How to Remove AROMA Installer from ROM zip file for Safestrap!

For those of you with a Galaxy Android device like AT&T Galaxy S5 that has a locked bootloader, you are stuck to using Safestrap recovery instead of the normal CWM or TWRP recovery.

For Safestrap users, did you know you can install most T-Mobile/international ROMs on your AT&T phone?

This will work on many Galaxy Android devices including AT&T Galaxy S3, S4, S5, Note 2, and Note 3.  (For installing international Note 3 SM-N9005 ROMs on AT&T Note 3, you need to install WiFi fix also.)

Here’s some scenarios:

  • Install T-Mobile S3 ROMs w/ AROMA on AT&T S3 with SafeStrap
  • Install T-Mobile/Canadian/GT-i9505 S4 ROMs w/ AROMA on AT&T S4 with SafeStrap
  • Install T-Mobile/Canadian/GT-N7105 Note 2 ROMs w/ AROMA on AT&T Note 2 with SafeStrap
  • Install T-Mobile/Canadian/SM-N9005 Note 3 ROMs w/ AROMA on AT&T Note 3 with SafeStrap

This method will also work on Verizon Galaxy phones but most GSM/T-Mobile/International ROMs DO NOT WORK with Verizon’s CDMA network so…

Now, you can do this already on custom ROMs without AROMA installer but many of these custom ROMs (from T-Mobile/Canadian/international) come with AROMA installer, which will not work with SafeStrap at ll.

To get around it, you can remove AROMA installer from the ROM zip file and install it using SafeStrap.

Here’s how to do it.

Before beginning, MAKE SURE the ROM you are installing is COMPATIBLE with your target device.  (e.g. T-Mobile S3 has the same Qualcomm CPU as AT&T S3, so it is compatible.  e.g. Note 3 SM-N900 has Exynos processor vs. AT&T Note 3, by installing SM-N900 ROM on your AT&T Note 3, it can cause HARD BRICK!)

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!  DO NOT CRY AND WHINE TO ME IF YOU DID NOT CHECK COMPATIBILITY OF YOUR PHONE TO THE ROM YOU ARE INSTALLING!  It’s very simple to do, just verify the source and target devices have SAME CPUs!!!

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8 Responses

  1. Gillo says:

    Hello Max,

    I did everything exactly like in the tutorial but when installing in safestrap, I get an error and it fails. The error occurs when executing updater binary. Any help would be appreciated, Thank you.

    • Jesse says:

      I have the same problem. If you get around it let me know

    • Danielle says:

      I had the same issue. I was using TextEdit on Mac OS X to edit the updater-script file. The issue in my case was that when I removed .txt from the file name, the file remained a .txt file, instead of being converted back to a Unix Executable File. In order to resolve this issue, you must ensure that the “If no extension is provided, use ‘.txt’ ” option is unchecked in your settings. You will then need to use the chmod +x function in Terminal to convert the file back to a Unix Executable File. After I did this, I was able to successfully flash a G900F ROM (with the AROMA installer removed) on my G900A phone.

  2. miguel says:

    i have the same problem everything goes great till the point where the updater binary fails.if any figure out plz let me know

  3. jay says:

    Please just put the file up for us without the installer…..please ….thank you…..please

  4. Yahya says:

    Hey max please help me ! i have problem here . I edited updater script same as you when i install rom i had a updater script error pls help me

  5. Chris Morley says:

    Wud this work with cwm bootstrap recovery on the T-Mobile LG optimus l9 p769. Bootloader is pretty much impossible to unlock. If it’s possible it would help so many l9 “victims “.lol thanks.