faq & knowledgebase

find detailed answers & explanations to the most frequently asked questions and doubts on rooting, roms, mods, tweaks, ported apps and more with our curated knowledgebase articles!

CUSTOMROMS FAQ

Are custom ROMs rooted by default, or do we need to root them manually?

This depends on the ROM of your choice. Some ROMs come pre-rooted while some will come unrooted and you'll have to get root access manually with some root manager, like Magisk or...
CUSTOMROMS FAQ

What is a custom ROM? What are the merits and demerits of using custom...

Okay, this is too simple of a question for most of you, but let's still answer this for the newbies. Some context first: Android is an open source software, also called AOSP...
CUSTOMROMS FAQ

What are the differences between stock ROMs and custom ROMs?

All right, so you've got an Android device, you kind of want to try something new, you want to switch to a custom ROM because you're frustrated with the way your device...
CUSTOMROMS FAQ

What is an OTA Update? How do OTA updates work?

OTA stands for over-the-air, and no prizes for guessing, OTA updates mean over-the-air updates. The term explains it all, but let's dive into more details, all the way from the elementary level....
CUSTOMROMS FAQ

What is a bootloader? What does it do? Why would I want to unlock...

The bootloader, or HBoot is your gateway to the world of rooting, modding & flashing. It is literally the first point of interaction between your phone's hardware and software. But does everyone...
CUSTOMROMS FAQ

Are Custom ROMs Safe/Secure?

Okay, custom ROMs are great. They give a boost to performance, they come based on newer Android versions, and they bring a lot of visual enhancements. But, what about the safety and...
CUSTOMROMS FAQ

Can custom ROMs be installed without rooting?

This has surprisingly been a very common doubt among newbie flashmaniacs and ROM enthusiasts. This confusion exists because of the lack of knowledge on how exactly rooting works, and how ROMs are...
CUSTOMROMS FAQ

Are custom ROMs legal?

This question always strikes newbies' minds when they think of flashing a custom ROM for the first time. Is flashing or making a custom ROM legal? After all, it isn't the phone's...
CUSTOMROMS FAQ

What’s the difference between AOSP, Stock Android & Stock ROM?

Okay, these terminologies might sound very similar, but they aren't. It's actually both simple, and complex. Let us explain.AOSPAOSP stands for Android Open...

What is SafetyNet in Android? Why does it exist, how does it work, &...

Rooting an Android device gives the user access to a plethora of super powerful hidden features and system level operations and files. But, on the flip side, some apps and games refuse...
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