Install Android 7.1.1 Nougat based Lineage OS ROM on One Plus 3. Android users who are a bit geek minded always tend to try something new on their smartphones like flashing custom ROMs. Although there are wide range of custom ROMs available out there in the Android world, still the most preferred and used ROM is Cyanogenmod. The sad new is that the Cyanogen Inc. has finally confirmed the shutdown and discontinuation of their most used ROM. But don’t worry as a new successor of Cyanogenmod called the Lineage OS is taking up the mantle by following the footsteps of CM.
In this step by step guide we’ll be discussing on how to install the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat based Lineage OS ROM on One Plus 3 smartphone. This ROM is considered as the most stable and customized one till date. Lets check out some of the amazing features that this ROM has. Lineage OS ROM enables you to make various customization changes within the visual aspects. This includes changing the themes, adjusting different looks of notification bar, changing the homepage layout and much more. The Lineage OS comes by default with Stock Android design. But since it is completely customisable you can change its look and feel wherever you want.
Lineage OS offers better privacy with the new Privacy Guard feature. With this feature, you can change the permissions required by each and every app installed on your phone. This way you can easily find out how your phone is being used by the installed apps thus making it as the most effective method in improving the privacy of your phone. This features also has the notification support. So whenever you install an app and it requires a particular permission for running, immediately a notification will popup with which you can adjust the permissions according to your requirements.
The main advantage of flashing this ROM is the quicker update rollouts. The updates for this ROM are released quickly after the Stock Android releases with some latest and advanced features. Lineage ROM also helps in improving your phones battery backup. Basically it comes with absolutely no bloatware which means there are no background running apps or unnecessary services there by increasing the battery backup. Those to wish to experience the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat features with the most stable Lineage OS ROM can proceed to the actual step by step guide given below.
We recommend you to proceed further at your own risk. If any damage happens to your One Plus 3 by following this guide, then neither we at droidthunder.com nor the developers of this ROM will be held responsible for that. Although I assure that no damage can happen to your phone if you apply every single step as it is mentioned in the article. Follow every step carefully without implementing anything by your own.
This Lineage OS ROM is based on the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS and must be flashed only on OnePlus 3. Flashing this ROM on any other device or variant may cause permanent damage or even brick your device. So confirm your device first and then proceed ahead.
- Ensure to charge your phones battery before initiating the flashing process. There are chances that a lack of battery might increase the interruption risk during the process. At least charge upto 60% before proceeding ahead.
- It is highly recommended to backup your complete phone data and settings including your contacts, messages, call logs, memos, whatsapp messages, installed apps etc. before flashing this ROM. This is important as everything will get wiped at the end of this procedure. You may use any application for taking backup.
- Make sure to enable the USB debugging mode on your One Plus 3. You can do that 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.
- Make sure you have installed mobile specific USB drivers on your computer so as to detect your One Plus 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 7.1.1 Nougat based Lineage OS ROM.
Procedure to install Android 7.1.1 Lineage ROM on One Plus 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 One Plus 3 into recovery mode without using those key combinations.
Step 4: As soon as you enter into TWRP custom 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 7.1.1 Nougat based Lineage OS custom ROM which you’ve copied earlier and select it. On the next screen just swipe to start the actual Android 7.1.1 Nougat custom ROM flashing process.
Step 9: 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 10: 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 11: In the similar way flash the Google Apps package (containing Play Store, Gmail, Gtalk etc.) as you’ve flashed the Lineage OS ROM.
Note: Do not wipe data/cache after flashing the Google Apps.
Step 12: The flashing process completes here. Now restart your One Plus 3 smartphone by selecting the Reboot>System option present on the recovery mode itself.
Note: This first boot might take more time to start than usual. But don’t worry as after a couple of boots it’ll be normal.
Awesome! Your One Plus 3 is successfully updated to the the latest and completely stable Lineage OS unofficial custom ROM based on the all new Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS. You may confirm the same from Menu->Settings->About Phone. Enjoy and experience the combo pack of features of Lineage OS as well as Android 7.1.1 Nougat with this beautiful ROM. Do share your views after using it. And don’t forget, if you face any difficulty while going through the process or have any issue related to this article then kindly inform me using the comments section given below. I’ll be glad to help you. Peace out! 😛