How to install custom firmware on Android


Every  Android user has heard about the so-called  custom firmware , but here’s how to install them specifically on your model of smartphone or tablet, there is very little information, or it is scattered across the Internet.

 This article only applies to the installation of custom firmware using ZIP UPDATES, and not in any other way.

Briefly about the main thing(rom) …

The Android operating system, it will remain the same for Africa, whether you have Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony, Motorola or another manufacturer … There is a certain set of rules, a sequence of actions that are slightly supplemented depending on the manufacturer, but the process of installing custom firmware similar to all devices. These are the simple steps:

  1. Download firmware
  2. Download Google services (optional)
  3. Making backup (optional)
  4. Unlock Bootloader (once, depending on the brand)
  5. Install Recovery (once)
  6. We install firmware and Google Services
  7. Data reset
  8. Waiting for first boot

A total of 8 steps (2 optional, 2 are performed once). Of these, in the future you will only repeat 3 – 5 if suddenly, you want to change the firmware.

We will not be responsible if anything happens to your device.

Although the chances are very less if you follow the procedure correctly.

Ready made solution!

The site has prepared separate instructions for installing custom firmware on the following brands and manufacturers:

  • Install custom firmware on Nexus
  • Install custom firmware on Samsung
  • Install custom firmware on HTC

Where can I find custom firmware for your Android?

There are various  custom firmware  from various manufacturers, which is best for you to know only yourself, so try and experiment!

  • Firmware Linage os (former CyanogenMod)
  • Firmware MIUI
  • Firmware OMNI ROM
  • Paranoid Android firmware – officialamateur
  • Firmware Aokp
  • Firmware Slim ROM
  • Firmware Pac man
  • Firmware Carbon ROM
  • Firmware Resurrection remix
  • Firmware PRO-BAM (AOSB)

Also on the Internet (recommended resources XDA,), you can find many other custom firmwares made on the basis of the previously listed major projects. Found a firmware? Fine! Download it and move on!

Download GAPPS

Do not rush to jump over this header! You’re probably used to using Google services – Google Play app store, YouTube, Gmail, Maps, etc. In the original custom firmware they are not! Therefore, you will need a ZIP update from  GAPPS . It is necessary to download the GAPPS version from the Android version on which the custom firmware is based (if the firmware is with Android 4.4, then GAPPS must be for Android 4.4).

Doing Backup

This item is optional, but what if you want to go back or something goes wrong? Therefore,  back up .

Unlock Bootloader

You are the lucky owner of Sony, HTC, Huawei, Nexus, then you have an additional procedure on the way to installing custom firmware – unlocking Bootloader.

  • Unlock  Sony Bootloader
  • Unlock  Bootloader HTC
  • Unlock  Bootloader Huawei
  • Unlock  Bootloader Nexus

This procedure is performed once and can be skipped in the future.

Find and download custom Recovery (or Kernel with Recovery)

You are moving leaps and bounds to install your first custom firmware! Continuing … You also need to download custom Recovery, why do you ask?

There are several reasons:

  1. In some devices, it is not corny (Recovery), but you need to install custom firmware and GAPPS from it
  2. Installing custom firmware from under the original Recovery (if any) will fail due to the fact that there is no manufacturer’s signature there, and custom Recovery disables the signature and allows the installation of various ZIP updates, including custom firmware.

In some cases, Recovery is built into the Android kernel (Sony, sometimes Samsung), so you need to search for the kernel with CWM or TWRP Recovery instead of just looking for Recovery.

The describes in detail where to find it and how to install it –  Download and Install Recovery . You can also search Recovery in Google and XDA resources.

If you will not delete Recovery in the future, then you do not need to install it again.

Custom Firmware Installation

So you have done the following required actions:

  1. Download custom firmware
  2. GAPPS downloaded
  3. Unlocked Bootloader
  4. Download and install Recovery

Now move the ZIP archives – Custom firmware and GAPPS to the memory card (if there is a slot) or the internal memory of the Android smartphone or tablet. Go to the Recovery menu . After that, first install the ZIP archive of Custom firmware, and after GAPPS.

  • Install ZIP from  СWM Recovery
  • Install ZIP from  TWRP Recovery

Data Reset

After you installed Custom firmware, you must perform a data reset, it is necessary then that the data that was created by the previous firmware (official) is incompatible with the newly installed. Therefore, it is very important to  reset the data or wipe . If the reset is not performed, then you will get the eternal boot Android (bootloop).

Android first boot

After installing Custom firmware and resetting the data, restart Android, as a rule the first download is very long and lasts from 3 minutes to 15 minutes. This is due to the first configuration of the hardware before installing the system. The most important thing is not to be nervous and not to reboot the device during this period of time.

This completes the process of installing Custom firmware! Perhaps someone will think that it takes a lot of time for everything about everything, but in fact, if you fully understand everything you are doing, the process lasts no more than 15 minutes (if you do not take into account downloading the necessary one and waiting for the first download).


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