If you’re keen on exploring custom ROMs for your Poco F4, this guide will walk you through the steps. Xiaomi’s offerings have consistently led the way in custom development, and among them, Poco stands out as a favorite among tech enthusiasts.
Poco’s extensive collection of custom ROMs has recently expanded to include numerous options for Android 14. This marks just the beginning of what’s available. If you’re ready to break away from the stock MIUI ecosystem, now is the perfect time to embrace a clean stock AOSP experience.
Additionally, you have the option to try an enhanced and polished version of MIUI through platforms like Xiaomi EU and Elite. Without further delay, let’s guide you through the process of installing various Android 14 custom ROMs on your Poco F4.
Please note that the following process will erase all data on your device. Therefore, it is crucial to perform a comprehensive backup of your device before proceeding. AMS and its members cannot be held responsible for any unforeseen consequences, including but not limited to a thermonuclear war, your alarm failing to wake you up, or any issues with your device or data resulting from the steps outlined below.
1: Install Android SDK
To begin, you must install the Android SDK Platform Tools on your PC. These tools, officially provided by Google, encompass ADB and Fastboot binaries and are the recommended choice. Download the tools and extract them to a location of your choice on your PC. Once extracted, you’ll have the platform tools folder, a key component in this guide for installing custom ROMs on your Poco F4.
2: Enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking
Moving forward, it’s essential to enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking on your device. USB Debugging ensures your device is recognized by the PC in ADB mode, facilitating the booting of your device into Fastboot Mode. Additionally, OEM Unlocking is a prerequisite for unlocking the bootloader.
To activate these features, follow these steps:
Navigate to Settings on your device.
Tap on “About Phone.”
Tap on “Build Number” seven times.
Return to the Settings menu.
Go to “System.”
Find and access “Developer Options.”
Enable both USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking.
3: Unlock the Bootloader on the Poco F4
Moving forward, you’ll need to unlock your device’s bootloader. Keep in mind that this process will erase all data from your device and may void its warranty. If you’re comfortable with these conditions, please refer to our comprehensive guide on unlocking the bootloader for any Xiaomi device.
Transfer the boot.img, vendor_boot.img, dtbo.img, and rom.zip files to the platform-tools folder on your PC.
While in Fastboot Mode, use the following command to flash the dtbo file:
fastboot flash dtbo dtbo.img
Next, flash the boot file with the command:
fastboot flash boot boot.img
Now, use the command below to flash the vendor_boot:
fastboot flash vendor_boot vendor_boot.img
To boot your device into recovery, enter the following command:
fastboot reboot recovery
In recovery, select “Wipe data/Factory reset” using the Volume key and confirm with the Power key.
Choose “Apply update from ADB” using the Volume key and confirm with the Power key.
In the CMD window, type the following command to sideload the ROM ZIP file:
adb sideload rom.zip
The installation process will commence and may take some time. Once completed, select “Reboot to System.”
Congratulations! You have successfully flashed the Hentai Android 14 ROM onto your Poco F4. If you encounter any issues during these steps, feel free to ask in the comments, and we’ll assist as soon as possible.