Why You No Longer Need a Custom ROM for Android Devices

Andy Betts 07-02-2018

Not so long ago, most Android enthusiasts would root their phone and flash a custom ROM. It was the norm, even on brand new devices.


But things have changed. Rooting is less important Do You Still Need to Root Your Android Phone? Rooting used to be a necessity for many, but as the years have gone by, is it still as useful? Read More than it used to be, so what about custom ROMs? If you’re rocking a Pixel 2 or a OnePlus 5T, will you really benefit from flashing a new ROM? Let’s take a look.

Why Do People Use ROMs, Anyway?

It’s fair to say that the golden age of custom ROMs has passed. Android phones are better than they’ve ever been, even at the budget end of the market.

But they still do serve a purpose. Here are the main reasons why you should consider installing a custom ROM How to Install a Custom ROM on Your Android Device Ready to revitalize your Android phone or tablet? Installing a custom ROM is the best way to do that -- powering it up with even better performance and features. Read More .

Security and Operating System Updates

We’ve looked before at which manufacturers are most likely to keep your phone updated Which Smartphone Manufacturers Are Best for Android Updates? Android phones aren't always guaranteed updated, so how do you know which manufacturer to go for? Read More . In short, if you have a flagship phone (or select mid-ranger) from a major manufacturer, you can expect two Android updates, plus security patches for two to three years. On any other device, don’t count on it.

Not having Android updates is frustrating. You miss out on new features and performance enhancements. Not getting security updates is a bigger concern. It’s not like our smartphones have a lack of security issues.


If your phone has been abandoned by the manufacturer, installing a custom ROM is your only option for keeping it up to date. ROMs like Paranoid Android and Lineage have wide device support, get frequent updates, and will patch the worst of your system’s bugs.

Privacy and Security

The recent furor surrounding data collected by OnePlus devices (along with a second claim that the company denied) have highlighted the amount of trust we have to place in our phone manufacturers.

This applies more to budget phones that may have security problems. And even the world’s second largest smartphone manufacturer, Huawei, has recently found its US ambitions blocked by US security agencies over concerns about spying.

And even once you get past this, every Android user is handing over vast amounts of personal data to Google How to Use Android Without Google: Everything You Need to Know Want to use Android without Google? No Google, no problem. Here's a guide to going Google-free on your Android device to regain privacy. Read More and others every single day.


A custom ROM can help address your security and privacy concerns. ROMs are — or should be — open source. The code is available for anyone to scrutinize. Even if you don’t have the skills to analyze it yourself, you can be sure someone will and flag up any concerns.

why no longer need custom rom android

Lineage OS has numerous privacy controls built in, including a Privacy Guard that restricts how apps can use your data. Plus, you can use it without Google apps if you prefer.

For even more robust protections, take a look at Copperhead OS. This security-centric ROM is available mostly for Google’s own phones.


They Extend the Life of Cheaper or Older Phones

The other possible benefit to a custom ROM is that it can save you money How to Upgrade Your Android Phone Without Buying a New One Upgrading your Android phone can be expensive, so how can you get the most out of your current device? Read More . If you have an older phone that you’re generally happy with, or were shopping on a tight budget, a ROM can extend its life.

These are the types of phones that rarely get updated, and are often not as well optimized as their higher end brethren. There’s nothing you can do about slow hardware. But a leaner, less-bloated ROM should give you a performance boost. You can often find new firmware that has been designed for longer battery life too.

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Image Credit: Samsung

In some cases, you might even be able to unlock new functions or find features from newer flagships ported back to older ones. The best place to look for these ROMs is at There are individual forums there for almost every Android phone.


Project Treble and the Return of Custom ROMs

Before introducing you to the case against custom ROMs, it’s worth making a brief mention of a new feature of Android Oreo called Project Treble.

The aim of Project Treble is to make it easier, quicker, and cheaper for manufacturers to update their devices to a new version of Android. It does this by modularizing parts of the Android framework. It’s all very technical, and you can read more about it on the Android developer website.

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Here’s why it’s relevant:

Devices that support Treble must be able to run a generic, stock Android firmware. This means you could have a single custom ROM based on stock Android that worked on many devices. You’d no longer need developers to produce builds for each individual handset.

