HTC One is running on Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS as the OTA update has been released from some time now; but if you are tired of the default KitKat Android experience and want to try something new instead, you can now choose to update your HTC One M7 with the latest version of C-ROM custom ROM firmware. If so, then you might want to check the guidelines from below where you will find all the details related to the flashing procedure.
The C-ROM team just launched a new version of their highly appreciated Android based custom ROM firmware, the new software being based on AOSP Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS. Also the firmware has been pushed out for various Android powered smartphones and tablets and the HTC One M7 is among the supported devices that can receive the C-ROM update without any kind of problems. So, basically if you want to replace the stock Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS with a new custom firmware that brings new looks, a new UI and also new features, apps and capabilities the C-ROM platform will be perfect for you and for your HTC One M7.
Of course, this is not an official Android OS update released by Google or by HTC for your HTC One so the C-ROM system can’t be OTA received or flashed – a manual installation procedure is being required in this case. Also, we are dealing with an unofficial firmware which is only based on the stock Android 4.4.4 KitKat software. Basically C-ROM represents a free aftermarket distribution of Android OS and by updating the same on your One, you will lose your phone’s warranty. Anyway, you shouldn’t worry, as by following the lines described below you will be in safe hands – on the other hand if you mess things up, you can end up in soft bricking your smartphone.
As already mentioned the C-ROM firmware will bring a custom version of Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS with a new UI and with other capabilities that will tweak the performances and the looks of your HTC One M7. In fact the firmware comes with various features that cannot be found on the default KitKat OS, all these features being used in order to speed up your phone, for improving the battery life and for customizing the general performances. So, in the end your device will run better and faster while you will be able to experience a unique KitKat experience.
At the same time, the C-ROM Android 4.4.4 KitKat system is stable and smoothly runs on the HTC One. The users who have already tested the ROM didn’t reported issues related to bugs, lags, general errors, alerts or force close problems.
It is important to know that while completing the update operation a wipe will be required; you will have to make a hard reset and to clear cache on your HTC One M7. When doing these operations all of your data will be wiped out so you can lose everything that’s important including personal data, info and accounts. Due to same reasons, as you can already tell, making a backup is a must; therefore use cloud services and backup and restore apps from Google Play and save everything that you might need or use afterwards. Also, it will be a good idea to make a Nandroid backup on your way, just for saving your current ROM.
Installing a custom ROM on your HTC One M7 can be possible only in some conditions. So, before doing anything else you need to root your Android device and then you need to install a custom recovery image, preferable the latest version of CWM or TWRP recovery, on your phone. The root operation will unlock the internal system of your device and the custom recovery image will be used on the flashing operation, so both procedures are a must when thinking in installing C-ROM Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS on your HTC One.
Because you have to complete a manual update operation, a computer and your phone’s USB cable are being required. On your handset you have to enable the USB debugging option from path “menu – settings – developer options” while on your computer you need to temporarily disable the security protection because the antivirus like programs might interfere with our work. Finally if your phone has less than 50% power left you should plug in the charger before doing anything else – if your HTC One gets turned off while you are trying to flash C-ROM firmware, it might also get bricked.
Of course, complete this step by step guide only for installing Android 4.4.4 KitKat C-ROM custom ROM on the HTC One M7 – the firmware file provided below is compatible only with the mentioned Android device.
How to Update HTC One M7 to Android 4.4.4 KitKat with C-ROM Firmware
- Download the update file from here and save the same on your computer, preferable on desktop.
- Then connect your smartphone with your computer via USB cord.
- Transfer the update package from desktop to your phone and then unplug the USB cord.
- Enter recovery mode on your Android device.
- From recovery wipe the system and clear cache by selecting “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvick cache”.
- Then return to main menu of recovery and from there select “install zip from SD card” followed by “choose zip from SD card”.
- Pick the Android 4.4.4 KitKat C-ROM firmware file and flash the same on your HTC One M7.
- In the end, from main menu of recovery select “reboot system now”.
- If your phone gets stuck in a boot loop, go back to recovery and this time select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition” followed by “reboot system now”.
So, that’s it; this is how you can update your HTC One M7 with Android 4.4.4 KitKat based C-ROM custom ROM firmware. Now the perfect thing to do will be to test the new software in order to see how it performs on your device. Of course, don’t forget about us and share your thoughts with our team and with our readers by using the comments field from below.