You can test out the new Android 7.1.1 Nougat straight on your Moto G4 Plus by installing LineageOS 14.1 Nightly custom ROM. Officially, Motorola hasn’t yet updated the phone with Android Nougat so this is a very good opportunity to test it out. The LineageOS 14.1 Nightly custom ROM is basically a re-branded CM14.1 ROM as CyanogenMod name no longer exists. The features of this custom ROM include a very close to stock User Interface, performance tweaks, options to customize almost everything and all the base 7.1.1 Nougat features offered by Google. As there is Nightly in the title, it means the ROM is still being worked on and more features are supposed to be added in each release including bug fixes. For installing LineageOS 14.1 on your Moto G4 Plus, the complete guide is given below. If interested in Android 7.1.1 for other phones, check out our new Custom ROMs section. The new LineageOS doesn’t come pre-rooted but you can flash the SuperSU root zip to gain full root access and enjoy all root apps (read: Benefits of Rooting an Android Device). You can update Moto G4 Plus to Android 7.1.1 LineageOS 14.1 Nightly Nougat custom firmware using the tutorial below. This is not an official release by Motorola/Google, but just a custom ROM which would require a custom recovery like TWRP in order to flash the ROM zip and Google Apps zip files on your phone.
In this tutorial, we will tell you how to install Android 7.1.1 LineageOS 14.1 Nightly Nougat ROM on Moto G4 Plus with complete steps and instructions. We also have a set of important tips that you have to keep in mind before proceeding to the tutorial on the next page. Don’t forget to backup your phone as you will have to wipe all your data during the installation process. The following tips are important as they will help the installation procedure to go smooth without any issues. Let’s get on with the tutorial now.
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 14.1 Nightly Nougat ROM Details:
For those who are new to LineageOS, please read the following:
LineageOS is a free, community built, aftermarket firmware distribution of Android 7.1 (Nougat), rebranded CyanogeMod, which is designed to increase performance and reliability over stock Android for your device.
Here is a quick note for those who are going to install this release of LineageOS 14.1 for the very first time:
NOTE: Since this is not a final build, make sure you know that after installing this firmware update, your Android device can get FC errors, boot loops, several other bugs, apps might not work or worse, your phone might not boot. To fix, you will have to reinstall stock firmware or any other stable custom ROM.
Remember, this is not an official firmware update. This is a custom ROM, based on AOSP release of the Android 7.1.1 Nougat.
We haven’t really found any major issues or apps that do not work with this Android 7.1.1 LineageOS 14.1 custom firmware.
There are tons of useful articles and how-to guides on Team Android for the Motorola Moto G4 Plus, but we think you might be interested in the following posts:
- USB Drivers: How to Install Moto G4 Plus USB Drivers.
- Take Screenshots: How to take screenshots on Moto G4 Plus.
- Android 7.1.1 Custom ROMs: For a complete collection of Moto G4 Plus custom ROMs, click here!
Like this LineageOS 14.1 Nightly 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. Now please read below for important tips on how to make sure your installation goes smooth and you do not end up with any problems.
Motorola Moto G4 Plus 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 Motorola Moto G4 Plus properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:
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 APN Settings: GPRS, 3G, MMS Settings. How? Note down everything from: Settings > Wireless & Networks (More…) > Mobile networks > Access Point Names.
Samsung users can also back up data using Samsung KIES. If you backup data manually, you get more options what to choose from and it is very easy to move data across Android devices from different manufacturers, i.e moving Samsung Galaxy Nexus backup data to HTC One X.
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.
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 and KitKat.
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.
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All set and ready? Good. Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial on the next page and update Moto G4 Plus to Android 7.1.1 LineageOS 14.1 Nightly Nougat custom firmware.