Moreover, every device that launches with Android Oreo or later must support Treble (but not those that have been upgraded from an older version). In the not too distant future, we may start to find a lot more custom ROMs becoming available for a lot more devices.

Why You Shouldn’t Use Custom ROMs

The existence of custom ROMs owes itself to the somewhat ramshackle nature of Android for its first few years.

It lacked anything like the polish or performance of iOS, and the custom firmwares each manufacturer built were bloated, slow, and full of questionable design decisions.

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Image Credit: Samsung, HTC

But things have changed. iOS is no longer the standard bearer for smartphones, and although every phone’s software is still different, they’re now much more tastefully designed. So are custom ROMs even relevant now?

The Camera Might Get Worse

The camera is one of the biggest draws for any phone, and as their complexity increases, it’s also one of the hardest things to implement in a custom ROM.

why no longer need custom rom android

Many phone cameras now have dual lens setups, fancy HDR effects, and high frame rate 4K video. They all need special tools to drive them, and these are all part of the phone’s firmware. There’s no app that you can simply lift and install on another device. Nor can you replace all of the functionality with third-party camera apps 9 Apps That Help You Get More Out of Your Android Camera Your Android camera is capable of a lot more than your stock camera app is capable of. Read More .

Replace the original firmware by installing a custom ROM, and there’s a good chance you’ll be downgrading your camera in the process.

Oh, and if you choose the wrong custom ROM you could potentially lose other features too, like quick charging support or Android Pay.

Stability and Reliability

In the early days of Android, phones were often slow. They’d grind to a halt 5 Reasons Your Phone Slows Down Over Time Is your smartphone suddenly slow? We've got good news: you're not going crazy. That loss of device power hits both Android and iOS users. Devices do slow down over time. Here's why. Read More if you went more than a couple of days without rebooting, and they tended to crash a fair bit.

This no longer holds true. While some manufacturers still have better reputations than others when it comes to speed and bloat, you can generally now be confident that most phones will be smooth, stable, and have decent battery life.

why no longer need custom rom android

ROMs come with no guarantees. The official builds of the most popular ones, like Lineage or Resurrection Remix, get updated often. You can hope for a regular supply of refinements and bug fixes for these. But for unofficial builds, or for less well known ROMs on less popular devices, your experiences may be a lot less positive.

Stock Android Is No Longer the Best

One of the biggest draws of custom ROMs used to be that you could install stock Android on any device. You could replace the bloated software from Samsung, Huawei, or HTC with a ROM based on the open source version of Android. Throw in the suite of Google apps, and you’d have something akin to a pure Android device. This is the principle around which Google’s Nexus phones were built.

But Stock Android is no longer the best How Android Differs Depending on the Hardware Manufacturer Not all Android devices are created equal. See how yours stands out from the crowd with our comprehensive guide. Read More version of Android.

Even Google admits this. The best parts of the company’s Pixel phones aren’t Android. The camera app, Google Assistant, and the fast, streamlined launcher are all proprietary software. They’re developed and owned by Google. In fact, on the product pages for the Pixel phones, Android barely even gets a mention.

It’s true that stock Android is still fast, but it’s now very much a bare-bones system.

ROMs Are Just Not Needed

The main reason why custom ROMs even existed in the first place was to fill in some of the gaps in the Android operating system. There were so many features missing in Android for so long that the only way to get them was by flashing a new firmware.

Among other things, ROMs would give you:

  • Control over app permissions
  • Better power management
  • Improved RAM management
  • More control over notifications
  • Multiple user accounts
  • The ability to reply to messages from the notification shade
  • Support for installing apps on an SD card

All of these are now part of Android and are available on virtually every modern device. Even the old complaint about bloatware has been mostly fixed — you can just disable any built-in apps that you don’t need.

Plus, if you’re tempted by a ROM just to try something new, why not try a launcher app instead? They’re easier and safer to install, and you can test as many as you like. And you can avoid some of the common issues you could face when installing a Custom ROM 4 Common Issues to Know When Installing a Custom Android ROM Thinking about installing a custom Android ROM? You might be in for more than you expect. Here are common issues to consider. Read More .

So, Do You Still Need Custom ROMs?

The case against custom ROMs is growing. Android has no obvious missing features, stock firmwares are better than ever, and a ROM might not even be able to get the most out of your phone’s hardware.

