In today’s tutorial, we are going to learn how to install a custom ROM on Android Smartphones with simple steps. To acquire the ability to modify many of the restrictions imposed by the device manufacturer, your phone/device must be rooted one. However, if you really want to explore the possibilities that offer privileges ROOT have to install a custom ROM on Android. Before going to installation let us know the brief about ROM, Advantages, Disadvantages, Installation, etc. To get this on your android device all you need to do is just follow the steps carefully which are explained below.
What is a custom ROM?
First it is important to know that a Custom ROM is a modified version of Android which is the completely independent operating system. This includes the kernel, or core system, applications, services and other functions that allow you to operate the device. Since Android is an open source platform, developers can take the Stock ROM (the version of the operating system that comes standard with the mobile) and then modify the system by eliminating all that they deem necessary, add new elements and generally optimize as far as their abilities allow.
Why would you want to install a custom ROM?
There are many good reasons why you should install a custom ROM on your Android phone, starting with the fact that you could upgrade to the latest version of the operating system. Remember that many manufacturers do not update their Android phones and tablets or if these updates are slow to appear. Therefore, if you have an older Android phone that does not receive updates and want to run a newer version of Android, then a modified ROM is certainly your best option.
Not only that, a custom ROM can also remove the bloatware that the phone company installs the device including applications that you use rarely and only saturate space in internal memory. Other advantages of installing a custom ROM on Android smartphones include:
- Possibility to use skins to customize the way in which the operating system is shown
- Customize the settings menu including shortcuts to frequently used settings
- Make the phone run faster or slower in your case for extending battery life
- Can Customize screen animations, rotation, sound, notifications, and the overall system interface
- It would also be possible to hide the bottom navigation bar to get more screen space
- Configure application permissions to prevent them from tracking your location with GPS
- Improve the performance and efficiency of the system by using a smaller amount of memory
- Ability to install applications on the microSD card
Why should you not install a custom ROM on Android?
The custom ROM’s are not so perfect and may cause conflicts or may not work properly. In some cases depending on the ROM and its compatibility with the android device may have drawbacks such as:
- Problems with the battery life since the ROM could not be optimized for the device and, therefore, could be depleted faster than with the original ROM.
- Problems can occur if there is hardware full support as the camera phone does not take pictures with the same quality or that the GPS does not work, etc.
- You may experience problems of instability in the system as the case of the automatic shutdown of applications or even restart the phone itself.
Steps to install a custom ROM on Android
The procedure followed to install a custom ROM on Android is quite simple and do not require advanced knowledge. However, to do so your phone must have root privileges. Most and important thing is you must take a backup of your important data before carrying it out, even take the backup of current ROM.
The first thing you need to do is find the specified custom ROM for your Android as each ROM can be different for each device. If you do not know where to start you can look in the official site CyanogenMod is exactly the most popular of ROMs for devices that are not officially updated and where you can check for a compatible ROM to your phone or in the developer forum XDA Developers. You can also just type in Google the name of your phone model accompanied by the word “ROM” for example: “Huawei Fusion U8652 ROM”.
Once you’ve found the custom ROM for your android phone, download the ZIP file and save it to the external memory, i.e., in the microSD card. Then you should start in Recovery Mode Android; to do so turn off your phone and then simultaneously press the volume button (-) and the power button for at least 10 seconds. If this does not work, try pressing the volume (+) and the power button or even both volume keys and power button. Also try the Quick Boot application that allows you to start the Recovery mode without turning off the phone.
When the screen appears with Recovery Mode you will have several options. To operate the options use the volume keys to scroll to the “option Install zip from sdcard “and then confirmed by pressing the power key.
On the next screen select ” Choose zip from sdcard “and then navigate to the location where the ZIP file of the custom ROM and to select the option use the power key to start the installation process.
After a few minutes, the process will end. After that, all you need to do is select the “option Reboot system now” and thus already have modified the ROM on your Android device/smartphone.
Conclusion on how to install Custom ROM on Android Device/Smartphone
If your phone receives constant updates as in the case of mobile Google Nexus or any latest Android smartphones then there is no need to apply this procedure. But, when your device no longer receives any updates or just want more freedom to customize your device, it’s a good idea to consider installing a custom ROM. In any case be sure to get an ROM that is stable and well supported to avoid any inconvenience to your device.
If you have any doubts regarding this subject or if you face any issues while installation of ROM on your device, then let us know in your comments below. We will help you to get over the situation in order to make a successful installation.