So, you have finally rooted your Android device and you want to play with it and all it’s hidden features. You can do a lot more with your Android device by having root access compared to a device without root access. Flashing different Custom ROMs in your device is one of the benefits of a rooted Android device. An operating system for your Android which is completely different from the stock OS is unofficially called a Custom ROM. You can flash a Custom ROM and enjoy the features of the ROM such as improving camera quality, calibrating the battery, increase or decrease the clock speed of your device and much more. Depending on your device manufacturer, you can find many Custom ROMs for your device online. I recommend downloading Custom ROMs for your device from XDA Developers as it is the trusted online source for Android development. Now getting back to the article, you will be learning how to flash Custom ROMs in your Android device.
Warning: Although the tutorial shared below successfully flashes Custom ROMs onto your device, there are chances of you bricking your phone and making it useless. You need to have a rooted Android device to flash Custom ROMs. If you are a newbie and don’t know the abc of rooting, then I recommend you do not proceed. I or Dragon Blogger is no way responsible for any damages you do to your phone by following the tutorial below. Proceed at your own risk. You and only you are responsible…..
Lets proceed with the tutorial:
Step 1: Go to XDA Developers Forum and search for your device either by simply entering your device name in the search bar or by manufacturer in case your device doesn’t show in search results.
Step 2: Click on Android Development in the sub forum for your device.
Step 3: Check for Custom ROMs for your device. Download the ROM which has positive responses from all the previous users who flashed that particular ROM on their device.
Step 4: Copy the ROM into your Android’s SD card. You can also keep it in a folder.
Step 5: Boot into Clock Work Mod (CWM) recovery. Booting into CWM is different for different devices, so you can know the process by searching your device name in Google. You can navigate in CWM by using Volume rocker keys and select by using the center key.
Step 6: Once you are in CWM recovery, click on “Wipe data/reset”. Confirm your action in the next step.
Step 7: After wiping data, click on “Wipe Cache Partition”. Confirm your action in the next step.
Step 8: Go to Advanced > Wipe Dalvik Cache. Confirm your action in the next step. Then again go to advanced > Wipe Battery Stats.
Step 9: Navigate back to the main menu and click on “Install ZIP from SD card”.
Step 10: Select the Custom ROM and confirm your action in the next step.
Step 11: Your device may boot 1-2 times during the installation process. It is a normal process and nothing to be panicked.
Step 12: Once the installation process ends, click on “Reboot System Now”. First reboot might take 3-4 minutes.
Congrats, you have successfully flashed a Custom ROM.
Do let me know via comments if you encounter any problems in the process or if you have some doubts. I will be more than happy to assist you.