The answer seems straightforward. If your phone is older or very cheap, has bad stock firmware, or has been abandoned by the manufacturer, then it may be worth trying a custom ROM. That’s probably your only hope of seeing the new features of Android Pie.

But for everyone else — whether you’re using a flagship, quality mid-ranger, even a few budget phones, or are just happy with what you’ve got — there’s almost no benefit to using a custom ROM.

Are you on the flip-side of the argument? If so, take a look at these reasons why you should install a custom Android ROM 12 Reasons to Install a Custom Android ROM Think you don't need a custom Android ROM anymore? Here are several reasons to install a custom Android ROM. Read More .

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  1. Rohan
    July 20, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    It's not true..
    Custom roms like lineage OS gives a very stable user experience (I'm a loyal user of it since 4yrs now..). On my old 5 yr old device..!
    I can tell you, I've faced no major issues (with no tweaking, or mods). Camera quality is exceptional, stability: top class, features: latest android 10 with latest security patch which passes all security tests including safety net, gplay certification, etc. Get your facts correct pal..

  2. Sacred Element
    December 6, 2019 at 8:16 am

    This article sounds as if it was hired by google or someone or some sht. Just seems like a bunch of false statements consistently being pushed. Hell yeah there's advantages to custom ROMs. And since when do recent phones offer EVERYTHING that customs allow like u stated ....

    I could go on and on . but that's main point.

    Shady/ Shifty article bud.

  3. pritam das
    September 19, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    Bullshit article

  4. Eric
    September 5, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    "And even once you get past this, every Android user is handing over vast amounts of personal data to Google and others every single day."

    So... keep using it anyway? WTH?

  5. mintor
    July 17, 2019 at 11:41 am

    This article is a trash. There will always be a need for Custom ROMs for power users.

  6. 123
    July 16, 2019 at 3:38 am

    ok 5Gnow.......................................................................................................................................................

  7. Zabalero
    June 2, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    I don't know who wrote this, but ROOT is a critical need these days (June 2019)
    When I buy a new phone, I don't feel I have the phone until I've rooted it.

    • commander crash
      June 18, 2019 at 6:20 am

      Root is a must. This article is Trash.

  8. Bikram
    May 15, 2019 at 7:08 am

    I think this article if funded by Phone Manufacturers Union, Stitching in a STORY... how ROOT is Dangerous...

    Rooting is the best thing... the so called manufacturers... stop providing Updates... when they launch new devices to Push sales... the Lock features which they don't want to provide access to... for no reasons...

    Custom ROM.. Firstly.. Thanks to all those developers & Contributors who keep on providing these ROM's and support much.. Much... MUCH... better than those so called Lame Manufacturers... You get to have an option to get what ever look you want... Customize TON's of features.. and request features which these developers try to incorporate in there ROM's. The updates frequency is like monthly... and sometimes Weekly... the flaws are fixed in no time... U can get choices of using different other maufacturers features... If a developer chooses to STOP supporting the ROM.. thankfully Some other Kind heart developer jumps in for rescue and start supporting it.

    I am till today having phones which accordingly to Manufacturers are DEAD.. End Of Life (EOL)

    Oneplus2 with Orio Android 8 (CRDROID Custom ROM) the Manufacturer stopped at Marshmallow Android 6

    Asus Zenfone 2 with Nougat Android 7 (unofficial resurrection remix Custom ROM) the Manufacturer stopped at Lollipop Android 5

    So please STOP telling that Custom ROM's are dangerous. These Manufacturers are dangerous with all the Bloatware and Call home sneakers background apps or code...

    I Root my phone the First day I Buy it... The Crap the Manufacturers load is Unbearable and over the Top their Updates are Once a year.. Thanks.. but NO THANKS... I will never stay on Manufacturer OS.. the day Android Stops Rooting I will move to iOS... as they are better if I want the Manufacturer to OWN the device.. atleast its One Manufacturer for Hardware & OS who owns the device... not like Android.. Both are different.

    I am in IT since past 25 years and working as IT Manager. people come for Advice for their technical buying... I have stopped recommending the Honor devices... as now they have stopped providing Bootunlocker Code. If they want the full control of device.. Please keep it in your Stores and Warehouses and have all the control of your devices as much as you want..


