How To: Get Android on Your HTC HD2

So after a lot of complications, a basic functioning version of Android 2.1 has now been ported to the HD2. Keep in mind that some features do not work, but that they are working on updates as we speak (follow htc-linux on twitter for updates). For those that are weary of flashing different OS’s on to their devices, fear not because the Android ports do not actually replace the current OS on your HD2. Instead they run through a program called Haret so if you soft reset the phone (push the little red button under the battery cover with a stylus), you are quickly back to your original Windows Mobile OS. Enough with the talking about it, here’s how to get it:

I. Run Android on Your HTC HD2

1. Download an Android ROM for HTC HD2 and EXTRACT it to your computer.

HTC HD2 ROMs (Scroll to the bottom and choose one under Android ROMs)
or
T-Mobile HTC HD2 ROMS (Scroll to the bottom and choose one under Android ROMs)

2. Plug your phone in via USB cable and mount the sd card so you can transfer files to it.

3. Copy the Android folder on to the root of your sd card (NOT inside any other folders, just on the sd card itsef) in your phone.

4. Unplug the phone.

5. Reboot the phone.

6. Once the phone restarts you must do the rest of the steps within 30 seconds of it rebooting, go to File Explorer on your phone and then find the files you just transferred to the sdcard.

7. Double click on Clrad.exe (it won’t look like it did anything, that’s normal)

8. Double click on Haret.exe. Done! (To get back to Windows Mobile, simply do a soft reset by pushing the little red button under the battery cover). Wait for it to reboot into Android, can take up to 5 minutes.

Enjoy!

Thanks @HTC_Linux!

  • cobra

    been waitin ang following this 4 long time.. cant wait 4 a stable build

    • Cobra,

      I don’t have an hd2 to test on but from what I hear it’s a pretty decent first build. Have you tried it yet?

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  • cobra

    i tried it … it very nice.. if ur in the nyc area u can hit me up ill let u check it out so u can do a video

    • los

      yo cobra!!! what is not functioning on it right now? thanks.

    • Cobra,

      Thanks, if I was NYC I’d definitely take you up on that.

  • Janae

    I’m having trouble downloading this whole thing. I don’t understand it at all. Will someone please help me? Do I download it on my netbook or my hd2? I’m so confused! Please help

  • cobra

    yea lots of stuff dont work yet.. check this out http://htc-linux.org/wiki/index.php?title=LeoAndroidStatus

  • nas

    I followed the instruction but when I run Haret.exe, the black screen comes up with a linux logo on top and the small white text keeps coming up. I waited for a long time but only stops at that stage

    • JUNIOR

      YES THE SAME THING HAPPENED TO MINES. WHAT DO I DO?

  • i dont have a hd2, but my dad does! ive emailed it to him!

  • bob

    well, there isnt much really working yet. i mean, android boots. and that is amazing and wondeful. but if you are hoping to be able to use everything on a daily basis, it isnt close yet. but it is nice to see it run.

    no wifi, no data, no gps or bluetooth. so, only what is on android, no internet or phone calls. YET

  • superuser696

    At first i had issues booting into haret on my hd2 until i placed all the files from the unarchived folder into the root of my SD card (dont place just the unarchived folder into the root but all the files inside of it on the root). then it booted right up. It can take a few trys but it works. if all else fails check the system requirements and factory reset the device. Try again.

    • drspic

      ive tried for hours to figure this out can you help me out trying to download thelink what,where and how if i can get android on hd2 it would be great phone

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  • Robert

    Hello Unlockr

    Thank you for posting this on your website, im a big fan.

  • Emurda

    What do I do If I get a all blue screen after I flash

  • Mike M.

    Anyone else have this problem….get harnet to run and in the middle of it running with all the white words on the screen it goes very dim and stays dim i can not see what im doin and the screen flickers like crazy….whats up with that

  • Anthony

    MOD EDIT: Anthony, please post your comment in the Buy Sell Trade forum on the site instead please.

  • RayJ

    blue screen…….for 10 mins shoul;d i wait or what should i do?

  • dummyphone

    can anyone show me how to install this to HD2. i can’t get it to work on my HD2 at all. please help help help

  • tim

    it crashes to a blue screen everytime i start the android OS is there a fix for this.

  • Julian

    I ran the program and it seemed to work…i got as far as a colorful x animation and then it went to a blank black screen and just stays there. how long does it stay at that? should i do something else?

