Custom ROMs For The Pixel 7A: How To Install Them

Custom ROMs For The Pixel 7A

Here are the steps for installing numerous custom ROMs on your Pixel 7A. Devices from the Silicon Valley giant have long been known for being among the most active in custom ROM development. The Pixel 7A, the most affordable entry into the Pixel lineup, has once again lived up to this claim, and it does so with great style. Several custom ROMs have already been downloaded for this device within days of its launch.

What is the point of ditching the Pixel ecosystem for a custom ROM when the latter are themselves based on AOSP? There’s a reason for this: they come with numerous additional mods and tweaks [while you could try out most of these features on a stock ROM as well, but then you’d have to root the device]. Now that we have that out of the way, let’s get to the process of installing multiple custom ROMs on your Pixel 7A.

How to Install Various Custom ROMs on Pixel 7A

Each ROM you flash will wipe off all the data from your device, so make sure you take a complete backup before flashing. If you follow the steps below, AMS and its members will not be held liable in the event of a thermonuclear war, your alarm doesn’t wake you up, or any harm comes to your device and data.

1: Install Android SDK

Entering Commands in PowerShell Window

In order to get started, you’ll need to download and install the Android SDK Platform Tools on your PC. The only recommended binary is the official ADB and Fastboot binary provided by Google. So download the file and extract it anywhere on your computer that is convenient for you. You will receive the platform tools folder as a result, which will be used throughout this tutorial.

2: Enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking

The next step will be to enable OEM Unlocking and USB Debugging on your device. As a result, your PC will be able to recognize the device in ADB mode if you use the former. In this way, you will be able to boot your device into Fastboot Mode. OEM Unlocking, however, is required in order to unlock the bootloader.

Mobile Requirements- Enable USB Debugging

To enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking, go to Settings > About Phone > Tap on Build Number 7 times, then go back to Settings > System > Developer Options.

 3: Unlock Bootloader on Pixel 7A

Google Pixel Bootloader: How To Unlock It

You will also need to unlock the bootloader of the device. Please keep in mind that doing so will result in the loss of all data on your device and void your warranty. Then please refer to our detailed guide on How to Unlock the Bootloader on Pixel 7A if that’s all well and good.

4: Download Custom ROMs for Pixel 7A

Here’s a link where you can download the ROM and its associated files:

LineageOS
Evolution X

Transfer all the files into the platform-tools folder after renaming the ROM to rom.zip.

5: Boot Pixel 7A Fastboot Mode

  • You now need to connect your device through a USB cable to a PC. Ensure that USB Debugging is enabled on your device.

  • Enter CMD into the address bar of the platform-tools folder, followed by the platform-tools folder. You will be prompted to launch the Command Prompt.

CMD and press Enter

  • In the command window of CMD, type the following command to boot into Fastboot mode
adb reboot bootloader

reboot-bootloader

  • Enter the following command to verify the Fastboot connection and you should receive the device ID back.
fastboot devices
  • In case you’re not getting any serial ID, please install the Fastboot Drivers.

Install Evolution X on Pixel 7A

  • Ensure that all files have been transferred to the platform tools folder.

  • You can now boot your device in FastbootD mode by using the below command.

fastboot reboot fastboot

fastboot reboot
  • To flash the system.img file, type in the following command in the command line.
fastboot flash system system.img
  • The system_ext.img can now be flashed by using the command below:
fastboot flash system_ext system_ext.img
  • You will then have to use the following commands to flash product.img
fastboot flash product product.img
  • You can now flash vendor.img with the following command:
fastboot flash vendor vendor.img
  • Once that is done, reboot your device into Fastboot mode by running the command below
fastboot reboot-bootloader
  • To flash the VBMETA and disable the verity, simply type the following command in the command line
fastboot flash --disable-verity --disable-verification vbmeta vbmeta.img
  • By using the following commands, you will now be able to perform a factory reset
fastboot -w
  • The last step is to execute the following command to boot your device into the newly flashed operating system.
fastboot reboot

There you go. That’s all there is to it. Those were the steps you needed to follow to install numerous custom ROMs on your Pixel 7A. If you have any questions, let us know in the comments. At your earliest convenience, we will contact you with a solution.

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Born as techie and was always focused on Android, ever since the HTC Dream was introduced. The abundance of options at his disposal in the open-source environment always seemed to pique his interest. "Blogger by choice, MBA by trade."

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