Install ROM or App From Zip File On Android Smartphone From Recovery [How-To]

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Install ROM or App From Zip File On Android Smartphone From Recovery [How-To]

We’ve posted many installation guides of custom ROMs apps for specific Android device, and now I’ll you how you can install any ROM or app from a zip file to your Android device using recovery. We’ll cover complete flashing method, along with links to resources for rooting your device and making and restoring backups.

Device manufactures releases official updates from their devices, in conveniently packaged installation files that you can run on your computer while your Android device is connected to it. As well as apps that are available on Android Market/Google Play. This guide is for inexperienced users, after that they will try different ROM, but we don’t recommend that to flash every ROM, we just help you to get over the fear of flashing a ROM that enhances the capabilities of your device so that you can use it to its fullest potential.

Before you flash any ROM please note that your device should be unlocked with bootloader (Stock Android Devices Only), such as Google Nexus One or Nexus S, it must be rooted with custom recovery installed, bear in mind that rooting voids your device warranty, device battery should be charged. During flashing if your device battery runs out, there’s significant chance of your phone getting bricked and becoming unusable PERMANENTLY, so be careful. Please make a backup of device data such as contacts, SMS, music, Pictures etc.

How To Install A Custom ROM

Once you’ve noted above requirements you can install custom ROM, after installing custom ROM, you can perform all sorts of wonderful advanced operations on your device. Mostly ROMs can be installed through this Method, but there’s some ROMs that require some more steps. There are two method to install ROM, you can use ROM Manager to specify the actions , in this method you use ClockworkMod Recovery.

DISCLAIMER: The below method is bit risky and we will not be held responsible if you lose data or your device gets damaged in the following of this guide so please proceed at your own risk.

With ROM Manager

Step #1: First Download the ROM from link given in ROM article, it’ll be zip file.

Step #2: Connect the device to PC using USB cable and mount its storage card.

Step #3: Transfer the downloaded file to root of SD card.

Step #4: Open ROM Manager.

Step #5: Tap “Install ROM” from SD card.

Step #6: Now scroll down and tap on the zip file for the ROM that you copied to your sd card in step 3. You will be presented with a dialog box titled ‘Install Queue’.

Step #7: In case you want to install another zip file immediately after this ROM, tap ‘Add zip’ and select the next zip file that you want flashed. Skip this step if the ROM is all you want to flash for now.

Step #8: Tap ‘OK’. You will now see a dialog titled ‘ROM Pre-Installation’, with options to backup the existing ROM and wipe data and cache.

Step #9: ALWAYS check ‘Backup Existing ROM’ UNLESS you can afford to lose everything that’s on your phone at the moment.

Step #10: ALWAYS check ‘Wipe Data and Cache’, UNLESS the ROM you are attempting to flash is an updated version of the same ROM that you are currently using, and is compatible with the previous installation’s data. It is usually mentioned with the update whether you can install it over a previous version without wiping its data or not.

Step #11:  Tap ‘OK’ and confirm any prompt that you get. Your device will now reboot into recovery and the selected ROM will be automatically installed. The new ROM will be booted once the installation is complete, though you might be prompted to confirm the reboot. That’s it.

Install Manually

Step #1: Download the ROM from the link give in ROM article, it’ll be zip file.

Step #2: Connect the device to PC using USB cable and mount its storage card.

Step #3: Transfer the downloaded file to root of SD card.

Step #4: Turn the device off and reboot into recovery mode, This will involve using a combination of your device’s hardware keys. In case you don’t know how to do this, you can find it from this guide.

Step #5: Inrecovery, you can navigate its menu using the volume up and volume down hardware keys or your phone’s trackball / optical track pad if it comes equipped with one.

Step #6: Use the ‘backup and restore’ feature of recovery to backup your existing ROM installation, software and data. This step is known as performing a nandroid backup. ALWAYS perform a backup before flashing a custom ROM, UNLESS you can afford to lose everything that’s on your phone at the moment.
Note: ALWAYS choose to perform the following steps 7, 8 and 9 UNLESS the ROM you are attempting to flash is an updated version of the same ROM that you are currently using, and is compatible with the current installation’s data. It is usually mentioned with the update whether you can install it over a previous version without wiping its data or not.

Step #7: Get back to the main recovery menu and use the option ‘wipe data/factory reset’. You will be prompted to confirm this action. Select “Yes – Delete all user data”.

Step #8: From the main recovery menu, select ‘wipe cache partition’. You will be prompted to confirm this action. Select ‘Yes – Wipe Cache’.

Step #9: From the main recovery menu, enter the ‘advanced’ menu. From this menu, select ‘Wipe Dalvik Cache’. You will be prompted to confirm this action. Select ‘Yes – Wipe Dalvik Cache’.

Step #10: Go back to the main recovery menu by pressing the back button and select the ‘Install zip from SD card’ option.

Step #11: Now you need to select ‘choose zip from sdcard’ to get a list of the files and folders on your SD card. Scroll to the ROM’s file that you copied there in step 3, and select it. You will be prompted to confirm this action. Select ‘Yes – Install file_name.zip’ where file_name.zip is the name of the zip file that you are trying to install. Wait till flashing complete.

Step #12: Once the installation is complete, head back to the main recovery menu if you aren’t there, and select ‘reboot system now’. Your phone will now boot into the newly installed ROM.

How To Install An App From A Zip File

Mostly apps for Android are available on Android Market that you direct download to device and install or as .apk files from direct installation, there are certain apps which available as zip files, if you want to install the method is same as ROM method, however, there are a few minute differences. Like when you install app from zip file, don’t perform the wipe data/factory reset’ step so NEVER do that unless you know what you are doing, have a complete backup and want to start using your ROM as a fresh installation with the new app added.

You don’t need to wipe the cache and the dalvik cache. This different from app to app and the developers of such apps as well as many reviewers including us mention when featuring an app whether it requires a cache and dalvik cache wipe or not, but it never wipe these caches anyway, and it does not effect the data on your device or its SD card.

Via: addictivetips

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