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Install LineageOS 14.1 on Nexus 5X Custom Firmware

After the discontinuation of CyanogenMod,  a new folks called LineageOS is taking up the mantle and it promises to keep most of what you loved in CyanogenMod. The Official Build of Lineage OS is now available for various devices including Google Nexus 5X. This guide will help you to install Lineage OS 14.1 Android 7.1.1 Nougat Custom Firmware on your Nexus 5X. This is the official Build of LineageOS for the Nexus 5X (all variants), which means you will receive OTA's from Lineage whenever the latest version rolls out by the respective Lineage Developers. We have covered everything detailed in the tutorial below - even a tutorial on how to Root and install TWRP recovery on Nexus 5X. Make sure to read the tutorial once before actually performing on your device.


As you read further, we will guide you how to Install LineageOS 14.1 on Nexus 5X with complete steps and how to root your phone. We will use TWRP recovery as our custom recovery. For more details, continue reading. Let’s get on with the tutorial now.

Disclaimer: Please read the following instructions thoroughly before attempting to flash your phone. absolves itself from any responsibility should something go wrong. Please proceed with caution and at your own risk.

This amazing Official LineageOS 14.1 ROM for Nexus 5X comes with tons of new features and Settings and is based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. You can check the current change log and newly added features of this ROM in the link below:
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NOTE: Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. 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?

To Remember :
  • This tutorial is only for installing LineageOS on Nexus 5X. Please do not try on any other Nexus variants.
  • Your phone should have a custom recovery installed in order to flash LineageOS. (Guide for Root and Custom Recovery if you are in Stock Nexus OS)
  • We will be using TWRP Recovery for this tutorial.
  • Your Nexus 5X bootloader should be unlocked.
  • 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.

HOW TO: Install LineageOS 14.1 on Nexus 5X Custom Firmware

We have put together a detailed step-by-step installation instruction so that the first time users doesn't face any problem on installing LineageOS 14.1 Android 7.1.1 Nougat Custom ROM on Nexus 5X.

Please make sure your phone fulfils all the requirements and we recommend you to read this tutorial once before actually performing it on your device. In case you have problem in connecting your phone with computer, make sure USB driver for LG is properly installed.

Tutorial- Step-by-Step:

Step 1: Download Official LineageOS 14.1 ROM and Google Apps for Nexus 5X to your computer.

Step 2: Connect and mount your Nexus 5X USB memory to your computer using the USB cable.

Step 3: Now copy/paste the downloaded LineageOS ROM zip and Google Apps zip files to your phone memory / SD card. Make sure the files are 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.

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 7: Now go back to the main menu and then tap on the ‘Install’ button. From the list, choose the ZIP file that you copied to your phone memory in Step 3.

Step 8: Confirm installation on the next screen by swiping on the "Swipe to Confirm Flash" option. The installation procedure should start now.

Google Apps: Once the ROM installation is completed, repeat the above steps from Step 7 to Step 8 for the Google Apps zip file as well and install it on your phone.

Step 9: Tap on the “Wipe cache/dalvik” button if you get into any boot loops or other issues.

Step 10: You can now reboot your phone by selecting the “Reboot System” button.

Your Nexus 5x 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 Nexus 5X should now have LineageOS Android 7.1.1 Nougat custom ROM installed on your phone! Go to Settings > About phone to verify.

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