  9. Saurabh Singh
    April 7, 2019 at 7:13 am

    What a bullshit. Pure android and OEM versions lack customizations features and some OEMs don't even release updates and security patches for month, still some device have bullshit OS like emui, zui (not miui, I love miui) and it sucks. For my device Lineage have not been updated for 3 months and resurrection remix for 4 months and they both heavy bugs, and unofficial ones gets updated much frequently and have latest security patches. And for my device I got android pie, face unlock (my sd425-redmi5a have faster face unlock than kirin659-honor9lite), a lot of customizations, camera2api, slow-motion video, ability to customize, treble support, vulkan support, better SOT than stock, no useless features, and I got better performance, by flashing custom rom, got latest kernel by qualcomm and you are saying there are no benefits of custom roms wtf??

    For the writer of this article, I would say he does not even know what a firmware means and is talking about custom roms

    • Saurabh Singh
      April 7, 2019 at 7:16 am

      Also I got extra 4GB storage (which was used by miui for dual apps and stuff you know) and got rid ot bloatware.

  10. Saurabh Singh
    April 7, 2019 at 6:44 am

    Firmware is not same as ROM or system/vendor. Firmware includes things like bootloader, splash, modem etc which you really don't change while flashing custom roms (except which includes firmware built in). Hope you don't mislead people by telling the wrong thing. Firmware is developed once (except miui) and every software is built to run on it.

  11. John Walker
    March 27, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    Hi, I have just bought a used Samsung Galaxy S5 and I am thinking of installing a custom os or rooting it with the existing os but I have no experience in doing either. Can anyone recommend the best option for this model of phone please?

    • Saurabh Singh
      April 7, 2019 at 6:51 am

      Lineage has become worse by cutting off modification a lot. If you want to root/flash you need to unlock bootloader (bootloader is program which verify the OS running and boot to system only if the OS is from manufacturers, unlock bootloader does not verify OS meaning you can install any OS made for your device) and a custom recovery which allows rooting or flashing custom roms. Samsung have a different process of unlocking and rooting so I recommend you to follow guides on xda-developers website to get started.

  12. mintor
    December 6, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    What a bullshit. Pure android and some OEM versions lack customisation options, and that's why i love custom roms like Resurrection Remix and Havoc OS.

  13. Stewart Daniels
    November 14, 2018 at 4:10 am

    I am not keen on being a mere guest account on a computer I paid $900+tax for.

    Right out of the box, Google Play Services is not to be trusted, so I root to become admin, tend to my own ROM, app selection, security, and data connections.

    No Google Apps, no bloatware, no ads (system wide), no mysteriously draining battery, FULL customization, and the Android Experience minus the Google parts.

    Side effect...the battery never dies because there are no data leaks (Google Services) sneaking in the background 24/7, and my Galaxy Tabs 3 & 4 (Kit Kat) are running 8.1 Oreo with no degradation in performance in 2018.

    Root defeats planned obsolescence.

    With root, it's the Manufacturer/ Google's device. With root, it's mine...along with my data.

    With root, it's the manufacturer/ Google's device. With root, it's mine.

  14. Rob
    November 5, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    Rooting and custom roms also make it possible to install adblockers. I find that a great advantage. Not any of these blockers work on non-rooted phones...

  15. Mann
    October 23, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    I have used many custom roms in my Lenovo k5 plus. The stock UI of k5 plus was very bad, but with custom rom my phone become lot smoother and faster no lags etc.

  16. JD
    October 14, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    Thank God for custom ROMS. My HTC One M9 now runs Android 8.1 with the latest security patch.

  17. James S
    September 26, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    Looks like the author has kept quite after all those comments that rooting and or custom ROMs is still the only way to go. The stupid unnecessary crapware is just one of the reasons why many of us want total control of our devices. No device controls me, unless you are a iPhone fan ;)

  18. Martin
    August 29, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    I do not think the author has used a custom ROM like Resurrection Remix or Crdroid. With these you are able to adjust the light by sliding across the Status Bar, control music with gestures on the turned off screen, see the upload and download speed in the Status Bar, choose which app shortcuts to put on the lock screen, add a gazillion Quick Settings, blur the background screen when pulling down notifications, choose colours for the settings menu, turn on the torch light by holding the power button down and hundreds of other customizations. And having the latest Android version on both new and old phones. Custom ROMs fills an empty space and are not going anywhere.