    • JUNIOR

      same here, I ran the program and it seemed to work…i got as far as a colorful x animation and then it went to a blank black screen and just stays there. how long does it stay at that? should i do something else?

  • brian

    i can’t get the keyboard to work….wtf?

  • Cody

    Uhh….Is it normal to have no signal or anything when doing this?

  • jaestoner01

    i can boot to ubuntu but i see no android
    what am i doing wrong.!!
    is there any other files i need..??

  • jaestoner01

    i got it working looks kool.whish everything work though still
    koo.,.,.,.

  • Joey Lardieri

    Every time i do this, My Back light Turns off and i cant see a damn thing. what do i do??

  • JUNIOR

    I followed the instruction but when I run Haret.exe, the black screen comes up with a linux logo on top and the small white text keeps coming up. I waited for a long time but only stops at that stage

  • i dont have a red button on the back but i do see a yellow looking circle,
    htc hd2 leo tmobile
    6.5 win os
    and whos rom do i use becuase ive also seen another site but i dont know if its trustabale, woundering on your thoughts if u have looked into the one instaler program of android from this site, sorry if im not sapose to ask on your site about this though, first time asking question on this since i trust your site.
    Sincerly, Yoshii.

  • Mike

    I can’t find the android files?
    have they been deleted?
    please help! 🙁

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  • Eliud Garza

    cant find the download file please help

    • Eliud,

      Read his posts when you click on our download link… the first two are very important.

  • Alfred

    HOW DO I GET THE LINK TO INSTALL THE ANDROID TO MY HD2.?

    • Alfred,

      Read…

      (it’s the first link under Builds > Android)(it is a rar file so you may need to download WinRAR to unzip it)

  • geo

    i can’t download the file it comes in white nite not in a zip, where do i have to go to dowload i spend 3 days and i couln’t

  • antonis

    omg i cant find the link!

  • matei

    i did exactly as you said but there appears some tiny thing in the upper-right corner..ending..jumping to kernel..or smthing like this..
    and then everything dissappears..and it stays like this..nothing happens

  • Pascal

    i have the same problem as matei. Little tiny text in the upper left corner ending with the line
    “jumping to kernel” then the display wents to black and nothing else happend.
    Should i made a hard reset before? Are there some software on windows mobile that prevents
    the android to start?
    best regards pascal

  • Tx-Spanky

    Ok so i’m using Energy Rom and Android froyoston 3.1 .. i can’t send or recieve mms messeges….I have tried inputting the APN info and still not having any luck.. anyone have any ideas how to fix the mms?

  • steve-o

    hey I got everything working on my HD2 except the data it would not allow me to use the internet with out wifi does anyone have any ideas ? please and thanks

  • Alan B.

    works great except the internet doesn’t work.i can call,text,and do everything so far.hopefully they’ll get the internet bug fixed and it will be good to go

    • You probably need to go into the Android Settings and change the APN to your carrier’s APN as with any unlocked phone not contracted to a specific company.

  • Alan B.

    do i just go in and create a new apn?it says network operator is T-mobile,Network mode is GSM/WCDMA auto.the phone isn’t unlocked it’s just a tmobile hd2

  • Alan B.

    actually i just figured it out.i just named the apn whatever i wanted to and saved it and it started working perfect.so everything is working perfect right now.ive been running it for about a day now with no lags or freezes.nice work!!!

  • This is what i did. On the original apn settings i put in the following. And if it’s blank i left it blank. But after all this i finnally got my mms working. Nothing else seemed to work but this did.

    Name: t-mobile
    APN: wap.voicestream.com
    Proxy:
    Port: 8080
    Username:
    Password:
    Server:
    MMSC:
    MMS Proxy:
    MMS port:
    MMS Protocol: WAP 2.0
    MCC: 310
    MNC: 260
    Authentication Type:
    APN Type:

    Then i created another APN

    Name: t-mobile MMS
    APN: wap.voicestream.com
    Proxy: 216.165.155.050
    Port: 8080
    Username:
    Password:
    Server:
    MMSC: http://mms.msg.eng.t-mobile.com/mms/wapenc
    MMS Proxy: 216.155.165.050
    MMS Port: 8080
    MMS protocol: WAP 2.0
    MCC: 310
    MNC: 260
    Authentication type:
    APN type: mms

    • JUSTIN_THOMAS90

      DUDE YOUR FUCKIN AWESOME THANX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Qball082071

      DUDE THANKS THIS WORKED GREAT

  • Alan B.

    i can go in and name my APN and my internet works,but it seems like it only lasts for a little while or so and then when i go to load something it says my data connection dropped or can’t be established.Any ideas on what to do anyone??any help would be appreciated.

