Install Android 8.0 Oreo based Lineage OS 15 ROM on Moto Z (griffin) smartphone. The Motorola Moto Z certainly has quite a kind of swag about itself. This Moto handset is classy, innovative as well as powerful. Launched with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS it is powered by 2×2.15 GHz Quad core Adreno 530 processor. Motorola later upgraded this phone to the official Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS and the company is even planning to release the upgraded Android Oreo version by the year end or by the start of Jan 2018.
Some of its more specs include 5.5 inches touchscreen display with 1440 x 2560 pixels of resolution, 4 GB of RAM with 32/64 GB of internal storage. It sports 13 megapixel of camera with dual LED flash and 5 megapixel of front camera for selfies. To always remain charged, it comes with non-removable Li-Ion 2600 mAh battery.
If you are impatient to wait for the release of official Android Oreo update for Moto Z, then you can always go for the third party unofficial custom firmwares to experience the latest build on your device. Few days back erfanoabdi, a senior member from the XDA community has compiled a latest, stable and bug free Android 8.0 Oreo based Lineage OS 15 unofficial custom ROM especially for Motorola Moto Z (griffin) smartphone.
All credit goes to his great efforts because now the Moto Z users can finally enjoy and experience the combo features of Android 8.0 Oreo as well as the Lineage OS 15 on their smartphones. This completely stable ROM is packed with some innovative and user friendly features which will definitely enhance your phones overall performance. In our today’s tutorial we’ll discuss some simple steps on how to flash the latest Android 8.0 Oreo based Lineage OS 15 ROM on Moto Z (griffin) smartphone. All the interested users can freely proceed to the actual guide given below. 👍
We at DroidThunder.com don’t held any responsibility if you brick your Moto Z by following the steps given here. This is your decision to flash Android O on your Moto handset. You’ve been warned so we recommend to proceed at your own risk.
This Android 8.0 Oreo based Lineage OS 15 ROM must be flashed only on Motorola Moto Z (griffin). Flashing this custom ROM on any other device or variant can permanently damage or even brick your phone. So confirm your device first and then move further.
- Charge your Moto Z at least up to 60% so that you can complete the process without any interruption.
- Since the process includes wiping of your phone data, it is recommended to take a complete backup of your contacts, apps, messages, call logs, memos, apn settings etc. for safety. You may use any backup app from Google play Store.
- Ensure that Motorola mobile specific USB drivers are installed on your computer. This will help in detecting your phone when connected to computer. You can manually install the USB drivers from the link given below.
- The bootloader of your Moto Z must be unlocked before going ahead. Refer our complete article on how to unlock bootloader:
- Your Moto Z should have a Root access. Also a custom recovery like Clockworkmod (CWM) or TWRP must be installed. If you haven’t installed yet, then follow our complete guide given below:
- Enable the USB debugging mode on your phone. For doing so, follow the path Menu->Settings->Developer options ->USB debugging. If you don’t see Developers option then go to Settings->About Phone and tap 7 times on the Build number. This will make the Developers option appear in the Settings menu.
Procedure to install Android 8.0 Oreo based Lineage OS 15 custom ROM on Moto Z:
Step 1: Download both the Lineage OS 15 ROM and GApps (.zip) package files to a convenient location on your computer.
Note: Remember not to extract these zip files.
Step 2: Connect your phone to computer and copy both these zip files on your phones internal memory. Then safely disconnect your device from the computer.
Note: If you don’t have a computer, then you can directly download the zip files on your phone.
Step 3: Now switch off your Moto Z completely until it vibrates.
Step 4: Then you need to boot your phone into bootloader mode. For that, keeping the phone in switched off mode, press and hold Volume down key + Power button simultaneously until your Moto Z lands into bootloader mode as given below.
Note: In bootloader mode, Volume buttons are used for scrolling and Power button for selection.
Step 5: So use Volume down key and navigate to Recovery mode option and then select it using Power button.
Step 6: As soon as you press the Power button your phone will automatically boot into TWRP recovery mode.
Note: The first thing you need to do as you enter the TWRP recovery mode is take a complete nandroid backup of your current ROM.
Refer our detailed guide for taking complete Nandroid backup:
Step 7: Now go back to the main menu of TWRP recovery and select the Wipe option.
Step 8: On the next screen swipe right to initiate the factory reset process.
Note: This step will clear the data on your phone memory so make sure you have backed up everything before implementing this step.
Step 9: After wiping out everything press back button and again go to the main menu and select Wipe option.
Step 10: Then click on the Advanced Wipe option present there.
Step 11: On the next screen, select the particular partitions to wipe.
Note: Do not tick the Internal Storage option.
Then swipe right to initiate the wiping process.
Step 12: Lets install the Lineage OS 15 ROM now. So go back and select the Install option from the TWRP main menu. This will show you all the files and folders present on your phones memory.
Step 13: Navigate to the Android 8.0 Oreo based Lineage OS 15 ROM which you’ve copied earlier and select it. On the next screen just swipe right to initiate the actual Android 8.0.0 Oreo ROM flashing process.
Step 14: Be patient and wait for few minutes until the process finishes. As soon as it completes, you’ll see a successful message on the screen.
Step 15: Now go back and install the Google Apps zip package file (which contains Play Store, Maps, Gmail, Gtalk etc.) in the same way as you’ve installed the Lineage OS 15 custom ROM. Refer screenshot:
Step 16: Everything completes here. Just restart your Moto Z by selecting the Reboot->System option present on the TWRP recovery mode itself.
Note: The first boot will take more time to start than usual.
That’s it! The all new Android 8.0 Oreo based Lineage OS 15 custom ROM has been successfully installed on your Motorola Moto Z (griffin) XT1650 smartphone. Go to Menu->Settings->System->About Phone and confirm the same. Enjoy the combo features of Lineage OS as well as the latest Android 8.0 Oreo with this ROM. Also don’t forget to share your views and experience after using it. Finally if you face any issues while going through this process then feel free to ask me in the comments section given below. I’d love to help you guys. Till then Enjoy and Peace out!✌