How To: Load a Custom ROM on the HTC Aria

I. Before You Begin

1. You MUST have done our How To Root the HTC Aria (Unrevoked Method) procedure before doing this one.

II. Loading a Custom ROM

1. Head over to our HTC Aria ROMs section and choose a ROM you want to try. Download it and save it to your computer (do NOT extract it, leave it as a .zip)

2. Plug the phone in via USB cable and mount the sd card so we can transfer files to it.

3. Copy the ROM .zip file and save it to the root of the sd card (NOT in any folders just on the sd card itself). Once it is done copying, unplug the phone from the usb cable.

4. Turn off the phone, then turn it back on by holding down Volume Down and Power until the white bootloader screen comes up (if it finds the PC36IMG.zip on your sd because you didn’t delete it, just say NO when it asks you if you want to update). Now using the volume buttons select Fastboot, then select Recovery and wait for the phone to boot into recovery mode.

5. Scroll to Wipe Data, select wipe data/factory reset and then select wipe dalvik cache.

6. Now scroll to Apply .zip from sd card and select the ROM .zip file we saved to the sdcard and wait for it to finish flashing. Once it is done, hit reboot and you are all set! Enjoy! If you want to flash a different ROM, simply redo this procedure and choose a different ROM.

47 responses to “How To: Load a Custom ROM on the HTC Aria”

  1. Andrew says:

    @theunlockr Please help! I put this ROM on my Aria and I don’t really like it! How do I go back to the normal Htc Sense? Help!!!!

  2. Andrew says:

    Thanks! Also, on the 5th step there is no choice to wipe dalvik cache. There is only “wipe cache partition” and to just wipe all user data. What should I do? Sorry for my stupid questions, im new to this!

    • Adam says:

      yeah i got tha same thing and i know its rooted, i downloaded 3 different roms and idk what to do next im stuck on that

  3. draco2212 says:

    unlocker how i can go back to my stock htc scence,.thanks

  4. Albert says:

    With this custome ROMs can I install 3 party’s apps on my htc aria??

  5. Alejandro says:

    Hi, I have a HTC Aria unlocked by code and in spanish. If I install a custom ROM I lose the spanish language or the unlocked status?
    Thanks for your help.

    • Pochoreyes says:

      Hola Alejandro, disculpa que te moleste pero me compre un HTC Aria y trae la version de fabrica de AT&T y quisiera saber que version de ROM o como hiciste para ponerle en español y liberada…

      La versión que tienes instalada te permite instalar aplicaciones sin necesidad de bajarlas directamente desde el Android Market.

      Si me ayudaas con una guia o como liberar el telefono del Rom de At&T te agradecería mucho.

  6. Well after about several attempts I was able to successfully install the drivers, root the phone, and flash the ROM to version liberated_aria_ddx_R012_signed! I think the primary issue was that during rooting, perhaps I didn’t wait long enough after removing the battery and putting it back in to boot. I absolutely love the fact that I have gotten rid of the att apps that were not being used and only taking up valuable memory!

    I do have on minor question: When I power down the phone and plug it into the wall charger, instead of getting that fancy little battery charging screen, I now get the ClockworkMod Recovery v2.5.0.1 menu from the flash process where the first prompt is to: reboot system now, followed by options to wipe data/factory reset, wipe cache partition, install zip from sdcard, etc.

    Did I do something wrong? Or is this what is now “normal” for my phone? Is there an app to be installed that will default to the battery icon?

    Thanks for all of your help that you’ve done via your posted instructions! They are great!

  7. Str8hogz says:

    I rooted my HTC aria and now my phone won’t charge or connect via usb

  8. doug says:

    what do you do when the phone won’t boot into recovery?

  9. Soccerdan147 says:

    Does the step where we do the data wipe erase information? like things on our calendar, text messages, etc.?

  10. Anthony says:

    @The Unlockr
    Hi.Suppose i want to update a version of a ROM that i already am using (CM6) w/o losing my data. How would i go upon doing so? Thanks.

  11. Anthony says:

    @The Unlockr
    Hi.Suppose i want to update a version of a ROM that i already am using (CM6) w/o losing my data. How would i go upon doing so? Thanks.

  12. TheUnlockr says:

    Same way you flashed it in the first place. Put in on the SD Card, boot into recovery, and flash it. You shouldn’t need to wipe if its the same ROM just a newer version but some developers recommend wiping anyway (try it without wiping and if it gets stuck on booting then boot back into recovery wipe data and reflash it).

  13. TheUnlockr says:

    Same way you flashed it in the first place. Put in on the SD Card, boot into recovery, and flash it. You shouldn’t need to wipe if its the same ROM just a newer version but some developers recommend wiping anyway (try it without wiping and if it gets stuck on booting then boot back into recovery wipe data and reflash it).

    • Jordan B. says:

      do u need 2 wipe data if htis is your first ROM that ur flashing???

    • Natalia Moore says:

      I am having a big problem installing the liberated rom. On the recovery screen I don’t have the option that says wipe dalvik cache. When I go to select apply.zip from sd card it tells me there is no such file on record. However, I know I downloaded the rom correctly. This may or may not be significant. When I downloaded liberated to my computer it didn’t appear as a zip file It appear as a WinRar icon. Therefore 
      I don’t know if it was copy correctly to the SD Card. I need a lot of help with this

  14. Robert says:

    Will putting this custom rom delete all of my pics contacts and other files on my phone that it already has with htc sense?

  15. Robert says:

    Will putting this custom rom delete all of my pics contacts and other files on my phone that it already has with htc sense?

