Poco F1 is the best budget smartphone under the flagship of Xiaomi. In one word, the smartphone is a beast that outperforms many smartphones at the price range set by Xiaomi. After a few months of usage, I thought of installing Custom ROM for Poco F1, but I was sceptical about many things.
After installing many custom ROMs, I decided to stick to one official custom ROM, which is the Pixel Experience ported from the Google Pixel device. The developers push frequent updates with monthly Android security patches and integrate new features.
However, before sticking to this ROM, I have flashed many official and unofficial custom ROM’s on my Poco F1 based on Android Pie 9. In this article, I am going to make a list of top 10 official custom ROM for Poco F1 where I will cover most of the things that I experienced. But before that make sure the bootloader of your Poco F1 is unlocked and a custom recovery is installed.
10. Dot OS 3.1
DotOS is a colourful and vibrant custom ROM intended to change the user interface of your smartphone. The stability and performance of DotOS are fantastic and has lots of customization. One of the key features of this ROM is the system-wide neon theme, auto call recording, Digital Wellbeing preinstalled, advanced power menu and much more.
The battery backup is not that good on this ROM due to heavy customization, but if you can ignore this fact, then this ROM is particularly for you.
Download DotOS for Poco F1
9. OMNI ROM
Developed by many developers, including Chainfire(SuperSu), OMNI ROM is based on AOSP (Android Open Source Project).
There are lots of customization, features and enhancement in the ROM where stability is always kept in mind.
The battery backup on this custom ROM for Poco F1 is mind-blowing, you can game for 2-3 hours, watch 1-2 hours of videos and still, you will be left with 20% of battery. Install the ROM using any custom recovery along with nano GApps.
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Reloaded-CAF is based on CAF (CodeAurora Forum) running on Android Pie. The developers aim to bring stock AOSP experience as much as possible while balancing the performance and stability with good battery life.
Code Aurora is basically AOSP + Qualcomm specific enhancements and optimization.
In this ROM, you can change the music track using the volume buttons while the screen is locked. Poco F1 has Snapdragon chipset, which means the ROM is focused on the hardware and gives more stability and performance.
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AOSiP or Android Open Source illusion Project is a custom ROM with the main motto of serving the user with quality and stability, keeping in mind with the customizations as well.
This custom ROM for Poco F1 has dedicated settings and gives a powerful performance with weekly updates. You need to flash GApps with the ROM in the custom recovery menu.
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6. Resurrection Remix v7
Based on LineageOS, SImRoms, OMNI and Original Remix ROM build Resurrection Remix ROM makes a beautiful package. The combination of performance, customization and the power that is brought to your Poco F1 makes it one of a kind.
Talking about the battery backup, it is decent and gaming is smooth, just a little heat up issue is there which can be ignored.
Resurrection Remix is known for its vast customization, which needs no explanation. Flash the ROM and the GApps together.
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5. Havoc OS v2
If you have used Havoc OS previously, then you will never give a second thought of installing it on your phone. It has MD2 UI along with rounded user interface, enhanced QS battery estimation, seek bars for media notifications. The QS panel is inspired by Oxygen OS and the lock screen weather by Google Pixel.
Havoc OS supports substratum and micro G, has Signature Spoofing, inbuilt camera and gallery app and much more.
Navigation gestures are available in three variants modes: Fling, SmartBar and the default.
Coming to the battery backup, it is superb and you can use it for an entire day under moderate usage.
Select micro or nano GApps while flashing the ROM.
Download Havoc OS For Poco F1
4. crDroid Android 5.6
crDroid has been a popular ROM since its launch with a lot of customization. You can consider this custom ROM for Poco F1 if you are willing to rejuvenate your device.
This ROM supports multi-language and has its Launcher, which is similar to Google Launcher.
Testing this custom ROM was fun, the battery backup was smooth with heavy gaming and it lasted for a day. Bugs I have faced was the lock screen used to act weird where the battery icon used to disappear, but then I believe its already fixed over time. Don’t forget to flash the GApps when you are flashing the ROM.
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3. Nitrogen OS
NitrogenOS is based on the Android Open Source Project running on Android Pie 9.0, which gives superior power to your device.
I faced a bug previously on this ROM with the IR face unlock, but the developers have fixed it as of lately. A majority of people likes the ROM and the developers are still maintaining it.
You will need to install the GApps along with the Nitrogen OS, but do not worry about the camera as it comes with the package. The battery backup is pretty good with the kernel provided and you can customize the user interface.
Download NitrogenOS for Poco F1
2. Lineage OS 16.0
Lineage OS which formerly used to be known as CyanogenMod is a free aftermarket firmware distribution built by the community designed for the stability and better performance on Android. It is based on AOSP with the contributions of people all around the globe using Android.
LineageOS is quite popular among Android smartphone users because of its simplicity and minimal applications preloaded.
The Custom ROM is very small in size as it contains no bloatware and GApps can be installed along with it which is needed to run the Google core apps.
This ROM is my favourite as it makes a standard 1 GB RAM phone powerful enough. But due to lack of customizations, I intend to use some other custom ROM. On regular usage, the ROM gives you two days of battery usage. There is no camera installed, so you will have to install a 3rd party camera like Gcam.
Download Official LineageOS for Poco F1
1. Pixel Experience ROM
The name itself tells a lot of things, Google Pixel experience on Xiaomi Poco F1. The developers have ported the ROM from the Google Pixel device and have maintained it very well. This official custom ROM for Poco F1 will make your daily usage more smooth and fun.
Although the customizations are less in this ROM as it is like AOSP ROM, you can install 3rd party launcher and enjoy the benefits of using different themes and icons.
The battery backup on this ROM is more compared to the Stock MIUI due to no bloatware.
GCam comes pre-installed on Pixel Experience with AR-enabled.
Download Official Pixel Experience for Poco F1
If you’re fond of MIUI over custom ROM’s then you can try selecting any one ROM based on MIUI and install it on your Poco F1. You must check the description of each ROMs before selecting.
Poco F1 is not listed on DOTOS page. Fix it Veer Amrit Singh.
It is there on XDA page, you can download it from here http://bit.ly/dotos-poco
Pixel rom is far better than any other rom. Run faster on my poco and to be honest i do not like the recent cards at all. Have to navigate all the way around to go to the first application.
Anybody using Reloaded-CAF? I am having sound issue.
Are you on the stock kernel provided by the ROM?
Same issue here after the latest update. Go to XDA there is a patch.
Well I got fixed it already in the latest update had the patch already I was on old version. Thanks both of you.
Now that is what I call is a detailed review. You must have spent a lot of time using these roms. I am currently using the MIUI stable after using all the custom ROMS. I find the native OS to be smooth and well RAM optimized.
That is such a huge list man, thanks for the effort.
My Poco went from AUDI to Ferrari after installing Pixel Experience. Thanks for the list.
Lineage OS can be customized using 3rd party applications. Admin you must not know about it.
Lineage OS anyday.
How do I install these custom roms? I am very confused.
Have u read this guide https://www.technolaty.com/how-to-unlock-poco-f1-bootloader-and-install-custom-recovery/
If you haven’t then follow the procedures mentioned on this guide first and then let us know.
Resurrection Remix is the king of all.