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 OURĀ 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)!

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