How to Root and Install a Custom ROM – Guide Especially for Newbies

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Are you a new user of android? and you don’t know how to root and install a custom ROM in your android device? Then follow the given below tutorial it will definitely assist you. For this tutorial we have used the HTC Hero device.

Since you are a newbie, it is necessary for you to know what is mean by rooting and its advantages and disadvantages. So, just go through the given below link and read the full article which we have given. After, that am sure you will gain some knowledge regarding rooting process.

What is Rooting on Android, Its Pros and Cons

Once you understand well then come back here and follow the given below procedures.

How to Root and Install a Custom ROM

DISCLAIMER : Best Android Blog would not held responsible/liable for damages that occur to your device by following the given below procedure. So, do everything at your own risk.

Pre requisites:

  • Before start to proceed, we are highly recommend you to take backup of all your datas (i.e SMS, MMS, Call logs, APN Settings etc) which was available in your phone. Since you are a newbie you might did any mistake somewhere as a result your data may get lost. So, to be on a safer side we advise you to take backup. Once you have done that, you could easily recover your wiped datas with the help of backups.
  • We also advise you to charge your device battery fully. Atleast 70% of charge is recommend from our side; to avoid your device getting switched off due to battery low during the middle of the process.
  • And also disable or uninstall all the antivirus suites because this may interrupt the process.
  • Also download the AmonRA Recovery v1.7.0.1.img – easier if you rename this “recovery.img” when it is on your SD card. Place both downloaded files on your SD Card

Procedure for Root and Recovery:

1. First download and install Astro File Manager from the market (or use any other file management program of your choice).

2. Open astro and find and install Universal Androot (or if that doesn’t work try z4root) from your sdcard:

Select UniversalAndroot.apk > Open App Manager > Install > Settings> [tick] Unknown Sources > OK > Back > Select UniversalAndroot.apk > Open App Manager > Install > Install > Open

3. In the app and choose the correct version from the dropdown box:
Superuser for Android 2.0~2.2 – if you have updated your phone recently
Superuser for Android 1.5~1.6 – if you have refused updates recently or your country/provider hasn’t released one yet. Then choose: “Root”. Wait until it says “Woot ! Your device is rooted !” and exit the program.

4. Now, download and install Android Terminal Emulator from the market (use Better Terminal instead if this one doesn’t work).

5. Run “Terminal Emulator”. Type (press and hold menu to get the keyboard up) in the following:
su (press enter and wait for the “Super User Request Prompt”. Choose “Allow” and make sure its ticked to Allow every time). Flash_image recovery /sdcard/recovery.img (press enter – make sure this is typed exactly as seen).

6. Turn off your phone and press Home + Power to start it up again. This should boot into recovery mode.

Install your Custom ROM:

1. Download any custom ROM to your computer.

2. Then Make sure your phone is in recovery mode (Home + Power). Plug your phone into your computer and select “USB-MS toggle” in recovery. Place the Custom ROM on your SD card in the main directory and press Home when it is finished copying over.

3. Select Backup/Restore > Nand backup > confirm with Home > Wait (or Nand + Ext if you have A2SD setup)

4. Press back then select wipe from the main menu, then select:

  • Wipe data/factory reset > Home
  • Wipe cache > Home
  • Wipe Dalvik-cache > Home
  • Wipe SD:ext partition > Home
  • Press back button
  • Select Flash Zip from SD Card
  • Select the file
  • Press Home to confirm

(Ignore any “errors”, they are normal and usually mean you’re not using that feature).

Once it is done, select reboot and you will boot into the new custom ROM.

About Sarvesh Darak

Sarvesh Darak is a blogger, an online marketer, a social media specialist and an Android Lover. At Best Android Blog, he writes Android news & tutorials for Android Rooting. He is the tech head and ensures that the blog keeps running at good pace. He also looks after all the SEO and promotion work. He’s from Surat, India and keep contributing regularly at the blog.

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