    • North
      December 20, 2018 at 5:46 am

      Someone like me, who loves resurrection remix!!!??? what a surprise... havent used it in a while as most of my devices are the dreaded "straight talk" network, but ive kept up with them, since my razr running RR android 5.1... before that phone got a cracked/inked screen, it was the best wifi designated device I've ever had... i will say I do use a couple Google Apps, but i love to go 3rd party for most... even just doing downloads of apps I use from download sites, in both patched (free paid), and untouched versions, gets me past most Google play needs, but for most games you need Google play still, because of downloading OBB files...

    • North
      December 20, 2018 at 5:52 am

      Resurrection Remix is the best rom ever, for just about any segment, and there are device manufacturers actually testing it on their devices to use it with them potentially, and don't forget MIUI which, if i remember right started as a custom rom, and is currently also if i remember right, used on certain manufacturer phones as a default ROM... this writer is jacked, and needs to get a drug test done on his arse for saying ROMs are in the past , methinks...

  19. Tim
    August 28, 2018 at 5:25 am

    I want to flash to get rid of bloatware taking up space using data and clogging ram. Many apps can only be disabled. I want to only have apps that I use on my phone which all fit on one screen. Most of the space on any sized phone storage should be dedicated to file storage.

    • geoff
      September 11, 2018 at 12:16 pm

      to get rid of bloatware, you only need to root your phone, no need to install a custom ROM!

      • Geon
        September 19, 2018 at 11:07 am

        "you only need to root your phone"
        which apparently isnt important anymore either. this article is such a waste of time

  20. Tim
    August 28, 2018 at 5:21 am

    I want to flash my phone to get rid of bloatware taking up space.

  21. iPhoney
    August 21, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    Its 2018 and you android users are still doing these? Yes, android is open sourced and fully customizable but Jesus! Aren’t you all getting tired of all this shit? It’s kind of getting really, really old now don’t you think? Android’s sluggish and pathetic OS and its updates are the main reasons why I switched to iOS for good for about 5 years now and I never looked back.

    • WaG_Gaming
      October 31, 2018 at 9:14 am

      Are you happy with the fact that your iPhone controls you, not the other way how you should use your phone? Why are you so masochistic that you like an iPrison with little to no customizibility? Yes, a lot of Android phones don't get updates, but it's the natural sacrifice for freedom. Yes, the manufacturer's ROM also has lots of customizibility, but I prefer the minimalisticly elegant look of modern stock Android with keeping my OEM's customization options and getting new ones (this is the purpose of custom ROMs). I also want to run custom kernels, which gives you full control over your phone's performance statistics. With custom ROMs, custom kernels and root, you can overclock the phone to get out more performance from games like PUBG or Fortnite. Or you can just go full powersave with strict power management rules and underclocking. You can install cool modules from Magisk Manager, the root manager, which gives you back your stock camera app, adds some cool system fonts, installs popular Android launchers or management tools as system apps, makes you download apps from Google Play that you could never download before and adds more customization options to your ROM.

      TL;DR: You control an Android phone with dozens of options (custom ROMs, custom kernels, root, mods that can be activated by your root manager, etc.), not the manufacturer and the software controls YOU and modding your Android phone can significantly free up precious space on the phone's storage.

    • Bob
      February 3, 2019 at 3:16 pm

      Nope lol not sick of it.
      I never ever have to listen to U2 when listening to music on my android phone when i set a random playlist!!!!
      Also my Moto z2 force has 256gb micro sd card sitting in it to go with the internal 64gb, considering a moto Z2 force comes in at a whopping 6.1mm thickness that kind of kills apples argument about no expandable memory for keeping slim devices. and guess what else? I can watch movies up to 70" on my Moto easy share mod. talk about innovation!
      Lastly years ago when in school i broke my nexus 4's screen I could Bring it in to a repair shop which would have cost more than i paid for the phone, buy another nexus 4 or repair it myself. being a student on a budget i decided to try and fix the phone myself, and i did. then i turned it into a profitable business buying used and broken phones repairing and flipping them. (i even repaired a few iphones before they locked it down, so hey enjoy paying $599 for your back glass replacement hahahaha )

  22. JBrady
    July 20, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    Bloatware has been the biggest reason that I have for installing custom ROM's. I love Samsung hardware and have owned several of their tablets and phones, but I hate the fact that they pre-install apps that I don't use and can't get rid of that then take up internal storage space. I would gladly stick with the stock Samsung ROM if they would just allow me the option to toss out the garbage.