  • nicholas

    how do i set the apn? because i try go into network and click on ACCESS POINT NAMES(APN) but its blank and i could add or edit any apn because its blank screen can you someone guide me thry this to fix no internet problem- email me mindeezy@yahoo.com

    • Push menu on that blank screen…

      • nicholas

        lol there is no menu at all, all i see is APN on top left and after that blank screen.
        here my step again just to make sure –
        SETTINGS > WIRELESS&NETWORK > MOBILE NETWORK SETTINGS> ACCESS POINT NAMES-
        THEN I see that APN screen and nothing else no menu or anything 🙂

        • Push the menu button on your phone to bring up the menu lol

          • nicholas

            sorry but its either am blind as f*** lol. i do not see the menu button at all( on android rom screen). on the other hand i got restart it back onto my hd2 window i do see it…is that what you’re refering to or its on (android)

          • No on a regular android device it is a physical button. Check the xdaandroid forum and find out what button they remap on your hd to a menu button…

          • its the windows start key

  • nicholas

    ya, i was right then there is no menu button on this, so i have to check it out…and also i just notice once this android is on standby for a while it become a complete black screen and couldnt get back into it at all and i would need to reset it.

  • Kevin E. Brumfield

    I’m No Phone Expert At All. I Used To Hack Nextel’s Back in The Early 2000’s But Thats About It. I Tried This and Did It In Less Then 30 Mins (Download, Upload, etc.). I’m Super Excited. Thanks Alot

  • Brebre909

    how do u download andorid to ur htc hd2.. i have no clue how to do it

    • Nick

      Lol read the the top of this page. Wow. It gives you a step by step process…

      • Eddiealhakeem

        works good but when i restart the phone it goes back to window mobile and i have to start all over again. plz help

  • Darr104101

    i down loaded the file. extracted it. transfered to my sd card. but every time i run haret my phone boots up and goes to a green htc logo on the screen and stay like that forever untill i shut it off. help

    • Jesse Contreras

      are you running clrad first?

      • HTC HD2

        i had the same and yes i runned clrad first

        • Mo

          Try updating your HD2 Rom first, I had the older version, ‘2.13.531.1’ and the same thing happened to me, it just got stuck on that ‘htc’ screen. When I updated my rom to ‘3.14.531.1’ it worked like a charm, and btw, they have Android Gingerbread ported now

          • abed gh

            were can we find the rom 3.14.531.1 ???

          • Jakepan35

            go to T-mobile website and get it from there..

    • BluR

      i have the same problem did u find anyway to fix it?

    • TFT

      Most probably the file path is different from the one in the read me/start up text file, ifvthe androi

  • Jesse Contreras

    I am running chucky lite rom and MDJ 2.3…my battery died and now i can’t get the voice on android to work again.. it was working fine untill i let my battery die…this is frustrating because i have flashed several different roms and i can’t get the voice to work right again..HELP!!

  • Tru_ann_t

    i had cookies hometab and after numerous of times of download it would just freeze saying roofts, so the only way to reboot was to take the battery out. now i don’t have anything none of my tabs at least.and when i try to re download the froyo it wont it will say i need to restore it or the files aren’t trusted! please help, i’m so frustrated! thanx!

  • Tru_ann_t

    i need help!

  • Sduckett93

    does your phone hav to be unlocked

  • Bijjbijj

    i just get this green htc logo and the phone just rebots.

  • Bijjbijj

    i just get this green htc logo and the phone just rebots.

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  • jhbg

    Tried this, just a few lines on the screen, then says jumping to kernal. Does nothing else till I reboot then it just goes back to Windows…Frustrating!

    • Ajay

      mine too :@

  • jhbg

    Tried this, just a few lines on the screen, then says jumping to kernal. Does nothing else till I reboot then it just goes back to Windows…Frustrating!

  • Rz

    When I click on the CLRCD.exe got message connot opened not siget with trusted certificate. What I can do?

