How To Upgrade the Huawei U8150 IDEOS to Gingerbread

I have written a lot previously on the Huawei U8150 IDEOS on this blog. From a review to an overview of the rooting process and a not-so-detailed outline of the procedure of installing custom ROMs. Today I want to make that not-so-detailed part well detailed and expounded. I have been receiving many comments, emails, tweets and even sometimes phone calls from people eager to upgrade their IDEOS to Gingerbread (2.3.4, 2.3.5, 2.3.6, 2.3.7) after reading those posts. The Huawei IDEOS U8150 despite its many shortcomings still remains Kenya’s bestselling smartphone so far thanks to its low pricing. There is also a keen interest on how to tinker with the phone from readers of my blog globally. Many normally get stuck somewhere or do not know where to download the ROMs themselves. Well, after all that time, fear not, this post should be able to clarify everything.


Some of the procedures highlighted herein may result in voiding your phone’s manufacturer’s & service provider’s warranty. I am not responsible in any way for this. Know the risks involved before attempting. Failure to stick to the guidelines may result in you bricking your phone.


  1. Make sure you have rooted your Huawei IDEOS U8150. If you don’t know how then read about it here. (I personally recommend the SuperoneClick method and not the one using Unlock Root.)
  2. Download the Gingerbread ROM. Do so here [LINK 1,LINK 2] (ROM available for download is Gingerman v 6.5 (the most stable ROM I have tested) and its multitouch file. Note that this ROM will make your device lose support for FM radio transmission). This will upgrade your IDEOS to Gingerbread 2.3.4. You can find ROMs for the other Gingerbread updates (2.3.5, 2.3.6, 2.3.7) in various Android development and hacker forums like XDA Developers). I know many have tried to click that update option in the settings section of the Huawei IDEOS U8150 but been disappointed when that bogus message “Your device already has the latest Android version” appears even though you know that Froyo is not the latest Android OS. This is because there is no official update of the Huawei U8150 IDEOS firmware so we have no choice but to rely on custom ROMs from third party developers like CyanogenMod.
  3. Once you have downloaded the custom ROMs which are in .zip format, save them on your sd card (Not inside any folder or other file but at the root of your sd card).


  1. Go to Google Play store from your phone, preferably via the official Android app.
  2. Download and install the ROM Manager application.
  3. For the next step make sure you have at least 200 Mb of free space on your sd card.
  4. Make sure you have an active data connection. Click Flash ClockworkMod Recoveryand choose your device model. In this case, Huawei U8150 IDEOS. (Many people have been telling me that their phone’s make and model is not being detected properly. Use the most recent version of the ROM Manager application and this won’t be an issue. I have always been using the very latest version of ROM Manager and I have never had my device missing from the dropdown list. As of the time of the publication of this blog, the latest version of the app is v5.0.0.6). Once your device has been correctly detected and you have selected it from the dropdown list, wait while your device is flashed.

    Click ‘Flash ClockworkMod Recovery’ and ensure you have an active data connection

  5. Once you have flashed your device, you should backup your current ROM (commonly referred to as a nandroid backup) just in case things don’t work and you are forced to revert to your older ROM. There is a Manage and Restore Backupsoption on the app menu. Click it and backup all your essential stuff on your sd card. Just like shown below. I highly recommend you do a backup. If you are experienced in doing this, like me, you can ignore. I always skip this step and just flash a new ROM; however it is almost a must for any newbie to this process.

    Do a nandroid backup just incase things go horribly wrong

  6.  What you have backed up is your entire ROM, the one you are currently using, the stock ROM. To backup all your apps and their specific data please download and install the Titanium Backup app. This app is for root users only so install this app once you root your device. It will help you backup everything to your sd card so that you can restore your apps and their relevant data e.g Facebook login credentials, contact and many others.
  7.  After successful flashing and backing up of your device’s data, you will then need to enter your phone into recovery mode. This can be done in two ways: 1) By using the Reboot into Recovery option in the ROM Manager app or 2)Switching off your phone then pressing the power-on button, the volume up button and the call answer up button (the green button) as illustrated below.

