HTC Desire HD Freeze Bug

Business has been doing a little better this last month so I bought myself a treat – a new HTC Desire HD from Vodafone. It is so nice to be back on Android again after being stuck with an old Nokia 6300 non-smart-phone for the last couple of months. I felt like one hand was cut off not being able to access email or any cloud services. This new phone also has a nice big screen so I can read stuff without having to squint.

However I’ve been noticing that often this phone will just freeze up for half a minute or so for no apparent reason. Not what I expected from an expensive phone that was supposed to be super fast and super smooth.

To cut a long story short, after some research I found there is a software bug which causes the freeze ups, no-one is sure exactly what is causing the bug at the time of writing but there is a workaround so for anyone who has one of these phones, here is the solution:


From the home screen, press Menu, then Settings, Applications, Development and then turn on USB Debugging. This caused an immediate improvement in speed and responsiveness of the phone.

UPDATE: I’ve now upgraded my phone to version 2.3.3 and the freeze bug has gone. Looks like HTC has fixed it.

14 thoughts on “HTC Desire HD Freeze Bug

  1. Ben Anderson

    Thanks so much for this! I was ready to go back to my old standard Desire because of the constant freezing all the time. This seems to have stopped it immediately and everything is running like lightning now!

  2. becktash

    thank you so much dude!
    my phone is working very fast and in speed now unlike before after i tried your tricks..
    thanks a lot.

  3. Becky

    Have changed to these settings…so far so good. Problem seems to be mainly with Market when I am downloading. The phone becomes a gibbering wreck when I am downloading apps. Lightening fast, my @rse.

  4. reece folkard

    thanks so much, its made a amazing differance, i was getting fed up of random freezing and just slowness, now it runs very fast and ver smooth

  5. Sarah

    ah, wish i found this earlier!
    i sent mine in back to the shop and i suppose they are still fiddling around with it. hope they fix it too..

  6. christian

    Waow! this is the most awesome post i’ve ever seeeeen since I got my desire HD! Thank you so much! it fixes the freezing when viewing photos!!

  7. Nup

    Nup, didnt work for me, turned it on, but froze as soon as its on the unlock screen, i must have a different problem to everyone else -_- It’s really bothering me..

  8. Ben S

    Thank you I was getting very annoyed with freezing as I want to try and prove the HD is better than the IPhone and the freezing taking my thunder!

  9. Jeevz

    Thanks heaps! I’ve had the HTC HD since the end of last year, it’s been good but a little slow. This improves the speed ten fold!!! Thanks again!

  10. BlueRiver

    I’ve never had the bug ever since I bought the phone with 2.3.3 in April, but today i’ve had three freezes and restarts in one day!

    I’m going to try this usb debugging thing and hope for the best :<

  11. Anonymous

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  12. Cameron

    Fantastic! You’re an absolute lifesaver!!! Just tried it after a few days of pain in the butt random freezing and all seems to be well so far :D Cheers

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