How To: Load a Custom ROM on Your Android Phone (After Any One Click Root Methods)

Universal Method Disclaimer: This is a universal method. Feel free to try it but if it does NOT work for you, simply head to our How To section and look for your specific phone to see if we have a different procedure for your device and try that instead. Good luck!

I. Before You Begin

1. YOU MUST HAVE DONE A ONE CLICK ROOT METHOD, LIKE OUR HOW TO ROOT YOUR ANDROID PHONE (SUPERONECLICK) OR Z4ROOT PROCEDURE FIRST, THEN COME TO THIS ONE AND CONTINUE.

2. This procedure will flash a custom recovery image onto your phone, then show you how to use that recovery image to flash custom ROMs.

3. Your phone must be on Android 1.6 or higher as ROM Manager only works on Android 1.6 or higher).

II. Flash a Custom Recovery Image

1. Search the Market on your phone for ROM Manager. Download and install the free version.

2. Open the ROM Manager app and click on Flash Recovery, choose your phone model and wait for it to finish. (You may need to click Allow if Superuser Permissions pops up).

3. After it says success, you have a custom recovery image and can continue.

III. Flash a Custom ROM

1. Head to our Android ROMs section and choose the phone model you have.

2. Click on the ROM you want to download and save the ROM’s .zip file to your computer.

3. Plug in your phone via USB cable and mount the SD card so we can transfer files to it.

4. Copy the ROM’s .zip file to the root of the sd card (NOT in any folders, just on the SD card itself) (Do NOT extract the .zip file, leave it as a .zip file).

5. Unplug the phone from the computer.

6. Open ROM Manager and click on Reboot Recovery.

7. Once in the custom recovery image, do a Nandroid backup.

8. Once the backup is done, click Wipe Data / Factory Reset.

9. Once the wipe is complete, select flash .zip from sd card and flash the ROM you put on the sd card.

10. Once it is done, select reboot system now. Enjoy!

IF YOU HAVE TRIED THIS PROCEDURE AND IT STILL DOES NOT WORK, JUST HEAD TO OUR ANDROID HOW TO’S SECTION AND CHOOSE YOUR PHONE TO BE PRESENTED WITH OTHER METHODS THAT WORK ON YOUR SPECIFIC PHONE (THIS IS JUST THE EASIEST SO WORTH A TRY FIRST)!

If this procedure helped you, please consider donating to the original developer or at least sending them a thank you.

Now that you are rooted, head here to learn some of the fun things you can do!

For all the devices we have rooting procedures for, head here.

For more root tweaks, head here.

For all the devices we have rooting procedures for, head here.


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  • theincrediblesurge

    i have a samsung galaxy s 4g. Get stuck in the step where i back my stuff up. When I reboot in recovery it doesnt give me an option to back up. I only get 4 options: reboot system now, reinstall packages, delete all user data, delete cache data. Am I missing a step?

  • theincrediblesurge

    i have a samsung galaxy s 4g. Get stuck in the step where i back my stuff up. When I reboot in recovery it doesnt give me an option to back up. I only get 4 options: reboot system now, reinstall packages, delete all user data, delete cache data. Am I missing a step?

  • http://twitter.com/roymeems Roy Meems

    Same issue here:

    Galaxy SII

    “– Install from sdcard…
    Finding update package…
    Opening update package…
    Verifying update package…
    E:failed to verify whole-file signature
    E:signature verification failed
    Installation aborted.”

  • PIm

    Rooting my phone worked perfect! Just with Rom Manager my phone is not listed…what now?

  • Prem

    i have AT&T Samsung Captivate, i followed all the steps mentioned here and used FlastyII2.2 ROM, everything went well and successfully installed the ROM, after rebooting the device, i get only the AT&T first screen and it always flashes and nothing moving forward. Even it is not getting into recovery mode. Please, Let me know how to fix this issue.

  • sunshinesunny08

    What is the best ROM i can choose for my samsung captivate? please let me know soon.