  • s.y

    i think i have the same problem with Darr1041010….
    does this have anything to do with .img file ???
    any help guys ??
    berdicel@yahoo.com

  • s.y

    i think i have the same problem with Darr1041010….
    does this have anything to do with .img file ???
    any help guys ??
    berdicel@yahoo.com

  • Jeffrey_1992_

    Heeellloo,
    i have done all your steps because i very like your description its very clear! thenks for your site with this information your one of a kind, but my phone does not really wont to work with me he does everything very perfect but if he is making the switch to the new software i see black screen with very small words en my telephone stays ours on this screen! can u help me please i’m so close to finally no winodows mobile anymore! Thenks alot!

  • It takes a very long time for it to load.. be patient. If it’s 20 minutes and still hasn’t loaded, check the page for where you downloaded the Android file from and see what they have written there.

  • Ursasru

    i know this sounds stupid, but if i did it right, i should know immediately, right? cause my phone still looks like it used to.

  • Ursasru

    i know this sounds stupid, but if i did it right, i should know immediately, right? cause my phone still looks like it used to.

  • Ursasru

    i know this sounds stupid, but if i did it right, i should know immediately, right? cause my phone still looks like it used to.

  • Jjbellwood

    can you make phone callls on it now? while running android?

  • John

    This worked perfect for me. I am running T-Mobile and internet and all works fine. Actually, the signal problems I was having before for some reason seem to be mostly resolved now too. I am getting an excellent signal now with no drops. Exactly what I needed. What good is a phone if you cant use it right?
    Thanks alot for this. Saved me the hassle and money of getting another phone.

  • John

    Forgot to Add.
    If anyone is having issues with internet. These are my exact settings. It didnt take at first. But letting it sit for a moment while I got some coffee it decided to work.

    These are my EXACT settings

    Name: T-Mobile US
    APN: epc.tmobile.com
    Proxy: 216.155.165.050
    Port: 8080
    Username: (leave this blank)
    Password: (leave this blank)
    Server: (leave this blank)
    MMSC: http://mms.msg.eng.t-mobile.com/mms/wapenc
    MMS Proxy: 216.155.165.050
    MMS Port: 8080
    MMS Protocol: WAP 2.0 (don’t know if this is important)
    MCC: 310
    MNC: 260
    APN Type: (leave this blank)

    • Marius Robech

      absolutly brilliant!
      Thanks for this! It works from Norway aswell 🙂

    • Buaioeae

      Thank you for this tip. It did magic fix on my HD2.

      • Keoshia33

        Could you please tell me how did you download the things to the sd card and what is it

    • INTRYGUE83

      dude u fuckin ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANKS

  • Ady_mihaitza

    you guys are incredible.i followed your steps and i instaled android on my htc hd2.everything is verry cool but i can’t find my contacts stored on SIM.more than that..i can’t acces my files on my SD card..it doesn’t exist a file explorer shortcut..what can i do?

  • Fronkk

    is this only for T-mobile?

  • Fronkk

    is this only for T-mobile?

  • Zack

    is there a way to keep it on android. everytime i turn the phone off and turn it back on it goes to windows.

    • this guy.

      i would like to know also

    • I am also having this problem.

    • Ugh

      Install NAND android instead, it wll delete your windows mobile but it’s easy to go back tho

  • Zack

    is there a way to keep it on android. everytime i turn the phone off and turn it back on it goes to windows.

  • help.

    how do u get to the sd card on the compute rafter u plug it in?

    • Starscreamer120

      go to “my computer” click on “removable disk” and there u are.

  • Speakyghost

    is are dutch language in this file ?

  • I installed it perfectly and was using the Android OS for a whole day. After I turned off my phone and back on, it changed back to the Windows OS. Is there a way to fix this or did I do something wrong?

    • Ugh

      You gotta run haret again…:P

  • yasiamah

    I downloaded a wrong radio into my HTC HD2 USA T-Mobile. after that it wont bootup my phone, is there any help?

  • Leoguyn76116

    It’s easier to load the nand rom on your phone. I am running MIUI android rom and it’s so freaking sweet

  • Leoguyn76116

    It’s easier to load the nand rom on your phone. I am running MIUI android rom and it’s so freaking sweet

  • Arnoldcuriel

    how do i extract the file once i downloaded

  • Shobi

    i have and HTC HD 2 unlocked? …. if i install this its get locked again or what?

  • Shobi

    i have and HTC HD 2 unlocked? …. if i install this its get locked again or what?

