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Update Nextbit Robin with Android Nougat based Lineage OS custom ROM

The CyanogenMod powered Lineage OS is finally officially released for various Android based devices. Among these devices we also have the Nextbit Robin which means that you can anytime choose to update your smartphone to the latest Android 7.0 Nougat OS through the same custom ROM software. Well, in order to assist you I decided to develop this dedicated step by step guide – by using the following lines you can learn how to easily, quickly and safely install Lineage OS on the Nextbit Robin.

The official Lineage OS is just great. The Nougat system is light, fast and secured and patched with important features, apps and capabilities that cannot be found on the stock Android platform. With these custom features you will be able to improve the performance of your Nextbit Robin in order to bump speeds, upgrade the battery life and customize / optimize / personalize the actual Android experience. Overall, you will be able to change and modify how your phone runs by your own taste and without dealing with factory or with default restrictions.

Of course, flashing Lineage OS is a tweaking operation. You cannot update with a custom ROM just like that so some preparations are required – we will talk about the essential pre requisites during the lines from below, so don’t panic.

However, first I must clarify a few things. A custom ROM is just a free aftermarket distribution of the stock Android Nougat OS and not an official update released by your OEM or by Google for your Nextbit Robin. In that respect, the Lineage OS is developed by third party devs and can be flashed only manually on your phone. And, in conclusion, you must know that once you start to complete the steps from below you will lose your phone’s warranty – you have nothing to do in that respect, that’s what happen each time you perform an unofficial process.

You can replace the stock Android firmware with a custom ROM only if your phone’s system is unlocked – as it must be afterwards optimized, customized and modified by the new software. Therefore, before doing anything else root your Nextbit Robin – do note that an unlocked bootloader might also be implied. Afterwards, install a custom recovery image on your phone. Through this recovery software you will flash the Nougat based update file, which will be offered in form of a .zip file. I recommend you to use the latest version of TWRP or CWM recovery in order to make things work without hassle.

In order to avoid unexpected problems you can consider in using the custom recovery image for making a Nandroid backup. Through that process you can save the current Android OS that powers your Nextbit Robin and restore it afterwards if the Lineage OS will not run smoothly, or on your taste.

Moreover, you must protect your data. During the update process you will have to make a hard reset and to clear app data cache; otherwise the new Nougat system can’t run properly. Therefore, without making a general backup you risk in losing your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data, calendar info and other personal data, accounts and files. On the Nextbit Robin you can use built-in cloud storage services, you can sync your files with your Google account or you can just download backup and restore apps from Google Play.

A manual update operation can be applied only if a computer is there – you will have to download the Lineage OS and compatible Google Apps there. On your Nextbit Robin you must become a developer and you have to check the USB Debugging option – for becoming a developer: go to “menu – settings – about phone” and tap repeatedly (for about 7 times) on Built Number; then, you can find the USB Debugging option within “menu – settings – developer options”. Don’t start the steps from below if your device runs low on power as you can end up in soft bricking your handset – that can happen if your device will get turned off during the Android Nougat update operation: so, plug in the charger if the power is currently lower than 50%.

How to Update Nextbit Robin with Android Nougat based Lineage OS custom ROM Firmware

  1. Power on your computer and enable an Internet connection.
  2. Then, download the Lineage OS firmware file from here and compatible Google Apps package from here.
  3. Just place these files on desktop.
  4. Now, power on your smartphone and connect it with your computer – do that with the help of the USB cable.
  5. Transfer the downloaded files from desktop to your phone; when the copy-paste process is completed, remove the USB cable and power off your smartphone (the computer is no longer required).
  6. Reboot recovery mode on your Nextbit Robin.
  7. Remember that a wipe must be performed in order to make things work. So, the first thing to do within recovery will be to select the following options: “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvik cache”.
  8. After clearing up the system you need to load and install the downloaded files; so, go back to main menu of recovery and select “install zip from SD card” followed by “choose zip from SD card”.
  9. Now, pick up the Lineage OS and the Google Apps files and resume the flashing process by following on screen prompts.
  10. Good; when done, from main menu of recovery choose “Reboot system now”.

And that should be all. You can now test the Android Nougat based Lineage OS on your own Nextbit Robin. Share your impressions and your results with us and with other users who might want to use this step by step guide by using the comments field from down below.

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