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Install Unofficial CyanogenMod 9 on HTC ChaCha

Android community attention on HTC ChaCha, most of you know that many popular Android devices are still waiting for the AOSP based CyanogenMod 9, but now available for HTC ChaCha. The smartphone device won’t get Ice Cream Sandwich update, even the device isn’t scheduled to get Ice Cream Sandwich ROM, but say thanks to XDA contributor Alex C, who posted the thread on the behalf of XDA developer member adlx.xda. HTC ChaCha users now are able to enjoy Ice Cream Sandwich on their HTC smartphone. However it’s unofficial alpha build of CyanogenMod 9 and rough, the ROM has many bugs, see the list below:

Camera is not working (front/back)
Volume panel switching causes a crash in Trebuchet
Locker options do not fit in properly – minor cosmetic issue
Key X is not working
Wi-Fi Scan button does nothing
Performance issues. Phone seems sluggish
Movie Studio is not working
GPS might not work -> POSTPONED: Issue appears as fixed. Tested with Sygic, fix in 10 seconds.
Gallery crashes when started
Network drops when proximity sensors are activated
Wifi cannot lock on hidden hotspots
Physical keyboard and soft menu keys backlight doesn’t work unless you have specific brightness settings
Android terminal emulator cannot open /dev/tty (permissions)
Sometimes mobile data seems to get off

But if you really want to taste Ice Cream Sandwich on your device, follow below guide to install it and first note that your device must be rooted with ClockworkMod recovery installed, it’s battery should be charged and make a backup of your device data such as SMS, internet setting, contacts music files etc because the below procedure may wipe data, you can sync your contacts with Gmail account and for messages use SMS apps, lastly use file expert app to backup apps.

DISCLAIMER: Please proceed the below guide at your own risk, Android Egis will not be held responsible if your device lost data or get damaged following this guide.


Step #1: Download the CyanogenMod 9 and Google Apps to PC.

Step #2: Plug the device to PC using USB cable.

Step #3: Transfer the downloaded file to SD card of device.

Step #4: Disconnect the device from PC.

Step #5: Turn the device off.

Step #6: Reboot the device into recovery mode, to do so, hold down Volume Down Key and continuing holding that you need to press the power button and select the option of HBoot. Once you enter into the HBoot, then enter in recovery mode by pressing the power button and the Volume key (Note: In recovery mode use volume keys to navigate and power button to select).

Step #7: In recovery mode, create a nandroid backup of your current ROM, it’s important because if anything not work out that you expect from this ROM, you’ll be able to easily revert back to your current state. To create backup select “Backup and Restore”, and then select “Backup” again.

Step #8: Perform full wipe, first select the wipe data/factory reset, and confirm on the next screen then select wipe cache and confirm on the next screen.

Step #9: Select “Apply zip from SD card” then and locate the downloaded ROM file that you’ve transferred in above step and confirm installation. Wait till installation complete.

Step #10: Repeat the last step to install Google apps.

Step #11: Once the installation is completed, select “Go Back” after that select “Reboot System Now.”

That’s it, you’re done, and you can comment below for queries and visit the original thread of XDA here.

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