    Rebooting the Huawei U8150 IDEOS into recovery

  8. Once in recovery mode, use the volume up and volume down buttons to scroll through the options. You can also use the phone’s middle button to scroll up and down.
  9. Select Advanced then select Wipe Dalvik Cache. Confirm that you want to wipe your Dalvik cache. This will wipe your device’s Dalvik cache.
  10. Go back to the main recovery menu using the phones’ default Android back button. Select wipe cache partition. Confirm that you want to wipe the cache partition. This will wipe your phone’s cache.
  11. Still on the main recovery menu, select wipe data/factory reset. Confirm that you want to do a factory reset.
  12. Here is the most important part. On the main menu of ClockworkMod recovery, select the install zip from sdcard option. Select choose zip from sdcard in the next window.
  13. You will be taken to a screen/window showing the contents of your sd card. Scroll down to your downloaded custom ROM and select it. Confirm that you want to install it. Wait while your custom ROM is installed.
  14. Take note that in the custom ROMs I have provided for download above, there are two files: the main custom ROM [LINK 1] and a multitouch file [LINK 2]. I recommend that you install the first file (the custom ROM itself) and the second file (the multitouch file) immediately after. Why? Because some variants of the Huawei U8150 IDEOS (more so those shipped before June 2011) need multitouch for the phone to be able to boot properly after the custom ROM has been installed.
  15. Once the installation is complete, press the back button and select reboot system now.
  16. You should wait for between 7 to 10 minutes for your device to boot up properly using the newly installed custom ROM. If it does not boot up in that duration, then redo the whole process. It means you missed something somewhere. Check that you have followed all the steps correctly more so procedure 14.
  17. Once it has booted successfully, you will be taken through the familiar steps of logging into your Android device.
  18. That’s it! You have successfully installed a custom ROM on your Huawei IDEOS U8150. If you have used the custom ROMs I have shared, which I highly recommend you use, then welcome to the Gingerbread club, you have just successfully upgraded your IDEOS U8150 to Android 2.3.4 from Android 2.2, 2.2.1 or 2.2.2 (Froyo).
  19. To confirm that you indeed have successfully upgraded to Gingerbread or that the custom ROM has been installed properly, go to Settings > About Phone and make sure you can see the correct Android version and build number.
  20. One more thing, sometimes after successfully flashing a custom ROM, the battery stats may not be accurate. To correct this anomaly, head over to the Google Play store and download an application for calibrating your device battery, Battery Calibration Free. There are many battery calibrating applications but I recommend this one. Install the app and follow the instructions it gives you.

There are many ROMs out there but the ones I have shared (Gingerman v6.5.1 and its multitouch) are the most stable Gingerbread upgrades for the IDEOS that I have come across and I used them for over 3 months in 2011 before I disposed off my Huawei IDEOS U8150. If you have any ROM that you know that works well for the Huawei U8150 IDEOS feel free to share the information by tweeting me.

Remember to write down somewhere the internet and multimedia messaging APN settings of your device for easy restoration once you have upgraded.

NB: The ROMs used in the whole process and whose links I have provided for download are the sole trademarks and copyrighted material of their respective owners. Do give the developers a vote of thanks in forums like XDA Developers. Since these are open sourced, it is free to share with anyone and thus I have put down this to help the hundreds who’ve been emailing and tweeting mein the last few months on how to go about this.


**UPDATE 1**

I will be posting an article on how to upgrade the Huawei IDEOS U8150 to Android 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich soon. I am currently testing the ROM on multiple devices. Keep checking.

**UPDATE 2**

I have factored in all the problems raised in the comments section about the various ROM Manager applications that my readers have been using not detecting the Huawei U8150 IDEOS when flashing clockworkmod. Here’s a fix, I hope it works. Read this article.

**UPDATE 3**

The long awaited post on how to upgrade the Huawei U8150 to ICS is now live. Read it here.

**UPDATE 4**

I have now transferred the files to MediaFire so you should not be having problems with the downloads.



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About Emmanuel Chenze

Student of life, tech & social media enthusiast and blogger. I love gadgets, isn't that obvious? When I'm not on my Droid reading something or tweeting, I'm hunched over my computer doing my classwork and checking out the latest in tech. Basically, I have no life besides gadgets :)

259 Thoughts on “How To Upgrade the Huawei U8150 IDEOS to Gingerbread

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  3. Guru on May 23, 2012 at 10:04 PM said:

    Hey hi … i have been through article it really nice that u helping out people in upgrading.I have a problem my phone is not opening up.How to update firmware without opening the phone.Note my phone is not getting detected by the computer … plz help me on this 

    • At no point should you connect your phone with your PC when in recovery mode not unless you want to copy some files which you can easily do by turning on USB mass storage in the options in the recovery menu. Is your device able to boot into recovery?

  4. Heemasust on May 27, 2012 at 6:29 PM said:

    the application setup wizard (process setupwizard) has stopped unexpectedly. please try again. ((((( this msg show and the device dosn’t log in

    •  The message shows after you have selected the first few options to set up Google’s location tracking for GPS and apps that use it like Maps and it takes you through the same options again. After the force close alert, the phone should still be able to login. Just wait for a few more seconds after it has force closed.

  5. Fbksportintl on May 29, 2012 at 5:36 PM said:

     Awesome Thanks for this! please need to Original official Room! send me the link on this Email:
    ( from Fahad

  6. Shivam Shekhawat on May 30, 2012 at 1:40 PM said:

    Thank you so so much its worked magic on my phone…thank you

  7. Shivam Shekhawat on May 30, 2012 at 1:40 PM said:

    Thank you so so much its worked magic on my phone…thank you

  8. Rockaddis on May 31, 2012 at 11:58 PM said:

    Thanks a lot!!! its great guide

  9. Naga Mobid on June 3, 2012 at 7:53 AM said:

    After Flash ClockworkMod Recovery, I just selected Backup Current ROM. The mobile turned off and again turned on but does not start is stuck with first screen with logo. please help me to recove the mobile

    • The phone should not restart if you choose to backup the current ROM from inside the ROM Manager app. Have you tried to backup when in recovery mode? Also make sure you flashed the correct device i.e when choosing the make and model in the ROM Manager app.

    • Vinay on June 29, 2012 at 12:50 PM said:

       could you tell me which is your device model no? can google for official firmware of your device and in that procedure will be there follow that.!

