Mar 30 2016
Pimp My ROM is a multi-device, multi-feature toolkit which enables users to modify lots of normally inaccessible settings on their device. Many of the options that can be configured are normally only modifiable via the command line or by editing system files, so Pimp My ROM makes the process much easier. The hacks are logically grouped by category in the very slick app and in many instances clearly explained. Pimp My ROM requires root access and, as with all apps of this type, could be potentially dangerous – it’s important to ensure you have a backup before you start changing things.
- Install the app
To download and install Pimp My ROM, search for the app in the Play store. A couple of different versions seem to be available, so before downloading make sure you check the last update date. You’ll need root access and it’s also a good idea to have a custom recovery such as TWRP.
- Build Rescue Package
When you first open the app, you’ll see a number of tabs, including one labelled Tools. Click this and select Rescue Package to build your flashable safety net. Should things go wrong, you’ll be able to boot into your custom recovery and apply the Rescue Package to reverse the changes.
- Pimp your CPU
Also in the Tools section you’ll see an option labelled Pimp My CPU. By selecting this you’ll be able to change the minimum and maximum clock speeds of your device as well as the Governor and IO Scheduler. The ‘Apply at boot’ option is probably best left alone for now.
- Explore tweaks
The tweaks are grouped into categories. In the Network & Internet tab, adjusting the default WiFi Scan Interval can help improve battery life. Multitasking settings can help prevent apps being swapped out of memory. The Telephony section lets you optimise in-call settings.
- Improve your GPS
On the Tools tab, GPS Configuration allows you to download and install a custom GPS.conf file. Installing this file will speed downloading of the ephemeris data, which in turn will help your device get a faster and more accurate lock when you first fire up your GPS.
- Bundled apps and mods
Pimp My ROM includes additional bundled features – you’ll find these under the Apps & Mods tab. From here you can install enhanced Beats or xLoud/ClearAudio sound, the Sony Bravia screen engine or an enhanced Sony album app. You can also easily add OpenVPN support to your device.