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We migrated from CM to Lineage - successfully!

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After the death of CyanogenMod, its successor – LineageOS – has come to life. The first official builds are now available for download. We updated the Nexus 5X with the migration build, and were able to upgrade directly from an existing CyanogenMod installation. This stirs up hope for easy updates.

Good news for modders: so-called dirty flashing doesn't appear to be a problem with LineageOS [pronounced: Li-ne-yah]. So, anyone who had previously used CyanogenMod can update directly from one ROM to the next. You need not fear errors, crashes or loss of data if you upgraded to the CM successor. We were able to check this with at least two devices in the editorial office.

Over the weekend, the first official builds for Moto G4 and G4 Plus, and other devices the Nougat-based version, Lineage 14.1, is now available for new servers. A total of around 80 devices will follow. The builds are updated daily, as well as nightly experiments. The CM to Lineage experimental builds are a seamless upgrade from CM to Lineage, but they are also marked by an ugly watermark that permanently overlays the display.

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The migration build includes an unsightly watermark./ © NextPit

My colleague, Hans-Georg, had already done the dirty upgrade on the LG G3, and without first restoring the factory settings. The upgrade was successful, though it was an unofficial build. Today, we conducted the experiment with the Nexus 5X. When we upgraded from CyanogenMod 14.1 to LineageOS 14.1 Experimental, all of the Google apps – but not the Google account – were lost. Gapps could be re-installed afterwards and used immediately without a new login.

After the migration, you can install a nightly and (later, once it's available) weekly build. However, at the time of writing, the download for the nightly build was not available. As a result, we haven't been able to test this yet. Additionally, it had not worked with the integrated update function.

There are hardly any important differences from CyanogenMod. Root access is no longer a standard part of the ROM and must be installed separately or activated in its own builds. A corresponding ZIP file for rooting LineageOS should also be available for download sometime soon. According to the blog post for the release manager ciwrl, you must flash only once during the initial installation.

Will you miss CyanogenMod? Have you tried migrating to LineageOS yet? Let us know in the comments below.

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Eric Ferrari-Herrmann

Eric Ferrari-Herrmann
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Eric has been with AndroidPIT since 2014. He’s writing articles and reviews for the German website. Topics are mostly privacy and new technology but there's also the occasional piece on environmental sustainability.

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  • Yavin Five Feb 8, 2017 Link to comment

    How are we supposed to get rid of the watermark ? Is there a way to turn that off??

  • CJ Brown Feb 4, 2017 Link to comment

    CyanogenMod - you paved the way for rooting Roms and Customizing (your CEO's big mouth / ego killed you)

    LineageOS - only time will tell if you usher in a new era

  • Nisha Patel Jan 31, 2017 Link to comment

    Glad to know!! I have a question though. I wanted to know, if you're already rooted, do you have to unroot, then reroot, then install? That would make it a pain

  • Dubstep Dylan Jan 31, 2017 Link to comment

    I have a galaxy s5 g900p running lineage official 14.1 rooted with sound mods. Love it mich smoother and snappier than the last cm14.1 build

  • Yusuf Hamid Jan 30, 2017 Link to comment

    I am using Oneplus One and I want to used the new Lineage Os

    Before going ahead I want to asked can I change the LCD density in the new Lineage Os??

    How do I install the new Lineage Os OTA

  • AN~ Jan 30, 2017 Link to comment

    For me I will do a full backup; then I will wipe everything to flash the lineage OS. I hope it come soon for the GT-I9190.

  • Handy Ruskington Jan 30, 2017 Link to comment

    Hi transitioned my OnePlus 3 running CM14.1 nightlies. It is fully loaded with around 100 apps, CM has been my daily driver for 5 years across all my android devixes. I used the experimental update to Lineage OS and it went like a dream, soon as it was up I loaded the latest Build without any problems. Fantastic! 100% happy..

  • Düdmæng Brøssøvítçh Jan 30, 2017 Link to comment

    Pronounced "Lin-Ē-ej" who told this guy it was li-ni-ah? That's the dumbest thing I've read this week, and I've logged into Fakebook this past week twice!

  • ruimglay ruimgplay Jan 30, 2017 Link to comment

    I did it with my Nexus 5

  • Dwarfer66 Jan 30, 2017 Link to comment

    About to test it out on my Tab S 10.5

  • pradeep kumar Jan 30, 2017 Link to comment

    Do Asus zenfone 2 ZE551ML will get Lineage OS? Now my mobile is running on Marshmallow 6.0.1.

  • Dante Graves Jan 29, 2017 Link to comment

    I got Error 7 on TWRP! Can anyone help me? I have a ZenFone 2 (Z008) running CM 13... (the twrp is updated to the last version)... Please send me an answer! Thanks

    • Marco Alarcon Jan 29, 2017 Link to comment

      i get the same thing on my moto x 2014

    • Jp_Ken Jan 29, 2017 Link to comment

      Error 7 maybe it is corrupt folder. Download again

    • Saurav Singh Jan 30, 2017 Link to comment

      In TWRP, goto "Mount" and check "System". Come back to the TWRP Main Screen and try flashing again. Hopefully it should work.

      • Marco Alarcon Jan 30, 2017 Link to comment

        it still gives me error 7 :c please help

  • Nana Kwamina Ashun Jan 29, 2017 Link to comment

    Is there anything for Samsung galaxy note pro sm-p 901

  • Matthew Rayner Jan 29, 2017 Link to comment

    Still on cyangenmod with a galaxy s3, will it come to older devices like mine?

    • Will Broccolo Jan 29, 2017 Link to comment

      It already is on the s3 check the lineage download page. I believe it was one of the first to get lineage.

    • Paul Tomlinson Jan 29, 2017 Link to comment

      It is already available. For the international i9300 search "lineage is i9300". After installing with gapps on top I had a boot loop but after powering down and back up again it works great.

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