Modding an Android Phone
If you want to mod your android phone for better performance and up gradation then we are going to teach your some very important information.
1. What is Android firmware?
Firmware is the operating system running in your phone and it is very important to find out the operating system version before modding.
2. How do I check my firmware?
To check your firmware, on the home screen, tap the menu button and select “Settings”.
Scroll down all the way until you see the option “About Phone”. Tap on it and you will see the Android version.
3. What is Root?
Several apps on android phone requires the root access of your phone so it is very important to know what is root?
Basically rooting gives you the administrator privilege to access the internal settings of the operating system. With the help of these privileges you can do those tasks which you can not do without having such privileges like installing apps to the SD card, removing some unwanted applications and more other stuff like that.
4. How do I root my phone?
As name defines, rooting process depends on the model of the phone that you are using. Several sets are easier to root while some are difficult to root.Like for example Nexus One is the easiest to root while DroidX is little difficult to root due to some protection mechanism.
There are some great apps that provide the rooting solution like SuperOneClick and Unrevoked. One can try these applications for rooting.
All you need to do is to connect your phone to the computer (via USB cable and enable USB debugging) and run the application. Click the “ROOT” button and it will do all the dirty stuff for you.
5. What is custom ROM?
Custom ROM is basically the customized form of Google made operating system.Basically developers and Phone vendors has customized the google operating system and make is available into a installable format.This format is called ROM.
Some of the popular custom ROMs are CyanogenMod, ShadowROM etc
6. How to install Custom ROM?
Before you can install custom ROM, you MUST first root your phone.
The easiest way to install custom ROM is via the ROM Manager app in the market (market link).
After you have rooted your phone and installed ROM Manager. Open ROM Manager. Follow the steps below:
1. Flash ClockworkMod Recovery.
2. Backup Current ROM. This will restart your phone.
3. Download ROM.
4. Install ROM from SD Card.
The whole installation process is automated, so you just have to sit back and relax.
7. Backing up your data
If you want to have the new ROM,then your have to remove all the data from your phone except the SD card data.
In the same way you can use an app namely Titanium Backup to backup/restore data. Once you have rooted your phone and installed Titanium Backup, you can then backup your apps, together with its data and settings.
8. How to backup your current ROM
Before you attempt to install custom ROM, it is best to backup your current ROM so that you can restore to it if the installation of custom ROM failed, or you don’t like the newly installed ROM.
Install ROM Manager. Run Backup Current ROM from its list of options and your are done.