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Unlock HTC Desire Free

handy giff-staffer

Take a look at our video and step-by-step instructions showing you how to Unlock your HTC Desire absolutely free.  More and more, these phones are available from sites such as eBay and are already unlocked.  However if you have an HTC Desire locked to another network, and you'd like to unlock it, follow the instructions below - make sure to follow each step carefully, or you may run into problems.


HTC Desire basics


You can get a second hand HTC Desire from anywhere between £74 and £120 dependent on the condition of the phone and whether it includes the original box etc.


The HTC Desire is a much older model, the newer models include the HTC Desire HD and Desire S, however these phones will cost you anything between £163 – £256.


More often now, a quick glance at eBay can deliver an already unlocked phone, however if you’re not so lucky, follow the instructions and video below and unlock your HTC Desire.


Unlock HTC Desire





For this video, you will need to download the following software and a PC (this process isn't compatible with Mac OS):


HTC Drivers  
HBOOT Drivers  
Unlock tool: Version 0.9.5  
If this doesn't work, try version 0.9.4   


Step 1: Prepare your phone


To begin, you will need to turn on USB debugging on your phone. The can be done by:
1. Going into settings
2. Selecting applications
3. Selecting developer options
4. Checking the box titled "USB Debugging".


Now, turn your phone off and reboot in HBOOT. This can be done by holding both the volume down, then power button together.

The screen will boot up to a white simple text display with three android characters at the bottom.


Step 2: Prepare your computer


  1. Now it's time to download and install some software. If you haven't already downloaded all the files above, do so now to a location you can remember, we're going to call this folder "Desire Rooting Folder".
  2. Once downloaded, unzip the contents of the "" file to the "Desire Rooting Folder" 
  3. Next, install "winrar-xxx-xxx.exe" and the "HTCDriver3.".
  4. Plug in your phone to your PC. Now on your computer, click start in the bottom left, right click My Computer, select manage.
  5. A window will pop up titled computer management. Now select device manager in the left hand panel. You should see a section titled "Other devices". Expand this to reveal a device "Android 1.0".  **If you don't see this, unplug and replug your USB connector into your computer. If you still don't see it, you may already have these files installed and can therefore skip to section 3**
  6. Right click "Android 1.0", select update software driver and locate the file Android USB Drivers when prompted. This will install the appropriate drivers for HBOOT.


Step 3: Unlocking your phone



  1. In order to unlock your phone you need to extract the unlock tool ("HTC_Desire_Unlock_v0.9.5.rar") to your "Desire Rooting Folder".
  2. Now open the folder titled "HTC_Desire_Unlock_v0.9.5". Inside should be a file titled adb.exe. Double click this to make a window pop up and close. Next double click HTC_Desire_Unlock_v0.9.5.exe.


The unlock tool should run and will unlock your phone. The window will inform you when the process is complete, after which you have an unlocked HTC Desire ready for the giffgaff revolution.


If the unlocker hasn't worked for any reason, try using an older version of the tool,(v.0.9.4 - link above).


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why cant i use goodybag??

There's also an app over at XDA to unlock the Galaxy S GT-I9000 for free also. I used it myself and its working fine for me Smiley Wink

sweet! likeing these unlocking blogs

it doesn't work the htc drivers,i'm trying to do it with an htc wildfire

whatever I said...

I'd like to unlock my desire s.Two quick questions:-

1) Is it totally free unlocking the phone this way? (I've been quoted £15-£25 in local shops)

2) Is there a chance this could "brick" my phone in any way?

Many thanks.

handy giff-staffer

Hi nerakb


Yes it's totally free!  Smiley Happy  You should be fine, just make sure you cover each step and read the instructions carefully.

Let us know how it goes Smiley Happy

whatever I said...

Hi victoriatagg,

 Just wondering if I could have a bit of help,please.

I've downloaded the files to my laptop,checked the"USB debubbing" box,shut down my phone and tried to reboot it in HBOOT exactly the way it's been described above.Only problem is,the phone itself turns on as normal.What could I be doing wrong?Does the SIM card need to be removed?

Many thanks


Be careful buying old Desires. Some of them have a dodgy motherboard that overheats and switches off your phone. HTC will change the mb if it is still in warranty, but you can't guarantee this when you are buying secondhand. I have one which overheats and it is a nightmare. Buy at your own risk.
whatever I said...

Hi victoriatagg,

 Something else I should've asked,will this unlock the Desire S?This post is for unlocking the Desire.


If I buy an unlocked HTC Desire from a friend is it easy to set up to Giff Gaff?  Do I just put the SIM in?