What to do if something goes wrong when rooting your phone

Tweaking a rooted smartphone is mostly a simple process so long as you follow the instructions to the letter. But if something goes wrong it can leave you unable to boot your phone. Thankfully it can be recovered with the helpful ROM Manager app.

1. ClockworkMod Recovery

Before you start playing with custom ROMs on your phone or tablet, be sure to flash ClockworkMod Recovery from within the ROM Manager app. This will enable you to restore a ROM should an installation give you serious problems.

2. Backing up your current ROM

You must also backup you current ROM before installing a new one. Do this via ROM Manager, and keep the backup on your memory card in case you ever need it. If you can’t boot your phone you will be able to restore this.

3. Recover and restore

To restore a ROM, hold the volume-down and power keys. From the menu, select RECOVERY, then ‘backup and restore’. A list of ROMs on your card will be displayed, including your backup. Choose that to restore.

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