Thursday, June 27, 2013

General tips for Rooting and Romming your Android Phone

I was going to do step by step instructions again, as I just re rooted and upgraded to a new ROM. However, the instructions are so similar to my last tutorial, I decided sharing the tips that have saved me time and hair pulling when rooting and romming my phone would be more useful.

I am absolutely loving my new ROM though. My phone is so much faster with CyanogenMod 10.1.0-RC5 which has the latest Android 4.2.2 otherwise known as Jelly Bean. The camera no longer glitches, apps load thrice as fast and I love the new camera features and functionality. 


***This is not a specific guide to follow for your device. These are just some helpful tips to know before you attempt to root and ROM your device, whether it's your phone, tablet or whatever.

**First and foremost, always understand that there is a risk of bricking your device when you root and ROM it and rooting will likely VOID YOUR WARRANTY.

(Bricking a device means making it unusable, an expensive paperweight.)

What is rooting. Rooting is a way of obtaining full access to you device and all its settings including ones hidden or disabled by your carrier or the manufacturer such as hot spot capability.

What is a ROM: A ROM is basically a new operating system for your device. So, switching to a new ROM can be much like going from windows XP to Windows 7 on a computer.

Before you do anything research.

After you do all the research, backup.

So, one of the easiest ways to make sure you root and rom your phone correctly is to remove the external SD card so there is no confusion about which card your using.

  • Everything should be going on the internal SD card so the external card is just a distraction.

  • Look online to find the ROM and if the ROM doesn't come with Google Apps as a package then get the Google Apps package as well. 
  • Then save it/them to the internal SD card.

  • Next, download appropriate rooting software and save it to the internal SD card.

The XDA Developer forum has rooting instructions and downloads, custom ROM's as well as step by step instructions for your model of Android phone.  

Be sure to spend enough time researching the steps involved so you feel comfortable with the process. When looking through the forum make sure you view the most recent updates, topics and comments so you can get up to date instruction.

Find the drivers for your version of windows if needed, most tutorials will tell you whether they are needed or not.

If the instructions say to put your phone in download mode what they want you to do is this:
  • have the USB cable plugged into the computer, ready to go
  • make sure your phone is off
  • hold down both volume buttons while plugging in to the USB
  • release buttons when you get to the android screen

If the instructions say to go into recovery mode, have the phone shut off, then, hold both volume buttons as well as the power button until you get to a boot menu.

  • If at first you don't succeed try, try again. Then Google it.

  • After you have your shiny new ROM up and running and your favorite apps downloaded don't forget to move them to the SD card to free up memory.

Then, enjoy having your device under your full control. If you just rooted without adding a new ROM you will be able to remove bloatware installed by your carrier, completely backup your device, enable settings that have been disabled by your carrier such as tethering and you can now tweak all the settings to get the most speed, power and battery life out of your device.

If you went and added a custom ROM, you likely picked one with all the specific features you want such as improved camera software, added security or a slimmed down super speedy ROM with no frills but you'll still be able to make adjustments you would never be able to on a stock ROM.

You may love the new ROM forever and ever but once you see how easy it is to root and flash a new ROM you may want to change ROM's as often as your undies. For Rom addicts, I suggest using a ROM manager to help you make backups, install new ROM's and fine tune your device.

Hope these tips helped and if you have any questions or input please leave a comment :-)