How To Install a Custom Kernel on a Rooted Android Device (Kernel Manager Method)

Here’s another great benefit of having a rooted device; installing a custom kernel. One of the main benefits of adding a custom kernel is the ability to overclock your device.

I. Before you begin.

1. You MUST have a rooted device with a custom recovery. If you are not rooted, head over to our How To section for your device for directions on how to root it.

2. You must back up your current settings and ROM through recovery (in case something gets messed up).

3. We always prefer doing these things manually (flashing a ROM or Kernel directly from recovery mode), but we do understand that this does make things easier for most, so we figured we’d add it to our How To’s.

II. Installing the custom kernel application.

1. Open up the Android market application.

2. Under search, search for kernel manager.

3. Download and install the application.

III. Using the application.

1. Open the Kernel Manager application.

2. Select Load kernels (it will automatically load available kernels for your specific device, if available) when prompted for root, select allow.

3. Select the kernel you would like to flash.

4. Press Download and Flash Kernel.

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.


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  • Smate60

    i have a problem downloading the kernel after i enter the kernel manager. first i have only 2 choices, no matter which one i press nothing happens. please help, htc sensation

  • Jcc2150

    thats great, it doesn’t work for my 1.6! app only supports 2.0 and up! can u make a tutorial on that?

  • Dmarco1979

    I have a mytouch 4G Slide. I installed the kernel manager lite app. When I open it up and load kernels…. I get squat, does that mean that there are no kernels for my device???

  • Dmarco1979

    I have a mytouch 4G Slide. I installed the kernel manager lite app. When I open it up and load kernels…. I get squat, does that mean that there are no kernels for my device???

  • Dmarco1979

    I have a mytouch 4G Slide. I installed the kernel manager lite app. When I open it up and load kernels…. I get squat, does that mean that there are no kernels for my device???