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How to install Android 7.1 Nougat based LineageOS 14.1 on Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 4 smartphone earlier this year in India, and it is definitely one of the most popular smartphones this year. It offers a great value for money with the kind of specs that it offers for the price. However, one of the major drawbacks of this particular smartphone is its software. It runs the company’s custom UI, i.e., the MIUI 8 based on Android 7.0 Nougat. While you can add any custom of your choice, it is still not a very pleasing experience.

However, if you wish to run a near stock Android ROM on this smartphone, then your only option is to install a third party ROM. Talking about third party ROMs, we have the LineageOS 14.1 build available for Redmi Note 4 now. If you are planning on flashing a third party ROM and wondering exactly how to do it, then you are at right place since we will be showing you exactly how to do the same in this tutorial today.

Features of LineageOS 14.1

As you may or may not know, the LineageOS 14.1 is the same as that of CyanogenMod, and hence you can expect pretty much the same exact features and functionality in this one as well. Also in terms of usability, it is just as smooth as you would expect it to be. It has the complete theme support as well and it in fact also has Audio FX feature built right into it. The battery life is also unaffected, and it is highly stable at the same time as well.

Prerequisite

  • The first thing which you need to make sure is to create a complete backup of your device. Since this process will completely wipe out your internal storage, it is recommended that you do create a backup of the same.
  • You also need to make sure that your device is rooted and you have installed a custom recovery software. We will be using TWRP custom recovery software. However, you can use any one of your choices.
  • You also need to make sure that your device has about 60-70 percent of charge before you begin the installation. If your device shuts down during the installation, then you might end up with a completely bricked smartphone.
  • And lastly, you need to make sure that you are downloading the files from the links given below. These files are necessary for the installation, and we suggest you download them and copy them to an external drive.

Lineage OS 14.1 Nougat ROM For Redmi Note 4

GApps

  1. Assuming that you have downloaded the files given in the links above, it is now time to begin the installation process.
  2. As mentioned earlier, the first step is to make sure that you copy the downloaded files into an external drive.
  3. Now simply turn off your phone and enter the recovery mode. You can do this by pressing Volume Down + Power Key at the same time.
  4. Now go to wipe and format option ⇒ wipe data, system, cache and Dalvik cache in the recovery menu.
  5. Once that is done, go back to the recovery menu and click on install.
  6. Now all you have to do is, navigate to the file which you downloaded before and then select the same and swipe to install.
  7. Once the installation is done, get back into the recovery mode for the installation of GApps.
  8. The procedure for the installation of the GApps is also just the same, hence follow the same process given above.
  9. Once that is done, it is now time to reboot, and you will see that your device has now rebooted into the new firmware.

Do make a note that the first reboot may take longer than usual, and hence we suggest you be patient with the same. With that said, if you have any queries, then be sure to let us know by dropping a comment down below and also stay tuned to Android Advices for more updates like this.

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