  23. Stevae
    May 23, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    This article is so full of SH** that I literally laughed several times while reading it. Custom roms run faster, smoother and look better than ANYTHING ANY MANUFACTURER puts out. But you don't seem to understand THE actual reason people use custom roms. Once you plunk down close to 1K for a smartdevice, how much sense does it make to allow the manufacturer or the carrier to control almost every aspect of that device???? Who really owns the device if they can just send an over the air update any time they want and change things you can't stop??? Rooting our phone's, and using custom roms is about control. It's about total ability to dictate on OUR devices whatever we want to. It allows customization on a level manufacturer's and Carrier's will NEVER give up. I continually challenge my friends and family member's to speed tests, and UI efficiency contests, and I almost always win. To drive my point home even further, I am using a two and a half year old S7 Edge, while almost all of them are on brand new Iphones, HTC's, Samsung's or LG's. But because of all the crap that their manufacturer's and carrier's load their phones with, I am still beating them more than 95% of the time in real world demonstrations. And for the record, my pictures are every bit as good as their's are. You can scream all you want about synthetic benchmarks, but you CAN'T argue with side by side real world contests. Benchmark's rarely show real world type of results. While I am using the Exynos version of the S7E, which is much better than the SnapDragon from these devices, it's still almost three years older than their phones.

    • Swthrhs
      August 28, 2018 at 8:52 am

      I couldn't agree more with you bro !!! Like you were in my mind.... This article is full of BS and missleading facts.

    • Rajendra Kodumuri
      October 23, 2018 at 2:09 am

      Where is the like button?

    • Tony Stewart
      November 7, 2018 at 2:52 am


  24. Jef Fowler
    February 10, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    Interesting article. I have an older nexus 7 (2012) that worked OK when I got it (used from a friend in 2015) but upgrading to Android 6 killed it. Basically useless.
    Tried Lineage unofficial build for it and wow! Night and day. Works great now, crashes if I change the wallpaper so I live with the default.
    Note that Netflix won't work with custom ROM's.
    So older devices can be useful still with a new ROM.
    I also like the idea of having more control over apps and bloatware but if newer iterations also include that then I could be happy with 'standard' proprietary Android.

    • Ed
      July 23, 2018 at 5:14 am

      You can make Netflix work on a custom ROM. You just have to download it from another source, other than the PlayStore. Here is a good article about it:

    • Patrik
      November 19, 2018 at 7:49 pm

      Talking about old devices still being useful... My old Samsung Galaxy S2 would've been stuck on Android 4.1.2 (last official update) which ran slow as hell and was chock full of stupid non-uninstallable Samsung apps and its cancerous touchwiz UI. I've since replaced it with a Huawei Honor 5X because the S2 was so unbearably slow and also started having issues with apps requiring Kitkat (4.4) or Lollipop (5.x) as a minimum, so I couldn't use them.

      I've installed Lineage OS (Android 7.1.2) on it just for the heck of it since it couldn't get any worse and if I broke it somehow, it wouldn't have been a big deal. Not only is it performing MUCH better (which surprised me considering the anemic specs... 1.2GHz dualcore with 768MB RAM), it also gained a ton of functions, customization options and is (currently) on a security patch level of September 2018 .... on a 2011 phone. Since this worked out so well I've since done the same on the Honor 5X because that had its own set of problems with its stock butchered OS/UI...

      Bonus points on the S2: The hidden partitions that originally held all the preinstalled crap for the stock ROM are gone and after some repartitioning I now have 6 times the amount of internal available memory for apps and stuff compared to the stock ROM (from 1.3GB to 8.1GB). No more errors about no free space left when updating apps :D

  25. Frank John
    February 8, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    I use a custom ROM because the Chinese phone I'm using had a horrible experience. If you use a Xiaomi, Huawei or LeEco device you'll see what I mean.

