LineageOS: How to install and update Android on your phone

LineageOS: Successor to CyanogenMod, a famous Android custom operating system project, LineageOS inherited the important mission of bringing updates to old cell phone models.

Since its launch in December 2016, the project has launched modified versions of the Android system (aka ROMs) for different brands and types of devices, with millions of users worldwide.

Risks and Benefits of LineageOS

The reason for LineageOS “Success is given by the interface’s vast array of new features and customization options, in addition to the ability to try out new versions of Android on old models. Also striking is the package of measures aimed at user security and privacy, the credibility of which is reinforced by the format of the development of the system, in open code.

However, there is a major barrier to adoption that keeps some users from enjoying the benefits of the system: the need to run a process to ‘unlock’ the devices recovery mode – which should not be confused with root. If the procedure is performed incorrectly, it can cause discomfort or even permanent out of use of the device.

For this reason too, mobile phone manufacturers determine that the process could void the warranty benefits of the handsets – and thus the launch of LineageOS for older models.

In this context, if the user has a mobile phone or tablet compatible with the ROM, TecMundo has prepared an uncomplicated manual to guide you through the process. See how:

Steps to install LineageOS

The LineageOS The installation process goes through 3 steps performed in Windows 10 PowerShell: Unlock the Bootloader, Install the Custom Recovery Mode and finally install the ROM. Make sure you meet all the requirements, then read all the steps carefully before taking them.

Requirements

Before starting, it is crucial to collect all the files that will be used in the process to avoid any problems. Ahead, a computer is needed to support the progression of the steps – Windows 10 is the platform of choice in this guide.

The installation of LineageOS requires the following prerequisites, which must be downloaded depending on the device model:

1. Officially LineageOS ROM. You can find it on the official website;
2.GApps, Google’s suite of apps, including the Play Store. It can be found in the official repository. The Stock version is recommended for most users;
3. Custom recovery mode (recovery mode), necessary to install the files correctly. TWRP will be used in the guide, which can be found on the official website;
4. Installation files for the ADB, FastBoot and device drivers for the PC. It is possible to find the tool files in the official repository, while device drivers must be downloaded from the manufacturer’s official website depending on their model;
5. It is recommended to backup all data on the device as the process will delete them permanently;
6. The device battery must be fully charged before starting the process;

After downloading the items, separate them in a new folder and give the official name LineageOS, GApps and TWRP ROM files to “lineageos”, “gapps” and “twrp” respectively, without changing their file formats – this step will be crucial in the steps that follow. Then extract the installation file for the ADB and FastBoot tools directly in the root of this folder. If done correctly, the result should look like the image below.

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