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How to install Official LineageOS 14.1 ROM For Moto G4 And G4 Plus

Motorola launched the Moto G4 and the Moto G4 Plus smartphones last year, and both of them are one of the most popular smartphones till date. They are priced competitively and offer great value for money as well. Talking about the specs, it is Octa-core (4×1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.2 GHz Cortex-A53) Qualcomm MSM8952 Snapdragon 617. The Moto G4 comes in two variants i.e. 2GB RAM & 16GB/ 32GB of internal storage, whereas the Moto G4 Plus comes in three variants i.e. 2GB with 16GB internal storage or 3GB with 32GB internal storage or finally 4GB with 64GB of internal storage. It comes with Android 6.1 Marshmallow out of the box.

If you wish to get the latest version of Android, then your only option is to install LineageOS 14.1. As you might already know, LineageOS is the same old CyanogenOS, and it is just a name change since the company has been acquired by Lineage. And since it is pretty much the same software, we don’t really have to worry about the reliability of the same, and we ca proceed with the instalaltion.

About the ROM

The LineageOS as you all know comes with a couple of customization options which is otherwise not found in the stock Android. At the same time, it is highly optimized as well and should work completely fine on your device. The battery performance is also on point, and you don’t have to worry about quick battery drain, etc. The interface also closely resembles that of the stock Android, and it is a very good overall user experience. Before you go ahead and install the ROM, there are certain Prerequisites to take care of and they are listed down below.

Prerequisite

  • The first step of this particular setup is to make sure that you are installing a custom recovery software since it is absolutely necessary for the installation.
  • You also need to have the bootloader of your smartphone unlocked in order to proceed with the installation.
  • Once all this done, it is also necessary that you create a backup of your data as well as the previous ROM so that you can restore it if anything goes wrong.
  • Make sure that you have at least 50-percent battery on your smartphone before you proceed with the installation. If the smartphone’s battery drains during the installation, then you may end up with a completely bricked smartphone as well.
  • And the last thing which you need to do is download the LineageOS file as well as GApps, which you need to install at the end.

Installation

  1. Assuming that you have downloaded the files from the link given above, we can now start the installation and proceed with the same.
  2. The first step is to make sure that you copy the files which you have downloaded into the SD card.
  3. Now simply turn off your device and enter into the recovery mode. You can do this by pressing Volume Down + Power Key at the same time.
  4. Now fast mount the partitions: Data, Cache, System.
  5. Now once that is, done, it is time to wipe your device and clear the old ROM. You can do this by going into ‘wipe and format option ⇒ wipe data, system, cache and Dalvik cache’ via the custom recovery software.
  6. Once done, navigate to LineageOS 14_1.zip file which you copied in the first step.
  7. Now Swipe to flash it and this should begin the installation.
  8. Once the installation is done, it is now time to install GApps as well and the procedure for that also remains the same.
  9. Once both the installation is done, you can reboot your device.

Do make a note that the first reboot may take more time than usual since it has to initiate all the files, etc. Hence we suggest you to be patient with the same. With that said, if you have any queries on this, then be sure to let us know by commenting down below and also be sure to stay tuned to Android Advices for tutorials like this.

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