best custom rom

Android phones are very much customizable. OEMs give tons of options when it comes to customizations. Companies like Xiaomi, Realme and OnePlus have baked a lot of features in their Android skins.

Here’s a caveat, all these smartphone OEMs provide their phones’ software updates for a maximum of two years. Or even in the best scenario that is Oneplus, they give three years of security updates and two major Android updates.

But, what about after that tenure. After that, all these phones don’t get any new updates from OEMs. So no new features are added on smartphones. If we talk about budget phones they don’t even get one major update of Android.

So, here’s a solution for all those who want to try the latest Android version and run the latest security patches along with some cool new features and customizations. The custom ROMs are the way for it. These are far better than the stock ROMs which come with the phone.

The developer support is very strong and the community of these ROMs are very much strong on Telegram. They reply and give support all the time, whether you have stuck in flashing a ROM or you are facing any bug. Below is the list of Top 5 custom ROMs available for almost all the Android devices in 2020.

What is a Custom ROM?

A custom ROM is a third-party developed OS by a developer and mostly it is published on XDA-labs. The custom ROMs have different versions supporting different phones. Most of the ROMs have the support of almost all famous phones. Users can give a try if the developers support their phones or not. They can even request the developer to give support for their particular phone.

Requirements

Before you proceed any further, go through what is required to install a custom ROM on your device.

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Best Custom ROMs for Android

So below is the list of 5 best custom ROMs for Android and their features along with how to install them in general. Installation varies from device-to-device so before you install, have a look at their official page on ‘how to install links’ for everything that has been provided below.

1. Evolution-X ROM

This is the most stable ROM from the list. The developer provides timely OTA and security patches. It has a good battery life and is very much stable. Usually, a new update arrives within a week. Lots of new features are added.

Evolution-X ROM

Recently they have added Face Unlock on a few of their devices which is ported from Oxygen OS. It also has edge lighting from the Oneplus 7 pro. There’s a long list of customizations available in Evolution-x ROM. The full list of features is right below.

Themes
– 40 Accent Colors
– 17 Custom Fonts
– 5 Icon Shapes
– 5 Lock Screen Clock Styles
– Pixel 2019 Wallpapers
– Pixel Theme Picker

Statusbar
– Clock Options
– Battery Icon Styles
– Carrier Label Settings
– Rounded Corners
– 4G/LTE Icon Toggle
– VoLTE Toggle & Custom Icons
– Brightness Control
– Network Traffic Activity

Notifications
– Edge Lighting
– Blink Flashlight On Call
– Force Close Notifications
– In Call Vibrations
– Kill App Button
– Notification light Config

Quick Settings
– Custom QS Header Images
– Battery Percentage Configs
– QS Opacity & Color Configs
– Custom QS Footer Text
– Toggles To Hide Misc Icons
– Bottom Brightness Slider Toggle
– Gaming Mode Quick Settings Tile
– Quick Pulldown (Left/Right)
– Quick Settings Rows & Columns Customization
– Tile Titles Toggle

Gestures
– AOSP Gestures
– Toggle To Hide Navbar Pill
– Back Gesture Height Config
– Double Tap to Sleep Lockscreen
– Double Tap To Sleep Status Bar
– Screen Off Power Button Torch
– Swipe To Screenshot

Lockscreen
– Custom Clock & Date Fonts
– Fingerprint Authentication Vibration Toggle
– FOD Icon Picker
– Lock Screen Charging Info
– Lock Screen Music Visualizer
– Lock Screen Shortcuts
– Lock Screen Media Artwork Configs
– Pocket Detection
– Status bar visibility toggle

Hardware Buttons
– Power Menu Customization
– Volume Rocker Cursor Control
– Volume Rocker Playback Control
– Volume Rocker Wake

Animations
– Disable Transition Animations
– Screen Off Animations
– System Animation Configs
– QS Tile Animations (Flip/Rotate)
– QS Tile Animation Duration & Interpolator configs

Navigation
– Invert Layout
– Nav Bar Tuner

Miscellaneous
– Alarm Blocker
– Default USB Config
– Doze Settings
– Time In State Monitor
– Sensor Block Per Package
– Signature Spoofing Support
– Gaming Mode
– Smart Charging
– Wakelock Blocker
– Wake On Charge

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2. Havoc-OS

The name of the ROM is enough to tell you that this ROM has tons of customizations. The ROM is based on AOSP and Pixel experience so it has a vanilla Android running with its own level of customization.

