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Getting CyanogenMod builds onto an Android device has always been easy as pie, but who is going to say no to yet another, even simpler method? While redesigning the CyanogenMod Downloads page, the CM team recently added a really subtle ability to send downloads straight from the web right into ROM Manager - all with just one click, a-la Chrome to phone or Amazon's 1-click purchasing.

In fact, the change to the site was so subtle that it went unnoticed by us for a week until Koush posted this video to his YouTube account:

Brilliantly simple, isn't it? Even if you don't flash builds often, you should still find this option handy. If you flash nightlies, it could become your new best friend.

Under the hood, the 1-click ability is powered by ROM Manager's Web Connect, which is not a new feature in any way - it was added to ROM Manager Premium back in 2010. It's great to see that the team behind the largest ROM community in the world has now decided to adopt it.

Setup

So, what do you need to do to set this up?

Step 1

First and foremost, you need to grab ROM Manager Premium, fire it up, and enable Web Connect. Web Connect will prompt you to select a Google account to attach itself to and register for push notifications. You will also be able to assign your device a nickname.

Presumably, if there is more than one device enabled under the same Google account, you should be able to pick which one to send builds to on a case by case basis, but I haven't tested this theory and can't confirm or deny it. Feel free to point it out in the comments, however.

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Note: Web Connection registration could be finicky at times - it took me 3 attempts to get it to go through. However, since it's a one-time setup, it's not a big deal.

Step 2

Next, head over to the CM Downloads page and find the build you want to have your device instantly start downloading.

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Click on image next to it, which will prompt you to set up a link between the service and your Google account. This is a one-time operation that should not be needed anymore, as long as you're signed into this particular Google account.

Once you're done, check your device - the download should start immediately.

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Note: C2DM, Google's push notification system, is notoriously unreliably and sometimes needs a kick to start working. If you're having trouble, cycle your connection by toggling Wi-Fi or data, which should refresh the C2DM registration and get push notifications working again.

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • http://www.theandroidsite.com Ben Marvin

    If only it was as smooth as the Market Play Store's install button. Where it would automatically download, reboot recovery, wipe cache or data as needed, and install the new ROM.

    • http://denh.am DrMacinyasha

      Hello security nightmare.

      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

        Seriously, thank god it doesn't do that.

        • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody Toombs

          Seconded...imagine somebody getting access to your computer (or Google account).

          I can just imagine driving down the road and suddenly my phone flashes...Geesh, what would truckers think?!?!! (Sorry, couldn't help myself)

  • jjrudey

    Whoa. I forgot Rom Manager exists. I kind of assumed that when I stopped using it, everyone else did too.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody Toombs

      Sorry to say, but I kinda felt the same way. It seemed like one of those things that sorta went away with Froyo (at least I didn't use it after flashing my first Gingerbread ROM). No reason to assume otherwise, but I wasn't even confident that ROM Manager even worked on ICS (though I would have bet anything it didn't have up-to-date CWM images which are sometimes necessary to flash ICS on some devices)

      • http://denh.am DrMacinyasha

        The CWM images are up-to-date with what's on Koush's site. You can nag him to add support for new devices, but don't expect anything unless you've done the work of porting the device and pushing to CyanogenMod's repo:
        https://github.com/koush/ROMManagerManifest/issues

        • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody Toombs

          This may come across kinda snotty, it's not meant to, but...when did that happen? :)

          Seriously, at one point (when I last used ROM Manager) the included CWM for the Desire HD was somewhere between 3-4 months older than the current version. To answer the obvious followup question, yes, I did confirm the latest version was stable and had no serious issues. It could have been an oversight (understandable considering the number of devices), but I seem to remember there even having been an RM update that mentioned getting several CWM versions caught up.

          Still have to stand behind the idea that once you're reasonably comfortable with working directly from CWM, there's just not much reason to run ROM Manager unless you're either keeping up with CM nightlies or if you are too lazy to manually perform operations.

  • HeavyD

    WARNING!!! Do not use Rom Manager Samsung Galaxy mini it will Brick your phone!
    It is posible to brick other phones to

  • Joe

    "First and foremost, you need to grab ROM Manager Premium".....UHHH No! Moving on.