Best Custom ROMs for OnePlus 3

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OnePlus 3 is another attempt by OnePlus to provide high-end specced device at lower price point. Oneplus has given strong competition to other device manufacturers in its price segment. OnePlus 3 continues to set the trend in the market and with no invite system this time around they are set to have another successful device.

OnePlus 3 comes with a 5.5inch 1080p display panel and a full metal body. The internals includes a Snapdragon 820, 64GB storage and 6GB of RAM. OnePlus 3 also includes a 16MP rear facing camera with OIS and PDAF technologies and a front facing 8MP camera. OnePlus 3 also includes a fingerprint sensor for better security of your device.

On the software front, Oneplus 3 runs OxygenOS which is Oneplus’ modified Android skin. Although OxygenOS is close to stock AOSP or the Android running on Nexus device. Oneplus has included some useful features to enhance your experience with your device.

In the past, OxygenOS has not received positive feedback and had quite a bit of performance issues. But with few OTA updates pushed by OnePlus seems to have ironed out most of the bugs and the latest OxygenOS v3.2.4 feels smooth and lag free. But if you are the one who likes to have more customization options and better control of your device you would probably require a custom ROM on your 1+3. given below are few of the best performing custom ROMs available for 1+3.

To install any custom ROM on your device you would require following things:

  • Unlocked bootloader
  • Custom Recovery like TWRP

You may follow the guide linked below if you do not have any of those.

How to Unlock Bootloader, Install TWRP and Root Oneplus 3

Best Custom ROMs for OnePlus 3

Well contradicting to the above heading there is no best custom ROM available for a device. Since every user has his own preferences we could not judge the best ROMs for the OnePlus 3. However, the list given below comprises of the custom ROMs that perform well on day to day basis and have positive feedback from the majority of the users.

1. Resurrection Remix

Resurrection Remix is one of the most popular custom ROMs at the moment, not only for OnePlus 3 but among many Android devices RR is very popular. RR owes it popularity to the never ending list of customization options, good battery life, and stable performance.

Resurrection Remix is a custom ROMs based on CM, Omni, Slim.The ROM for OnePlus 3 comes with a custom Resurrected-ElementalX Kernel for better performance.

The ROM includes many useful features and maybe a few gimmicks. Here are few of the customizing options you can find on this ROM:

  • CM Theme engine
  • App circle Bar
  • Gesture Anywhere
  • Navbar customization
  • Lockscreen customization
  • Status bar tweaks
  • Floating Window
  • Pie Controls
  • And a few more…

This ROM is recommended to users who want/like to change just about anything about your device. With too many customization options you won’t feel bored of this ROM ever.

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2. FreedomOS

FreedomOS is the customized version of OxygenOS which provides same or rather better performance than OxygenOS and is debloated. FreedomOS gives you the freedom to choose what all applications should be present on your device. This provides a debloated ROM without the pain of manually removing them from your stock ROM.

Along with the freedom of applications, you also have the choice to what mods you want to have on your device. If you chose to you can have all the features listed below:

  • Debloated (Removed unnecessary applications)
  • Change screen density
  • RRO Layers support
  • Viper4Android, Divine Beats, Dolby Atmos
  • Adaway

This ROM is perfect for users who want to use OxygenOS but want better performance and battery life out of their device. Also, included mods help in enhancing the overall user experience.

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3. Official CyanogenMod 13

CyanogenMod 13 or CM13 needs no introduction, it is the most popular custom ROM available for any device. CM13 provides stock AOSP like UI with many customization options. The most loved feature of this ROM is the CMTE, i.e. CyanogenMod Theme Engine which provides the ability to change Wallpapers, fonts , ringtones, boot animations, themes, icons. You can find thousands of theme packs for CM13 on the Play store.

CM13 for OnePlus 3 is still in Nightly phase which means you get an update daily with few bug fixes. Although there are no major bugs in the ROM and can be used on daily basis.

Other features included in the CM13 are:

  • Live Display
  • Theme Engine
  • Lockscreen Customization
  • Status Bar Customization
  • Privacy Gaurd
  • And a few more…

CM13 is recommended to those users who want to move away from stock OxygenOS and want to have more customization options and themes support.

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4. HydrogenOS H2OS

HydrogenOS is a custom ROM whose user interface is inspired by iPhone’s UI. H2OS is a very popular custom ROM among Oneplus devices’ users from China. H2Os is, in fact, the stock ROM for the Chinese variant of OnePlus 3.

You may refer to guide linked below to install H2OS on your Oneplus 3.

Install Hydrogen OS (1.4.0) on Your OnePlus 3

HydrogenOs should be the first pick for users who like to have an iPhone-like interface. The performance and battery life of this ROM is also quite good.

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To install these awesome ROMs on your device head over to their XDA thread and follow the installation instruction mention over there. The steps remain same for most of the ROMs but be careful some ROMs may require additional steps for proper functioning. If you are unable to figure out the steps for installation for a custom ROM just leave a comment, we will get back to you with a solution as soon as possible.

Hope your favorite custom ROM is present in the list. If not tell us about your favorite custom ROM in the comment section below and what do you expect from a perfect ROM for your device.

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