February 25, 2018

A Guide to Flashing Custom ROMs [Android]

Sick and tired of the bloatware on your current OEM ROM. Head over and learn how to flash custom ROMs.

Categories: Android
Tags: Smartphone Customization

(This blog starts off with a warning: Although the process is super easy and there hardly is a chance that you will brick your device during the process but, it’s my responsibility to make you aware of it)

The guide would be inclined more towards Xiaomi devices as I own one and have worked with it. But, all other devices follow the same process, so go ahead and give it a read.

  • To start off with, you should have a unlocked bootloader.

    For Xiaomi devices refer to the following link : Click-Here

    Follow the process and you’ll surely have an unlocked bootloader in no time. (Although it might take some time for Xiaomi to process your request but thereafter it’s a really fast process)

  • Download ADB(Android Debug Bridge) and Fastboot files from this link: Click-Here

    A .zip file for Windows will be downloaded. Extract these files to a folder.

  • Next, download twrp recovery file(a .img file). Make sure that the twrp file is downloaded from here: Click-Here

Place this file inside the folder created after extraction.

Make sure that the ADB, fastboot, recovery file and the rest of the files are placed inside the same folder.

  • Now download a ROM of your choice. (I personally use AOSP Extended ROM, it’s pretty stable and is really performant when compared to other ROMs).

    Link to AOSP Extended: https://www.aospextended.com/

  • Also, download google apps .zip file.

    Link to OpenGapps: https://opengapps.org/

  • Now open up the command prompt on Windows with adminitrator priviliges.

    (To do this press the Windows key on your keyboard and search ‘cmd’ right click when command prompt comes up and chose ‘Run as Administrator’)

  • Now go the directory where the files you downloaded have been stored. if you don’t know how to use Command Prompt

cd <dirname> is use to go up a directory

cd.. is used to go down one directory

Finally pick your phone up and go to the fastboot mode, two methods have been listed below use any:

1. Reboot to Bootloader ->(Hold Power + Volume down)

2. Connect your phone to the PC after enabling the ADB debugging mode in the developer settings

type adb devices if your device shows up then,

type adb reboot-bootloader

Now to check that your device has entered the fastboot mode and is connected to the system (connect your phone to the system if you followed method 1 mentioned above)

type-in fastboot devices if your device shows up then,

type-in fastboot flash recovery <nameOfTheRecoveryFile.img>

Flashing would be done within a few minutes.

So, the tough part’s over. :D

Moving on.

type-in fastboot boot <nameOfTheRecoveryFile.img>

Now the TWRP recovery opens up.

Transfer the ROM & Gapps file to the phone storage and click on install in TWRP recovery.

Find the .zip files.

Install the ROM and thereafter install Google Apps from the .zip file.

After completing the process make sure to clear the Dalvik Cache and Cache memory.

Reboot the Device.

Congratulations! Now you have a phone with a CUSTOM ROM of your own choice with no bloatwares.

If during the process you encoutered any issues do look up your issues on XDA or else Google your issues, you’ll surely find a solution.

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Author: RohanVTK