    • Paraph
      February 12, 2018 at 10:36 am

      I installed Lineage OS on my Redmi Note 4 just to get rid of the heavy bloatware that was taking too much RAM.
      Also, I've always been fond of pur Android experience.

      • Frank John
        February 12, 2018 at 11:02 am

        I've long since dumped that stupid Chinese ROM. Using Resurrection Remix v5.8.5
        However, the trade off is that I lost the fingerprint reader and proper camera support. I'm using Footej but it's not as fast as the stock camera app was neither does it have panorama. The IR blaster only works with the manufactures ROM.
        I'd rather use with my phone like this than use that awful EUI.

    • Ronen
      April 29, 2018 at 11:40 am


      I'm on redmi 4 prime and xiaomi didn't update it . it is currently stuck on android 6. I have 8.1 custom ROM, formatted the cache and data partitions and now in benchmark I get a result of around 85000 where the stock android 6 is around 60k.
      Needless to say that battery performance is still the same.

      In addition I can access 4k video , I guess that was blocked by xiaomi via software.
      So custom ROM worked big time for me.

    • Patrik
      November 19, 2018 at 7:04 pm

      As someone with a Huawei Honor 5X I can definitely agree. The stock rom was full of stupid design decisions, lag/stuttering, preinstalled apps you can't get rid of and to top it all off it killed background apps/services all the time with no way to stop it. My homescreen widgets would constantly display wrong/outdated things since they couldn't update because the phone killed the background process responsible for updating the widgets for some inexplicable reason.

      It's now running Lineage OS and it's been the most trouble free phone I've ever used. But curb your enthusiasm... Huawei has stopped giving out bootloader unlock codes, so no more easy way of installing custom ROMs on any Huawei devices. Yet another manufacturer to completely avoid

  26. Shikhanshu
    February 8, 2018 at 4:37 am

    The two major reasons why I use a custom ROM (unrooted):
    1. Complete theming of the OS (and third party apps) using Substratum
    2. Many small tweaks like - night light (on devices that it's not available by default), volume button swap on orientation change and many, many more that make it a pleasure to use the phone.

  27. Armakuni
    February 8, 2018 at 4:28 am

    The only device I had on which I switched to a custom ROM was the Optimus Black from LG. It was the only alternative because LG didn't get it to make a good update for this device.

    Actually I have a Honor 6X and there is no need to root it or to switch to an other ROM.

    Rooting or alternate ROMs are not the best alternative. The manufacturers should do their work, even on low-cost devices.

  28. NNTB
    February 7, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    The real reason to use a custom rom is to get rid of uninstallable bloatware. to use roms that accomplish things like slimming down the phone experience and speeding it up. if you do it right you can use custom roms to get more out of your phone then stock roms. this article is ill informed and not sure who paid for it to be written. but obviously it has a anti consumer feel to it.

    to be fair i have a galaxy s8 i cant root. becuase if i did knox would break along with other stuff. why would i root my s8 and put a custom rom on it? well i live in japan. and even though the s8 has English language on the Japanese versions. it dosnt have bixby voice. a feature thats advertised heavaly in the usa. and if you use a custom rom you can get bixby working on the s8 on a forign phone.

    but in doing so you break knox security.

    its really a catch 22 and i am so unhappy with my experience with android so far. because i am stuck on a stock rom.

    • Karay
      February 14, 2018 at 1:08 am

      I feel similar about this article. The writer has curved mirror.
      Updating to the newest version isn't the best solution in all time. My HTC 10 received Android 7 update and I install it. Unfortunately I lost some functionality (e.g. "menu" button availability on "app switcher" button). I hoped there will be better when Android 8 update arrived. I lost some functionality again, my phone slowed down and there are some misbehavior.
      We can't trust in Google, Apple and Microsoft because of massive surveillance. Actually we aren't customers anymore because our data is the real product and they want to sell it. This is the reason why we need alternative OS on our smartphones. Unfortunately we have very limited options.

      • Tony
        May 14, 2018 at 8:22 pm

        This is exactly my motivation for installing custom roms. The amount of data Google collects from individual smartphone owners is enormous and this is not something you can fix by opting out of some settings. This is quite a big reason to miss in this article.

        Also, there are countless customizations in roms that the author did not mention. Cherry-picking some basic features that are not part of stock roms doesn't make it a good argument. Why instead not encourage brands to keep an open development environment?