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How to Update HTC One M8 To Android 7.1.1 XenonHD Nougat Custom ROM

If you are looking for the latest Nougat features and want to enjoy them on your HTC One M8, then you are at the right place. XenonHD custom ROM, based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat is now available for HTC One M8. The firmware is built from the AOSP source and available to install on your HTC One M8. Many users have installed and tested this new XenonHD custom ROM and found it stable, smooth and very fast as well as it comes with incredible performance and upgrades over any other Android 7.1.1 firmware. This is not officially announced by HTC or Google but just a custom ROM. The bootloader of your HTC One M8 must be unlocked. Otherwise, you will not be able to install XenonHD custom ROM on your phone.

By following this step by step guide, you can update HTC One M8 to Android 7.1.1 Nougat via XenonHD custom ROM. This custom ROM comes with various new features, changes and bug fixes. Keep in mind that your device should be rooted and has the latest custom recovery like TWRP or ClockworkMod (CWM) already installed. Before proceeding to the installation instructions, take a full backup of all your valuable data. If you are interested in installing XenonHD Android 7.1.1 Nougat custom ROM to your HTC One M8 then go ahead and follow the given instructions.

How to Update HTC One M8 To Android 7.1.1 XenonHD Nougat Custom ROM 1

Android 7.1.1 XenonHD Nougat Custom Firmware Features:

XenonHD Changelog
NovaLauncher, Adaway, Kernel Auditor, SuperSU
Root, adb, dev options, advanced reboot & installing apks enabled by default
Pixel UI, navbar, wallpaper
Material sounds & icons
DayNight theme
Network indicator & battery bar in status bar
Live Volume Steps
DT2S on lock screen
Custom Quick Settings Tiles
Removed unnecessary things
Under the hood improvements and optimisations


This guide containing the XenonHD Android 7.1.1 Nougat custom ROM is working with the HTC One (M8). Do not try to install this ROM on any other device, or your device might get bricked.


AndroidBlog will not be held responsible for any damage occurred to your HTC One (M8) during or after the installation of XenonHD Custom Firmware. Proceed at your risk.


  • Make sure that the battery level of your HTC One (M8) is at least about 80% before proceeding to the installation guide.
  • Download and install proper USB Drivers for the HTC One (M8) on PC.
  • It is highly recommended to take a good backup of your important data and settings on the phone using a custom recovery such as CWM or TWRP. In case anything goes wrong then you’ll be able to restore your data.
  • Enable USB Debugging Mode on One (M8) from Settings > Developer Options.
  • The HTC One (M8) should be rooted with the latest version of CWM or TWRP recovery installed that it supports the new Android 7.1.1 Nougat-based ROM installations.

Required Files:

Steps to Update HTC One (M8) to XenonHD Android 7.1.1 Nougat Custom ROM:

Step No 1: – First, download the XenonHD Android 7.1.1 Nougat custom ROM and Google Apps package from the above links on the desktop of your PC. Do not extract these files.

Step No 2: – Now, connect your HTC One (M8) to the PC using its USB data cable.

Step No 3: – Move the XenonHD firmware, and Google Apps zipped files to the root folder of SD card on your phone.

Step No 4: – Transfer the boot.img file to android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory on your PC.

Step No 5: – Next, power OFF the HTC M8 to boot into Bootloader/Fastboot Mode. Also, disconnect the USB cable.

Step No 6: – Power ON the device while pressing and holding the Volume Down + Power buttons at the same time.

Step No 7: – Once your M8 is in the Fastboot mode, navigate to android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory and open Command Prompt within the folder.

Step No 8: – Type the following command and press Enter.

fastboot flash boot boot.img

9: – Now, type the following command and hit Enter.

fastboot reboot

Step No 10: – Follow the on-screen instructions and choose BOOTLOADER -> RECOVERY.

Step No 11: – While the phone is in TWRP Recovery, perform a full data wipe by tapping on the ‘Wipe’ button. Then swipe on the “Swipe to Factory Reset” option at the bottom.

Step No 12: – Navigate to the Recovery main menu and tap on the ‘Install’ button. Select the firmware.ZIP file that you have already transferred to the root folder of your SD Card on the phone.

Step No 13: –  Swipe on the “Swipe to Confirm Flash” option to confirm installation on the next screen. The installation process will be initiated.

Step No 14: – After the installation is finished successfully, you will see a similar screen like the following:

TWRP Recovery

Step No 15: – Repeat the above-given step for the installation of Google Apps package on your HTC One M8.

Step No 16: – Finally, select the “Reboot System” button to reboot your phone.

Your HTC One M8 will boot now, and it may take about 4-5 minutes to boot for the first time after installation.

Done! You have installed Android 7.1.1 XenonHD Nougat custom ROM on HTC One M8.


Bhatti Junaid

He continuously writes tech articles and development code. Also, appreciates excellent food, exceptional coffee and great company. He has written 266 guides and other posts.

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