The Android community was deeply scarred with the downfall of CyanogenMod. This means that there will no longer be support for current devices in the future, CyanogenMod 14/14.1 being their last version. However, there is still hope. LineageOS has risen from CyanogenMod’s ashes and it is now their responsibility to take over the open-source community. LineageOS is all set to roll out builds for more than 80 devices. Right now, builds are available for Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Moto G4, Moto G4 Plus, Nextbit Robin, and Xiaomi Redmi 1.
Considering that this is the very beginning of LineageOS, a few bugs and fixes are to be expected. Even though LineageOS is the successor of CyanogenMod, there are prominent differences to their approach and build. For starters, there won’t be default root access. It will be provided separately via a flash-able zip file to gain access.
We recommend that users wait for official weekly builds and be careful while flashing your devices. You ought to update to LineageOS if you’re using CM 13/14. You can try the (experimental) data migration builds to upgrade from CM 13/14. The data migration builds will be available alongside the release candidates only for the first two months. It is likely that the data migration builds are still imperfect, but if you want to take the easiest route, go right ahead.
Instructions to flash LineageOS
- A Windows PC
- USB Cable
- TWRP Custom Recovery
- At least 60% battery remaining on the device
Note: Make sure that you’ve unlocked bootloader and flashed TWRP onto your device.
Download the LineageOS package for your device here.
If not already in recovery mode, boot to recovery mode (Normally done by pressing the volume keys and power button depending on your phone). In the TWRP menu, select Wipe, then Factory Reset. Then, select Install and choose the LineageOS zip package. This will prompt you to “Swipe to Flash”. Once the installation has finished you can Reboot to System. Note that the first boot might take a while.
Optional: You can also choose to flash Google Apps to obtain Google Services after flashing CustomROM.
Let us know in the comments below if you’re flashing LineageOS anytime soon.