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Update Motorola Moto G5 to Android 8.0 Oreo with LineageOS 15 ROM

Moto G5

Xda senior member CarlosArriagaCM successfully compiled the new Lineage OS 15 ROM for the Motorola Moto G5. So, that can mean only one thing: this Android 8.0 Oreo based firmware can be successfully installed on the Moto G5. This is a great update opportunity since the G5 is running on Nougat OS and since there aren’t any clues on when the Oreo OTA will be rolled out. Thus, if you want to test the latest Android build ahead of its official launch, don’t hesitate and follow the guidelines from below.

The Lineage OS 15 is based on the pure Android 8.0 Oreo software but it has nothing to do with the official Android platform. It is only another free aftermarket distribution of the stock OS so it is a ported and modified version of the same. In our case, the stock Oreo platform was modified and customized for running on the Motorola Moto G5. These are important aspects as you aren’t going to flash an official Android update released by Motorola or by Google.

Lineage OS 15 for the Motorola Moto G5 is developed by those of xda-developers so we must thank them for this new update opportunity. Moreover, since we are not talking about the official update, this particular firmware can be applied only manually and only by using the steps from this guide. Make sure you check all the lines from this tutorial as that’s the only way possible in which you can learn how to prepare your smartphone for the update operation that will follow.

An unofficial update operation can be applied without problems, but a risk must be assumed. In our case the warranty of your Moto G5 will get void – if something bad happens and you have to take your phone back to service you will have to pay for the technical assistance. You can afterwards try to restore the warranty, if that will be required, but for doing so you will need to reinstall the stock Android OS, which means that you will lose the tweaks that were applied on your phone (basically, you will restore your device back to its initial state).

LineageOS 15 for Moto G5 is still under development. Shortly, the devs are still working in providing a fully stable Android 8.0 Oreo OS. Don’t worry, this early release of Lineage OS 15 can run on your Moto G5 without problems, but you might still find minor bugs from time to time – yes, you can use this built of Lineage OS on a daily basis.

However, for being sure that you avoid any possible unpleasant situations, you should first save the current Android OS that runs on your handset. In that way you can protect your firmware – you will save it which means that you can afterwards flash it back on your phone, if the new ROM isn’t performing as you expected. You can make this backup through a custom recovery image – all you have to do is initiate a Nandroid backup.

And since we are talking about custom recovery images, you need to know that Lineage OS 15 can be installed on your Motorola Moto G5 only if TWRP recovery can be used. Thus, before doing anything else complete this additional operation. Moreover, root access must be ensured too because the new Android 8.0 Oreo firmware will have to access, modify, customize and optimize the Android core system that powers your device – the root process will unlock the default Android OS.

A general backup shouldn’t be optional in our case. A custom ROM can be flashed and used properly only after a wipe is performed. The wipe will imply in clearing app data cache and in completing a hard reset. So, all your personal data, info, accounts and files will be erased during the steps from below. Unfortunately, without making a proper backup you will lose everything that means something for you – including stuffs like contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings and similar other files. For being able to secure your files you can go to Google Play and download specialized backup and restore apps. You can also choose to sync your data with your Google Account or to use built-in cloud storage services.

A manual update operation implies in taking care of some additional stuffs as explained during the following list:

  • A computer is required as there you will have to download the files that will be used during the update process.
  • On your phone you have to gain Developer rights: go to About Phone and tap repeatedly on Built Number until you notice the ‘you are a developer’ prompt.
  • Also on your phone access Developer Options – within Menu – > Settings. From that field check the USB Debugging option.
  • Verify the power that’s left on your Motorola Moto G5. If the value displayed is lower than 50%, plug in the charger before flashing Lineage OS.
  • Make sure the charging is performed as otherwise your device can get bricked during the update operation – different malfunctions can be caused if your phone gets turned off while you apply the following steps.
  • Make sure you use this tutorial for the Motorola Moto G5 – the files linked below are compatible only with this particular Android based handset so try not to mess things up.

How to Update Motorola Moto G5 to Android 8.0 Oreo with LineageOS 15 ROM

  1. Download the Lineage OS 15 ROM for your Motorola Moto G5 – you can get the Android 8.0 Oreo package from this page.
  2. Then, download compatible Google Apps. Google Apps aren’t included in the update file so it must be flashed automatically.
  3. Good; so save these files on desktop.
  4. Next, switch off your smartphone and afterwards access recovery mode.
  5. A wipe must be initiated from recovery. So, choose “wipe data factory reset” followed by “wipe dalvik cache” and by “wipe cache partition”.
  6. After erasing everything go back to Android mode.
  7. Connect your Moto G5 with your computer; do that by plugging in the USB cord.
  8. Now, transfer the recently downloaded files from your computer, to your phone.
  9. Unplug the USB cord and once more turn off your smartphone.
  10. Again, go to recovery mode.
  11. From recovery tap on Install and then load the Lineage OS 15 ROM.
  12. Swipe and wait while the Android 8.0 Oreo flashing process is automatically completed.
  13. Repeat the last step and install Google Apps.
  14. In the end, return to main menu of recovery and tap on Reboot.

There you go. The Android 8.0 Oreo update is now installed on your Motorola Moto G5. Start using Lineage OS 15 and tell us everything about this early release of Oreo. You can share your experience with us easily, through the comments field that’s available below. Enjoy.