Upgrade HTC Explorer A310E to Jelly Bean via Cyanogenmod 10

As per their tagline HTC devices are quietly brilliant. Recently with release of many high end devices HTC has really impressed whole Android world. Along with their great success in high end devices, HTC has never neglected low end devices. They have always tried to come up with the product which is suitable for community who prefers low budget smartphones.

As an outcome of this HTC released their low end model HTC Explorer back in 2011. Being a low end device its specifications may not be that high but it has got amazing HTC hardware and world famous HTC sense UI. This is best low budget Android smartphone in the market compared to other devices like Samsung Galaxy Y, Galaxy Mini etc.

Unfortunately, HTC is not going to provide any update above Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) but Explorer is very popular between developers communities. So you dont have to worry about further updates. Custom ROMs are always there to serve you. And now Cyanogenmod 10 is available for this device which is based on Google’s latest Android 4.1.

So all the latest Jelly Bean features like Buttery smooth interface (called project butter), Google Now, actionable notifications are within your budget. Along with these features you get additional features and performance improvements of Cyanogenmod. Only thing you must remember is that the ROM is in development stage so some bugs may be there. You have to wait for fixes. Following article explains how to install Cyanogenmod 10 on HTC Explorer:

Disclaimer: Risk is involved in the article written ahead and it can also cause damage to your mobile. It is recommended that you should not follow it if you are newbie in this Android world. Read article completely and implement all the steps at your own risk. If any damage is happened to your mobile after inculcating these steps, we will not be responsible for that.

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This procedure to install Cyanogenmod 10 is strictly applicable for HTC Explorer only bearing model number A310E. Dont try to flash it on any other mobile or variant otherwise permanent damage might be caused.

Pre-requisites:

  • Dont forget to charge our mobile at least up to 70% so that installation will proceed uninterruptedly.
  • Since all the data on mobile gets wiped during the process, it is better to take a backup of important data like SMS, MMS, APN, contacts etc. to the external memory. Following links will guide you with backing up your device completely.
  1. How to Backup Call logs, APNs and EFS folder from your Android Device.
  2. How to Backup Android Contacts and Text Messages (SMS / MMS).
  3. How to Backup whole ROM / Firomware via Clockworkmod (CWM) Recovery
  • Make sure that you have already installed custom recovery like Clockworkmod recovery or TWRP recovery on mobile. Without this recovery you cannot flash ROM on the mobile.
  • Here is the procedure to install TWRP recovery on HTC Explorer.

Procedure to flash Cyanogenmod 10 based on 4.1 Jelly Bean on HTC Explorer:

  • Download zip file of ROM from the source page. Also download kernel image from the same.
  • Since Google Apps are not pre-installed in the ROM, you have to separately download and flash them.
  1. Download Google Apps
  • Connect your mobile to computer through USB cable. Ensure that you have enabled USB debugging on. Copy both files to the external memory. Dont extract them.
  • Disconnect mobile from PC and Turn it off by long pressing power button.
  • Enter into the bootloader mode. To enter into bootloader mode, HoldVolume Down + Power Buttonsimultaneously until bootloader mode appears.
  • In bootloader mode, highlight recovery by using Volume Keys & Enter into the recovery by usingPower Key. Youll be landed into customRecovery.
  • Take a nandroid backup of current system. You might need it if something goes wrong. For that select backup & restore and then backup. This backup will be saved in external memory (This step is not mandatory.)
  • Now wipe data/factory reset and then wipe cache partition to wipe all the data and caches respectively on the phone.
  • Next step is flashing of ROM. To do so select install zip from sdcard and then choose zip from sdcard. Chose Cyanogenmod 10 file for installation.
  • This will take few minutes for installation.
  • Repeat the step of install zip from sdcard and chose zip from sdcard. But this time chose Gapps Package.
  • After successful flashing of both the files, select +++++Go back+++++ and then reboot system now. First start may take some more time than your usual restart.

There you go!! You have successfully installed Cyanogenmod 10 on your HTC Explorer. Now you can enjoy all the latest features of Jelly Bean. Dont forget to share your views about the ROM through comments. Feel free to ask your doubts about the process. We are glad to help you out.

