Those of you still mourning the death of CyanogenMod will likely know about its successor, Lineage OS already. Many will not, which is what prompted this post. I recently had a play around with the new OS and while there are still a few issues to be ironed out, it is a credible Android alternative. Here is everything you need to know about Lineage OS.
For the longest time CyanogenMod was the go-to alternative to vanilla Android. It was open source, worked on a wide range of smartphones, had a huge range of apps and a very active development and support community. Until it didn’t. Fortunately, Lineage OS has been created to take Android on where CyanogenMod left off.
Lineage OS is an alternative operating system for running formerly Android devices. It builds on the work done by CyanogenMod and has apparently been installed over a million times so far even though it is still in beta.
The mobile OS is still new, still in development and still has many bugs and issues. Yet despite that it is also a breeze to use and can bring an old device back to life again. I installed it on my Nexus 7 tablet which was running Jelly Bean and it looks and works better now than it did when I bought it.
How to install Lineage OS
To install Lineage OS, you first need to know if your device is compatible. As it is early days, there is no global compatibility, so you will need to check this list on the Lineage OS website and see if your device is listed. If it is, you’re golden. If it isn’t, you will not get all the features or a stable environment so it might be worth holding off for a while.
As each version of Lineage OS is released, the list of compatible devices expands so it is only a matter of time.
If your device is on the list, the installation process involves a couple of tasks.
- Back up your Android device so you don’t lose anything.
- Download the latest Lineage OS ROM from here. Select the correct ROM for your specific device for maximum compatibility.
- Move or save the ROM to your device’s internal storage.
- Download and install the Official TWRP app from the Google Play Store. This is necessary for a smooth install.
Root your Android
Now you have the necessary files, you now have to root your Android device. Remember, if your device is under warranty, rooting will likely void it.
- Download and install Kingo Root or other root software onto your PC.
- Enable USB debugging on your Android device. Go to Settings, About Phone and tap the Build number seven times. You should then see a new option called Developer options. Select it and toggle USB debugging to on.
- Connect your Android device to your computer via USB.
- Start Kingo Root and allow it to install any drivers it needs. The app should detect your device and display its version and that it is connected.
- Select Root.
Kingo Root takes care of everything and manages the entire process. You should see a progress window within the program and your device will restart a few times. The program will then display a process completed window telling you its work is done.
Install Lineage OS
Now your device is rooted we can install Lineage OS. You will need to load the TWRP app on your Android device. Hold down the volume down and power button to boot into recovery mode. Some devices vary on this method so find out how to boot into recovery on your specific device.
Your device should load into TWRP. Then:
- Select Install when you see it.
- Select Lineage OS from the options that appear.
- Allow the process to complete.
- Select ‘Wipe cache/dalvik’ and then reboot your device.
When your device reboots you should be presented with Lineage OS. Now it’s time to explore and find out what your new OS offers in terms of customization and features.
It pays to remember that Lineage OS is still in development. While it is advanced in many ways and very polished, there are bugs and issues that occur. You should not install the new system and expect everything to work perfectly as it won’t. As long as you don’t expect a seamless experience, Lineage OS is a workable mobile OS and a worthy successor to CyanogenMod.
Have you tried Lineage OS yet? Like it? Hate it? Tell us about your experiences below!