If your Android powered smartphone or tablet is rooted then this is something you probably do once a month (or every other week for you flashaholics). If you’re just getting into rooting then this quick video will certainly make things more clear for you in terms of flashing a ROM.
I remember when I first started getting into rooting and couldn’t find a video or anyone to really explain to me what flashing is. When you flash a ROM to your device, your phone will unpack the zip file containing the ROM. The actual flashing of a file takes no more than 10 seconds so it is a pretty fast process. When it comes to flashing you’ll need two files. One file is the actual ROM (Paranoid, Slim Bean, Cyanogen, etc.) and the other is the Google Apps (or GApps for short). After you’ve found a ROM you like, simply flash those files and you’ll be good to go.
The main reasons for flashing is that you have an up to date version of your favorite ROM that is smoother, has less bugs and has newly introduced features. With the recent release of the newest version of Android 4.4, Kit Kat, full versions of updated popular ROMs will soon be released so you’ll need to perform the steps in the video below to make sure you don’t miss any of the fun!
- Backup Your Current System using ROM Manager so that you can restore your phone back to it’s current state in case something goes wrong
- Backup all of your apps, as well as their settings, using Titanium Backup so that you don’t have to set up your apps all over again