CyanogenMod can be flashed through a text message thanks to SMS-Romer
Fortunately, a new 3rd party app aims to make flashing CyanogenMod on your device a tad painless.
Meet SMS-Romer, an app that allows you to flash CyanogenMod on your device via a simple text message. Wait, what? Yes, you got it right! Developed by XDA developer rootfan, SMS-Romer is a simple app that enables you to remotely instruct your smartphone to download the latest CyanogenMod build and automatically flash it. In order to do so, you just need to text your device a brief command line and the app will take care of the rest. Simply put, SMS-Romer downloads a CyanogenMod build, reboots your device into recovery mode, and flashes the said firmware. Voila! You've flashed the ROM remotely.
SMS-Romer supports all four types of CyanogenMod builds – be it nightlies, snapshots, release candidates, or stable ones. The app also enables you to remotely wipe your device's cache, Dalvik cache, or user data. As a rule of thumb, you don't need to do so when you are simply updating the CyanogenMod firmware, but if you experience any issues with a given build, it is highly recommended that you wipe everything and start over, so this feature is rather handy.
As you might also know, Google's apps (YouTube, Gmail, Google Play, etc.) do not come preloaded with CyanogenMod or any other custom ROM. This means that you need to flash a so-called gapps (Google Apps) package in order to use them on your device. Luckily, SMS-Romer allows you to remotely do this, either!
Still, in order to use SMS-Romer and flash the custom firmware, your device must be or must have been supported by CyanogenMod. In addition, it has to be rooted and you need to have the TWRP2+ custom recovery installed, as well.
SMS-Romer supports only CyanogenMod at the moment and it's unclear if it will be compatible with other custom ROMs in the future. Be advised that the app is not available on Google Play, so head to the source link if you decide to give SMS-Romer a shot.
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1. htcforlife (Posts: 32; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)
Nice! Hopefully remote rooting and remote bootloader unlocking is on its way!
2. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3755; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
That would be all sorts of crazy. Hopefully it does materialize.
3. rns122112 (Posts: 42; Member since: 20 Jan 2014)
That would be awesome. Verizon Droid ultra 4.4 shipped to me. Didn't do my research before ordering it. Locked bootloader. Can't do anything with it :'( and I always install cyanogenmod on my phones. I will never buy a tight as locked phone
4. networkdood (Posts: 6250; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
I had a Droid RAZR with Verizon..locked boot loader...luckily, you can still flash a ROM on a separate partition on the phone...
6. rns122112 (Posts: 42; Member since: 20 Jan 2014)
Not with the 2012 series. They found that bug and patched it . Trust me I've been looking for the last month lol. I can't live without my custom roms.
11. SupermanayrB (Posts: 146; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)
I rooted my RAZR Maxx with CM. Made my phone buggy as hell & made my camera look like it had the camera from the original RAZR. Never using CM again.
8. Arte-8800 (Posts: 3094; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
rooting flashing would be like piece of cake
5. apple4never (Posts: 920; Member since: 08 May 2013)
thank the lord lol i cant flash firmwares for my life
7. fzacek (Posts: 1242; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
Flashing the ROM itself isn't actually that hard once you've rooted your phone and installed a custom recovery. I feel that rooting is the hardest part of the process, but it might just depend on what phone you're using.
9. Arte-8800 (Posts: 3094; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
those pathetic htc phones are really hard and tricky confusing i find, it was a knightmare rooting my htcm7
10. ErenJaeger (Posts: 114; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)
I agree. Flashing roms is fairly easy but rooting a phone that patched rooting attempts is a pain. It's hard to find a loop hole and with my new phone and i have to use 3rd party programs. My old phone was just easy file transfers. If all android phones prevent rooting in the future, I'll admit that I'll start to prefer apple then.