How to Install Sense Based Custom Jelly Bean ROM on HTC One X (Part 1)

Ashish Mundhra

In the past we have seen many guides where I have shown you how to download and flash various ICS based ROMs on your HTC One X. I am sure HTC One X users must have loved all the different ROMs I covered. And to impress them again, today we are going to see how to flash a Sense based Jelly Bean ROM.

HTC Jelly Bean

The process is not as straightforward as it’s for flashing ICS ROMs. So without wasting time, let’s have a look at the method.

A Word Before We Begin

Flashing a Jelly Bean ROM on ICS device is not risky but it definitely is time consuming (for the first time). After you have flashed a Jelly Bean ROM on your One X, you cannot revert back to an ICS based ROM. Think carefully as it’s an irreversible process. I would also like to remind you that neither I nor Guiding Tech can be held responsible for any damage to your phone from careless usage. I have worked very hard to make this guide noob-proof and if you are confused about anything post your doubts in the comments section and wait for my reply. It’s always easier to avoid errors than to fix them.

Before we see how to install a stable Jelly Bean based ROM, let’s have a look at some of the basics we will need throughout the entire process.

Putting The Phone in Recovery Mode

In this guide I will ask you to put your phone in bootloader mode quite a few times. For those of you who don’t know how it’s done, here’s a quick tip. The easiest way to put HTC One X in bootloader mode is using hardware keys. Press and hold Volume down + Power button till the phone boots in bootloader mode. You might notice some flashes in the home and menu button.

Fastboot Files

For the guide, you will need fastboot files in a folder in your computer. Download and extract these files to a folder if you don’t already have it.

A Flashable Jelly Bean ROM

Before we start the process, I would recommend you to download and place a flashable stable Jelly Bean ROM on your internal SD card. As the phone will momentarily go into a boot loop, it’s a wise thing to do. I personally recommend ViperX ROM from Team Venom.

So here’s the first part of the guide: How to upgrade the HTC One X Bootloader.

Upgrading HTC One X Bootloader (HBOOT)

If your factory sealed HTC One X came with Android Ice Cream Sandwich, it must have come with HBOOT version 0.43. As per one of the basic requirements of Jelly Bean ROM on HTC One X the HBOOT Version must be 1.31 or above.

The problem is that not all phones can be updated to the latest HBOOT. The firmware versions are released time to time for specific phone CID (short for Customer Identification) and you can download it from this post on XDA once the CID of your phone matches with one of the supported CIDs. The best way to check the CID of your phone is using a small app called CID Getter available in the Play Store. Just install and run the app on your One X and note down the CID number that’s shown at the top.

If the CID matches any of the available CID in the post, download the corresponding firmware zip file.

Your CID number must be exactly the same. If it’s written “HTC__001” it means you can’t flash it, if your CID is “02__001”. The whole text must match!

CID of HTC

hboot xip

Don’t be disappointed if you don’t see your phone’s CID in the list. It will be updated as soon as new firmware is made available. Just hang in there and check the thread regularly.

For the lucky ones, after you have downloaded the file, rename it to Firmware.zip and place it in the Fastboot folder. Having done that, reboot your phone in recovery mode and put it in Fastboot USB mode. If you have already unlocked the phone, relock it by opening the command prompt in the fastboot folder and running the command fastbootoem lock. After the bootloader is locked run the commandfastbootoemrebootRRU. After you execute this command, the phone will restart in recovery mode and you will see a HTC logo on the screen.

oem lock

Finally execute the command fastboot flash zip firmware.zip and wait for the process to complete successfully. If you get any error and the prompt says to flush the image again immediately, run the same command again. After the new HBOOT has been flashed, reboot your phone in bootloader mode.

flash again

The new HBOOT will be locked and you will have to unlock it and install a custom recovery again before you can flash a custom ROM. We have already seen how we can unlock the HTC bootloader in the first part of the guide on how to root the device. Having done that, download this ClockworkMod recovery image file and save it to the fastboot folder. Finally run the command fastboot flash boot CWM.img.

This will flash the ClockworkMod recovery in your device. Don’t try to reboot your device, it will definitely not switch on but will rather go in a boot loop. Wait for the next part of the guide where we will show you how you can flash the ROM. Check back in an hour or two!

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Ashish Mundhra

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Ashish Mundhra

Ashish is a staff writer and video editor at Guiding Tech. He loves all things tech and has a soft corner for Android. Apart from contributing articles here, he also takes care of our YouTube Channel.