Flashing Custom ROMs in Android Device: Being able to install and flash custom ROMS is one of the biggest reason that today so many people are rooting their Android Smartphones. Why stick to the old and monotonous interface of the device, when you can get much more interactive looks as well as much more great tweaks with custom ROMs. You can flash custom ROMs and just sit back and enjoy the interface on your Android Smartphone.
Android is great, but sometimes, the version you get with your phone—whether its vanilla Android or something like Samsung’s TouchWiz—leaves a bit to be desired. Here’s how to install a new version of Android (or ROM) on your device for an even better Android experience. Rooting your device grants you the power of your device. Power to manipulate its Performance and other features.
If you want to know more about rooting and Installing custom ROMS you can check this post : [Guide] From Rooting to Installing Custom ROM. Before reading this Make sure you have ClockworkMOD/TWRP or any other Recovery installed in your device. If you have a Mediatek Device you can make your own CWM & install in just 5mins by this method : CWM for Mediatek
Make sure the Custom Rom you are flashing is meant for your device or else it can cause boot loopsand soft brick . I’m not responsible for anything that happensto your device while flashing roms.
Prerequisite before installing Custom ROM :
- Download the suitable custom ROM for your device.
- Put the custom rom zip file in your sd card.
- Go To CWM Recovery/TWRP or any other recovery: Switch off the Phone Press and hold ” Volume Up + Power+ Home (Button combinations differs from device to device)” Buttons and Select Recovery Mode by Volume Up . Select Recovery Mode by Volume Down
- Backup: Before installing any rom please make a Nandroid backup of your current rom
For that go to Backup and restore in recovery then click on Backup. So that you if you mess things up then you can easily get back your phone to its previous working state and prevent it from soft brick .
- Now the Crucial Part Begins (i.e. Installing a custom rom)
How to Install Custom ROM through CWM & other recoveries:
Step 1: Wipe data factory reset –> Yes–delete all user data
Step 2: Wipe Cache Partion -> Yes-Wipe Cache
Step 3: Advanced -> Wipe Dalvik Cache -> Yes- wipe dalvik cache
Step 4: mounts and storage –> Format /System /data /cache.
Step 5: Install zip from sd –> – choose zip fromsdcard –> – Select Zip
Step 6: Reboot System now
Step 7: Wait for 5-10 min to bootup for the first time.
Now you are all set! You’ll have a new ROM with tons of settings to play with, the Play Store to download new apps, and—if you made a backup with Titanium—you can now head into Titanium Backup and restore all your apps and their settings. Enjoy!
How to Install Custom ROM through TWRP Recovery:
Step 1: Backup is needed or else Goto Wipe & Select System, Data, Cache & Dalvik cache.
Step 2: Swipe right to confirm wipe & wait for the wiping process to complete.
Step 3: Now goto Install & locate the downloaded ROM file. Select the file & swipe to confirm.
Step 4: Wait for the process to complete. It might take time depending on the device & recovery (Official/unofficial).
Step 5: Now reboot your device.
1. The Wipe data and cache doesn’t wipe Contacts?
-> It does wipe everything but your contacts/pictures are synced in your Google Account so they’ll be restored back. Any game progress *might* (don’t quote me) be saved on your SD Card so you might not have a problem. It doesn’t wipe your SD card, just the phone’s data.
2. How to Backup Apps & data?
-> You can use Titanium Backup to Backup system apps and data.
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