Android is the most popular operating system used on most phones and tablets. The best thing about this operating system is the possibility of optimizing and customizing the firmware. This enhances the possibility of powering up the Android performance.
The ability to install custom ROMs is one of the great customizations of Android. A custom ROM contains a new build of the Android OS. Some of the benefits a custom ROM offers include:
- You can use a custom ROM to install the latest version of Android.
- ROMs offer you features on the handsets from other manufacturers on your device.
- Custom ROMs enable Android users to optimize the power consumption or speed.
- A custom recovery
- An unlocked bootloader
- Turn on USB Debugging. Go to Settings > Developer options > USB Debugging
- Backup your data
- Make sure your phone is charged
- Disable security
Download a custom ROM
Find your preferred ROM for your handset. Download the right one for your handset as many smartphones have several variants. Verify that the ROM you are to download is fully compatible with your smartphone model. The XDA Developers forum is the best place to get a custom ROM.
After finding the custom ROM you want to install, download the .ZIP file. Don’t extract it! Install the corresponding GApps. Then save your GAPPs and the custom ROM in your SD card, flash drive or in internal storage.
Boot into recovery
Boot into recovering using the recovery buttons. On most handsets, the buttons are the Power and Volume Down. Hold them for at least 5 seconds.
After booting your device into recovery, you will see several options on your screen. Tap ‘Install’. Select the ROM file and then flash the zip.
Clear the cache
After installing the custom ROM, back out and then clear the cache.
This is the most common way of installing a ROM as they are a lot of different ways of doing that. Here is a list of software that is best for the following devices.
- Odin – Samsung devices
- FlashTool – Sonny
- Nexus Root Toolkit – Nexus.