Huawei P8 Lite running on Android Nougat OS? Yes, that’s possible as you can currently choose from different custom ROMs that are based on the latest Android software. However, when deciding to use a custom update the best will be to get a system that is light and fast in order to obtain the best results. Well, in that respect you might be interested in flashing the new Lineage OS on your own Huawei P8 Lite.
Unfortunately, for now you cannot use the official release of Lineage OS. This Android Nougat firmware that is discussed during this tutorial is developed and offered by those of xda-developers so we have to thank them for this update opportunity. Anyway, don’t worry as even though it is an unofficial built of Lineage OS, the firmware can be successfully used on a daily basis – the ROM is stable and will smoothly run on your Huawei P8 Lite.
A custom ROM, thus this Lineage OS system, is nothing but a ported version of the stock Android firmware. Therefore, this Android Nougat is not coming from Huawei and it cannot be received in form of a new OTA. Moreover, the software is only a free aftermarket distribution of the Android platform and it cannot be related with Google. As mentioned, Lineage OS is developed by third party devs so it is an unofficial update available for your Huawei P8 Lite.
I am insisting on these aspects because due to same reasons you are going to lose your phone’s warranty if you will choose to use the steps from down below. That’s happening when you’re using a custom ROM so you have nothing to do about it.
As for the actual Lineage OS the ROM is coming with the latest Android Nougat features, apps and capabilities for your Huawei P8 Lite. In addition you can also get various stability improvements, bug fixes and security patches. The ROM is light and fast and pre-loaded with different settings that cannot be found on the stock Android OS. With these custom settings you can then choose to tweak your P8 Lite in order to bump speeds, improve the battery performance and upgrade everything else – overall, you will be able to customize, optimize and personalize the Android core system.
Anyway, before starting the actual update operation you should first take care of some additional things. In that matter you have to know that you can successfully complete this tutorial only if your Huawei P8 Lite is rooted as an unlocked Android system is required for the Lineage OS custom ROM. Moreover, a custom recovery image should run on your phone this being the environment through which you will resume all the steps from below – in that matter I recommend you to use the latest version of TWRP or CWM recovery.
As you will see you can flash the Lineage OS only after making a hard reset and clearing app data cache. Those are the reasons why a backup is now more than recommended. You see, without securing your files you will end up in losing everything that’s important for you – such as contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files and more. So, use your favorite backup and restore apps and save everything – along with your personal files also take care of some system packages such as the Internet settings, or the IMEI / NVRAM data.
Of course a Nandroid backup should not be optional for you. This is a dedicated backup procedure that can help you smartly manage possible unpleasant situations – for example, if the Lineage OS will not run as expected on your Huawei P8 Lite you can choose to use the Nandroid backup process for going back to stock. So, with the Nandroid backup you will manage to save the current Android OS that runs on your smartphone.
A computer or a notebook must be at your disposal. There you will download the update package and compatible Google Apps – Google Apps are not included in the Lineage OS firmware so it must be flashed separately. Hint: if you cannot download the files from below consider in temporarily deactivating the security features from your computer.
On your P8 Lite you must gain Developer Options – tap repeatedly, for several times, on Built Number until the ‘you are a developer’ message is prompted. Afterwards, go towards “menu – > settings – > developer options” and check the USB Debugging field.
Charge your smartphone before deciding to do anything else. This can save you from further problems – if your device gets turned off during the Nougat update various soft related problems can be caused and malfunctions can be then experienced on your Huawei P8 Lite. So, plug in the charger if the power is currently lower than 50%.
How to Update Huawei P8 Lite with Lineage OS custom Android Nougat Firmware
- Start by getting the Lineage OS for your Huawei P8 Lite; the firmware package can be downloaded from here.
- As mentioned you should also download compatible Google Apps; get the apps from here.
- Save the files on desktop and then power on your phone and connect it with your computer with the help of the USB cable.
- Transfer the downloaded files on your smartphone and then unplug the USB cable; yes, the computer is no longer required.
- Switch off your P8 Lite and wait while the power off process is completed.
- When done, reboot recovery mode on your Android device.
- From recovery make the wipe before doing anything else. You can erase everything by selecting “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvik cache”.
- Return to main menu of recovery and tap on Install (or just select “install zip from SD card” followed by “choose zip from SD card”).
- Pick up the Lineage OS firmware file and swipe in order to begin the update process.
- When done, go back to main menu of recovery and repeat the last step for flashing Google Apps.
- That should be all; in the end from main menu of recovery select “Reboot system now”.
The Lineage OS can be now booted on your Huawei P8 Lite. Test the new Android Nougat experience and try all the new features and apps. Do share your experience with us and with other users who might want to use this step by step guide through the comments field from down below. Enjoy.