Flashing is the process of writing a firmware image (and the root file-system) to the memory of an Android device

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How do I repair my Motorola Defy rebooting instantly after start-up?

I installed a few different operating systems (“ROMs”) on my Motorola Defy and I decided to (temporarily) go back to the original one, also known as “stock”, by using an SBF file. But now, whenever I ...
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Is flashing a ROM made for a very similar model to mine possible?

Is it possible that flashing a custom ROM made for another android model could work for me? I'm just wondering this because I have one of those rare models that only a few providers sold, but is very ...
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Can you install a generic ROM on any device? [duplicate]

I am relatively new to rooting and stuff. I have just rooted my android tablet. It's a Chinese tablet, not much about it is available on the internet. Can I install ROM for another device on my ...
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Is Recovery Mode necessary to flash to newer Android version manually?

My phone (Sony Xperia Go) seems to be not able to boot into Recovery Mode Is there some alternative way or tool to use for flashing ROM? (to latest kitkat mod). To avoid recovery mode I have ...
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Extract Android Image from Samsung Galaxy S4 device

I'm quite happy flashing stock versions of Samsung Android to my Samsung Galaxy S4. What I'd like to do is install some apps on my phone and then extract the phone into an image that I can flash back ...
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does flashing a kernel ever wipe anything on the phone? + Doing it without CWM?

does flashing a kernel ever wipe anything on the phone? and is it ever dependent on android version? e.g. 4.22 or 4.3 I have CWM and i've seen the option to install from zip within CWM recovery. ...
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Necessary to manually update gapps? [duplicate]

I have CM11 installed on my device and I was wondering if the gapps package ever needs to be updated manually, or if they automatically update somehow.
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Cyanogenmod for Galaxy Y [duplicate]

I have a Samsung galaxy Y device. It's running Gingerbread stock rom, and I want to upgrade this to Jellybean. Is there any custom rom for Galaxy Y?
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How can I use a Chinese Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9008S in Iran?

I bought a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9008S in China. I can not install Google Play Services and there are only Chinese and Korean languages built in. I did not know Samsung manufacture mobiles ...
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Samsung Galaxy S III i9300 Boot Loop, No Recovery, after Cyanogenmod Installer

Some threads with similar issues are already around, but I didn't find one with the same problem as me. What I was doing when the issue happened: I was trying to install cyanogenmod from the ...
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Can i upgrade my firmware with another phone model's official rom (using odin)?

Is it possible to upgrade my phone's firmware using another phone model's official rom using odin ?
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How come I get “This is a 'espresso10wifi'” when I try to flash recovery?

I'm trying to adb-sideload a new recovery (Philz Touch Recovery n5110) I get, This package is for a 'konowifi.5110.GT-N5110.konawifixx' devices: this is a 'espresso10wifi'. E: Error in ...
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SIM Card not detected after failed recovery flash

I recently tried to install CWM on my rooted archos 40 titanium. Unlocking the bootloader using fastboot oem unlock doesn't work, I only got ellipses for a while. So I installed Mobiluncle tools and ...
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Coverting ROM for MTK 6575

My phone was already a dead unit but can still be detected by SPFT (Smart Phone Flash Tool). What I have is a Stock Flashable Rom which is in zip file. Is there a way to convert this into .md5 or ...
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Put vanilla android on Samsung s5

Is it currently possible to put the default android on a Samsung S5 (Similar to the Google Play Edition of the S4)?
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Get CM safely on incompatible phone

My phone isnt compatible with Cyanogen mod how can i safely install CM? Xperia P 4.1.2 rooted.
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Tablet showing 0 internal storage even after flashed.

My Envizen V917G just shut down one day and restarted with the factory reset. I have since flashed it with the software from their website (several times, it fails to format the cache in the automatic ...
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How to flash Android onto an empty Samsung GT-P3100 (OMAP4430)

I'm about to purchase a replacement motherboard for a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 (GT-P3100) as the original one has developed a hardware fault. Unfortunately the sellers (eBay) won't say if Android (or ...
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Write Error during flashing stock ROM through SP Flash Tool

I am trying to install the stock ROM of my xolo a500s ips by using the Smart Phone Flash Tool. i downloaded the stock ROM of my device from this link ...
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Is there any way to open recovery mode with only hard keys? [closed]

i had flashed a custom rom on my device. But unfortunately it does not boot properly. And suddenly i have noticed that my volume keys are not working. And i had'nt debug mode opened. so now what can i ...
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Modifying a Stock ROM

I'm an Android newbie who has a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7" Wifi (SM-T210) and would like to retrieve its stock ROM, modify certain files and add some applications to the system partition, and then flash ...
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Uprading my flash rom and still stacked on detecting the COM port

Ok, it took me 2hours to search for a solution, however it is still not solved. Here's my Smart Phone Specs: Name: Goophone i5c (iPhone 5c clone) Processor: MTK6572 Battery: Unremovable I ...
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If I install a ROM that doesn't exactly match my phone, will it work at all?

