Android Enthusiasts Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for enthusiasts and power users of the Android operating system. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Located in China I've been waiting forever for the HTC Hero update to Android 2.1. However now everywhere around the world people are getting it.

I do get the occasional update, and then I get prompted to reset the phone, however when I reset it the update does not get installed (missing on SD card?)

Or maybe I have to relocate to England? Could I fake this with a VPN/proxy? If so how could I set this up?


share|improve this question
Your best bet is rooting it, in which case your question would a duplicate of mine. If it's locked, you can't install other WWE's, so root is the easiest way to go. – Ivo Flipse Jul 15 '10 at 11:34
No I would really not like to root the phone. – Moak Jul 15 '10 at 13:20

Does China have an extra Android version or do you have either the US version or the European version?

To let my own European Hero install Android 2.1 I had to tell it to manually check for new updates.

share|improve this answer
How do you tell it "to manually check for new updates" Did you end up getting an on your SD card? – Moak Jul 16 '10 at 3:43
StartScreen/Menu Key/Settings/About Phone/Software Updates/Check now I never saw an and I think that simply happened in the background. – Christian Jul 16 '10 at 10:10
I have android 1.5 so i get as far as StartScreen/Menu Key/Settings/About Phone |||||||| – Moak Jul 16 '10 at 11:40

Depending on whether your phone is locked and won't accept foreign updates, you may not have to root your phone, but you will have to unlock it by using the goldcard method.

Luckily this website helps you do it in a few simple steps:

Note: these steps will NOT root your phone.

Download: klutsh's Goldcard Tool

  • Format your SD card to FAT32 by going Settings > SD Card & Phone Storage > Unmount SD Card then Format SD Card
  • Launch the goldcard tool as admin by Right click on App > Run as Admin
  • Connect your phone to your PC and make sure USB debugging is enabled (Settings > Applications > Development > USB Debugging)
  • Click get CID (Try clicking MMC0 if MMC1 fails)
  • Click the link to open the goldcard generator, copy the CID from the tool into it. You will get an email.
  • Enable USB Mass Storage on your phone.
  • Click 'Refresh' in the app and select your micro SD card.
  • Click 'Load goldcard.img' and select the file you received by email.
  • Click 'Patch MMC'
  • You now have a goldcard!
  • Now you can downgrade using the Generic RUU.

After these steps you've changed your Android version to a generic one and you can use the generic update to get it to 2.1.

Kudos to klutsh from MoDaCo and the person who made the site!

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.