March 3, 2012

Installing CyanogenMod on an HTC Legend

These are the steps I took this morning to unlock my HTC Legend and install CyanogenMod. My Legend is on Virgin Mobile Canada/Bell Mobility.

You will need

Run the installers for the first two. 

Unlocking the bootloader

Visit  HTC's Developer Site, register, and follow the instructions to unlock your phone's bootloader.

Flash ClockworkMod Recovery

  1. Power on your phone holding Volume Down + Power.
  2. Select "Fastboot" and press the power button.
  3. Connect the phone to the computer. The red text on the phone's boot screens should change from "Fastboot" to "Fastboot USB"
  4. Put the ClockworkMod .img file in the C:\Android folder you created following HTC's directions
  5. Open a Windows command window
  6. cd to the C:\Android (or whatever) folder
  7. Run the following command:
fastboot flash recovery recovery-clockwork-

Install CyanogenMod

The last bit is directly from the CM wiki:


  1. Download the latest version of CyanogenMod.
    Optional: Download the Google Apps for the device.
  2. Place the CyanogenMod file on the root of the SD card.
    Optional: Place the Google Apps .zip on the root of the SD card also.
  3. Boot into the ClockworkMod Recovery.
  4. Once the device boots into the ClockworkMod Recovery, use the side volume buttons to move around, and either the power button or the trackball to select.
    Optional: Select backup and restore to create a backup of current installation on the HTC Legend.
  5. Select the option to Wipe data/factory reset.
  6. Then select the option to Wipe cache partition.
  7. Select Install zip from sdcard.
  8. Select Choose zip from sdcard.
  9. Select the CyanogenMod
    Optional: Install the Google Apps by performing steps 7 - 9 again and choosing the Google Apps
  10. Once the installation has finished, select +++++Go Back+++++ to get back to the main menu, and select the Reboot system now option. The HTC Legend should now boot into CyanogenMod



With any luck, this process will work as perfectly for you as it did for me.