The ROM is stable enough to be the daily driver and gives a decent battery but not the excellent. Though installing a custom Kernel could improve battery backup even more. The features list of Havoc OS is pretty long so here’s the full list of features.

Custom ROM Havoc-OS

General
– MD2 UI
– Rounded UI
– Inbuilt GApps (optional)
– Enhanced QS Battery Estimation
– Pixel Lockscreen weather
– Substratum Support
– Compiled using SDCLANG
– Signature Spoofing
– Micro-G support
– Lockscreen charging animation

Status Bar
– Clock & Date Settings
– Custom Logo
– Brightness Control Gesture
– Double Tap to Sleep
– Network Traffic Indicator Settings
– Carrier Label Settings
– Battery Icon Style/Percentage Settings
– Status Bar Icons Toggle
– HD/VoLTE Icon Toggle
– 4G/LTE Icon Toggle
– Data Disable Icon Toggle
– Roaming Indicator Toggle
– Small Mobile Type Icon Toggle
– Bluetooth Battery Status Toggle

Quick Settings
– Quick Pulldown
– Battery Estimates Toggle
– QS Customisations
Rows/Column
Tile Title
Vibrate on Touch
Background Opacity
Header Image
– Brightness Slider Customization
Brightness Slider On Bottom/Top/Hidden
Auto-Brightness Icon
Brightness Control Buttons
– QS Elements Customization
Tile Tittle
Vibrate On Touch
– QS Footer Customization
Settings Icon
Running Services Icon
Edit Icon
User Switcher Icon

Ambient Display
– Ambient Options
Always On
Always On When Charging
Wakeup On New Notifications
Wakeup on New Music (Music Ticker)
Sensor-Based Screen Wakeup (Tilt/Hand Wave/Pocket)
Double Tap for Ambient Display
– Battery Level at Bottom

Screen
– Corners Customisation
Rounded Corner Radius
Corner Content Padding
– Legacy App Scaling
Force Higher Aspect Ratio for Selected Apps

Button
– Volume Rockers
Volume Steps
Swap Keys
Long Press to Seek Tracks
Keyboard Cursor Control
Volume Rocker Wakeup
Volume keys Answer Call
– Power Button
Power Menu Customization
Lockscreen Options
Visibility on the Lockscreen
Reboot
Advanced Reboot
Screenshot Option
Screen record
– Screen-Off Torch
Double Tap Power Button
Long Press Power Button

Navigation Bar
– Layout
Normal
Compact
Left-leaning
Right-leaning
– Invert Layout

Gestures
–Jump To Camera System Navigation Settings Prevent Ringing Gesture Swipe To Screenshot Touchscreen Gestures

Lockscreen
– Double Tap to Sleep, Media Cover, Art Media Cover, Art Blur Level, Music Visualiser, Unlocking Pocket Detection, FP Authentication, Vibration FP error, Vibration Elements Customisation, Status Bar, Quick Settings, Lock Icon, Charging Info

Notifications
– Flashlight Blink for the incoming call, Blink for Call Waiting Screen, Edge Lighting Customisation, Status Bar Heads Up, System FC Notifications, Misc Kill App Button, Noisy Notifications, In-Call Vibration, On Connect, On Disconnect, On Call Waiting.

Animations
Animation Duration, System Animation customization, QS Tile Animation Customisation

Battery Saving
– Smart Pixels Suspen Actions

3. Pixel Experience ROM

If you are tired of heavy Android skins in your phone which certainly sucks the battery and RAM and you want something plain and simple. This is the one, the Pixel experience ROM, the ROM ported for phones from Pixel devices.

It is completely stock and gives the vanilla experience of Android. No unnecessary bloats are added, only the required features and customizations are available. The ROM is very much stable and is good for daily usage.

pixel experience ROM

4. Cr-Droid ROM

The Cr-Droid ROM is simple yet customizable. Their main focus is always been to keep the ROM lite and simple along with giving customizations and features. The ROM officially supports 61 devices as per the list on their website and the key highlights of their ROM are simple-customize-secure.

crdroid rom

The developer of this ROM has been developing for a very long time so the ROM comes from an experienced developer. It is stable enough to be the daily driver for you.

5. Lineage OS

The LineageOS is one of the oldest custom ROMs we have amongst the rest of the best custom ROMs. Earlier it was named as Cynagenmod, but lately, they have changed it to LineageOS. The ROM is totally AOSP based and has some basic customization options.

LineageOS supports almost all Android phones around the world. Recently LineageOS got updated to version 17.1 giving us more stability and customization options. This ROM is not at all heavy but it’s almost in its raw form.

Custom ROM Lineage OS

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