How to manually update HTC One XL with Official Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Posted on Dec 26 2012 - 7:00am by Harold Hisona

HTC One XL Jelly Bean

HTC recently rolled out an Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update for its One XL in Asia with Singapore and Taiwan among the few countries to receive it. The package is reportedly made available for download over-the-air. Basically, owners would receive notifications telling them an update is now available.

There is no timeframe as to when this update could reach owners in the U.S. and the U.K. but since the roll out has already been started, it’s just a matter of time now. HTC promised to roll out more updates for its devices within this year. So, perhaps, a day or two from now owners from other regions would also start receiving notifications.

For those who cannot possibly wait for it, there is a workaround; they can flash the official Android 4.1 Jelly Bean ROM into their device. However, there are some risks involved in doing so but for owners who are confident they can the process correctly; here is our step-by-step guide on how to manually update HTC One XL to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Important Note: Owners of network-locked models should never attempt to do this process because it will surely brick their devices.

Disclaimer: We show you the way on how to flash the official Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the HTC One XL. It’s on you if you decide to follow this tutorial but you should know that even if this is an official update, manual flashing would still void the warranty of your device.

Pre-update Requirements

  1. Make sure your device is rooted before taking the first step of this tutorial. Here is our guide on how to root Android devices.
  2. Take time to back up all data and files in your device and here’s our step-by-step guide.
  3. Check that you have, at least, 60% of battery left in your phone; fully-charge it if possible.

Step-by-step Tutorial

Step 1: Download the Official Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update and save it in your computer for now.

Step 2: Now connect your phone to your computer using the USB data cable and copy the file you downloaded a while back into your device’s internal memory.

Step 3: Now boot your phone into Bootloader mode by pressing and holding OK, Volume Up and Power buttons together.

Step 4: Once inside the bootloader mode, choose Recovery to enter into recovery mode. This is where most of the processes will be done; first, choose Wipe Data/Factory Reset followed by Wipe Cache Partition.

Step 5: Still in recovery mode choose Install zip from SD Card and browse through the directory inside your phone’s internal memory where you saved the Jelly Bean package.

Step 6: Select the zip file to start the update process. It would take about 4 to 5 minutes to complete so you just have to wait for a little while.

Step 7: Once the update is finished, choose Reboot System Now and wait until your device is rebooted normally.

Congratulations! Your device is now running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. If it enters into boot loop, just take the battery off and re-insert and follow on-screen instructions.

[source: XDA]

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