  10. Ideos on June 11, 2012 at 12:56 AM said:

    Hy Emmanuel…I cant get the option for the phone as “HUAWEi U8160″ instead of the u8150.Pls advice how to get past this cause i cant even backup the phone then

  11. Natalia Go Azucena on June 15, 2012 at 2:46 PM said:


  12. Dullysykes on June 16, 2012 at 12:38 PM said:

    awsome nyc work

  13. Asaph on June 16, 2012 at 5:40 PM said:

    am glad i came across this site. awesome work man. be blessed


  14. Aqeelshaukat24 on June 17, 2012 at 5:31 PM said:

    i want for myhuawei ideos u8150,, but its not in the list… huawei u8220/u8230 is in list….i have latest version of rom manager (v5.0.0.7). plz tell me what should i do????

  15. sulemartin on June 27, 2012 at 4:07 PM said:

    hi from malawi and i recently purchased a huawei idoes u8150 x3 from one of the network providers tnm here…..i used your advice and flashed the gingerman rom onto my device….but about a month later i decided to get a new rom…which is a miui rom running ics….i tried flashing it but i then noticed that i cant boot into recovery mode anymore…can you please help me on a way to flash the rom or get an alternative way…thank you

  16. Vinay on June 29, 2012 at 12:28 PM said:

    hi,Emmanuel.i just read your article about upgrading huawei mobile is huawei c8511 it is just similar to it so i did as in your article but after flashing with rom manager when i select backup current rom mobile has been restarted and it stuck to boot logo.even i i am not able to enter recovery mod.plz plz HELP me to recover my mobile…..  

    •  I wouldn’t advise using this procedure on another device other than the U8150. Each smartphone has some unique features and issues to do with the kernel and the bootloaders are complex and vary from device to device. I have never worked on the c8511 but I will try to find out and get back to you.

  17. Codesmithx on June 30, 2012 at 11:21 AM said:

    You are the rockstar dude! thnx

  18. Wusigala Nakanga on June 30, 2012 at 8:15 PM said:

    Hi Emmanuel.. Great tutorial.
    My Edios is locked to a network in malawi, but i want to be using it on a different  network here in malawi. After doing everything correctly, my phone works fine, but its not able to connect to any network but the one its locked to. Before installing gingerman, it used to ask me for a network unlock pin, but after installing gingerman, it is not asking me for a network pin, it just goes past it like its worked but doesnt register the sim card i put in. It works though when i put in the sim card it was locked to.

    My question to you is; does the upgrade remove the network lock or not?

    •  If the phone is locked to a network then I am sorry to tell you that flashing a custom ROM won’t unlock it. Rooting which is a prerequisite to flashing a custom ROM simply unlocks the Android features that are locked by the manufacturer so that users don’t tamper with their devices. Flashing a ROM in itself just does that: removes the old stock ROM or other custom ROM and replaces it with a new one of your choice. Unlocking is possible but I don’t know the procedure. Even tampering with the bootloader won’t help. In many instances, unlocking though possible for third parties, is only at the discretion of the carrier. Many times the carrier won’t agree to unlock your device so that you stick with them and they make some revenue. Let me ask anyone else commenting here to try contributing if they have any knowledge of how to unlock a device from a network so that it can use SIM cards from other operators.

  19. Wusigala Nakanga on July 1, 2012 at 8:29 PM said:

    I need to unlock this ideos to use on a different network
    Please help me with the Network Unlock process

  20. hello,, after installing gingerbread can we use restore or format options like we do on froyo 2.2?????and if yes then after upgrading from froyo, say if i format my fone should i still be using gingerbread or what???? thnx plz rep

    •  Yes after installing Gingerbread you can do a factory reset or format. You can do basically anything as you used to do while on Froyo. So you can format as many times as you want, this won’t affect your system.

  21. i have also tried ram manager v4.0.0.5  but its not showing my u8150 device….what should i do now?

  22. I don’t know why… But links to download gingerman doesn’t work properly for me…. Any clue?

  23. Roopamaliga on July 3, 2012 at 8:04 PM said:

    i  have install dronix0.6 on my u8150 now usb is not working ple . help me 

    •  If you flash any other ROM and something is not working, just follow all the steps I have written here and use another ROM of your choice to flash again. Most ROMs have one or two things not functioning correctly and that is why I have stated here that only Gingerman seems to have over 80% of everything working well without any hitches. There are so many custom ROMs out there. I will be updating here soon.

  24. E.Tip on July 8, 2012 at 7:18 PM said:

    Hey man, how long does it take 2 finish recovery mode? Its taking like forever on my phone.
    Pls help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Recovery mod? You just exit and reboot your device. However when rebooting after installing Gingerbread, you need a little patience. It could take 8-10 minutes. On some devices, it takes a maximum of 5 minutes. If it exceeds 12 minutes then enter recovery and repeat the procedure.

  25. Mayur on July 9, 2012 at 2:01 AM said:

    Hey Emmanuael. I greatly appreciate for the effort taken by you to reply to all the posts below It takes patience. I have a T-mobile huawei u8150 Which I intend to modd. However i am stuck in the step where I have to select the model of the phone in ROM manger to flash. It is not showing the model of my phone in the scroll down bar. Like you told I am using the latest ROM manager i.e Can you please help me out?

    Waiting for your reply
    thanks in advance.

  26. Legal Alien on July 9, 2012 at 4:58 PM said:

    the Link 2 file is 2MB, is that right ??

  27. john k on July 10, 2012 at 3:11 AM said:

    please litlle HELP here!
    I don’t have install Link 2 ( only the Link 1) and my device it stuck to logo IDEOS at boot!
    Now how can I install the Link 2 to sdcard to do again this procedure?!?!?
    HELP ME!

