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Update Xiaomi Mi 5S to Android 8.0 Oreo LineageOS 15 Custom ROM

Xiaomi Mi 5S is one of the few lucky devices to receive an unofficial LineageOS 15 Android 8.0 Oreo ROM build. You can follow the guide below to install LineageOS 15.0 custom ROM based on Android 8.0 Oreo on your Xiaomi Mi 5S. Manufacturers are still working hard on getting Android 8.0 Oreo update pushed out to their devices but fortunately, rather than waiting for that to happen, you can test Android 8.0 Oreo immediately with this LineageOS 15.0 custom ROM. Some of the highlight features include a revamped Notification system and multi-window integration. This is an unofficial build and also, it is in Alpha stage which means there might be some bugs. Nonetheless, you can revert to stock if you run into any major issues. If interested in Android 8.0 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 Xiaomi Mi 5S to Android 8.0 LineageOS 15.0 Oreo custom firmware using the tutorial below. This is not an official release by Xiaomi Mi 5S/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 8.0 LineageOS 15.0 ROM on Xiaomi Mi 5S 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.

LineageOS 15.0 Alpha ROM for Xiaomi Mi 5S

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 ( 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 8.0 LineageOS 15 ROM Details:

For those who are new to LineageOS, please read the following:

LineageOS, also known as LineageOS Android Distribution and Lineage, is a free and open-source operating system for smartphones and tablet computers, based on the Android mobile platform. It is the successor to the highly popular custom ROM CyanogenMod, from which it was forked in December 2016 when Cyanogen Inc. announced it was discontinuing development and shut down the infrastructure behind the project. Since Cyanogen Inc. retained the rights to the Cyanogen name, the project rebranded its fork as LineageOS

Here is a quick note for those who are going to install this release of LineageOS 15.0 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 8.0 Oreo.

We haven’t really found any major issues or apps that do not work with this Android 8.0 LineageOS 15.0 custom firmware.

There are tons of useful articles and how-to guides on Team Android for the Xiaomi Mi 5S, but we think you might be interested in the following posts:

Like this LineageOS 15 ROM based on the latest Android 8.0? 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.

Xiaomi Mi 5S 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 Xiaomi Mi 5S properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Xiaomi Mi 5S USB drivers!

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. Read: How to Backup Android Apps, Text Messages, WhatsApp, Call History.

Xiaomi users can also back up data using Xiaomi Mi PC Suite to your computer. Mi PC Suite helps you to move data across different Android devices i.e moving Xiaomi Mi 5 backup data to Samsung Galaxy S8.

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. [Tutorial: How to Backup Android Phone using TWRP]

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, Nougat and Oreo.

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?

3. 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.

All set and ready? Good. Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial on the next page and update Xiaomi Mi 5S to Android 8.0 LineageOS 15 custom firmware.