The HTC Desire 816 is a smaller and cheaper version of the HTC One M8. It has mid end specifications like a 5.5 inch HD 720p screen, 1.5 GB RAM, Snapdragon 400 chipset clocked at 1.6 GHz, Adreno 305 GPU and a respectable 2600 mAh battery.

Even though the Desire 816 doesn’t have the best specifications compared to other devices, this hasn’t stopped developers to create a working CyanogenMod 12 ROM for this phone.

Also Read: SkyDragon ROM 5.0 Lollipop for HTC One M8

As we have covered in an another article, the HTC One M8 received a functional CM12 ROM a few days ago, and now it is time for its smaller brother to enjoy 5.0 Lollipop and all Material Design goodies.

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The CyanogenMod 12 5.0 Lollipop ROM for the HTC Desire 816 is created by the recognized developer Grarak. Grarak has created other ROMs for the Desire 816 and all of them are used by thousands of users.

At this stage, we do not recommend to install the CM12 ROM on your phone because it is not designed to be used as a daily driver. The ROM has a few bugs that can be a deal breaker for you.

Some of the things that are not working on CM12 for HTC Desire 816 are:

  • Second SIM (Dual SIM variants)
  • NFC
  • FM Radio
  • Wifi Tethering

Most of these are not serious. Other devices can’t get WiFi, GPS or mobile data to work.

Also Read: How To Dual Boot ROMs on HTC One M8 (MultiROM)

How to install CyanogenMod 12 ROM on HTC Desire 816:

  1. Download CM12 ROM and special recovery.
  2. Install the Recovery.
  3. Make a backup in case something goes wrong or you want to restore your current ROM later.
  4. Boot into Recovery.
  5. Wipe Cache and Data.
  6. Install ROM Zip file.

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  • Guest

    I’m al;ready done with you. The Desire 1 is bigger than the m. Clearly you didn’t research.

    • Smaller in terms of specifications.

  • Phil Haus

    LOL! The Desire 816 is bigger, than the M8 not smaller. You probably should have looked that up first.

    • Hi Phil, smaller regarding specifications (chipset, screen resolution, Android version)