    • Enter recovery as illustrated in this article and flash appropriately. Remember to also flash the multitouch zipped file (download from link 2).

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  29. Saad on July 12, 2012 at 8:07 PM said:

    while doing step 5 under the procedure heading: when I clicked “backup current ROM” my phone rebooted and its stuck on the system start screen.
    my previous ROM was Dronix and the screen says: “DroniX system start…” and its stuck there.
    What will u have me do now?

  30. another_ideos on July 13, 2012 at 2:05 PM said:


    wonderful detailed work,
    great! Thank you
    very much.

    I succeed with the former
    steps and now have problems with step 5.

    When i cklick the Manage and Restore Backup
    option on the ROM MANAGER menu, my phone (8150 with 2.2) reboot an stuck
    with the IDEOS Logo.

    Only the removal of the
    battery helps me to start the phone again.

    I also tried the lower
    version of ROM MANAGER as described, but sorry, it doesn’t work, it

  31. Saad on July 13, 2012 at 7:19 PM said:

    Anyone having a problem with recovery i.e. their screen gets stuck on IDEOS when booting into recovery mode, try this:

    I tried and now I can boot into recovery mode. Cheers!

  32. Hi Emma, trying to take the U8150 into recovery mode but its stuck with logo of ideos, how long does it take?? pls assist

    • should not take more than 10 minutes. Anything beyond that then there’s something you did wrong. You can try the method on the XDA forum link posted by @3f678d95eb5c49668314eb9c2880dc46:disqus and see if it works for you. However, for you and other commentators here as well, I recommend that you simply follow the procedure I have outlined here and you will never go wrong. Use the ROM Manager I have recommended here, root as I have shown here (use the SuperOneClick method) and upgrade as I have outline. By simply following all those steps correctly, there won’t be any need for the lengthy procedure as outlined in other forums.

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  34. Andrew on July 17, 2012 at 7:49 PM said:

    Wonderful stuff! Clear and concise, anybody can follow it! Thanks a lot.

  35. Denis Kamau on July 19, 2012 at 11:28 AM said:

    thanx man this really works just upgraded my friends phone and its awesome..

  36. Lewis on July 19, 2012 at 5:25 PM said:

    I followed your procedure but it only worked for few hours then the status bar and other major features are not working, I Tried using Rom Manager to revert back but after selecting restore its mapping the backed up file but boot to the normal IDEOS screen and hangs there. I also tried factory restore the problem is the same. I tried hard resetting but it still loads the IDEOS screen and hangs there forever. Recently after connecting it to the computer its drivers are not working, av tried downloading other drivers but they are still not working. Its wifi is not working too. A wondering is there a way you can help me to revert to the previous version. It seemed better.

    • I heard you Lewis. If you are in Kenya then I have uploaded the stock Safaricom ROM that comes with the IDEOS. Download it here

      • Lewis on July 20, 2012 at 12:52 PM said:

        this thing cant boot the way into either recovery mode and even not hard resetting….and rom manager not working..if it boots it just goes back to the normal screen and hard reset not working I think something like it is bricked

        • Lewis on July 20, 2012 at 2:43 PM said:

          I have downloaded the ROM how do I install? It cant install it says “ROM Manager is unable to open this file. Please remove any spaces from
          your file and folder path. Or run it manually via ClockworkMod Recovery”

  37. kill on July 20, 2012 at 6:32 PM said:

    i cannot go to recovery mode

  38. jeson on July 21, 2012 at 2:09 AM said:

    after i upgrade my U8150 the wifi errors and i can’t turn it on either….help pls…

  39. ice cream on July 21, 2012 at 2:32 AM said:

    thank you very much MR. EMMANUEL my ideos is now 2.3 you need to post other mobile handsets for some people like me i wanna say its working well thank you man

  40. ice cream on July 21, 2012 at 7:53 AM said:

    what can i do with gingerman 6.1 sir?

    • Gingerman 6.1 is fine but the IDEOS Dev Team already released Gingerman 6.5.1 which is the one available for download here. I recommend you use 6.5.1 even though 6.1 is alright.

  41. shami on July 22, 2012 at 2:28 PM said:

    hi bro am facing the same problem while flashing i cant find model number listed not in latest version and even not in the older one that you have mentioned plz help.

  42. shami on July 22, 2012 at 2:36 PM said:

    can i use any other software in this regard?

  43. Hi Emma, Thanks a lot for all your support, i am now using ICS, i just cant find FM Radio on ICS and on Gingerbread the FM Radio is not working :(, Pls advise what to do???

  44. arian on July 26, 2012 at 7:41 PM said:

    hi did the same things that you said but in the middle my phone shutted down what should i do?

  45. shami on July 28, 2012 at 6:37 PM said:

    Mr. Emmanuel i cant find my cell model in rom manager kindly guide me.

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  47. Your instructions are a breeze to follow. Those guys stuck with getting to recovery mode, you need to read instruction 4!!!!!!

    It is so simple. The new Rom is sooo cool. My ideos U8150 feels all new. Kueni wajanja.

  48. Hie Mr Emmanuel, i must say you are doing a very nice job here. however am experiencing a problem, I have successfully flashed clockworkMod recovery but when i try to perform the “backup current ROM” my phone restarts and gets stuck at the IDEOS start page. Please advise me on what to do. Your assistance will be highly appreciated.

