Things To Do Before Installing a Custom ROM on your Android Device

Most of the Android users for their devices so that they can get rid of the old and monotonous and the slow stock ROMs,  full of bloat ware.  And install a custom ROM in their devices. But there are many things that you might need to know and do before you flash a ROM on your Android device. This is a small post which would’ve help you do that.

Before Installing a Custom ROM

Backup your Apps, Contacts

The first thing that you should do before installing a custom ROM is to backup your applications, data, contacts, messages, etc. By backing up your phone, you won’t lose your important data when something happen during the procedure.
Read : How To Backup Android Contacts to Gmail or SDCard

Don’t forget to wipe

Don’t just boot into recovery and install a custom ROM — your device will have a high chance of getting stuck in a boot loop. You need to first wipe the /data partition, which contains all your installed apps. You can do this in your custom recovery by using the wipe data/factory reset option or by going into Wipe and swiping the arrow at the bottom to the right.

Find A Good ROM

Unless you are on a geek, and change ROMs just for fun, play with them and just change it again. Then no need. Or if you rarely change your ROM. Then first of all you should make sure that the ROM is completely stable and has no bugs. Or else you would have to change it again. You could find it by reading the developer comments, with the ROM. You can find a number of stable and good roms, no matter what device you own.
Read : How To Root Your Android Device

Turn on the USB Debugging mode

USB debugging mode is a mode to facilitate a connection between an Android device and a computer with Android SDK. Before an app like One-click-root can dig into your system and grant the access to your device, USB debugging is necessary to allow that function in the first place.
That’s is why, whenever you want to perform such task, it is highly recommended that you turn on the USB Debugging mode from ‘Developer Options’ under Settings of your device.

On Android phones with Jelly Bean 4.2 and higher, the Developer Options are hidden by default and it can only be accessed by tapping 7 times on ‘Build Version’ from Settings -> About.

Kernel

Also while analyzing the ROM, you must also take care of the Kernel you are using. If you are using a Stock Kernel, make sure whether the ROM is compatible with the stock Kernel. Or in the case of a custom Kernel, you again have to make sure that the device would work with the custom ROM and the Custom Kernel. Of you do not do so, you might brick your device. Although you could recover from it, using the Download or the Fastboot mode, but still as it is said that prevention is better than cure.

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