I have recently got this phone but unfortunately it has a locked bootloader.
Are there any ROMs I can install on locked bootloader? E.g. stock based.
How can I tell if a ROM is safe to flash?
I'm pretty sure that you can only flash ROMS through a custom recovery (CWM, TWRP) and to be able to get in your recovery you need boot loader unlocked. Unlocking it and getting a custom recovery isn't hard though and it comes with bonuses like making nandroids😊. And regarding the safety of ROMs I recommend downloading from places that look official. Just Google what ROMs there are for your phone and choose what sounds best (cyanogenmod is pretty good😜
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That's wrong, you don't need to unlock bootloader in order to install a custom recovery. Rooting the phone is enough. Then the correct install file from Nut's database and you have more than one recovery.
"Z1C-lockeddualrecovery2.7.XXX-BETA.installer.zip (XX.XXMB)" would be your choice after rooting. More information HERE.
To answer you previous question. You can flash any ROM that uses the stock kernel to run. Most of them are labeled stock based or based on stock firmware XYZ.
And as long as you have a recovery and made a backup beforehand, almost every ROM is safe to flash.
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