  • RICHU VARGHESE

    wil this work on 2.1…..x8

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  • uzatron

    I need help because when i ty to “reinstall packages” it says cannot open mdtinternal_sdupdate.zip i deleted update.zip a long time ago when i tried rooting it a different way but i recently rooted it using superoneclick so can someone help me plzzzzzz

  • Steve

    Has anybody come up with a solution to the fail to verify update.zip package?

    • uzatron501

      Yo I know why because I’m pretty sure it’s if you updated your phone I’m pretty sure because I had that problem with my phone so I unrooted and traded it In for a 2.1 Samsung vibrant and repeated the process and it worked but then I got a new phone lol so you might need to downgrade your phone

  • Sbsumit4

    n error occured while flashing

  • Hellen

    Hi,

    SAPPHIRE PVT 32B SHIP S-ON G
    HBOOT-1.33.0013
    CPLD-10
    RADIO-2.22.28.25
    oct 21 2009,22:33:27

    I did the superoneclick method on my htc magic.
    Everything went well, it’s rooted.
    Downloaded the Rom Manager en flashed the clockworkmod recovery image for the htc magic 2.5.0.7
    When i go into recovery I’m getting a question mark with a triangle.
    Can someone help me?

    Thanks! 

    • Cranky

      For anyone getting the screen with the triangle and exclamation point or hanging splash/intro screens:

      Press home+power. Restart your phone.
      Open ROM Manager. Click the top option to flash it again. Confirm your phone model.
      Then click “Reboot into Recovery”
      Recovery should come right up so you can follow these steps.
      Every time you reboot your phone, ROM Manager has to be flashed again before loading your new ROM.

      Hope this helps!

  • Iceteeth

    y have a Samsung captive with Android 2.1 Eclair y try to download the Rom Manager Free from the Market and dont exist y cant install the Clockwork recovery wath can i doo ??

  • Sam Merkel

    Unlockr, I rooted my phone, everything went fine, downloaded the app, did the recovery image, all of that, (and it went smoothly.) I got to the part where you choose the .zip to install, I clicked it to install, at the end it said welcome to cyanogenmod 6.1.0 at the bottom, but did not have the reboot system now at the top, but the same install prompt as before. I didn’t think to hit back because I never saw it in the video or instructions, so I clicked the apply sd card update, it aborted installing (or something like that,) I went and chose the cyanogen zip again, it installed saying “welcome” again, I hit back, clicked reboot system and thought I was good. Phone turned off, buzzed, and the MyTouch green screen came up (I got all excited,) went black, and buzzes back to the green MyTouch screen, over and over. Not sure to pull the battery and try to just turn it on again, or boot into the recovery – backup – factory reset and install the ROM again, or what.

    On an original MyTouch 3g froyo, unlocked and off of T-mobile (not sure if that matters,) with the latest version of ROM manager and clockwork recovery, trying to flash CyanogenMod 6.1.0 (all downloaded today.)
    Sorry for the book.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y5PPEAWK45NM5IPDZLTGDH2KMU Lang

    I get an error message on HTC Sensation:

    Finding update package…
    Opening update package…
    Installing update…
    Installation aborted.

    I have done all the steps correctly,
    What do I do now?

  • Sadik Mulla

    Thanks it ‘s work 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=518086393 Joshua Coghlan

    I Keep Getting Error Attempt To Flash, When I use The Rom Manager, I’m Using Acer Liqued E  

  • Cranky

    For anyone getting the screen with the triangle and exclamation point or hanging splash/intro screens:

    Press home+power. Restart your phone.
    Open ROM Manager. Click the top option to flash it again. Confirm your phone model.
    Then click “Reboot into Recovery”
    Recovery should come right up so you can follow these steps.
    Every time you reboot your phone, ROM Manager has to be flashed again before loading your new ROM.

    Hope this helps!

  • Lkehler

    I have the Acer Liquid E, which we bought used, and it had MIUI, which is in Chinese, and we can’t figure out how to do anything on it.  We’re not getting anywhere with who we bought it from either. Is there a way to remove MIUI and replace it with another ROM?