How To: Load a Custom ROM on the HTC Droid Eris

I. Before You Begin

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

II. Loading a Custom ROM

1. Head over to our ROMs section for your phone 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 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.

27 thoughts on “How To: Load a Custom ROM on the HTC Droid Eris”

  1. Just a tip, unlike the tutorial for unrevoke in this one when you select an item you need to click on it using the mouse key not the power button.

  2. if youre doing this on eris, make sure youve already rooted with the unrevoked method. the only change ive found is to power up while holding the volume UP button and it takes you straight to the menu to clear memory and cache. load .zip from sd card from there, and install. done.

  3. what if i rooted my eris but not using the unrevoked method… will i still be able to install the rom in the same way that you did?

  4. what if i rooted my eris but not using the unrevoked method… will i still be able to install the rom in the same way that you did?

  5. Question, I got a ROM, but I don’t like it, it doesn’t have the app market and all the original functions needed, how can I go back to the old software (ROM) that I had (Factory’s default?)

  6. The Bitter Cake

    Thanks for the tutorials! My phone has been rooted, but I’m having trouble flashing my selected ROM (xtrSense). I’ve downloaded the ROM and copied it onto the SD card. When I turn it back on holding the Volume Down key, I get the HBOOT screen. However, I can’t select anything other than “…Upgrade?” I’ve tried all my keys to select “3) Recovery” with no luck. I’ve also tried using the app Quick Boot to access Recovery mode, but it doesn’t change the screen or give me any options. Any ideas?

  7. Are there any ROMs available that are basically a stock version without the phone crap? By crap I mean as a device no longer used as a phone, the phone app is pointless. Even on one used as a phone the Amazon MP3 App is pointless and simply takes up CPU time and memory.

    Just curious. Looking for simple, to the point and not terrible slow.

  8. Very new to this…
    1) Which of these ROMS  would you recommend, why?
    2) After installing new ROM will market, gmail. etc still work? Will I be able to access “paid” applications
    3) I am assuming that ‘rooting” the device, and flashing the “rom” are separate things, and that “rooting” will not resolve any “issues” with phone, the new ROM will fix the issues..correct?
    4) Any tips or guidance beyond what is provided on this site would be greatly appropriated…

    1. The Bitter Cake

      Hi, I have to say, I’m still having some issues with my phone and ROM. But I probably need to try reflashing…

      Navyvette, here’s a quick breakdown.
      2) Market, Gmail, etc will all still work. Some ROMs come with certain apps pre-installed, but you can always access Market to download your favorites if they aren’t already on there. You should be able to access paid applications no problem. They’re third party, and if you’re rooted it shouldn’t make a difference.
      3) Correct. When you root your device, you are removing it from the stock operating system software. So whenever, say, Verizon releases updates, you won’t be notified and won’t be able to upgrade. First you root, then you pick a ROM (a software “outfit” for your phone). Flashing a ROM is essentially installing the new software. If there’s a glitch, you can try reflashing for a cleaner install. The ROM will hopefully correct your issues, and they all have their own look and feel, pros and cons. Some of the faster ROMs suck your battery life, for example. 

      Hope that helps!

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