Install Android 7.1 Nougat based CM 14.1 ROM on OnePlus 3 with our step by step guide. As always the Cyanogenmod team has shown their skills by launching the Cyanogenmod 14.1 custom ROM especially for the famous OnePlus 3 smartphone. This Cyanogenmod custom ROM is based on the latest Android 7.1 Nougat OS. Actually the first beta CM 14.1 ROM was released last year. But due to lot of bugs and issues, many android users turned their back towards it and preferred to go with some other unofficial custom ROMs. But as time passed by, all the bugs and issues were fixed by the Cyanogenmod team and today they have come up with a completely stable version of CM 14.1 build for OnePlus 3.
OnePlus 3 launched in last year was a very big hit due to the amazing & breath taking features that this phone had. The Cyanogenmod community has put in their full efforts in making the CM 14.1 a full feature packed ROM with lots of customization & functionalities as well. Also due to fascinating features, specs, RAM and hardware compatibility that OnePlus 3 has, this Cyanogenmod ROM works very smoothly and without a single lag.
In this detailed step by step guide, we’ll be discussing some easy steps on how to flash Android 7.1 Nougat CM 14.1 ROM on OnePlus 3. Remember that in this ROM, you are not only getting to enjoy and experience the Cyanogenmod 14.1 features but also the latest Android 7.1 Nougat features. This Cyanogenmod 14.1 comes with some mouth watering features. One of them is split screen mode which enables you to use two apps at the same moment side by side. This features may remind you of the multi window functionality that the Samsung’s Note device had. You’ll also find few changes in the Settings menu of CM 14.1. In Settings, you can go from one setting option to another without hitting the back button which seems quite interesting. With the newly redesigned notification bar, you get the option of direct reply on the notifications without actually launching the apps.
In the new Cyanogenmod, the Reboot option has been included which appears when you long press the Power key to pop up the power menu. The new data Saver option included allows you to restrict access to background apps when connected to a cellular connection, thus saving a lot of device battery. CM 14.1 comes with 70 new emojis of different skin tones which definitely gives a complete new look and feel while chatting. There is lot more to tell but I would rather suggest you to directly flash this ROM and get surprised with some amazingly new features. Without much wait, lets head on to the actual article on installing the latest Android 7.1 Nougat based Cyanogenmod 14.1 custom ROM on OnePlus 3 smartphone.
It is highly recommended to proceed further at your own risk. Nether we at droidthunder.com nor the developers will be held liable for any damage caused to your One Plus 3 by following this guide. Although if you perform every single step as it is mentioned in the article, there is absolutely no chance of any damage to your phone. Without a single mistake perform all the instructions as given below.
This Cyanogenmod 14.1 custom ROM based on the latest Android 7.1 Nougat OS must be flashed only on OnePlus 3. Installing this ROM on any other device or variant may cause permanent damage or even brick your device. So make sure to confirm the device first and then proceed further.
- Since lack of battery can increase the chances of interruption during the flashing process make sure that your phone is charged at least upto 60% before proceeding ahead.
- It is strongly recommended to backup all your phone data and settings including your contacts, messages, call logs, memos, whatsapp messages, installed apps etc. before flashing this ROM. This is necessary as every single thing will get wiped at the end of this procedure. You may refer any application for doing so.
- Ensure that you’ve enabled the USB debugging mode on your OnePlus 3. If not, then do so by following the path Menu->Settings->Developer options ->USB debugging. If you don’t see Developer option then go to Settings->About Phone and tap 7 times on the Build number. This will make the Developer option appear in the Settings menu.
- Also enable OEM unlocking and Advance reboot mode from Developer options.
- Install mobile specific USB drivers on your computer so as to detect your OnePlus 3 when connected via USB data cable. You can manually install them from the link given below:
- You must unlock the bootloader of your OnePlus 3 before moving further. Refer our guide on how to easily unlock bootloader of OnePlus 3 smartphone.
- Make sure that your OnePlus 3 is rooted. Also a custom recovery like Clockworkmod (CWM) or TWRP must be installed for flashing the ROM. Refer our complete guide on how to easily root and install TWRP recovery on OnePlus 3 smartphone.
- (Optional) Temporarily disable all the security related tools as well as antivirus that is installed on your computer. They may interrupt the process.
After doing everything as mentioned in the pre-requisites above, lets proceed to the flashing process of Android 7.1 Nougat based CM 14.1 ROM.
Procedure to install Android 7.1 CM 14.1 ROM on OnePlus 3:
Step 1: Download both the package files in a specific folder on your computer. Remember not to extract these zip files.
Step 2: Then connect your OnePlus 3 to your computer using original USB data cable. Copy both the zip files on your phones internal memory. After copying both the files safely disconnect your phone from computer.
Step 3: Next you need to boot your OnePlus 3 into TWRP (or CWM) custom recovery mode. There are actually two different methods for doing that. You may use any one of them:
Method 1: Power off your device completely. Then press and hold Volume down key + Power button simultaneously until you land into custom recovery mode.
Method 2: Firstly enable the Developers option in Settings (refer pre-requisites). The go to Settings>Developer options> and enable Advanced Reboot option. After enabling that option, simply press power button to pop up the typical power menu. Then tap on the Reboot option and next select the Recovery mode option. This will directly boot your OnePlus 3 into recovery mode without using those key combinations.
Step 4: As you enter into recovery, the first thing you need to do is to take a nandroid backup. This is highly recommended as every single data present on your phone gets wiped out in the last step of this procedure. Also a complete backup can save your phone in case if it gets stuck in the process or is getting boot loops. This nandroid backup takes the backup of your entire operating system along with system data, user data, boot image, installed apps with data, contacts and even the accounts created.
Refer our detailed article for taking complete Nandroid backup / restore:
Step 5: After taking Nandroid backup, return to the main menu of recovery and select the Wipe option.
Step 6: On the next screen, tick the dalvik cache, data and cache options and swipe to start the wiping process.
Note: This step will clear all the data present on your internal memory so make sure you’ve backed up everything before implementing this step.
Step 7: After the wiping process completes, again return to main menu and select the Install option. As you click on it, you’ll see all the files and folders present on your phones memory.
Step 8: Just navigate to the Android 7.1 Nougat based Cyanogenmod 14.1 custom ROM which you’ve copied earlier and select it. On the next screen just swipe to start the actual Android 7.1 Nougat custom ROM flashing process.
Step 10: Be patient and wait a few minutes until the flashing process completes successfully. As soon as it completes, a successful message will appear on the screen.
Step 11: Then go back and again wipe the data/cache partitions as you did earlier.
Note: This wiping data/cache step is strongly recommended in order to solve the boot loops issue.
Step 12: In the similar way flash the Google Apps package (containing Play Store, Gmail, Gtalk etc.) as you’ve flashed the Cyanogenmod 14.1 ROM.
Note: Do not wipe data/cache after flashing the Google Apps.
Step 13: This completes the flashing process. Now restart your OnePlus 3 smartphone by selecting the Reboot>System option present on the recovery mode itself.
Note: This first boot will take more time to start than usual. But don’t worry as after a couple of boots it’ll be normal.
Finally! Your OnePlus 3 is ready with the latest and completely stable Cyanogenmod 14.1 unofficial custom ROM based on the all new Android 7.1 Nougat OS. To confirm the same go to Menu->Settings->About Phone. Enjoy the full featured Android N ROM on your OnePlus 3. Also don’t forget to share your views after using it. Last but not the least, if you face any difficulty while going through the process or have any issue related to this article kindly inform me using the comments section given below. I’ll be happy to help you out. Peace out! 😛