  49. apparently after following all other procedures my problem still continues….Thank you for your help anyway.

  50. this new software is awsome… nimengangana nayo hadi ika work( had problems with my backup but after reinstalling clockworkmod n then renaming my backup file(rom backup e.t.c) it apparently worked.. thanks alot emmanuel.this software update is too awsome.. BIGUPs Great Work.

  51. hey emmanuel.. i have another ideos u8150 phone and recently stopped working. the screen and the
    keys work fine but i cant use the touch. it was flashed but after that
    the notification bar wasnt working. nw the touch is not working. i cnt
    even unlock the screen. i did a factory reset nw i cnt even go past the tutorial. is there a way i can fix the touch. id really
    appreciate any help.

    • Touch not responding could be a hardware issue and not necessarily connected to software or firmware update. I have never encountered that. Still it could be as a result of a brick. A soft brick in this case.

      • reaper on August 17, 2012 at 4:32 PM said:

        i think theas a problem with ur kernel, try flashing a new kernel with a new custom rom n see, u have nothing to loose by trying this, n jus incase u dnt manage n its a brick, holla back for help on that…

  52. why won’t it boot to recovery ? I tried both ways is there a “hard boot method”?

  53. my huawei u8150 ideos rejects call automatically…what should i do?plz help me

  54. YasinKarim on August 16, 2012 at 3:15 AM said:

    thanks mate ! took almost an hour but went from froyo to ginger to ICS…
    followed instructions to the letter….and worked like a charm.
    Appreciate your effort man…all the time and energy you spent …!!
    thanks again and God bless

  55. reaper on August 16, 2012 at 4:57 PM said:

    the best cwm for those looking to flash a new rom is 5.2.7, the reduced weight on the ram during recovery makes it smooth easy to work with, n i wuld recommend u all try using the MIUI 2.5 rom, nyc graphic interphase with butter smooth scrolling…..

  56. reaper on August 17, 2012 at 3:25 PM said:

    Tried the miui 3.2 ex on the u8150, its a dope rom for those looking for a nice interface altho its not a day to day rom, it hangs abit n freezes, but clocking it upto 691Mhz kinda fixes this, for those of u who like pazaz in their fones pliz do try.

  57. manish on August 20, 2012 at 8:47 AM said:

    hello.. i am use
    Huawei U8150 IDEOS plz tell how to update…plz detail…

  58. daryl_lukas on August 21, 2012 at 4:01 AM said:

    When i try to “Backup Current ROM”, my phone restarts and gets stuck at the IDEOS splash screen.. the same happens when i try to boot in recovery mode.. please help

  59. Sachin on August 22, 2012 at 2:24 PM said:

    Hello Emm,
    have rooted my phone using Superoneclick, and i got the root access,
    chacked with “root access check android apps”, i hve done “Flash
    ClockworkMod Recovery”, after that while doing “backup current rom”
    phone got reboot and stuk for long did not come back i have to removed
    the battery and switch onn the phone, tried many times but no use same
    thing is there, after i tried to use “recovery mode” but same hapning as
    resulted whiled taking backup for current rom.

    Please suggest what to do..

    One thing i want to share with you this phone is come with AIRCEL brand its huwaei U8150V, while boot up it shows AIRCEL.

    I did everything using your information and XDA team but nothing is happning, its not moving ahead while doing backup current ROM and recovery mode. could you please help me what is the problem with my phone why bootlodear is not working.


  60. Man, it helped alot thanks Emanuel it worked for my huawei.
    Guys if your having a problem booting. to recovery like I once had, try installing clockwork mode recovery from this is the earlier version of clockwork mode recovery which you wount find in Googleplay
    Once you’ve instaled it use the boot to recovery function. on the app and not the combo method. and from there just follow instractions and your good to go + you can skip. backingup current rom.
    good luck

    • sachin on August 23, 2012 at 12:11 PM said:

      Could you please provide me details instruction for upgrading.

      • use clockworkmod to flash your device, clockmode compatible with ideos u8150 is o longer in market and you only find it by loging in to and search it, download it and it will work if you follow emanuels instructions and as he said you can ignore backing up current rom. the hard part is geting your device to recovery which wount be a problem when you use a clockwork mode recovery from
        good luck

  61. I know this thing has got to work, cause I dint get as far as procedure 4 for nothing, the device downloads what it has to download then it prompts a dialogue box asking me to either Force close, Wait or Report plus a message noting “Activity ROM Manager (in application ROM Manager) is not responding.”. Now for someone like me who spent the whole night, god damn I had to report it, don’t worry much not to android company or who ever it is assigned to. I am reporting it to you. I tried to *Fix Permissions* Alas! This is what it told me “An error occurred while attempting to run privileged commands!”. Now I am saying this, not after only trying once but more than much I can remember, just imagine staying awake the whole night “well that’s gotta count!”. I am blessed too, so at least I own one of the best brains to think, not thinking like a calculator I mean, when its 1+1 its always 2 on a calculator, but for the best brains like mine and you perhaps we may say “well the answer is 4/2″ So finally I tried the *All ClockworkMod Recoveries* same thing, “Force close, Wait, Report” plus the note I wrote above.

