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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Where can I find stock or custom ROMs for my Android device?

There are several reasons to be looking for a ROM: Upgrading or downgrading your stock ROM Looking for firmware from a different region/language Flashing a custom ROM for different features, ...
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Can I install a ROM made for a different device?

I own a MicroMax A100. I want to install the latest version of a different ROM (Samsung or Nexus). Is it possible? If so, can you tell me how? If not, can I install a ROM made for a different ...
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Why are there not generic phone OS installers?

I am used to install and remove various operating systems in my PCs, even having several at a time. Usually, to install a new OS means: Burn the ISO to a CD/DVD/USB. Insert it. Boot. (Maybe you ...
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Flash a smartphone with vanilla Android ROM

Is it possible to flash a smartphone like the Samsung Galaxy SIII or an LG Optimus 4X with a vanilla Android ROM like the one that has been flashed on Galaxy Nexus or Motorola phones (I think)? I am ...
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What is the meaning of “flashing a custom ROM”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between: Rooting, Jailbreak, ROM, Mod, etc.? What is a custom ROM, and what does "flashing a custom ROM" mean?
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Why is it that Android still can't be installed as regular OS? [duplicate]

Are there any technical or others reasons why Android is still a firmware and not an OS which can be just installed without a lot of hassle? Why there is no universal image which could detect ...
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What is involved in installing Android onto a device?

I just picked up a Viewsonic G-Tablet. It's got killer hardware specs and is running Android 2.2 but it's barely usable because of this terrible TapUI that's crippling the device. I have been ...
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Feasibility of flashing a ROM (meant for original device) on a re-branded device

I have a re-branded smartphone with Android 5.0. The thing is I want to install a custom ROM to remove all the bloatware and get more control. But, as it is re-branded and not that popular there are ...
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Does flashing a custom ROM require root access?

It was recently brought to my attention that it does not. Can someone confirm this and explain what the determining characteristics are that dictate whether or not root its required to flash a custom ...
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Flash boot.img without using fastboot USB

So I've recently rooted my phone and tried a ROM or two. I find it really handy that you can use TWRP recovery to install another ROM from the SD card, you don't need to have it connected to a PC. ...
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What to do before root and flash my phone?

Right now I have in my phone the stock rom and I haven't rooted it. I want to root it and change the rom. What should I do first, root or flash the rom? I don't want to lose all the configuration, ...
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Get root or re-install the OS without a USB cable?

Usually, the guides for getting root or re-installing the OS on an Android device (I have a Samsung Galaxy S, which I'm mostly inetersted about) tell to flash the device from another computer through ...
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How to flash a ROM to the Android emulator

Any idea about flash a ROM to the Android emulator? I found this post: ...
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what is a bootloader unlocked phone?

What is a bootloader unlocked phone? How we can make use of it while creating or flashing ROMs? What are advantages of unlocked bootloaders over locked bootloaders? Why does not any OEM generally ...
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How to flash Samsung devices from a GNU/Linux host running on ARM architecture?

To flash a Samsung Galaxy S (where do not have root access in the currently running OS, and with a stock recovery) with a new firmware (OS), I need to connect it with a USB cable to another computer ...
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Why must my device be compatible with a certain ROM before I flash it to my device?

This it the explanation telling me not to install a custom ROM without checking the device's compatibility. "Now, be careful as each custom ROM comes with a version that is suitable only with one ...
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Are there any risks to flashing a ROM?

Are there any risks to manually flashing a stock or custom ROM? Does it have the potential to brick the device? Will it void my warranty? Will I stop getting updates? Anything else I should be aware ...
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What does “Archive does not contain 'android-something.txt'” mean?

So I am trying to flash my OnePlus One with CM12s through fastboot on command prompt, but whenever I type fastboot update romname.zip I am presented with: archive does not contain 'android-info.txt' ...
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Why Do I Need to Wipe Dalvik Cache?

When I'm updating a custom ROM, there's always an instruction to wipe the Dalvik cache. I don't see a reason why this is necessarily. Watching the logcat while the system is booting I can clearly see ...
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Why isn't Clockworkmod Recovery “Sticking”?

I've tried multiple times to flash ClockworkMod recovery onto my unlocked Galaxy Nexus (LTE\CDMA variant "toro" build) device. Each time I can boot into recovery and ClockworkMod displays. However, if ...
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How can I keep settings after flashing a ROM?

I am considering flashing my SGS to a custom ROM. I do not, however, relish the prospect of re-configuring everything. Most apps on my phone and most definitions should have no dependencies on the ...
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What is system partition? How its size is fixed? Can it be resized?

I have rooted LG P500 (Optimus One) running stock 2.3.3. I recently updated to unofficial CM10 (Android 4.1) and observed few serious issues. I observed that Google's My Location service was not ...
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Boot loop after flashing android 6.0 marshmallow on nexus 5 follow up

this question follows up on this one (but there are many other posts about this topic on the web.. see this reddit post and this xda developers post. I just want to approach this problem in a more ...
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Do I need to revert to stock firmware and/or wipe data before installing a custom ROM?

Several sites I've visited mention that I need to revert to the stock firmware and possibly wipe my phone data before installing a custom ROM. Is this recommended or completely necessary? I have a ...
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No SIM card detected after installing new ROM

I probably did some mistake which I don't know how to solve. After I installed a new ROM I get message: Slot 1: No SIM card detected Slot 2: No SIM card detected „SIM management“ is ...
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Removing files from & repackaging CyanogenMod ROM zip files

The current CM10 + GApps experience on Motorola Xoom is plagued by the size of the CM10 ROM -- there isn't enough space left after flashing the CM10 zip to fully flash the GApps zip. This results in ...
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How to install fastboot drivers?

