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10+ Reasons To Install Custom ROM on Android Device - Why You Want Them

You might enjoy the way your smartphone interface looks and feels, but after sometime you get bored. Many manufacturers never update their older Android phones and tablets or updates may take months to reach phones . If you have an older Smart Phone that isn’t receiving updates anymore and you want to run the latest version of Android, then a custom ROM is the best choice for you. There are numerous custom ROMs out there designed for all kinds of Android phones, but if you’re new to this area, Lineage OS 14.1 is a good one to start with owing to its stability, large developer community and support for a wide range of devices, making it one of the popular ROMs out there. Custom ROMs give you the opportunity to explore brand new designs and UIs. They can also offer new and very impressive functionality. If you’re still having some doubts, here are some reasons which I hope will convince you to take the plunge and install a custom ROM on your phone.

What is a ROM

“ROM” stands for “read-only memory.” A custom ROM replaces your device’s Android operating system normally stored in read-only memory with a new version of the Android operating system. Android is open source, so developers can take its code, add features, and build their own operating system images for Android phones and tablets.

STOCK ROM

Stock ROM is pre-loaded into a device by the manufacturer and is optimized according to the device configuration. It has a lot of restrictions for the user. These are customized versions of Android done by mobile companies to make their devices unique in looks and features.

CUSTOM ROM

Android is open source Platform, so any developers can take the code and customize it for their own choice, add features to it and build a new operating system.It is a customized android operating system normally stored on the read-only memory of your mobile phone and replaces the manufacturer operating system. Before you start tinkering with any kind of custom ROMs, you’ll need to “root” your phone which is quite a simple process and brings a alot of advantages.



Advantages of Installing a Custom ROM

Custom ROMs offers great features that is not found in stock Android and many tweaking options you can’t get elsewhere. Installing an Android Custom ROM has both advantages and disadvantages. 

1. Performance

One of the biggest advantages of installing a custom ROMs is your smartphone will be faster. Themes and applications preinstalled by the manufacturer are reduced to almost nothing. This saves a lot of memory space and increases the device's performance. While rooting itself provides users with features to remove bloatware and pre-loaded apps from the manufacturer’s stock ROM, users still have to choose which apps to remove and which apps are useful enough to keep. Developers already select and remove bloatware apps from the custom ROMs, keeping merely those apps which are useful. 

2. Personalization

Another reason to install a custom rom is the tons of customisations available in them. It brings a new and Great look to their devices. It enables the users to customize the UI (User Interface) to their taste. Custom ROMs allow you to get rid of any custom interface and bloatware that comes with the phone. Makers of custom ROMs such as Lineage Os , CyanogenMod, Aicp , Ressurection Remix, Paranoid, Aokp Rom, Mokee Rom and Omni Rom try and cut out most of the junk in Android, leaving a completely clean and faster version of the OS. This can significantly increase the overall performance of your phone. Also read :- 10 Best Ways to Make Your Android Run Faster

3. Enhance Battery Life

Again, as Bloatware has been removed, there would be no battery leeching unwanted software running in the background of the device when using Custom ROMs. As a result, users will witness an increase in Battery life. overclocking the device can also help in saving battery as it will result in the processor functioning at lower processing power and therefore taking up less battery to function.

4. Ability To Install Apps To The SD Card

Most custom ROMs nowadays come with the ability to install applications to the SD card. This is currently not possible on stock ROMs . If you have run out of space on your phone. 


5. Ability To Install Ported Apps

There are many apps which are provided by some manufacturer and are only available with devices from a particular manufacturer. Some of these apps turn out to be very useful, and users with devices from other manufacturer might like to use these apps. Developers can port any such apps on a custom ROM and make them available for those devices which otherwise wouldn’t have been able to use such apps.

6. Upgrades Latest Android Version

Custom ROMs often support older devices, which means that your phone does not become a relic of the past too quickly. Users are able to install the latest version of android on their phone which makes their old phones look new. It does not only make them look new but also it provides the user with better performance as the newer version is more stable than the old.

Disadvantages of Installing a Custom ROM


1. Warranty

One of the biggest reasons that people don’t go for Custom ROMs is warranty. Most of the companies prohibit rooting your Android phone or installing a custom Android version and if you do so, then you can void/lose your warranty.

2. Bricking

Another cause of user being hesitant of installing a custom ROM on their device is the fear of bricking which makes the device unusable and nothing more than block of brick. It is mostly feared because there is very complicated or no way to recover a device from that state.

3. Hardware Issue

These ROMs may not support all the hardware on your device which may result in the non-fuctioning hardware or other issues, like the camera not working or taking picture at a lower quality.

4. Bugs

These ROMs are not tested like the one pre-loaded by the manufacturer so this produces some bugs which produce instability, like applications force closing (which can be really annoying) or random reboots of the phone or the phone being stuck in a bootloop .