How to Install Lineage OS using TWRP/CWM/Philz Recovery

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If you’re not living under the rock for the past few days, you might already know that our beloved CyanogenMod is dead. Cyanogen services including the nightly builds will no longer be available from 1st January 2017. Thankfully, CyanogenMod didn’t disappear totally as it merely transformed to Lineage OS. There are already many unofficial Lineage OS builds popping on the Internet. So, here’s how to install Lineage OS using TWRP/CWM/Philz recovery.

With Lineage OS, we are hopeful that the Cyanogen team would step towards a brighter development. You can install Lineage OS on your device to continue using the CyanogenMod features. Follow the below tutorial to install Lineage OS on your device using various custom recoveries.

If you’re looking to dirty flash Lineage OS over CyanogenMod, we’d warn you against that. It may be unstable causing wake locks, battery drain and force closes. Instead, follow the below link to take a backup of your data before following this tutorial.

How to Install Lineage OS using TWRP Recovery

  1. Download and transfer the Lineage OS ROM and Lineage OS Gapps file to your device’s internal storage.
  2. Boot your device into TWRP recovery. You can simply Google how to enter recovery mode on your device.
  3. In TWRP recovery, click on Wipe » Advanced Wipe. Here select the following options shown in the screenshot below. Do not select the option which reads ‘Internal Storage‘ at any cost, as it will wipe off EVERYTHING, including your ROM file.twrp wipe data
  4. Go back to TWRP main menu, tap on Install and select the Lineage OS Zip file that you transferred to your device in Step 1.
  5. After selecting the .zip file, do Swipe to Confirm Flash on the bottom of the screen to begin the custom ROM installation process. This may take some time.

    twrp flash zip

    Screenshot for reference only

  6. Once your ROM is successfully flashed, you’ll see Wipe cache/Dalvik option, select it and then do Swipe to wipe on the bottom of the screen.
  7. Now flash the Lineage OS Gapps file similarly like you flashed the ROM file.
  8. After flashing both ROM and Gapps files, reboot your device.

If you get Error 7 while Flashing, follow below tutorial:

How to Install Lineage OS Using CWM Recovery

  1. Download and transfer the Lineage OS ROM and Lineage OS Gapps file to your device’s internal storage.
  2. Boot your device into CWM recovery. You can simply Google how to enter recovery mode on your device.
  3. Select the option which says Wipe Data/Factory Reset, and then select Yes to confirm. This will format your device for a fresh OS installation.
    cwm wipe
  4. Now, select Install ZIP from the main menu, then select Install ZIP from SD Card.
    cwm install rom
  5. Select the ROM file that you’ve transferred earlier to your device, and select Yes to confirm the flash.
  6. Now flash the Lineage OS Gapps file similarly like you flashed the ROM file.
  7. After flashing both ROM and Gapps files, reboot your device.

How to Install Lineage OS Using Philz Recovery

  1. Download and transfer the Lineage OS ROM and Lineage OS Gapps file to your device’s internal storage.
  2. Boot your device into Philz recovery. You can simply Google how to enter recovery mode on your device.
  3. Select Wipe Data/Factory reset from the menu, and continue with formatting your device.
    philz wipe
  4. From the main menu, click on Install Zip and select Choose ZIP from SD Card.
  5. Select the ROM file that you’ve transferred earlier to your device, and select Yes to confirm the flash.
  6. Now flash the Lineage OS Gapps file similarly like you flashed the ROM file.
  7. After flashing both ROM and Gapps files, reboot your device.

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Bonus: How to Install Lineage OS using Cyanogen recovery

Update: Gapps and other packages are facing issues with signature verification while flashing in Cyanogen recovery (Cyanogen recovery has no safe option to disable signature verification). So, you can only flash the Lineage OS ROM from Cyanogen recovery and not any other ZIP files like Gapps. Use this only if you’re coming from CyanogenMod and don’t have a custom recovery like TWRP/CWM/Philz.

  1. Download the Lineage OS ROM file to your device’s internal storage.
  2. Reboot your device into Cyanogen recovery.
  3. Select Wipe data/factory reset, then select Yes to confirm.
  4. Now select Apply update from the main menu and select Choose from internal storage.
  5. Select the Lineage OS ROM file that you transferred to your device in Step 1 above. The installation will begin.
  6. After flashing both Lineage OS ROM, reboot your device.

That’s it!!! You’ve successfully flashed Lineage OS on your Android device. Upon reboot, you’ll be welcomed with Lineage OS welcome screen.

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