Today we will learn how to install the new custom ROM LineageOS using the CWM (ClockworkMod) recovery. The method to install Lineage OS with CWM is similar to CyanogenMod and very easy. ClockworkMod Recovery can also be used to install any other custom ROM on your Android smartphone or tablet.
Lineage OS has brought CyanogenMod back to its roots. Custom ROMs are not as popular as before as Google’s own Open Source Project (AOSP) has become better and many vendors have incorporated innovative features in their user interfaces, which previously required a custom ROM.
There is an option “install zip from sdcard” that will allow you to install a zip file on your device. Being the most popular custom recovery software for Android, most users prefer CWM over other solutions. Moreover, it is very easy to use.
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Lineage OS Requirements
- Unlocked bootoader
- CWM custom recovery
- Nandroid Backup (optional but recommended)
- Fully charged battery
Install LineageOS using ClockworkMod CWM [Tutorial]
Step 1 Download Lineage OS and Gapps. Copy the zip file of LineageOS ROM and copy it to the root folder of your device’s SD card. Also copy the zip file Gapps, if you want to also install the Google Apps. It’s not mandatory but it’s highly recommended that you do.
Step 2 Disconnect the device from computer and restart via CWM custom recovery. Turn off the device. Press and hold the Volume Up button + power button to boot into bootloader mode (Note: the combination of buttons can vary depending on the device as some devices require you hold the home button too).
Step 3 Now select “Recovery” option with the power button to start the device with CWM. Now you will get to CWM recovery main menu. Use the volume keys to move up and down and the power button to select an option.
Step 4 This step is optional but important. Make a Nandroid backup. From the recovery screen, select “Backup and restore” option. Now select “Backup” to start the Nandroid backup process. After the backup is complete, go back to the main recovery screen.
Step 5 Now select “Wipe data/factory reset” option. When asked for confirmation, select “Yes” to confirm the cleaning process. Then go back to the CWM main menu.
Step 6 Now you will install the ROM zip file that has been placed in the device’s SD card in step 1.
Step 7 Select “install zip from sdcard” option. Then select “choose from sdcard” option.
Step 8 Now select the zip file you want to install (the copied file on the SD card). When asked for confirmation, select “Yes” to start the installation. Installation process of LineageOS custom ROM will begin. This process will take time so don’t hesitate to have a cup of coffee in the meanwhile :).
Step 9 Once the process is complete, repeat all the steps listed above to install Gapps zip file.
Step 10 Once the installation is complete, go back to the main menu of CWM recovery screen and select “reboot system now” option to reboot your device. The device will reboot. Please note that for the first boot will take time, so be patient and DO NOT interrupt the boot process.
Step 11 Done! When the device has successfully restarted, you will be running LineageOS custom ROM.