If you are looking to install a new custom ROM on your Nexus 5X then we have some great News for Nexus 5X owners. Because the Official Nightly builds Lineage OS 14.1 based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat is now available and ready to install for your Nexus 5X device. The Lineage OS company which will be taking control of CyanogenMod services from now on. The Lineage OS team planned to give a chance to older Nexus 5X device by providing them with the latest firmware via official Lineage OS 14.1 ROM. This latest custom firmware brings the full stock experience with more performance and customization and much more. Also, the Lineage OS Custom firmware offers all the new features found on the latest stock Nougat firmware. This ROM is not officially announced by Google but just a custom ROM. By following this step by step guide, you can install Lineage OS 14.1 Nightly ROM based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat on Nexus 5X.
Your device must be rooted, and a custom recovery like TWRP or ClockworkMod (CWM) should be already installed on it. This is not a final build so you may face some minor bugs or errors. But don’t worry, users have not really found and reported any major issues or applications that do not work with this Android 7.1.1 Lineage OS 14.1 custom firmware. Before proceeding, don’t forget to take a full backup of all your valuable data. Because while flashing this custom ROM your entire data will be wiped clean like a brand new phone. If you are interested in updating your Nexus 5X to Android 7.1.1 Nougat Lineage OS 14.1 Nightly custom ROM then go ahead and follow the given steps.
Before Getting Started:
- Make a proper backup of all your relevant existing data on Nexus 5X.
- The stock Marshmallow OS version should be installed on Nexus 5X.
- Download and install USB drivers for LG Nexus 5X on your computer.
- The Nexus bootloader should be unlocked.
- Enable USB debugging option by pressing Menu > Settings > Applications. Navigate and tap on Developer Options to ensure that USB Debugging is enabled.
- You Nexus 5X must be rooted, and the latest build of either CWM or TWRP Recovery should be pre-installed on it to flash a brand new Android 7.1.1-based custom ROM.
- For this firmware installation, you will also need to factory reset the phone.
- Finally, ensure that your Nexus device carries more than 70% of charge.
Please note that this guide can be used only for the Google Nexus 5X devices. Don’t use the firmware file given in this guide for any other device or incorrect variant. Do note that you will experience some force close errors while running this Nougat firmware on your Nexus 5X.
- Download LineageOS 14.1 Nightly Android 7.1.1 Nougat custom ROM file from here.
- Download Gapps for Android 7.1.1 ROMs from here.
Steps to Flash LineageOS 14.1 Nightly Android 7.1.1 Nougat Custom ROM on Nexus 5X Device:
Step No 1: – Download LineageOS 14.1 Nightly Android 7.1.1 Nougat custom ROM (lineage-14.1-20170213-nightly-bullhead-signed.zip) and Gapps for Android 7.1.1 ROMs from the above links given on the desktop of your PC. (Make sure to select the Android 7.1.1 OS version) while downloading Google Apps package.
Step No 2: – Connect the device to your PC and copy/paste both files to the phone’s internal storage. Do not unzip the files.
Step No 3: – Disconnect the phone from PC and turn it OFF to boot into Recovery Mode.
Step No 4: – Turn ON the phone while pressing and holding Volume Up + Volume Down + Power buttons at the same time.
Step No 5: – While your Nexus 5X is in Bootloader / Fastboot main screen, press Volume Up to enter into Recovery mode. Then press Power to boot the Recovery Mode.
Step No 6: – Once in Recovery Mode, make an NANDROID Backup for the installed ROM by navigating to ‘backup and restore.’ Then set the file name and confirm process to begin the backup.
Step No 7: – Next, Factory Reset Nexus 5X and proceed to flash the Android 7.1.1 custom ROM.
Step No 8: – In CWM Recovery, select ‘install zip from sd card’, then ‘choose zip from sd card.’ Find the Android 7.1.1 custom ROM file and confirm the installation process to begin.
Step No 9: – Once the Android 7.1.1 firmware installation is completed, repeat the above steps to flash the Gapps zip on your Nexus 5X).
Step No 10: – After installation is successfully finished, reboot the device in normal mode.
Step No 11: – Finally, flash the SuperSU Stable from here to get root access to the internal file system of your Nexus 5X to remove the factory restrictions and permission to install tonnes of third-party apps.
Let us know in the comments area below if you have any question or trouble while installing the ROM