  16. anDroid nOOb-e says:

    This is my first android phone and for some reason i keep getting “internal error: am reported error starting service.” ??? don’t know what that means, but doesn’t sound like a good message. I tried it on winXP and win7, both give me the same errors when using unrEVOked.. any solutions from anyone will definitely help.

  17. PadgettTech says:

    Thanks for this tutorial. I was able to install the Liberated Aria ROM without trouble. I am having an interesting problem though. When I use Titanium Backup to uninstall any apps the phone just restarts. I thought it was just for HTC apps like Peep, but I can’t uninstall Astro either. Anyone know how to fix this?

    Thanks.

  18. vocal vessel says:

    hello! just trying to decide whether or not i want to root my new aria.
    can you please tell me, will rooting my phone give me the ability to ONLY delete apps i don’t want (i.e. ATT’s trash apps), or must i completely wipe it and install a new ROM?

    • Doug Higby says:

      After rooting, there is an app in the market — just search for “root” — I think it is called root uninstaller. That claims to allow you to remove the ATT software without having to reflash your whole OS. That being said, you will still be locked out in other ways because ATT restricts what you can and can’t install on your phone. Best to install the Liberated ROM.

  19. vocal vessel says:

    hello! just trying to decide whether or not i want to root my new aria.
    can you please tell me, will rooting my phone give me the ability to ONLY delete apps i don’t want (i.e. ATT’s trash apps), or must i completely wipe it and install a new ROM?

  20. Philly Foundation says:

    I followed all of the steps and when I tried to install the Froyo ROM it says installing for a sec and then goes back to the Recovery menu screen. It does not look as if it is installing completely. When I reboot, I am still on 2.1. Help. I am using the liberated fr008 ROM and the ClockWork recovery from unrevoked. Nothing has been working.

  21. Zippyzach92 says:

    the vidoe isnt working just a big grey box

  22. lateral18 says:

    thanks for the tutorial, i did it, the phone works fine, every app is working . my only questions is why is the battery life so short, it dies in less than 6 hours, I’m using the ddx version

  23. david says:

    where can i find third party apps and custom roms other than the three listed? I knew nothing about rooting and roms before today. With your site, Ive done it all and can easily do it again. GREAT JOB!

  24. Saniboy510 says:

    im really stuck im at the step when you have to use the unrevok and it keeps saying error “is your firmwall new?” i
    help needed

  25. Saniboy510 says:

    im really stuck im at the step when you have to use the unrevok and it keeps saying error “is your firmwall new?” i
    help needed

    • DodgeRamIt says:

      Did you install the legit ATT upgrade to Froyo 2.2 before trying to use the Unrevoked root? Luckily I had an extra aria (att sent my wife a new aria cause hers had horrible sound quality so I was able to try this with the bad phone before I sent it back). After installing the legit 2.2 upgrade with htc sync, Unrevoked could not root the aria. I tried Unrevoked and superoneclick. Neither one was capable of rooting the Aria with the legitmate 2.2 update. Sorry. I’m sure the cell phone freeing heros at xda and unrevoked will have a fix for this soon, but as of two weeks ago, it couldn’t be done with the current programs.

    • DodgeRamIt says:

      Did you install the legit ATT upgrade to Froyo 2.2 before trying to use the Unrevoked root? Luckily I had an extra aria (att sent my wife a new aria cause hers had horrible sound quality so I was able to try this with the bad phone before I sent it back). After installing the legit 2.2 upgrade with htc sync, Unrevoked could not root the aria. I tried Unrevoked and superoneclick. Neither one was capable of rooting the Aria with the legitmate 2.2 update. Sorry. I’m sure the cell phone freeing heros at xda and unrevoked will have a fix for this soon, but as of two weeks ago, it couldn’t be done with the current programs.

  26. Saniboy510 says:

    im really stuck im at the step when you have to use the unrevok and it keeps saying error “is your firmwall new?” i
    help needed

  27. Howyadoinsparky says:

    im using windows vista and i cant seem to download any of the roms to my cpu internet explorer opens a blank page and says it prevented the file download. what do i do to download the rom?

  28. Euo19 says:

    got a formatting system message after installing liberated aria rom. Whats up?

  29. bluelight320 says:

    My wife just got an HTC Aria that only has the 2.1 update on it but she’d like the Froyo 2.2 and to have the phone rooted. My question is do I install the 2.2 Froyo first and then root the phone or vice versa. Please help a techie illiterate…..

  30. Kmbrmky says:

    Excellent instructions – first android – didn’t even know what rooting was 2 days ago and I got it done and have the Liberated Aria now…Thanks UnLockr!!!

    Can anyone tell me if I have to keep the Liberated ROM on my sd card or can I delete now that I am all installed and running to free up space? TIA

  31. Kristiemonroe says:

    This post is the best one I have found explaining how to install a custom ROM on a rooted phone. I am a total newbie and I book marked this so I can find it every time I update my ROM. Thanks for posting this!

  32. John Ghobrial420 says:

    what if you have cyanogenmod 7 and want to go back to 2.1 like when you buy it?

  33. carlos says:

    @theunlockr
    I need help! I put the liberated Rom on my aria and its great, but I have a problem. After I put the Rom on my phone won’t let me send or receive pictures anymore, all I get is a message saying “generic network failure” can you help me on how to solve this please! Contact me ASAP on here please or email @ xicanboii@gmail.com

    • Jimmycrackcorn says:

      Had the same problem after I unlocked my phone. I had to contact the cellphone service provider (tmobile) and get the correct mobile network settings. Hope this helps.

  34. carey says:

    When i get to step five the image of the exclaimation mark inside the red triangle just sits there and does nothing, no menu appears? ive got the zip file on my SD card, i dont know hoe to fix it?

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