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This is page 4 of 4 on our guide to installing custom ROMs / Android 2.3 / Android 4.x.x from scratch. By now, you should have installed ClockworkMod Recovery. If not, start at Page 1.

This page will show you how to choose the right ROM for you and install it.

    If you simply want the best ROM, download Swedish Snow RLS7 Android 2.3 and go straight to step 2.

  1. Choose which ROM you would like. If you are unsure and simply want the best, choose the first one.

    • If you simply want the best Android 2.3 Gingerbread ROM, download the Swedish Snow RLS7. Original release notes available here.

    • You can try Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean / Cyanogenmod 10.1, however I do NOT recommend it at the moment. It is very unstable, laggy and some features still do not work. It is in an Alpha stage, so come back later when there will hopefully be a stable and smooth release. Download CyanogenMod 10.1 (Android 4.2.2). Original release notes available here.

    • If you want to see a list of the other ROMs available (including stock ROMs), check out our updated list of ROMs.

  2. Download and save the ROM (it will be a zip file) to your computer.
  3. Your phone should already be in ClockworkMod Recovery. If not, turn off the phone and turn it on whilst holding the Volume Down button on the side of your phone. Continue to hold the Volume Down button for 5 seconds until ClockworkMod Recovery has loaded.
  4. Troubleshooting

    If you cannot boot into ClockworkMod Recovery, use the alternative method to boot into ClockworkMod Recovery (this won't work if you just converted your Gen 1 to Gen 2)

    1. Open the Recovery Manager from the app list on your phone.
    2. Tap the Recovery tab.
    3. Tap Reboot into Recovery and then Ok.

  5. Plug the phone into your PC with the USB cable (the cable that was included in the box with your phone - also used as the charge cable).
  6. Use the Volume buttons on the side of the phone to highlight mounts and storage.
  7. Press the Home button to select.
  8. Highlight mount USB storage and press the Home button.
  9. A new Storage Device / Removeable Disk should be recognised on your computer. On your computer, copy the ROM (the zip file) you downloaded during Step 1 and paste it straight to the Storage Device / Removeable Disk. Do not paste it into any other folders.
  10. Windows 7 paste
    Copy the zip file and paste to the Storage Device / Removeable Disk. As seen on Windows 7.
  11. Wait for the file to finish copying, and then on your phone press the Back button twice.
  12. Highlight wipe cache partition and press the Home button.
  13. Highlight Yes - Wipe Cache and press the Home button.
  14. Highlight wipe data/factory reset and press the Home button.
  15. Highlight Yes -- delete all user data and press the Home button.
  16. Highlight Install zip from sdcard and press the Home button.
  17. Highlight choose zip from sdcard and press the Home button.
  18. Highlight the ROM (zip file) you copied to your phone and press the Home button.
  19. Highlight Yes - Install ... and press the Home button.
  20. Troubleshooting

    If you receive an “install aborted” (or similar) error message during the installation process, don’t worry, you haven’t bricked your phone. Turn off your phone by removing the battery and replace. Then, redownload your chosen ROM again (delete the old one from your computer first) and follow from step 1 on this page again. Make sure you follow all the steps!

  21. Wait for the ROM to finish installing. This may take up to 10 minutes.
  22. Press the Back button, highlight reboot system now and press the Home button.
  23. Your phone should now boot into your new custom ROM. It may take up to 10 minutes to boot on your first go, so be patient.

    Troubleshooting

    If you are stuck for longer than 10 minutes, don’t worry; you haven’t bricked your phone. The ROM porbably didn't download correctly or there was a problem installing. Turn off your phone by removing the battery and replace. Then, redownload your chosen ROM again (delete the old one from your computer first) and follow from step 1 on this page again. Make sure you follow all the steps!

  24. Once your phone is up and running again, delete the folder named image on your SD card. You can use ES File Explorer to delete the folder. If you do not see the folder named image, do not worry - you can ignore this step.
  25. Congratulations! You should now be running Android 2.3 or Android 4.0 on your phone. If you wish, you can safely delete all files you downloaded in this guide, including the ROM zip file.