How to Install a Custom ROM on the Samsung Galaxy Express

A custom ROM is a custom version of Android for your device. After you have rooted your device and flashed a custom recovery on it, you can then use the recovery to flash a custom ROM. Thanks to a sizeable community of developers, there are a lot of these third-party ROMs to choose from (depending on the device) and each one is unique. Developers usually give you the latest version of Android in their ROM, their own custom themes, options, and a ton of other customization options and enhancements.

In this procedure, we’ll show you how to flash a custom ROM on your Samsung Galaxy Express.

After flashing a custom ROM on Samsung Galaxy Express, you’ll be able to:

  • Flash newer versions of Android that the manufacturer hasn’t provided yet.
  • Utilize different UI skins or stock Android(HTC’s Sense UI, Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, LG Optimus UI).
  • Increase performance
  • Increase battery life
  • More customization options than stock ROMs

Interested? Here’s how to flash a custom ROM on your Galaxy Express:

I. Before You Begin

1. You must be rooted to do this tutorial. Head to our Rooting How To’s section, find your device, and do the How to Root tutorial listed for it there then return to this tutorial to continue.

2. You must also have a custom recovery flashed on your device before doing this tutorial. Head to our Rooting How To’s section, find your device, and do the How to Flash a Custom Recovery tutorial listed for it there then return to this tutorial to continue.

II. Choose a Custom ROM to Flash

1. Head to our ROM repository and choose your device.

2. Choose a ROM of your liking.

3. Click the download link in the ROM post to be taken to the developer’s page for that ROM.

4. Search through the developer’s page for the download link for the latest version of that ROM (usually located in the first post in a forum or under Downloads).

5. Save the ROM to your desktop of your computer.

III. Flash the Custom ROM on your Samsung Galaxy Express

1.  Connect your device to your PC and copy over your selected ROM to your device’s SD card.  This file will usually be in .zip format.

2.  Power down your device and put it into CWM Recovery.  To do this, press and hold the Volume Up + Power + Home buttons (with the device off).  When the device vibrates, let go of the Power button but continue holding the Volume Up and Home buttons and let them go once you see the CWM Recovery screen.

3.  Use the Volume Up and Down keys to highlight the Backup and Restore option and then use the Home button to execute the option.  Select Backup on the next menu.

4.  Go back to the main menu.

5.  Select Wipe data/factory reset.

6.  Confirm the action by selecting Yes — delete all user data.

7.  Select the Install zip from sdcard option, then Choose zip from external sdcard.

8.  Navigate to the location of the ROM zip file you copied above to your SD card and select it.  Confirm the installation on the next menu by selecting Yes – Install [ROM zip file name].

9.  Go back to the main menu and select Reboot system now.

IV.  Flash Another Custom ROM (Optional)

After you have a custom ROM on your device, you can always repeat this process to flash another one and try out different ones until you find one that suits your needs.

By the way, don’t be scared, you can always put your device back to stock by heading to our Rooting How To’s section, finding your device, and doing the How to Unroot tutorial listed for it there.

One response to “How to Install a Custom ROM on the Samsung Galaxy Express”

  1. Mike says:

    Just want to say thank you for the tutorial. I am new to doing all this stuff and I am unfortunately starting with a phone that doesn’t have much support anyway. I have gotten all the way to flashing a custom rom and tried both cm 10.1 and 10.2 and get error messages in both cases. It says E:Error in /storage/sdcard1cm-10.2-20130925-UNOFFICIAL-expressatt.zip. Any ideas?

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