Install HTC One (M7) Based Sense 5 ROM on HTC Droid DNA (GSM, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile)

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The HTC One is the latest flagship phone from the Taiwanese manufacture. It’s the first smartphone to feature HTC’s new version of the Sense UI. The new Sense has become more sensible because it has been redesigned to be more beautiful, productive and smoother. It’s now quite different from what HTC users have been accustomed to experience

At a time when the device has just been released, how would you feel if you are privileged to the latest Sense 5.0 UI on your very HTC Droid DNA. It’s a surprise that nobody would have expected to arrive so early! Thanks to newtoroot from XDA who has made this possible. It’s due to his hard work and efficiency that we can now enjoy the features on HTC One (M7) on the Droid DNA.

Actually, the HTC One based ROM was ported to Droid DNA last month but since it was very new then and had some bugs, we waited for it to be perfected. According to the developer, the ROM is 99% functional and has only a few minor bugs that most users will not be able to even notice. The only big feature on the HTC One (M7) that is not working in this port in the HTC Zoe.

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Disclaimer:

Please note that the procedure described here is not meant for noobs since it is considered risky. Proceed only when you understand such things and at your own liability. Either the developer, or Droidviews will not be responsible for any damage done to you device. Also, do not try this ROM on any other device than the Droid DNA.

Prerequisites:

So, if you are ready, we would walk you through the procedure step-by-step to get the HTC One based ROM up and running on your Droid DNA. But before that, you need to make the following preparations. Make sure you have any of these variants of the Droid DNA: GSM, Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile.

  • Your device must have an unlocked bootloader to install this ROM. If you have not yet unlocked your Droid DNA, read the tutorial given here.
  • Make sure your phone is rooted and a custom recovery like CWM or TWRP  is installed on it. In case it is not rooted, you can do it following this easy guide.
  • Charge your device and backup your contacts, apps, call-log, messages, etc. You can use these apps for the purpose.
  • Go to phone Settings> Developer Options> USB Debugging and turn it on.
  • Download the HTC One based Sense 5 ROM according to your phone model (do not extract). Users of Droid DNA other than Verizon variant will also have to install a patch file after installing the ROM.
  • The ROM also has some themes and mods that can be flashed via CWM recovery using Step 8 from the tutorial below. Do not forget to backup the ROM each time you flash a mod or theme. You can download the theme from here.

How to Install:

Having made the aforesaid preparations and downloaded the required files, you can now proceed to install the Sense 5 ROM on your Droid DNA. Here are the steps:

  1. Copy the ROM and Patch files zip package to your phone’s SD card.
  2. Now turn off your Droid DNA and boot it into CWM/TWRP recovery mode. Power off your phone and then boot it into HBOOT menu. It can be done by pressing Volume Down + Power  buttons at the same time. Select “Recovery” option and confirm using the Power button.
  3. In the CWM recovery, use the volume keys to scroll between options and the Power key to select an option or file.
  4. First of all, create a safe ground for yourself by backing up the current ROM. Go to “backup and restore” option and backup the ROM.
  5. Now go back to CWM main menu and perform “wipe data/factory reset”.
  6. Then “wipe cache partition” too.
  7. Open “advanced” options and “wipe dalvik cache”.
  8. Go to “mounts and storage” and format “system”.
  9. You next step will be to install the ROM file so go to “install zip from sdcard> choose zip from sdcard”, navigate to the ROM file and select it.
  10. When it is flashed, install the patch file too using the Step 8.
  11. Finally, return to main menu and select “reboot system now”.

Wait till your phone reboots and enjoy the new Sense 5 ROM from HTC One on your Droid DNA. For latest updates and queries, head over to the XDA thread. Cheers!

  • Zoe not working is a known issue with the port. However, it seems to have been fixed in the latest version that is based on Android 4.2.2. I guess you have the GSM version. If yes, download and install this: http://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=23060877489997634

    Try it.

  • firoz

    after the installation the htc zoe is not working and the image editor
    can u help me? I uses the TWRP recovery

  • I hope you backed up your previous ROM before trying to install this. If yes, boot device in recovery and restore the older ROM using backup and restore option.

  • firoz

    hi sir
    i ty to install this rom in my droid dna
    but i accidentally deleted my zip file from sd card
    now i m stuck without knowing what to do
    pls help

  • firoz

    thank u sir. The reinstalling worked.Now its perfect…..Thanks again for ur support. and sir if u don’t mind can u tell me how to free up some memory in my device. It says that i use 5.91GB for others.this not including my videos and musics.And i have no idea what is this…..I already delete my back ups from recovery mode

  • Hmm. then try wiping cache partition in custom recovery or reinstall the ROM. Next time you install it, also format “system” found under “mounts and storage” in CWM and “wipe> advanced wipe” in TWRP.

  • firoz

    Sir, I install the latest 2.0.3 version , just two days ago

  • Hi Firoz, I have just updated the post with the latest 2.0.3 version of the ROM that fixes the bugs found in older builds. Please try it and let me know.

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  • firoz

    hello sir……..i install the HTC One (M7) Based Sense 5 ROM on my htc droid dna. everything works perfect except the messaging. I can receive the messages, but cant sent any. when i open the message to compose one , its says unexpected error and shut it self down….can u help me