HTC One M9 stock recovery to take an official OTA update

A stock recovery for HTC One M9 is necessary when you want to install an official software update from HTC. The stock recovery doesn’t have complete features just like the well-known custom recoveries like TeamWin (TWRP) and ClockworkMod (CWM) which can be used to flash a root package and a custom ROM. However, to flash an official OTA update from HTC, only stock recovery can do it right.


That’s why a lot of people said that you need to perform a backup before any modifications, including backup the stock recovery before replacing it with the custom one. But most people skip it and think that it’s not necessary since they already have more powerful recovery. But they will soon realize his mistake when a new OTA update has come and then looking for stock recovery that compatible with their own HTC One M9 models.

If you are one among those who have not had time or fail to do a backup, you can download the HTC One M9 stock recovery in this page, it’s mostly for US models like Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and also the international model (Europe and Asia).

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Download HTC One M9 stock recovery from official ROM

No Model Firmware Base Links
1 Europe 1.32.401.8
2 Verizon US 2.6.605.15 (Android 5.1)
3 T-Mobile US 1.32.531.33
4 AT&T US 2.6.502.16 (Android 5.1)
5 Some other variants You need to extract it
from a firmware file

Updated on August 31st, 2015

Restoring recovery back to stock is not too difficult, but for those who never try it, this procedure might seem difficult.
To that end, here we provide easy steps to complete the task:

  1. A stock recovery commonly has ‘.img’ extension, so when you download a “.zip” package, you need to extract it first.
  2. Go to the fastboot/adb folder, then put the img file there. Open a Windows command CMD (Shift + right-click > Open command window here) from within the folder.
  3. Install the M9 drivers, and connect it to your computer.
  4. Turn off the phone and put it to fastboot mode (Choose Fastboot menu from bootloader mode).
  5. Type the following command:
    fastboot flash recovery RecoveryFile.img

    Note: change the ‘RecoveryFile’ with your own recovery name.

  6. Once flashing done, reboot the phone. You can also do it by running following fastboot command.
    fastboot reboot
  7. Now your M9 should ready for an official OTA update from HTC.


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10 Responses

  1. Paddy
    April 19, 2015 at 5:20 PMReply

    It’s not mostly for US models like Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint.
    It’s just for Verizon!!!
    I was looking for a stock recovery for my T-Mobile.
    I managed to install your suggested file and my T-mobile phone now thinks it’s a Verizon and won’t install T-mobile OTA’s.

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      Robbie S.
      April 19, 2015 at 7:56 PMReply

      Sorry Dude. Added link to a thread where you can download the TMo M9 stock recovery.

  2. Selim
    July 1, 2015 at 5:04 PMReply

    Hello, can i install EU rom for my verizon m9? As i am put of Us i got unknown sim error and can’t update any way. Or what happens if i install? Thank you 🙂

  3. Nick
    December 6, 2015 at 8:07 PMReply

    So… you don’t have the newest software for the M9… only up to 2.10.

  4. Gursaab
    January 5, 2016 at 6:55 AMReply

    Can’t find recovery for my 1.32.651.30 unlocked version ,,plz help want to update my phone

  5. Masry
    January 20, 2016 at 10:36 AMReply

    I can’t fine the official rom 2.11.1405.16. It’s for China. Can you help me?

  6. Ismael
    January 20, 2016 at 2:38 PMReply

    Y orange ?

  7. cris
    January 23, 2016 at 4:43 AMReply

    looking for 2.11.1530.2 for videotron carrier in canada

  8. Amigo Deluxe
    May 24, 2017 at 3:14 PMReply

    What is the difference between restoring the i.e. which is 138 MB vs. other “restore” files which can be found online such as the 1.2 GB 0PJAIMG.ZIP? What will the result of restoring the first be? Will it load Nougat on the device? Will it just install a basic OS which will then allow downloading the rest of it OTA? Sorry for asking, just need to be sure what the outcome will be before perofrming any actions.

    Thanks in advance

  9. Steve Cousins
    October 15, 2017 at 3:23 AMReply

    How do I change a HTC One M9 USA Now unlocked from USA Carrier to UK Carrier Thanks

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