup and also the wipe so what happened is i got stuck on htc logo no flashing loading indication for more than 30 mins so i removed the battery & powered on again then it was stuck on nexus boot logo i can’t since i have no backup no chance of restore so i followed the steps to rollback to shipping rom from this url http://forums.t-mobile.com/t5/Operating-System-Software/How-to-restore-your-Nexus-One-to-shipping-Rom/td-p/292051 finally i got nexus rom back. again i tried to flash desire rom now i am following each and every step right i have backup & also wipe but still i am getting stuck in nexus boot logo. CAN ANY ONE HELP ME PLEASE

  • redman8956

    Help after I loaded the desire rom on my nexus one I am not able to connect to the inter unless I use wifi. I can make call receive text message. I put it back to the orignal rom and everthing works I am on T-mobile I check the network setting and it shows T-mobile. But I can’t connect when I load the desire rom. Please help.

    • you need to add the APN settings manually. what carrier? if Tmo, do a google search for “T-Mobile APN Settings Nexus One”