  • Joelp1231

    blackscreen with little text then what???

  • Jreyes1984

    How do i find my APN settings on my htc hd2? I run the clrad and harat.exe files but it boots and it leaves me in a green htc logo screen.

  • Jason Robello

    Im a new member to t-mobile and i dont like how the HD2 has windows so im trying to temp. change it to this android thing but like it keeps getting stuck on green htc logo and doesnt go away so can anyone help me step to step if you can thank you for all the help,
    -Jason

  • Followed this step by step – copied files onto root folder, clrcad then haret, showed booting linux, then phone is jus stuck on a white background with green htc logo, tried it several times, same thing. Am I missing something here?

  • Elmbare

    Why my mms don’t send picture the version I have is dft .on my HTC bday2 t-mobile dark force team . Any one can help me why

    • Elmbare

      Why my phone don’t send picture the version I have is dark force team on my HTC Hd 2 any one can help me why .

  • Keoshia33

    How do you find the ROMS and how do you get them to work

  • Krock21

    Anyone run into this problem? I bought an HD2 from someone who has the cyanogenmod 7 rom on it. I put my sim in it and its working fine aside from the fact that i cannot erase the initial users information. I tried to do a factory reset and nothing happens, i tried a hard reset and nothing happens, and the phone has super user in the app drawer but when i click on the rom manager to reinstall packages and do a clear all data it says the phone is not rooted and to please root…??? I can use the phone to talk and text, but i cannot go into the marketplace because this guys email isnt signed in…. what do I do?

  • Francisco_82286

    ugh…. I keep trying to understand how to do it, but I guess its too much tech for me can someone help me??

  • Tegurrola18

    after you reboot the phone and you go into file search where do you find the other file at? i cant find it any where

  • bigjay2u

    how can I get the apps to install on the tmobile htc hd2 after installing the Android and downloading from the app market, I keep getting the installing unsucessful

  • Trandy

    mine too
    help?
    nomad.6@hotmail.com

  • BigShaq122

    I did this but on the haret upload it isnt uploading, itss just staying on the black screen with the writing on it. What should i do?

  • Emmadaz

    hi im on virgin mobile is there anyway this will work through that network, i have a htc hd2 and its windows operated, the market place which has a poor version of apps and i want to open my phone up to something similar to an iphone , will this work ?

  • Carlingas978

    Hey i was wondeeing if you can help me out, so i press on clrad but nothing comes up and it use to ask yes or no, then i hit haret and thay works fine, but then the market and the green call button stopped working saying the google service frame work quit unexpectedly, how do i get it back to normal??

  • Tiger36526

    the green HTC logo stays up for like 15 minutes then it will boot…after that it will always boot right up….the first time takes forever because its loading system files.hope this helps……Tiger36544

  • Thomassams14

    I Have a HTC HD2 with android on it but i want to put windows back on it does anybody know how to mae that happen?

  • Monnie

    How Do I qet The Androids Rom?

  • Jakepan35

    Got it working, but everytime I got a call, it won’t ring. I did check for the ringtones in settings, but there’s no option to turn on ringtone. any ideas?

  • Officialworkid

    Dear friends I have did all as per the comments. its all done as per the instruction but still its getting same screan only. what will be the problem. pleas advice me on this

  • uneekint

    will you lose all your phone numbers?

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  • Sofiq Devil

    hello guys plz help me….
    i have HTC HD2 with RADIO version 2.05.51.05_2   .  i dont to flash my stoke ROM… is there any other process to install android

  • iT DiDN’T WORK FOR ME ! >[

  • NIKES4D

    IN FILE STORAGE WHAT FILE DO CLICK ON TO GET CLARD

  • NIKES4D

    I CANT FIND THE EXE FILES HELP

  • sarah

    i cannot do it within 30 seconds because my mobile is too slow

  • Wizard114

    i ask your help how can i download an android rom on my htc ?

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  • Alfred Degreev

    How do I unlock it so it can wrk for att

  • Markiz

    steps are brilliant everything works now i can use android with my unlocked htc hd2 🙂

  • Astrit

    Excuse me but where can i find the Android folder?

  • HTC HD (2)

    i down loaded the file. extracted it. transfered to my sd card. but every time i run haret my phone boots up and goes to a green htc logo on the screen and stay like that forever untill i shut it off. I have version 3.14. I’ve download it again and again but still nothing, plz help