Tip: If you dont like this ROM or you are not comfortable with this ROM, you can easily return back to the previous ROM just by entering into the recovery mode. Then select backup & restore option followed by restore & chose your latest backup to restore.

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Shreyas Khare

Shreyas is an author at Android Legend and He is a HTC Lover. You can follow him on Google+ and Twitter.
  • shamshadt

    my htc explorer e310e not come in recovery mode mhen i press recovey mobile come in diffrent logo and i dont understand what is this excat ….pls teel me what i do..

  • Sarang

    I Install It And It Was Best.Really Thanks But I Have Big Problem That Because Of It I Restored It When I Install Cm10 It Works Well But When I Call Or Sb Call Me I Can’t Hear And They Cant Hear My Voice Too :( If You Know How To Fix I’ll Install cm10 again plz Help Me I Want That

  • krunal

    I have installed cm9. Can i install htc explorer default rom ( gingerbread2.3.1 ) back.

    Pls send link of that rom..

  • Ronish

    cyanogenmod 10 for htc explorer is highly unstable..so better wait for dev to remove all the glitches and make it stable..till then use cyanogenmod 9.1 (build 14)..although am currently using build 9..its stable..trust me if u want to..

  • VJA

    Followed all the steps above religiously and
    1. Unlocked Bootloader
    2. Installed TWRP
    3. Rooted the phone
    4. Flashed CM10

    Everything went well untill the CM10 was flashed and the phone rebooted only to know that all error messages stared popping up including “unfortunately the process android.process.acore has stopped” and no keyboard popping up whenever required to type anything like wi-fi password, google account details, etc.

    I think i bricked my explorer. Please help shreyas….

    • Shreyas

      You haven’t bricked it. Try installing third party keyboard app.

    • Viraj SK

      Have you flashed GApps too? If so, then try this:

      1) Boot into recovery.
      2) Flash ROM
      3) Don’t install Google Apps
      4) Wipe data/factory reset
      5) Reboot the phone.

      Check if error is still persisting or not..

  • VJA

    Kindly mention which gapps file to be downloaded….

    gapps-cfx-jb-20120815-super-stripped.zip

    OR

    gapps-jb-20121011-signed.zip

    • Sanket

      Second one.

  • jayanth

    PLEASE TEL ME HOW TO UNINSTALL IT.. IT JUS MADE ME ANGER.. NOTHING WORKS AND NOTHING USEFUL.. PLEASE KINDLY TEL ME HOW TO UNINSTALL IT

  • Pradip Doshi

    I flashed cyanogen mod along with gapps… but after booting neither touch screen works, nor i can open or do anything with the phone… i had to again open the battery and do the restore from twrp

    • jayanth

      FIRST YOU HAVE TO UNLOCK THE BOOTLOADER IN http://www.htcdev.com AND U HAVE TO REGISTER IN HTCDEV AND LOGIN.. THEN U CHOSSE UNLOCK BOOTLOADER ICON AND SELECT YOUR DEVICE.. IF UR DEVICE IS NOT THERE MEANS U HAVE TO CHOOSE ALL OTHER SUPPORTED DEVICES.. AND CLICK BEGIN BOOTLODER. THEN ACCEPT THE LEGAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS THAT GIVEN IN THAT PAGE THEN FOLLOW THE STEPS.. THEN U HAVE ALMOST COMPLETED TO REMOVE RECOVERY.. IF AGAIN U OCCUR PROBLEM MEANS.. U HAVE TO RUN RECOVERY.BAT FILE AND CONNECT UR MOBILE TO PC.. AND IT WILL SURELY WORK… :-)

  • das

    when i choose recovery then screen shows mobile icon
    and i long time delay but nothing happend
    plz help

  • Murthy

    Hello experts,
    I have flashed Beta 6 version, is this the latest version?
    If not how can update to latest version. Also how to do software update on my phone(path). Big problem is Link2SD is not working.
    Please help me.
    Thanks in advance,
    Murthy

  • Moin SHaikh

    I have downloaded “cm-10.1-20130222-UNOFFICIAL-pico.ZIP” and I flashed it as ur steps. . but it doesn’t show me Playstore,music,mail,etc..???!!!! whats gone gone..!! help me
    I have CMW based Recovery Version 5.0 something.