    *Please reply to this post, I might have spoken much of unnecessary things, maybe it’s because I am a determined boy of 17years, really dead and buried in IT* “Sorry I just can’t give up!”

    kindly yours,

    • Did you install superuser permissions? I did the same as you, but I gave it superuser permissions and it worked (except I can’t get past recovery).


    Now people I got through, just follow what sir Emmanuel Chenze wrote! But if you are really using the U8150-D, actually color doesn’t matter :p , after you root your phone immediately remove the usb cable from your phone, I tried this with 7 HUAWEI IDEOS’s #almost sounding like IDIOTS? I know# (U8150-D) then proceed with what he states, or else it’s gonna be “Force close, Wait or Report”, now only you and God will know what choice you will make 😀 :p 😉 …

    Feel free to contact me at facebook ‘Abdulrazaq M. Bashrahil’ As for the ladies you will have my number too :p 😀

    ***************************THUMBS UP!!! EMMANUEL CHENZE***************************

    sincerely yours,

  63. kagemitsu on August 30, 2012 at 7:56 PM said:

    Heya, just wanted to say thank you for the awesome guide. :) My old U8150 is a whole new phone now. 😛

  64. Isang Kaibigan on August 31, 2012 at 1:06 AM said:

    I just downloaded ROM Manager
    It detected my Huawei U8150 as U8160.
    Shall I proceed? It is the only choice there?

    • try **All ClockworkMod Recoveries** its the last thing on ROM manager, if it’s still complicated then you will have to **Fix Permissions** the forth last thing on ROM manager, that should work (^^_) “if it doesn’t show the model of your phone but flashes it, then you are ready to go”

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  65. ive been using ur roms to upgrade my ideos bt recently i decided to try the android jelly bean based on cyanogenMod 10 bt now it doesnt reboot to recovery mode by rom manager or hard reset and it also has this annoying circle selection that i have to use to do anything.Any help pleeeaaase…!

    • I am not in a position to help with the JellyBean ROM issue right now. i am still running multiple tests before recommending any JellyBean modded ROM for the IDEOS U8150. Remember the IDEOS is a very low-end Android device and is not able to handle most of the demands of newer OSs like JB. That is the reason we have stripped down versions of upgrades like the ICS ROM my readers are using to upgrade here. Even the Gingerbread builds which are almost 90% ok have issues like not supporting FM Radio. To you and all other readers, just wait a bit while stripped down mods of JellyBean are released. No read to rush. CM10 without further optimization may not work uniformly across all the U8150 models in various markets worldwide. If there’s any reader here who’s been in a situation like Gabriel’s kindly assist him and post the goings-on here for others to catch up later.

  66. I’m kinda stuck. My problem is: I cannot boot into recovery mode or run nandroid. When I try, it hangs at the Ideos logo until I remove the battery.
    This stops me at the start. When I flash Clockwork, the only option is U1860.
    Also, I’m currently running a custom rom, same as the old, but with multitouch, though I don’t see how that would affect it. I have looked for solutions, but all involved restarting to the original rom, which is impossible, as all links have been removed. Thanks.

    • Ignore that. I used this page:
      and mode 3 and it worked. Just a hint;
      I had to hold down power, volume down and end call until it finished installing the driver.

  67. hello, as am downloading”flash clockworkmod….”, it downloads fully but after, am then told that the application has stopped working

  68. Ur so high IQ God bless

  69. hi there Emmanuel,

    can you please help me rooting my xperia arc s into ICS?.. i didnt understand the other instruction to other site… i know you have a knowledge on how to easily instruct someone…
    thanks and more power!

    Best Regards,

    • I’ll get back to you via email on how to root using SuperOneClick. Upgrading the Xperia Arc to ICS? Most Sony Xperia devices have a locked bootloader and going about rooting and upgrading them to latest firmware is a lengthy process that will vary depending on the model and the market to which it was meant for. I wish there was a way I could lay my hands on your device since I have only worked previously on the Xperia Ray but I’ll try all I can to help you.

  70. Good job Emmanuel, on writing your experiences with IDEOS 8150 small, cheap but very good phone,

  71. hi Emanuel I jas like to know how to make flashplayer work on u8150ideos Gingerbread upgrades

    • Download Adobe Flashplayer apk for Android v2.3 and below and install it. If you are running any CM based ROM then it should work. Of course it won’t work as perfectly as on other devices with out of the box flash capabilities but it will be fine. PS: You will get flash only in the default Android internet browser.

  72. can any one tell me is the wifi working after upgrading u8150 to gingerbread??????
    if so then how????
    plz help if some one has the soloution

  73. Asante sana and good job. Working fine so far on Ideos U8150.

  74. hi……..
    can u please tell me how to upgrade my spice mi280 to 4.0 which is presently having 2.3 version….i have already rooted my mobile.

  75. what do we do if it is a locked phone, we have unlocked it and if I do a factory reset, I will have to again get it unlocked? Plzzz help…….

    • No, a factory reset does not re-lock your device. Unlocking is all about the network access.

      • Actually my phone only supported one network before getting it unlocked.
        But now it supports the other ones as well. If I do the factory reset again it will support only that one network… What to do?????

  76. what about using the z4mod.apk. can that work when rooting?

  77. Thanks emmanuel!
    Followed your instructions and it went perfect. The only part a bit tough was using rom manager, as it loads a bad version of the flash, but dowloading the version you included gives the option to get the right flash for the 8150 and not the 8160, and the rest is easy.
    Thanks again!

