How to Install Android 2.1 on HTC Hero

by on December 27, 2009
in Android, Tips and Tricks

htc-hero-whiteLately, I’ve been playing with various ROMs and mods available for the HTC Hero and Droid. The latest Community Release 1.8 of Android 2.1 is quite stable faster than previous releases so I thought of giving it a try.

Installation required a wipe and it went really smooth without any issues. This tutorial will help you try out the Android 2.1 OS and retain your current ROM so you can revert back anytime you want.

If you remember my previous tutorial on how to install a custom ROM on your HTC Hero, I’ll be following the same steps and guide lines in this tutorial too.

How to Install Android 2.1 (HERO21) on HTC Hero

Things You Should Know:

  1. I’m using an unlocked HTC Hero running on MoDaCo 2.8 ROM and I rooted and installed a new recovery image using this tutorial.
  2. Create a Nandroid backup of your phone before proceeding. This is will help you revert back to your old ROM when you want or if anything goes wrong.
  3. A wipe has to be done while loading a new ROM, so again, backup your phone i.e contacts, apps, settings, messages etc. [How to Backup SMS on Android]
  4. This tutorial is ONLY for GSM HTC Hero.

The Tutorial

Before you proceed, I hope you read the above lines that I wrote carefullyand have rooted (and flashed a new recovery image on) your phone using this tutorial: How to Root HTC Hero and Install RA Recovery Image.

1. Download Hero21 Community Signed v1.8 ROM from here.

2. Rename the ROM you just downloaded as

3. Now plug in your Hero to the computer and from the notifications, mount the SD card.

4. Copy the ROM file ( to your SD card. DON’T copy it into any folder.

5. Unplug the phone and turn it off.

6. Now turn on the phone into Recovery Mode by holding down Home and Power buttons to turn it on. Keep holding them until you see some text written in green.

7. In the Recovery Mode, select “Wipe” and then select Wipe data partition.

8. Once the wipe is completed, go to “Flash update image” and select Apply

9. Confirm the installation and then sit back and watch while the ROM is being installed/loaded.


10. When completed, reboot the phone. Your new ROM should be up and running now!

NOTE: The first reboot may take time, so wait with patience. Even the first startup and the phone will be a bit slow, but should get normal in a few minutes.

Disclaimer: I’m not responsible for any damage you do to your phone. Please modify it on your own risk.

How to Root HTC Hero and Install RA Recovery Image

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  • clemypaul

    can this procedure be used for htc tattoo too???

  • morten66

    I tried to do this but my Hero reported that files where not signed. I had the standard ROM from HTC installed and not the MoDaCo as you describe. Could that be the issue?

  • morten66

    I tried this, but my Hero wrote that the files was not signed. Could that be because I dont have a MoDaCo ROM installed?

  • No, it can't be :)

  • Yes, could be. Have you installed MoDaCo now?

  • pengguo

    You shouldn't unzip the zip file (Hero21 Community Signed v1.8 ROM) before you rezip it to rename it as…

  • morten66

    I didnt. I renamed it as

    The ROM I use is the standard ROM that is provided via HTC's site ei version 1.5 of android. One thought that I have is that I need to upgrade to version 1.6 first?

  • BarryLeeJones

    Thanks for the post.

    Can this be done on a locked Hero? I have one tied to Orange, do I need to unlock it first?


  • himanshu

    camera not working,,, help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • himanshu

    dude,,,, thx a lot, workin workin workin,,,,,, evrythin is working fine ,, amazin work guys,,, keep it up,,,

  • macarale

    Does this work with HTC's ROM 1.5

  • Truemanzshow

    no multi touch sir

  • jorgelandaeta21

    Lock pattern don't work for me, somebody can tell me if that's a common problem or it's only by my fault

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  • Hassan

    i have T mobile g2 touch (HTC HERO)…is it safe for me to do this as well???

  • Pistolpete2nd

    I think you should install a rooted custom rom first. Those roms probably allow you to install other roms that aren't signed by htc.

  • Vikas

    I had the same issue and I reverted back to 1.5 modaco custom ROM (Hell Lot Faster than original)

  • thomas

    thank you, you fixed my phone you are the best thank you thank you thank you thank you thanksssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

  • Timo

    Excellent HowTo. Works fine, thanks very much.

  • keaotix

    Works great!!! thanks for the effort

  • This is like, the buggiest ROM ever…makes my Hero un-usable!!!

  • chaitu

    thanks buddy the thing worked awesome

  • Pawpaw Mm

    very good nice ………thank u

  • Snmahdi31

    ma phone is stucj on the htc screeen heeellllpppp

  • Hero

    great! thx you