Update OnePlus 3 to Android 7.1.1 LineageOS Nougat Custom Firmware
LineageOS finally makes it way to OnePlus 3 and it is based on latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat. This is a great ROM to play with. However, there are still bugs in this ROM. Video calling on Facebook Messenger doesn’t work. RGB slider won;t work even though they tend to slide and set a value but overall, it is very nicely built ROM for OnePlus 3. And with that, you will be able to update OnePlus 3 to Android 7.1.1 LineageOS Nougat using this complete tutorial. Not necessary, but it would be better if your phone is rooted and has a custom recovery installed. A custom recovery will be needed to install Android 7.1.1 based LineageOS ROM zip and Google Apps zip files, since this is not an official OnePlus firmware update.
If this is your very first time installing a custom ROM, we understand you would want to make sure your installation process go as smooth as possible. So before we actually jump to the installation process of LineageOS ROM, let’s take a look below at how to backup all your data. When installing this Android 7.1.1 Nougat based custom ROM, your entire data will be wiped clean — like a brand new phone.
Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We (TeamAndroid.com) or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉
Android 7.1.1 LineageOS Nougat ROM Details:
This amazing LineageOS custom ROM comes with tons of new features and is based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. A quick list of the main features in LineageOS is given below and we are sure you’d love to use this on your OnePlus 3:
NFC (Partially working, NO android Pay)
Google Play application installing
Button backlight control
USB OTG Support
Power Menu customisations
Live Display (almost all of it)
In call volume slider
battery custumizations fixed
There are tons of useful articles and how-to guides on Team Android for the OnePlus 3, but we think you might be interested in the following posts:
- Root OnePlus 3: How to Root OnePlus 3 on Official Firmware.
- OnePlus 3 TWRP: How to Install TWRP Recovery on OnePlus 3 – Complete Guide.
- Unlock Bootloader: How to Unlock Bootloader of OnePlus 3 Android Phone.
- Install Nougat: How to Install Try and Install Android 7.0 Nougat on Computer.
- Custom ROMs: For a complete collection of OnePlus 3 custom ROMs, click here!
Like this LineageOS ROM based on the latest Android 7.1.1? We love it too and we know you are looking forward to install it on your phone now.
OnePlus 3 USB Drivers
You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for OnePlus 3 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:
All set and ready? Good. Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial below and update OnePlus 3 to Android 7.1.1 LineageOS Nougat custom firmware.
NOTE: There is a helpful tips section at the bottom of this guide to help you backup your entire phone as all your data will be wiped clean during the installation of this ROM. We want to make sure your installation goes smooth and you do not end up with any problems.
TUTORIAL: How to Install Android 7.1.1 LineageOS Nougat on OnePlus 3
We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to install Android 7.1.1 LineageOS Nougat custom firmware on OnePlus 3. If you are used to installing custom ROMs on your One, then this should not be any different for you.
As we mentioned earlier, you need to have a custom recovery installed on your phone. Please do that first and then get back to this tutorial. And before you proceed below, make sure you read the tutorial once before actually performing it on your Android device.
- This tutorial is only for installing Android 7.1.1 LineageOS ROM on OnePlus 3. Please do not try on any other variants.
- Your phone should have a custom recovery installed in order to install this LineageOS ROM on your phone.
- We will be using TWRP Recovery for this tutorial.
- This tutorial will wipe out all your data. Make sure you backup all your data in your phone before proceeding.
- Perform a Dalvik Cache wipe before proceeding from the Recovery Mode.
Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:
Step 2 – Connect and mount your OnePlus 3 USB memory to your computer using the USB cable.
Step 3 – Now copy/paste the downloaded Android 7.1.1 ROM zip and Google Apps zip files to your phone memory / SD card. Make sure the file is in the phone memory / SD card root (not in any folder).
Step 4 – Then turn OFF your phone and disconnect from the USB cable.
Step 5 – Now to get in the Recovery Mode. Switch ON the phone while pressing and holding Volume Down + Power buttons together. Alternatively, read this: How to Enter Recovery Mode on OnePlus 3.
NOTE: Screenshots of the Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP Recovery) may change as new versions are released.
Step 6 – Once you are in TWRP Recovery, perform a full data wipe by tapping on the ‘Wipe’ button. Then swipe on the “Swipe to Factory Reset” option at the bottom.
Step 8 – Confirm installation on the next screen by swiping on the “Swipe to Confirm Flash” option. The installation procedure should start now as show below.
Step 10 – Tap on the “Wipe cache/dalvik” button if you get into any boot loops or other issues.
Step 11 – You can now reboot your phone by selecting the “Reboot System” button.
Your phone will boot now and it might take about 5 minutes to boot on your first time after flashing a new ROM. So, please wait.
That’s it! Your OnePlus 3 should now have Android 7.1.1 LineageOS Nougat custom ROM installed on your phone! Go to Settings > About phone to verify.
Backup and Other Important Tips
Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps:
Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below for some tips on how to backup data:
- Backup your Apps. How? –> How to Backup Android Apps.
- Backup your SMS messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore SMS Messages.
- Backup Contacts, Gmail and Google Data. How? –> Sync with Google Sync.
- Backup Call History. How? –> How to Backup Call History.
- Backup WhatsApp Messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore WhatsApp Messages.
- Backup Android ROM. How? –> How to Backup Android ROM with Nandroid / Recovery.
- Backup APN Settings: GPRS, 3G, MMS Settings. How? Note down everything from: Settings > Wireless & Networks (More…) > Mobile networks > Access Point Names.
If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up. It is easier and faster to restore your phone through a custom recovery.
A few more optional tips that you should remember:
1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow and Nougat.
2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?
4. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model. And also make sure you have an unlocked bootloader (except Samsung).
If you run into any problems, feel free to drop us a comment below and we will reply you back ASAP with the fix or the solution to your problem.