  78. you are the man!!!!!!!!!!

  79. I salute you Emmanuel… followed all tha steps and works great, only that i forgot to install the multitouch file…. DO I HAVE TO REPEAT THE WHOLE PROCCESS, OR IS THERE A WAY TO INSTALL THE MULTITOUCH FILE? THANK YOU IN ADVANCE

  80. Thanks Man………
    It Really works Man……….
    God Bless You……………..

  81. The multitouch doesnt seem to operate….

  82. I have the Huawei Vodafone phone… Should I install it???

  83. Hey man, first thank you very much to share with us,
    I have upgraded my u8150 froyo to gingerbread & it works awesome,
    but i face a problem with my mobile, while i play any song with maximum volume the sound goes like burst, please tell me is there any solution?????????????

    • There’s no fix to that bug as yet. You can use the DSP control app that comes with the ROM to manage your sound. Still you can upgrade to 4.0.4 to do away with such deficiencies.

  84. yes mobile brand name is SPICE and model no is MI280…

    • I am not sure about how to go about that. Haven’t worked with such a device or any in its range. What’s its processor type so that I can see if it is compatible with some ROMs. Also look up any kernel info and update me. Settings> About Phone should be able to offer such details else install an app “Android System Info” then get the details.

  85. Emmanuel, I admire your fine touch on smartphones. Well, I have tried to root my u8150 without success. It is giving me and error massage E:Error…(status 7), Installation aborted. In the event I may have bricked my ka-phone, is there a way out. Please help.

  86. Why i cannot use my wifi? I can’t mark it. It says “error”. Please help!!!

  87. why i can’t access my wifi after i follow your guidelines. please help. my phone is huawei ideos u8150. thanks.

  88. mudassir iqbal on September 24, 2012 at 12:15 PM said:

    i cannot find my phone’s name and make in the list
    huawei IDEOS u8150

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  90. ihav installd jelly bean into my ideos u8150 but every app close sudnely when m tryng to open , not login to gmail no browser working what should i do now, and when m going to recovery mood its stuk on ideos screen so plz sir guide me what should i do now and i dnt have save my backup .

    • plz hurry help me

    • I don’t recommend Jelly Bean on the U8150 right now at all. I have the JB ROM and I have tested it a couple of times on the IDEOS U8150, it is not stable at all. It is not what I would recommend to any of my readers. Wait for a stripped down mod of CM10 that the IDEOS U8150 can be able to handle. The current ROM(s) out there bringing Jelly Bean goodness to this device are simply too powerful for a device of this nature.

  91. mr.naylin on September 28, 2012 at 1:25 PM said:

    thanks a lot mr.Emmanuel Chenze . i am successful rooting for my huahwei u8150 because of ur technical instructions and i am very please for that. and then i am very respect u.god bless to u and share ur kindness for everyone please.

  92. Hi am stack i do nt know what to do i followed those steps in my new Huawei U 8180 bt when i try to install from sd it does nt go through

    • This is only for the U8150 not for the U8180.

      • eehwhy on October 14, 2012 at 9:06 AM said:

        hi emma, but the steps went thru to stage for my u8180 but i missed one step and stucked in the ideos screen whenever it tries to start up and i have not been able to take it to clocword mode to restore my back-up rom.

  93. now my phone is just showing the Orange logo and thats all what do i do

  94. I didnt find my model in the list at the flash clockworkMod recovery, I rather selected Huawei U8220/8230 phone models. After Selecting it and rebooting towards recovery mode stucked and took a long time after pressing the three keys combination to get into the recovery mode. Please provide help. would be most grateful.

    • You flashed the wrong recovery. Only use the U8150’s recovery or if in extreme circumstances the recovery for the U8160.

      • I did the same. now what to do? because i cant find my model U8150 in list. version of my rom manager is

      • Huawei U8160 doesnt even show. in the list of flash clockworkmod recovery list of devices. Isnt there any other way of flashing the rom apart from the rom manager or the server website where i could obtain the direct clockworkmod file to install via command prompt on windows. an example was ultra jack but doesnt give me an option of advanced in the recovery mode to enable you continue. Help will be mostly appreciated thank you.

  95. hi there,
    i just rooted my device(u8150) but after downloading ROM MANAGER PREMIUM the flash clockword mod recovery doesnot display my phone’s name.
    please help

  96. hey Emanu i installed a new rom but it does not support internet,bluetooth or wifi need imediate HELP!

    • Try creating a new APN in network settings for use with cellular data. Wi-fi not working? That could be a flaw with the ROM, bugs. Solution: flash a ROM that has wifi and all drivers/radios working working properly.

      • hai emmanuel i hav done rooting nd checked with root checker also it shows positive tht my phone is rooted but when i open my rom manager v5.5.1.3 it shows super user was not found at ”/system/bin/su or /system/xbin/su pls help me dude i m seriously looking forward to geting my phone update

  97. Jaypee on October 3, 2012 at 10:53 AM said:

    i went through all the steps above for my ideos but after flashing clockwork mod i wont reboot into recovery using any of the above methods…note i used superclick to root my phone…but i realised one thing, my data network signal had changed from E(edge) to H…i use my phone as a modem n i’ve realised the increased download speed for the torrents…any explanation for this?

