It’s as easy as drinking a glass of water to install LineageOS 16 custom ROMs on Android. Unofficial builds based on LineageOS 16 have already been released for various Android phones. The official builds will be released within a few days.
Custom Roma based on LineageOS 16 will bring new life to thousands of Android phones that have been forgotten by their manufacturers. Today we will examine the method for installing LineageOS 16 custom ROMs on Android. The guide explains the steps to install LineageOS 16 custom ROMs on Android. Before moving on to the tutorial, let’s spend a few words on LineageOS 16.
LineageOS is among the most popular custom ROMs in the Android ecosystem. LineageOS is an evolved form of CyanogenMod. The official builds of CyanogenMod are terminated with CM 14.1. Subsequently, CyanogenMod merged with LineageOS. The very first version of LineageOS was LineageOS 14.1 which allowed users to install Android 7.1 Nougat.
LineageOS is useful for phones with software updates out of production. Some smartphone manufacturers are not so good when it comes to software updates. Companies often stop software updates for their products too soon. Samsung is a great example in this regard.
Operating systems like LineageOS are also useful for users who want to get the latest Android version as soon as it comes out. Unofficial LineageOS builds are immediately available immediately after the release of the AOSP source codes. However, official builds take a little longer to release.
So, if you want to quickly enjoy the latest Android or want to give your old smartphone a new life, LineageOS is your way.
Android source code AOSP was released immediately after Android Pie was made official. It didn’t take long for developers to compile new LineageOS-based custom ROMs. The LineageOS based on Android Pie is called LineageOS 16. This is the latest version of LineageOS. The LineageOS 16 has been released for many phones, but as mentioned above, they are unofficial builds.
CyanogenMod and LineageOS History
In 2009, the first CyanogenMod build was released. The first CyanogenMod build was based on Android Cupcake. CyanogenMod has been warmly welcomed by users. Within a couple of years, CyanogenMod has become the most popular Android operating system. CyanogenMod has even been adopted as the main operating system by OnePlus. The company later moved to its own OxygenOS after CyanogenMod merged into LineageOS. Here’s how CyanogenMod has changed over the last decade.
- CyanogenMod 3.1 – Android 1.5 – Android Cupcake [July 2009]
- CM 4 – Android 1.5 and Android 1.6 – Android Cupcake and Android Dounat
- CyanogenMod 5 – Android 2.0 / 2.1 Eclair
- CM 6 – Android 2.2 Froyo
- CyanogenMod 7 – Android 2.3 Gingerbread [February 2011]
- CM 8 – Didn’t come out as Google did not release the source code of Android 3.0 Honeycomb
- CM 9 – Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich [November 2011]
- CyanogenMod 10, 10.1, and 10.2 – Android 4.1 – 4.3 Jelly Bean [September 2012]
- CM 11 – Android 4.4 KitKat [December 2013]
- CyanogenMod 12 – Android 5.0 / 5.1 Lollipop [January 2015]
- CM 13 – Android 6.0 Marshmallow [November 2015]
- CyanogenMod 14, 14.1 – Android 7.0 Nougat [July – November 2016]
- LineageOS 14.1 – Android 7.1 Nougat [Merged into LineageOS in December 2016]
- The LineageOS 15 – Android 8.0 Oreo
- LineageOS 15.1 – Android 8.1 Oreo
- LineageOS 16 – Android 9.0 Pie
The phones that support LineageOS 16
Note: the following guide will work on any type of Android phone including Samsung, OnePlus, LG, Motorola, Xiaomi, Lenovo, Asus, Huawei, Sony, Oppo, and all other existing ones.
Install LineageOS custom ROM 16 on Android – Requirements
- Always download the ROM that matches the model and variant of your device.
- Back up all your data as ROMs often completely erase the phone.
- Now back up your contacts, find the complete guide here.
- Also, backup your SMS messages, find the complete guide here.
- Don’t forget to back up your call logs, complete guide here.
- Manually back up all important media contents.
- The bootloader of an Android phone must be unlocked before the flashing process. Read here!
- Your Android phone must have the TWRP custom recovery installed that will allow installation. Read here!
- Download drivers for your Android device. Read here!
How to install LineageOS custom ROM 16 on Android step by step
- Copy the downloaded ROM and the Gapps to your phone.
- Turn the phone off.
- Start the phone via TWRP recovery. Here’s how:
How to get into recovery TWRP on Android phones:
- Turn off the phone, then press and hold the following buttons.
- Volume up + power button – Start in Fastboot and then in recovery mode.
- Press and hold Volume down + Power button – Start in Fastboot and then go into recovery mode.
- Volume down + Volume up + Power button – Quickstart and recovery mode.
How to get into recovery TWRP on Samsung phones:
- Turn off the phone, then press and hold the Volume Up + Home + Power buttons to enter the recovery.
- On the latest phones with the Bixby button, press and hold the Volume Up + Bixby + Power buttons to open the restore.
Now let’s continue…
- Now in recovery mode, go to Clean> Advanced cleaning> Select system, Data, Cache and Dalvik Cache> Scroll on the screen to delete.
- Go back to the main menu and click Install> Install Zip> Find ROM.zip file> Select> Scroll screen to install.
- Once again, go to the main menu, click Install> Install Zip> Find Gapps.zip files> Select> Scroll on the screen to install.
- Now open the Wipe option again, go to Advanced cleaning> Select cache and Dalvik> scroll the screen to delete.
Restart the phone. Are you done? You have just seen how to install LineageOS 16 custom ROM on Android.