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Unlock HTC Desire Free

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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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@riffgaff I guess the easiest way would to borrow someones SIM card (or a GG one!) and try it out.


I just unlocked my old Desire using this post and hopefully it will get a new lease of life (my girlfriend wants it!). Great post and instructions, thanks!


I hunted all over the internet to get my phone unlocked. I used another site but the code never came through, i found this site i used live chat to confirm they had the code, i ordered and i got the code with 15 mins and it worked first time and it was the cheapest i found compared to other companies.  check yourself


Worked perfectly for me.  Done in 15 mins.  Bye bye T-Mobile, helloooo Giffgaff.


Nice thread Smiley Happy


Worth mentioning as well that if you have been a contract customer for a certain amount of months, your carrier can unlock your phone for free. Had a Wildfire unlocked a while ago from Vodafone before moving to giffgaff for free as I had been with them for years. 


Thanks for these instructions.

We managed to unlock our 2 old HTC Desires beautifully.  Took 45 minutes though not 10 minutes but that was probably user error.  Much better than paying £40!

Many thanks



Great info for unlocking Desire.

Found out in order to get into HBOOT you must first turn off FAST BOOT in the application menu.

Then after turning off the phone, turn back on holding  the Volume down and power on together and goes straight into HBOOT.

Unlocked , sorted..


HI there, Does not work for HTC desire C (mine is SIM-locked on Meteor, IRL). I have tried both HTC_Desire_Unlock_v0.9.4 and _v0.9.5 and keep getting error mssg saying this is not a HTC Desire model (?!!). BTY, unlocked code from various unlocked on-line providers did not work either. Anyone has experience with SIM unlocker card (sold on ebay) as alternative? thx


Hi there,


I am trying to unlock a desire locked to orange to use an o2 simcard, have tried both unlockers with no success. It goes through all the steps, tells me it has worked but when i put my simcard in it still says locked


Just to check, I am going into hboot with no sim card in at all, is that correct?


Any tips greatly appreciated




When you are on the HBOOT page, do you need to selct one of the options or do you just leave it as it s?


i've been leaving it as it is.



my phone details in case it helps