How To Load Custom ROM on Your Android Device (After Using the Revolutionary Method)

That custom recovery is ready to go on your phone? Ready to use it for something? Well, the thing you can do with the most drastic increase in performance and feel you your device would be to load a custom ROM. Not only can you get better performance, different icons, themes, etc. but you can also flash newer versions of Android (how about Gingerbread on your Froyo device, etc.?). So if all that sounds good to you, then let’s show you how to do it.

I. Before You Begin

1. You MUST have done our How To Gain S-Off, Flash a Custom Recovery, and Root Your Android Phone Using the Revolutionary Method.

II. Load a ROM

1. Head over to our ROMs section, choose your device.

2. Select a ROM for your device and save it to your computer (do NOT extract it, leave it as a .zip file).

3. Plug your phone in and mount the internal storage so we can transfer files to it.

4. Copy the ROM .zip file over to the root of the internal storage (NOT in any folders, just on the internal storage or sdcard itself).

5. Turn off the phone, take out the battery, and put it back in.

6. Turn the phone on by holding down Volume Down and Power until fastboot mode comes up, then select recovery from the menu by using the volume buttons and power to select.

7. Once in recovery mode, scroll to Backup, then select Backup and wait for the phone to backup its current ROM.

8. Once it is done, select Wipe Data

9. Then select Install zip from SD Card

10. Select Choose zip from sd card.

11. Select the ROM’s zip file you loaded onto the internal storage or sd card earlier and wait for it to flash. Done!

12. (Optional) Repeat to load a different ROM.

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  • I Ofoegbu3

    i have a htc sensation this procedure worked perfectly, thanks!!! but for some reason i cant download apps from the android market anymore??? i can i revert to stock ROM, HELP PLEASE!!!

  • Mmckenzie2212

    I s-off using your method, but when i go in to load custom rom it freezes on the Revolutionary screen.
    any ideas. htc aria 2.2.2 version

    • sims helloworld

      try other buttons to select other than the (power),

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  • Anthonymetts

    you guys Rock, as well as the team from Revolutionary!!! Props to all, everything is as should be..Thanks to ALL!!!

  • Jfrazier

    Everytime I flash a rom it goes bac to stock rom
    Someone HELP please!!!!!

  • Morwan I J

    THAAAAAAAAAAAAANKS ALOOOOOOOOT , you are great ……..

  • Krotow

    HTC Desire Bravo/A8181 S-Off and rooted without any problem. BusyBox v1.19 from Market installed. You are great guys 🙂

  • Krotow

    HTC Desire Bravo/A8181 S-Off and rooted without any problem. BusyBox v1.19 from Market installed. You are great guys 🙂

  • Datacadman

    Revolutionary now hangs. I can get to the menu but on my aria s-off but cant install.

  • Radfordjordan3

    this is a foolproof guide.  5 stars

  • Zzzmuzz

    HTC Desire 8181 Official 2.3.3.  All went well using instructions and video.  The only thing was that I had to find out about having to use the trackball once in Recovery Mode. Oh, also I had a slight gliche when the sdcard did not come up for selection on the phone. I found out I had to mount USB and do it from there.  Great work folks.

  • Munishluther

    that was great help,,,i installed insertcoin on htc sensation without any problems

  • roms are compatible with the CDMA bee?

  • Boatneraaron

    Htc thunderbolt rooted uploaded liquid_mecha zip followed instruct and it aborted install at the end..why?

  • Jalal Khan15

    when i backup my htc desire when it comes to “backing up your cache” it just struck there and i did that twice but when it comes to that part backing up your cache it stop…what should i do???

  • cris

    guys everything went ok i download 5 roms and every rom is make my desire to restart all the time is it something that i didn’t do so i can install the rom.

  • Albert

    root my HTC Desire and I loaded the ROM (ROM PyramidMod007). All is well conducted, but when I did reboot it displays HTC green and remain like that. Pleaze help me!

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  • arjun

    wow man not just your video, the comments helped me too…. thnx a lot

    “I s-off using your method, but when i go in to load custom rom it freezes on the Revolutionary screen.
    any ideas. htc aria 2.2.2 version”
    & this worked fine “sims helloworld said on August 21, 2011
    try other buttons to select other than the (power),”