I have a cheap clone android (benss b3) that I managed to connect to win 7 by editing the .inf file in usb drivers. Now I want to load different ROMs via fastboot. However, when I boot to fastboot ...
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Why is custom recovery a prerequisite for flashing a custom ROM?

I have read in many guides that before flashing, we need to have a custom recovery like CWM installed. I am not able to understand why is this a prerequisite for flashing a custom ROM. Can I flash a ...
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How can I flash back to the stock rom for HTC EVO 4G/Supersonic using just the phone and clockwork mod recovery and/or rom manager?

I need to flash back to my stock rom for just a few minutes to get my GPS working again ...
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Are the custom ROMs different for different phones?

Are custom ROMs different for different make of handsets? Or is there only one CyanogenMod for, say, Android 2.2? Can someone please elaborate why a 'ROM' is called as such? I mean has it any ...
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How to flash a custom recovery with heimdall (without touching the main system)?

The first recommended step in the installation of CyanogenMod on Samsung Galaxy S is flashing a custom recovery like ClockworkMod or the one from Replicant with a command like: heimdall flash ...
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How do I turn on flashmode in Sony Ericsson Ray?

How do I turn on flashmode in sony xperia ray? I am doing what is said in forum the flash tool says I am in Fastboot mode not in flash mode.
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Installing CM13 Nightly as MultiRom in TWRP fails

I've downloaded cm-13.0-2015-1209-NIGHLY-flo.zip and tried to install it as MultiROM in TWRP 2015-06-30 (v2.8.7.0) on my Nexus 7 (2013 wifi): Advanced → MultiROM → Add ROM → Zip File. ...
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Boot loop after flashing Android 6.0 Marshmallow on my Nexus 5

I had Android Lollipop installed on my Nexus 5 (Was Rooted, had TWRP and MultiROM installed) and wanted to simply start fresh with new clean install of Marshmallow. So I followed the instructions ...
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Do a total wipe of my device

I have flashed my ROM several times with different ROMS, and sometimes back to stock. I flashed roms, modems, kernels etc. But the flashing never seems to totally format the device, because the ...
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Gaining root acces/installing custom rom on G1 with build number CRC1

Could you please share your knowledge about how to flash the latest update of stock Android OS on G1 (aka HTC Dream). I would like to try out some custom roms but most information I was able to find ...
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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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Reinstall Android OS on my HTC Butterfly

I accidentally wiped all the data in the internal storage of my HTC Butterfly. Due to this incident, my smartphone is unable to connect with PC. The ROM cannot be copied into phones's internal ...
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Can you install vanilla Android on any phone? [duplicate]

I have an Samsung Galaxy S3. TouchWiz is great, but I want to use the vanilla Android OS you see on the Nexus 4. Is this possible?
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Flashing Cyanogenmod9 - Kernel via Odin

EDIT: I think the question is more confusing than helpful. I leave it up simply because something else has been closed as a duplicate to this. My problem was finally solved by flashing a completely ...
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Can you flash any android device with “fastbood flash” command (of the adb)?

If an android device is rooted, and you have an image for it. Can you flash it with the "fastboot flash" command of the adb? If not, why? If yes, then what are all the "odin" tools for? Thank you.
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What is the relation between ROM Manager, ClockworkMod and Nandroid? Which one(s) do I need?

So I understand the first thing I need to do with my phone, after rooting, is to back everything up. But I was confused about 3 of the apparently popular tools used for this. For example, is Nandroid ...
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Install custom ROM from Linux on a LG GT540

I'd like to install a custom ROM on my LG GT540. It looks like that in order to enable fastboot and make the whole process a lot easier, a custom ROM must be installed the first time with a program ...
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Why is root access required for a custom ROM?

I'd like to be clear, and as my question indicates, I'm very ignorant of mobile devices in general so my apologies if this is common knowledge. Say I want to install a custom ROM onto a device, then ...
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Where does Google Music store the “offline tracks”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where does Google Music store offline songs? I have about 8 gigs of music stored within Google Music, and I recently got sick of streaming (and risking data charges), so ...
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Unfortunately, System UI has stopped

I have PAC-ROM Paranoid-Android (downloaded and flashed from here), and suddenly, after changing some settings (unfortunately I can't reproduce an annoying message started popping up every 2 seconds, ...
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OTA Update on a rooted Nexus5 with Custom Recovery and Kernel

A few months back, I rooted my Nexus 5 using Towelroot, installed TWRP and ElementX Kernel. Now as the Android Lollipop update is around the corner, I don't think I'll be able to install OTA update ...
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Retaining applications and settings when flashing custom ROMs

The one thing that's been keeping me from flashing a custom Jelly Bean ROM on my Verizon Galaxy S3 (SCH-I535) is the fact that, unlike OTA updates, when I update my phone with a custom ROM, I'll lose ...
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How To Install Custom ROM In LG GT540?

I rooted my LG GT540 now I want to install custom rom but don't know how to do, so I am looking for some easy steps to do this and also share which custom will be best for this device?
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What is actually happening when you hard brick a phone?

I've never hard bricked a phone. I've never seen one either. But hard bricking is everyone's worst nightmare. I wan't to know what exactly happens when you hard brick your phone. What happens that ...