ZTE Blade 3 - Install a custom Jelly Bean ROM / ICS ROM from scratch

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This guide will show you how to install a custom ROM from scratch on the ZTE Blade 3. Each step is explained in the simplest of terms, without the unnecessary jargon. Even those with the most basic computer and Android knowledge will be able to follow this guide.

A custom ROM will remove all the unnecessary ZTE and network branding from your phone, restoring it to Google’s original vision of Android, with speed and smoothness optimisation.

If you’re unsure which ROM to install, don’t worry - we will explain all the different types within this guide and recommend the best custom ROM for you to install.


  • A microSD card with at least 512 MB of space
  • A Windows 7, Windows Vista, Mac or Linux computer. Windows XP users may run into driver issues.

Important: All data on your phone will be lost when installing a custom ROM, so make sure you backup anything you may need, such as music, photos and videos. Anything on your microSD card will not be touched. It is near impossible to brick your phone when installing a custom ROM, however we are still not responsible in case anything does go wrong.