As you know, manufacturers of popular mobile phones often times will release a modified " clone " version of their mainstream models. often these clone models will be re-released models that are ...
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Can't exit recovery mode after intalling HD revolution 71.1

I started with a HTC ONE m7 with HD Revolution 12 and Android 4.2.2. Downloaded and installed Android_Revolution_HD-One_71.1.zip. Install seems to go fine. After installation it asks me to fix ...
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Installing Custom Rom on a S3 with Damaged Volume Down

Is it safe to install a custom ROM on a S3 with a non-functional volume down key? What should I circumvent or be ware of during the install? p.s: the key cannot be repaired.
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Disable booting into Safe Mode on damaged S3

I have a rooted i9300 (Samsung S3) that is damaged, and only boots into safe mode. You can read about some people with the same problem HERE and HERE. Took the device to Samsung Tech Center, they ...
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Unable to flash custom rom Paranoid Android to GalaxyS3

My device is rooted with a root for the galaxyS3 running Jellybean 4.3 I tried putting the Paranoid Android ROM onto there by following the instructions given which were Root device Enable USB ...
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Galaxy S3 running jellybean 4.3 - Custom Rom Concern

I have a galaxy s3 running jellybean 4.3 as mentioned above. Following recent news there will NOT be a further update to the KitKat 4.4 version My plan is to root and flash with a custom ROM, ...
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Device got bricked while installing JELLYBEAN

I was trying to update my ICS4.0.4 to Jellybean and clear cache partition and also Dalvik cache and unfortunately my tablet got restart and now it is hard bricked just show vendor logo and boot ...
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Support Help! Warning!! A custom OS can cause critical problems

MY phone (Samsung S3) just went off today and started flashing the Samsung logo. I have taken out the battery multiple times and tried to restart the phone. Only once did it restart but then after ten ...
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CWM: Almost any rom I try to install returns “(Status 0)” [HTC One GSM]

CWM version: 6.0.4.3 touch I tried to update my CM 10.2 to 11, but I always run into this error when installing a zip from SD card: E:Error in /data/media/0/[filename].zip (Status 0) Installation ...
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Do GApps 4.4.4 work on Cyangenmod 11 with 4.4.2?

Okay, this is the first time I've been through stuff like rooting, installing another recovery tool, new system, flashing etc. I've installed Cyangenmod 11 which has Android 4.4.2 and I've also ...
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adb and fastboot drivers for Xperia ARC S

I am trying to flash boot.img via Flashtool 0.9.16.1 but when i connect my xperia arc S in "Fastboot" mode then i get error message like "Device drivers are not installed, you can find it in drivers ...
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Android L Preview upgrade

I was about to flash the phome with the command prompt, but an error came up saying that the device was locked. Does this mean is has to be rooted? If I root it and upgrade it will it be unrooted ...
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Do I need to root ( unlock boot loader) to flash Factory image for Nexus 5

Do I need to unlock boot loader to flash official factory image of Android L Preview ? And will it void warranty? Is it rooting the phone ? I have never rooted phone before and I don't wish to do so. ...
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Blank screen after logo

I was trying to install a custom ROM in a THL T11 from needrom.com. I managed to get into the recovery mode and wipe cache. However, I got somehow into the «ADB» menu and couldn't get out. I pulled ...
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Status 7 error on Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (p3113)

Everytime I tried to update my PAC or any other ROM with my device support and 4.4.3 it gives my a Status 7 error. I think it could be the firmware but I cannot connect to kies, I tried almost ...
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Flashing stock rom through cwm

Can I flash a stock rom through cwm? I have a rooted Galaxy Mega, with cwm installed and want to upgrade to the new kit kat samsung firmware. Thanks.
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HTC One X hangs at bootscreen, repair centre writes it off

..so am I screwed or what? I was running the ViperX ROM on my One X, based on 4.2.2, and a couple of days ago I started getting FCs on HTC BlinkFeed, even though I wasn't using it. I rebooted into ...
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Safe download URL for odin3?

There are so many odin3 download websites I am not sure what is a trusted url to download an odin tool suitable for flashing my International Note3 SMN9005. Can someone provide a link and maybe some ...
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Is it effectively possible to get rid of the yellow triangle in download mode on an S3 with 4.3?

I am trying to get rid of the yellow triangle visible just prior to download mode (Volume-Down + Home + Power). There is no shortage of tutorials about how do this, but after having tried all the ...
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Replacing the system partition without touching the kernel?

So I have an android phone that I'd like to put a clean rom onto, but it looks like there aren't any good kernels ported to it yet. I've done some reading into the android architecture, and come to ...
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Flashing Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with Android on Linux

Is there a way to flash my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with stock rom(Android KitKat 4.4.2) in Linux(any distribution)? EDIT: I can't figure out how to flash this firmware with Heimdall. All I can find is ...
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Always get android updates instantly

A Nexus 5, for example, receives the latest android updates instantly. Is it possible to get this pure version of android on any custom android phone (like Galaxy S3)? Do note I DO NOT mean: ...
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Samsung Galaxy i8262 stuck on boot screen after flashing

I flashed my Samsung Galaxy i8262 ROM with odin and accidentally I selected a ROM file from phone not from PDA, so when it finished and I restarted my phone and it stays on Samsung Logo Can one ...
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How to unpack and edit boot.img for rom porting

I recently downloaded a rom (http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2480246) for my Allview P5 (Allview P5 is the equivalent of Gionee GN700W/FLY IQ441/QMobile Noir A8) . It`s called ...
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How to flash a kernel image without building Android from source

I got the following msm kernel branch for my Nexus 7(flo) msm/remotes/origin/android-msm-flo-3.4-jb-mr2 added some files and then built an image(zImage). I then downloaded a factory image of ...
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Build android from source. Battery power incorrect

I added a kernel module to the msm flo kernel. I built android JB from source for my Nexus 7(flo). I flashed the device with the built OS. My battery power seems to be stuck at 100% remaining. I ...
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Can I Flash Nexus Factory Image to any Tablet?

There are several different versions of Android ROMs on the Internet. I found that no one is better than Nexus Android which is from Google. There is a webpage on Google hosting every version of ...
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Anything else works besides safestrap to install ROMs on n900a (at&t) Note 3?

Question is pretty self explanatory. Is there any other method available to bypass bootloader and install ROMs like other models? Is at&t bootloader still under lock and key?