5 Best Custom Android ROMs That Are Still Worth Trying

By | December 11, 2021

Want to install a new version of Android on your phone? Here are the best custom Android ROMs that you can try today.

Your phone is already equipped with an operating system. Usually, this is Android, but you may not have the latest version on your phone or tablet.

While you can blame your wireless carrier or device manufacturer for this, you shouldn’t have to wait for an update. Instead, you can flash a custom ROM running the latest Android version. It’s like installing a new operating system on your PC, but simpler.

Various custom ROMs are available for Android. Let’s take a look at some of the best and where you can find them.

What is Flashing a Custom ROM or Flashing

Flashing, in software terms, is the act of updating the firmware on a device. For your phone or tablet, this means writing a new version of Android to the device. Specialist software is required to do this, a special recovery utility should also be installed in your phone. For this to work, Android hardware must have an unlockable bootloader, and be rooted.

Some devices don’t unlock easily, so it’s a good idea to research your device before proceeding.

Finding the right custom ROM for your phone also requires you to know the manufacturer’s codename, which you can find by googling “manufacturer codename for …” followed by the device name, or simply looking it up on Wikipedia or GSM Arena.

If you’ve ever installed Windows (or Linux) from a USB stick, you can flash a ROM on your phone. This is very easy once you get used to the recovery software.

Ready to flash? Here are five Android ROMs that you can download for your device.

LineageOS

The early days of Android hacking were dominated by the CyanogenMod ROM, a project that ultimately failed. In its place comes LineageOS, a fork built on the same principles of security, stability, and customization.

LineageOS ships with a tool called Privacy Guard to help control what apps can access. Customization tools and open source apps help maximize productivity on LineageOS, with ROMs available for phones and tablets. Devices from over 20 manufacturers are supported, including LG, Asus, Sony, and Samsung.

Note that the LineageOS version is out of sync with Android and AOSP. So, LineageOS 17 is on par with Android 10.

Resurrection Remix

Android ROM that pushes customizability, Resurrection Remix promises to be stable, fast, and secure. It offers over the air (OTA) updates and is optimized to be more battery friendly on your phone.

Resurrection Remix supports 85 devices for Android 10, with archived older releases for legacy hardware. In short, you will almost certainly find a version of Resurrection Remix running on your Android phone or tablet.

crDROID

CrDROID with the unusual name is one of the most popular Android ROMs available. While others on this list are based on AOSP, crDROID is based on LineageOS. However, various customizations were added to the base OS to sufficiently differentiate crDROID.

Four versions are available; crDROID 4, 5, 6, and 7, equivalent to Android 8, 9, 10, and 11. Older versions are discontinued; You can install crDROID 6 on 88 devices from 16 manufacturers, and crDROID 7 on 31 devices.

crDROID is a highly customizable and customizable Android ROM, with a Settings menu for changing button actions, UI navigation elements, status bar, and more.

OmniROM

OmniROM is a solid, fast and stable ROM that comes with a variety of pre-baked tweak packages. Like LineageOS, OmniROM is an offshoot of CyanogenMod, and is a ROM with a focus on privacy.

Selecting OmniROM results in a de-Googled Android experience, although various Google Apps packages (gApps) can be installed. This lets you choose the minimal or full Google experience you want.

Official device list for old OmniROM versions, with 11 devices in development at the moment. Among them are the ASUS ROG Phone 3, OnePlus 7 Pro, and Zenfone 6.

Pixel Experience

Supporting phones from 10 manufacturers, Pixel Experience aims to bring a Pixel-like experience to non-Pixel handsets.

Based on AOSP, the ROM packs all the Pixel features (launcher, wallpapers, icons, fonts and boot animations) along with maximum security. Code can be reviewed on GitHub, and the development team accepts donations via PayPal.

Pixel Experience is available with current and previous versions of Android. At the time of writing, there is also a “plus” edition that is limited to select devices. It boasts of additional features like a new default camera and a hidden screen recorder.

Flashing Pixel Experience will finally give you the feeling that you are using a Google Pixel handset without paying for it.

Where is the Best Place to Find Custom ROMs

While most ROMs are released in several different models, a lot of work has been done to ensure compatibility.

As a result, it requires a group of developers to contribute to each project. Very little money is spent apart from ads clicked on websites, and donations are made in forums XDA-Developers.

This is the place to find ROMs dedicated to your device, which usually have a dedicated page. Check the features and screenshots before downloading the ROM — and enjoy your new Android experience!

Make Android Like New With Custom ROM

We’ve looked at the top five Android ROMs, but many more are available. You may need to try more than one to find the best one for you. Take the time to check out the videos, full feature list, and screenshots to help you choose. You should also consult the appropriate XDA-Developers thread for your phone and your chosen ROM.

Custom ROMs are feature packed, configurable, and can give new life to a stale Android device.

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