Installing LineageOS or any other custom ROM is actually very easy. We will explain the process in simple terms. The process is called “flashing” and you use special software for it. All you need is a custom recovery image like TWRP, Android Debug Bridge (adb), a universal adb device driver and the ZIP file of the custom ROM.
In this and the following posts, we will introduce mobile OSs. They are widely used and it is therefore important to bring privacy to your handset. In this series, we will review the OSs iOS, Android, LineageOS and other custom ROMs with privacy features in mind.
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Now, let us head back to installing LineageOS. The guide you should use is the official installation instructions for your device, they can be found on the LineageOS website. There is a great documentation and explains the process for people that have never done it before.
We will now outline the process. The steps you need to take to install LineageOS are:
Build Number7 times, which makes the advanced options appear.
Format Data, after that, go to
Advanced Wipeand delete the system partition.
TWRP>Advanced>Sideloadand activate by swiping. Now, enter the sideload command and the path to the LineageOS package on your PC. That will flash the custom ROM. Wait for it to finish installing LineageOS!
This is not a guide you should follow exactly when installing LineageOS, just a rough overview. The installation is different for each device and there are elaborate and easy-to-use guides available for your device on YouTube or the XDA Developers Forum. We just want to explain how it goes in general. Please consult the LineageOS website and read the instructions for your specific phone.
If the official guide is too brief for you, there is more verbose documentation available on Android Authority. You can also search for videos on the internet that show the process for your Android device. Here is a video with general info, not specific to any device.