Installing ROM on AndroidSince mobile phones were introduced to the market many manufacturers have placed their bets on it, so much that some independent developers have dedicated their lives to the development of applications, devices or in someway improve the performance of other devices such as smartphones. Thanks to these developers, manufacturers have been able to locate new talent and introduce new features to smartphones and their applications, they have been responsible for exceeding limits and researching how they can take smartphones further even beyond the limits Of manufacturers, one of the most common topics on this are superusers and ROMs in Android.

The risk of surpassing a manufacturers’ limit is lack of support or lack of warranty  if we encounter problems with our smartphone because we cross the boundary that was placed on it at the time of manufacture . Developers do not care much about this lack of support and warranty from the manufacturer because if they damage the phone, they themselves can repair it, so be careful about performing a strange procedure on your phone and not knowing if you will get support or if the same has happened to others and they could solve it, because you could find yourself in a situation where your smartphone stops working and you will not be able to repair it on your own.

Custom Operating System

The term ROM refers to where the operating system of our device is stored, its acronym stands for Read Only Memory. The ROM identifies what is stored in it and only reads this information, it can not be modified unless we change it, in this case, by installing a new ROM on our device. Custom ROMs have different specifications than that of the factory firmware of our device, in all ROMs, specifications have been saved which make them unique and they also have a different design from what we see on a smartphone.

You have got to have the security and documentation of the ROM that you want to install on your device, a custom ROM can offer us improved graphics and better performance on our devices but if there is little support or it’s a new type and not enough people have used it, we could encounter problems which we cannot reverse except if the smartphone allows us to revert back to the original factory settings.

Installing a ROM on Android

In our smartphone we can only have one ROM installed, however we can try to install as many as possible as long as the phone is factory reset before the installation of a new ROM. This step is highly recommended since installing a ROM on another ROM can bring about serious problems in the functioning of our smartphone. Here in Vofeel we will show you the most practical way to install a ROM on an Android device:

Required Files:

ClockWork Mode (CWM)
ROM File

1. Enter Recovery mode and start the CWM.
2. Select the Wipe data option, reset and then YES
3. Select the Wipe cache partition option and then YES
4. Enter the mounts and storage option
5. Format / data option
6. Format / system option
7. Format / cache option
8. Finally go back and select the advanced option
9. Reboot Recovery Option

Note: This process will completely clean the smartphone and have it ready for the installation of a new ROM, the Recovery mode will also be re-initiated.

1. Re-enter the CWM
2. Select the install zip option from the sd card
3. Select the option Choose zip from sdcard
4. Select the ROM file and finally select YES
5. Go back and select the reboot system now option

Finally our smartphone will reboot and accept the new ROM, let’s not be afraid if the mode of initiating the smartphone changes since it is very common to give a personalized touch to the bootloader in order to differentiate some ROMs.

Note: Whenever a new ROM or Firmware is installed, the first time the operating system loads, it will take longer than usual, so do not be alarmed if your smartphone does not turn on quick the first time.

Estudiante de Ingeniería de Sistemas en el Instituto Universitario Politécnico Santiago Mariño en Venezuela. Redactor freelance para VOFEEL international desde 2016. Amante de la música clásica y de la tecnología. [English]: System engineering student at Santiago Mariño University. Freelancer writer for Vofeel since 2016. Classical music and technology lover.

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