The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is a device that should provide one of the best Android experiences on a daily basis. However, even though Samsung is trying to develop and offer a smooth and pure-like Android UI, its firmware is far from being perfect. Thus, if you feel the need of changing something in order customize and optimize the built-in Android OS, it means that you are ready to try some new custom ROMs.
Thus, during this dedicated step by step guide we will detail the steps that must be followed if you want to replace the Galaxy S10 Plus software with a custom ROM platform. But, before explaining the update steps we will also review additional content such as: we will explain the custom ROM term, we will review the advantages of using a custom ROM, we will mention the risks implied and we will list the essential pre-requisites that must be first completed.
Therefore, this is the complete guide that takes you through the tweaking operation that can help you improve general performance on your Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. Let’s see what it’s all about.
Installing custom ROMs: the first things that should be checked out
Before choosing to apply the steps from this tutorial you should be sure that you know what a custom ROM really is.
It’s a firmware, just like the stock Android OS that runs on your Galaxy S10 Plus. However, is different from the official software and comes with extra features, apps and capabilities. Bottom line, it can ensure a different Android functionality.
So, a custom ROM is a free aftermarket distribution of Android OS. It’s a ported and modified version of the stock Android firmware. Therefore, it’s an unofficial Android update developed by third party devs and which cannot be associated by any means with Samsung or with Google.
Well, as you can tell, a custom ROM cannot be OTA received. Moreover, it can be flashed on your Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus only in a manual manner that requires some additional operations too – we will discuss more about these aspects in a few moments.
Choosing the right custom ROMs for your Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
As you will notice, there are multiple options from which to choose. At xda-developers.com you will find various custom ROMs that are compatible with your Galaxy S10 Plus. But, you need to pick wisely.
Each custom platform comes with its own strengths. Some are light and extremely fast, others are optimized for upgrading better performance and some are mixing up features that cannot be found on the stock Samsung UI.
However, you have to choose a custom ROM that’s fully stable in order to enjoy the best Android experience on a daily basis. And, some of the recommended solutions are coming from ROMs such as Lineage OS, AOKP, Paranoid Android, AOSP, or Slim ROM.
The advantages of using a custom ROM
As already outlined, with a custom ROM you can personalize the Android skin. The UI will be different from what you currently use on your Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. You will have endless customization possibilities and various optimizations to apply.
Depending on what you want to obtain from your phone you will be able to set features and tweaks that will optimize general performance. You will be able to upgrade battery life, get rid of bloatware, gain root access, install apps that requires root privileges enabled and even overclock CPU frequencies.
Bottom line, with the right custom ROM updated, your Galaxy S10 Plus will run better, faster and smoother than it used to.
The risks that are implied
You are going to replace the stock Android OS with a custom firmware. So, you’re about to complete an unofficial update operation that’s not supported by Samsung. So, Samsung KNOX will get tripped. Shortly, you are going to lose your Galaxy S10 Plus warranty.
Moreover, during the update process a hard reset will be required. Thus, you need to be careful as otherwise you can lose your personal data, info, accounts and files. Of course, a backup is more than recommended in that regard – just save everything that might still be required afterwards before doing anything else.
Another risk is related with the ROM you choose. If it’s not compatible with your Galaxy S10 Plus, or if it’s still under development stage, you can end up in soft-bricking your Android device.
Essential pre-requisites that must be followed first
As already stated, a backup is not optional. Also, a Nandroid backup should be performed too – you can afterwards use the Nandroid backup file for going back to stock Android OS, if that’s what you will want to do.
A custom recovery image must be used. A custom ROM can be installed only from that environment, so you have to complete that process before doing anything else. We recommend you to use CWM or TWRP recovery on your Galaxy S10 Plus.
Depending on the custom recovery image you choose to use, or even on the custom ROM you want to flash, you might have to root your Samsung branded device first.
Charge your phone before starting the update process. Plug in the charger if the power left is lower than 50% as otherwise it might get turned off in the middle of the flashing operation. Sudden shut downs can damage the Android firmware, so be careful.
A computer will be needed. On your phone you have to enable USB Debugging from Developer Options. Hint: you can enable Developer Options by tapping repeatedly on Built Number – after 7, or 10 repeated taps the ‘you are a developer’ message will be displayed.
How to Install custom ROMs on Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
- First, choose the custom ROM you want to test on your Galaxy S10 Plus.
- Download the update package and save it on your computer first.
- Optional: if the custom ROM isn’t coming with Google Apps pre-installed, you need to download that additional package too. You can download Google Apps from here.
- Switch off your smartphone and afterwards reboot recovery mode on your Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus.
- In recovery choose to initiate a full wipe – make a hard reset and clear app data cache; basically, choose these options: ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’ and by ‘wipe dalvik cache’.
- Return to Android mode when done.
- Connect your smartphone with your computer; do it with the USB cable.
- Select the ROM file and the Google Apps package (if that’s the case) and copy-paste everything on your smartphone.
- Afterwards, unplug the USB cable. The computer is no longer required.
- Access recovery mode again on your phone.
- Now, if you’re using TWRP recovery tap on Install; otherwise pick ‘install zip from SD card’ followed by ‘choose zip from SD card’.
- Select the custom ROM package and swipe left in order to start the update operation.
- If needed, repeat the same step and set up Google Apps on your Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus.
- In the end, from main menu of recovery choose to return to Android mode.
- That’s all.
There you have it. That’s how you can install a custom ROM firmware on your Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. In this way you can replace the stock Samsung UI with personalized and customized updates. Test such firmwares and share your update experience with us. Also, stay close as we will make a list of the best custom ROMs to use on your device soon.
Other similar tutorials and Android related tips and tricks available for your Galaxy S10 Plus can be checked out on our ‘how to’ page. Enjoy and tell us how we can further help you – you can easily get in touch with us through our ‘contact’ page, or by using the comments field from below.