Install Custom ROMs on Android devices (universal guide)

Custom ROMs are one of the best things about Android! If you’re ready to ditch your stock ROM and reap the many benefits of loading a custom ROM such as improved battery, better performance, and updates to the latest Android versions, then follow this guide. Backup your data before you proceed! If you want to learn more about what a custom ROM actually is, we have a guide for that.

For this guide, you will need:

  • Unlocked bootloader
  • Custom Recovery
  • Android Device
  • GApps
  • Custom ROM

Step 1: Download a ROM

Find a ROM for your device, using the appropriate XDA forum. Make sure you download the right one for your device. Many phones have several variants. The Sony Z Ultra has more versions than I have friends, and both of them require different ROMs based on the carrier it comes on. So make sure you are getting the correct ROM, by verifying that it’s compatible with your phone model.
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Once you have found the ROM you want, download the .ZIP file, which is going to be 500mb up to 1.5Gb. Do not extract it! Then find the corresponding GApps. If you are installing a ROM running on 4.4.2, you’ll want a GApps package for 4.4.2. Save your ROM and GApps to your SD card, internal storage, or flash drive.

Step 2: Boot into Recovery

To boot into recovery use your recovery combo buttons. If you don’t know which buttons to press, to access recovery, see this guide. On most devices it is Hold Vol Down + Power for 5 seconds. Once you are in recovery, you should see something like this…

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This is TWRP! Woot!                                   And this is ClockworkMod! Double woot!

Step 3: Flash ROM

Now go ahead and select “Install”…

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nstall on TWRP Install in ClockworkMod

Once you have selected your ROM file. Proceed to flash the zip…

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Apply update in TWRP Apply update in ClockworkMod
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Flash the file with TWRP. Flash the file with ClockworkMod

Step 4: Clear Cache

After the install is complete, back out and clear your cache…

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Wipe with TWRP.Wipe with ClockworkMod

While this is the most common way to flash a ROM, there are many different ways specific to each device. I’ll list a few of the most common pieces of software that will allow you to flash a ROM from your computer. These are better to use when you’re flashing the stock ROM back onto your device.

Check your device’s XDA forum to see what kind of software is available for flashing ROMs.

Troubleshooting:

In some cases after flashing the custom ROM, when rebooting the first time, your handset might get stuck in a boot loop (if the first boot takes longer than usual, don’t panic, there is nothing wrong with your device); if that happens, follow:

  • Reboot in recovery once more.
  • From there select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.
  • Return and reboot.
  • Optional: if needed now you can restore the previous software (only if you had made a Nandroid backup as indicated). So, use the recovery menu and select “backup and restore”.
  • For resolving any other issues or problems use our dedicated step by step guide.

So, that was it, now you know almost everything about custom ROMs for Android and how to install such a firmware on your smartphone or tablet. Remember to choose only the stable platforms that come with important features and capabilities. In this way you can speed up your handsets and improve the performances for receiving better results and an upgraded web browsing experience. If you want to talk with us or if you have something to share with our team, don’t hesitate and use the comments area from below. We will assist you as soon as possible; also don’t forget to check our latest new and Android related tips, tricks and step by step guides.

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