Owners of the HTC Incredible S surely love the phone and its 4-inch cinematic display and surround audio powered by SRS. Aside from having a unique contoured design for a tighter grip, the HTC Incredible S also packs a 1 GHz processor for efficient multitasking and a built-in camcorder for capturing moments in HD–both of which makes the phone superbly appealing.  As if those weren’t enough, the HTC Incredible S now has one more reason to become more lovable–Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich accessible to the device via the Virtuous Quattro ROM.

Directly built out of pure AOSP code, the ROM is expected to bring a pure Ice Cream Sandwich experience to HTC Incredible S users.  The ROM is reportedly pre-rooted and optimized for the Incredible S.  Though, since the firmware is still in alpha development, you can expect several bugs and issues here and there, although the majority of ICS features work right out of the box.

If you want your HTC Incredible S to taste some pure and sweet Ice Cream Sandwich, installing Virtuous Quattro is your key.  Read on to know how to.


So you can install Alpha 3 of Virtuous Quattro on your HTC Incredible S, you will need the following

  • A rooted HTC Incredible S, with ClockworkMod installed  (Need help with rooting? See our guide for rooting the HTC Incredible S.)
  • Backup of important phone data
  • At least 60% battery power


WARNING: We’ve taken pains to provide accurate information.  But, we shall not hold ourselves responsible if you damage your phone by following these instructions.  Install the firmware at your own risk.

  1. Click here to download the Virtuous Quattro Alpha 3 ROM  and save it to your computer.
  2. Copy the package to the root directory of the microSD card on your HTC Incredible S.
  3. Turn off your phone.
  4. Boot the phone into ClockworkMod Recovery:
    • Press the Volume Down and Power buttons simultaneously.
    • Highlight “bootloader” (use the Volume buttons) and select it by tapping the Power button.
    • Highlight “recovery” (use the Volume button) and select it by tapping the Power button.
  5. Create a backup of your current working ROM. You can do that by going to Backup and Restore > Backup.
  6. Wipe the phone’s data by selecting the following commands from the recovery menu:
    • Wipe Data/Factory reset
    • Wipe Cache Partition
    • Advanced > Wipe Dalvik Cache
  7. After wiping your phone’s data, select “Install zip from sdcard.”
  8. Select “Choose zip from sdcard” and choose the downloaded ZIP file. Confirm to start installing the ROM.
  9. Once it’s done, reboot your mobile phone by selecting “Go Back” and choose “Reboot System Now.”

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Virtuous Quattro Alpha 3 ROM on your HTC Incredible S, which will bring Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich to your phone.

Alvin Ybañez
Android is arguably the most flexible mobile operating system. Period. I'm extremely passionate about helping Android users around world get the most out of their Android devices by writing how-to guides and tutorials.
  • Shri

    More details and the current version could be found on XDA forums. :)

  • Clynn

    Hello Incredible S users,

    I found that the link above to the Virtuous Quattro Alpha 3 ROM did not work for me (received the error due to getprop(“ro.product.device”) == “pyramid”.
    The Virtuous Quattro RC3 ROM did not have this problem! For more details go to: http://www.virtuousrom.com/p/quattro.html

    Hope this helps!

    • Axemagic87

      I tried the above link Mr. Clynn. My phone is stuck forever when i switch it on. It gets stuck with the Virtuous Quattro logo glowing. sob sob. :(

      • Soulbladetec

        Hi instead of using clockwordmod recovery, it might be worth you buying 4EXT recovery from the android market, I had the same problem being stuck on the logo screen. As long as your device is unlocked it will work.

    • Adam

      Thank you so much. It works on mine as well after I downloaded the vivo version. XD

    • Adam

      But the camera doesnt work. Is there any solution?

      • appler

        Mine also the camera doesn’t work

  • I2cute4words

    does anyone know how to root an incredible s with HBOOT 2.00.0000
    Modelid: PG3213000

    • riconx

      i downgraded first to hboot 1.16.0000, then unlock the bootloader and thenyou can root the phone. I got some help as well but on the xda forums you can find a lot of info. In either way, the best way is to downgrade first.
      I am running now the rom Nik_Rebirth_Sensation on my incrdible s, it is an rom for the one V but it rocks. And as we speak there is a camera fix for the 8mp.

    • riconx

      Nik_Aura_Rebirth_Sense4a_v3_by_Nikhil007, that is the exact name for the rom

    • asl360


      check that link out…long process but works.happy flashing:)

  • I2cute4words

    So after a fair bit of fiddling because mine was HBOOT2.00.0000, I managed to root and install Virtuous Quattro RC3. It seems to run ok, with the only major pitfall is that the camera flash didn’t work for me at the best of times and the whole camera didn’t work at the worst (stopped working). Also it lacks some of the basic (but damn good) apps that HTC has built in such as the messaging one (full screen), the clock with weather (I surprisingly do miss it!). Only another month or so before I might be able to roll my phone back and get the legit update.

  • Successfully upgraded HTC Incredible S to ICS 4 today through OTA. Thanks God and thanks to HTC team.

  • someone

    try MIUI, android 2.3.7 based.
    The latest stable version is 2.4.13(released on April 13th), download it from http://bigota.d.miui.com/2.4.13/miui_IncredibleS_2.4.13_3eur90qsgw_2.3.zip

    I tried to go back with HTC Sense after staying with MIUI for a year, but I found I cannot put up with the annoying built-in apps, either the restrictions such as cannot change the 4 shortcuts of the bottom bar, any more.

  • hi my phone is htc incredible s verizon, i rooted it, but update not successfull, it said “error in file, (Status 7)”. Please help me to update to ICS.

  • my phone is verizon incredible s, i rooted it, please tell me detail how to update to ICS 4.
    Thank a lot.