    • E is EDGE, a 2nd generation network technology that is slowly being phased out by the faster speeds available on 3rd generational network technologies (HSPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, HSUPA+). The H you are seeing is for 3G data thus the increased speeds both uplink and downlink.

  98. Trevor on October 4, 2012 at 2:48 PM said:

    what about an ideos U8160?

    • Haven’t owned one, heck its not even available in our market so I don’t know much about it but I’m sure its internal structure doesn’t differ as much as that of the U8150. To start with, the clockworkmod recovery for the two devices are almost identical and can work on each other.

  99. washobare on October 5, 2012 at 12:51 PM said:

    Hey Emmanuel,thanks for helping me out but my phone gets stuck on the rebooting into recovery mode,i don’t see the options. its a Tmobile U8160, what could be the problem.

  100. Hii ni noma. Emmanu ni wizard. It has just worked for me

  101. i bricked my ideos u8150 ….no network after flashing with several ROMS…any solution?????????

  102. skahilu on October 12, 2012 at 5:39 PM said:

    I managed to upgrade my U8150 using the instructions above.Looks and feels cool.Now I can install higher version apps. Emmanuel keep it up and God bless you.

  103. am trying to upgrade zte sanfrancisco i had already reached the clockwordmod stage but now am trying to download gingerbread but the download process is not completing from mediafire please help me with links where i can get the whole OS

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  105. Mr. Emmanuel, my phone was a locked one i.e. it supported only one network. I have unlocked it and if I do the factory data reset, my phone will again support one network only. Please help………,

  106. mobile not going into the recovery mode…..:(

  107. lawrencekahindi on October 26, 2012 at 2:09 PM said:

    i have tried to flash the recovery through ROM manager but it wont flash! i rooted my phone through super one click method. Are there other ways of flashing the recovery

    • Not any that I know off. ROM Manager always works. Retrace the steps you followed, see where you went wrong.

      • lawrencekahindi on October 27, 2012 at 8:09 PM said:

        I have succesifully flashed gingerman Man, it fine but radio is gone, camera now is only 2MP, audio quality is disgusting, the multitouch zip file failed to flash!!

  108. samuel on October 27, 2012 at 8:42 AM said:

    hello Emmanuel thanks for the good work anyway i did Upgrade the Huawei U8150 IDEOS to Gingerbread and it went fine and works well but i seem not to access my messages or write any and i still cant also access the sim card services like for example mobile money menu when i try to access it nothing happens any solution

  109. samuel on October 27, 2012 at 9:26 AM said:

    hello Emmanuel after upgrade my Huawei U8150 IDEOS to Gingerbread 2.3.4 i cant access my messages it pops this up, THE APPLICATION MESSAGES(process has stopped unexpectedly . please try again any solution

  110. Hello Emmanuel , your blog is really great for me.
    But please tell me the solution i am not seeing my phone, which is Ideos U8150 in the list while doing step 4.

  111. Eng. Babu on November 5, 2012 at 11:43 AM said:

    have huawei ideos u8150 with FTM Mode when powering on, plz help

  112. Hello Emmanuel,
    I tried to root flash with the method you said…(did not back up the ROM files) also i made another mistake by selecting file from link 2. Now it started rooting with clockworkMod but is not responding anything just blank screen.. Any solution for accessing my ROM again?

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  114. Am using the latest version, v. but IDEOS U8150 is not on the drop down list!!

  115. Munala Oliver on November 22, 2012 at 7:24 PM said:

    why cant my ideos boot into recovery mode yet i’ve followed all steps.

  116. erimeas on December 12, 2012 at 1:39 PM said:

    hay erme here the problem with my ideos u8150 is i cleared some thing from the which came with the phone and now the screen lock and other things like when some one calls me i dong get any thing what could be the reasion

  117. erimeas on December 12, 2012 at 1:41 PM said:

    what doth the restor to the factory setting do dose it have any thing with changing with the rom of the mobile

  118. hi emmanue ,am facing same problem which is being faced by Muti, joyan, pk etc.
    plz help us in this regard, as the screen gets stuck on ideos and no other option is left

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  120. The phone keeps rebooting itself randomly. Is there a fix?

  121. it says to confirm phone model when doing flash clockworkmod recovery and the options dont have Ideos U8150. and my mobile is also u8150. what to do?

  122. Hi Emmanuel Chenze i tried it but when i click Clockwork Mod Recovery it downloads and then it comes..”an error occurred while flashing your recovery” what shud i do please help me

  123. its not working i used al versions of rom manager can’t find
    Huawei U8150 IDEOS

  124. hai emmanuel i hav done rooting nd checked with root checker also it shows positive tht my phone is rooted but when i open my rom manager v5.5.1.3 it shows super user was not found at ”/system/bin/su or /system/xbin/su pls help me dude i m seriously looking forward to geting my phone update plsssss

  125. george on January 22, 2013 at 3:43 AM said:

    hi to everyone. i install cm7 on my u8150 but it havent radioFM is there any apk that maybe u give me for install it?? if it helps u im from greece.. thank you..

  126. gcasanova on January 27, 2013 at 6:11 PM said:

    Hi, I followed your instructions EXACTLY, and the upgrade was done BUT… now I get an error that says: Sorry – The process has stopped unexpectedly. Please try again. The error appears every second and makes work impossible. PLEASE HELP!!!

  127. elykips on January 28, 2013 at 1:46 PM said:

    kudosss… rooted my device succefuly courtessy of ur blog:)

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