    • Sanket

      Have you installed Google apps?(Gapps)

  • Mueen Hasan

    I am new to android.I have installed android 4.2.2 and kernal version 3.0.16 & now i am unable to use my htc explorer a310e camera.first, there was no camera icon in the default settings and when i installed camera apps, the following msg appears “can’t connect to the camera”.
    Plz tell me what i do now

  • ahl

    After Installing, my camera doesnt work, and my bluetooth too. And the mobile network is unstable..what is the solution for this?PLEASE HELP ME OUT .:((((

  • Gamekathu

    Hey, nice article. I searched a lot for a proper tutorial to root my HTC Explorer and yours seems the best. I will try it soon. But before rooting i have a question : I basically want to have a lot of internal memory space, thats the primary reason i want to root. Now how much internal memory does this cyanogenmod takes? or does it any way hampers the performance of the phone? Sorry if my questions seem a bit lame, but i am a noob in this field. Please Reply.

    • Shreyas

      Cyanogenmod will definitely boost performance of your device and also it is pre-rooted so you won’t have problem of memory.

      • Gamekathu

        Thank you for your quick response! I also want to know how can I increase the internal memory by creating a partition in sd card. Can you provide a link of a working tutorial on this subject?

  • sukritkb

    Okay I just installed the CM10 on my Htc Explorer.
    “http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1847002″ everythings working perfectly. Although I just cant seem to figure out how to transfer all apps to sd card because Link2SD or S2E nothing is working. I have a perfectly fine ext4 partition but nothing seems to be working. Help. Urgent!!!!!

    • Viraj SK

      Did you try with Titanium Backup?

  • Ankit

    When I select recovery option in boot loader it automatically loads my device to home means reboots my device can any1 help

    • Amit

      maybe u havent installed recovery or havent put proper recovery..

  • Rohit Panghal

    Cyanogenmod 10.1.x (new)
    For Android 4.2.2 only – Jelly Bean (JB)
    All devices: gapps-jb-20130301-signed.zip – (Mirror #1)

    i think i have to choose this one..plzz tell me…urgently..

  • Ansh Mehta

    I tried out the Beta 6 guessing that is the latest atm) and I suggest that people wanting to install this not to. Mainly being that it wont brick your phone or anything but it just isnt for explorer yet. The interface bugs out sometimes (as in icons overlap if you change the default layout) and the response is slow sometimes. Also transition slows down.

  • krunalk

    i forgot to enable usb debugging & i wiped dalvik cache n other data. Can i still install rom??

    • Shreyas

      Yes you can

  • Harshad

    works great. thanks bro.

  • Nachiket

    Hey i need your help in finding any custom rom for LG P-698.. Anyone which supports 4.0.4 ics or any jelly bean version.. Please help me out…

  • Rishabh kumar sati

    i want to update my cell phone but i can’t do

    plssssssss hlp me

  • http://gmail Rishabsati123@gmail.com

    m also update my mobile but i cant do this plss hlp me sir

  • Nachiket Deolankar

    i used BETA#2 then it is coming not responding email and many more things and if i use ALPHA#1 then internet is highly unstable. what do i do? plz tell me.. right now i am using 4.0.4 ics on my HTC Explorer A310e.. Plz reply

    • Shreyas

      It is difficult to port these ROMs for low end devices so some bugs are always there in such ROMs.
      You can wait for next build.

      • Nachiket

        Okay.. Thanks anyways.. Can you just let me know when next build is available..

        • Shreyas

          Sure

        • Nachiket

          i have a LG P-6980 i want to root it to ics or jellybean. Having trouble finding a custom rom. Can please help me out with it.

  • taqiuddin

    Htc

  • Raj

    which files i have to download from the source??

    There were 4 files there in the link beta#3, beta#2, alpha#2, alpha#1

    Do i need to download all the files..??

    • Viraj SK

      Download only beta 2. Others are older builds..

      • kee

        agar install karunga tou mobie hang hoga k nae?