LineageOS Replaces CyanogenMod: How to Try It on Android Right Now

Ben Stegner 31-01-2017

One of the best customizations that rooting your Android brings 9 Amazing Android Customizations Worth Rooting For Haven't rooted your device yet? Once you get a look at all this awesome root-only customizations, you might change your mind. Read More is the ability to install a custom ROM. While you can make individual tweaks on your standard OS, a new ROM brings new features, themes, and even updates to devices abandoned by their manufacturers.


Certainly the most popular ROM for many years was CyanogenMod, lauded for building on stock Android with plenty of useful features 6 CyanogenMod Features We Need in Stock Android Android is a great operating system, but it could be even better if it took these features from CyanogenMod. Read More . However, due to complications, the company behind the ROM shut down at the end of 2016, leaving an uncertain future for its users. Fortunately, the team behind CyanogenMod has resurrected it as LineageOS, and you can give it a try right now if you like.

Visit the LineageOS downloads page to see which devices have a supported version. As of writing, supported devices include the Nexus 6P and 5X, Samsung Galaxy S5, the OnePlus 3, and Motorola Moto X Pure. Depending on your device, the ROM will be based on either Android 6.0 Marshmallow or Android 7.0 Nougat.

Only Experimental and Nightly builds are available at the moment, meaning those looking for a stable OS should probably wait a bit. As the developers test new features, some aspects might break in these testing builds. Once they’ve produced a stable build, LineageOS will be ready for everyone.

If you’re interested in trying this but haven’t ever run through the process before, we’ve shown you how to install a custom ROM on your Android device How to Install a Custom ROM on Your Android Device Ready to revitalize your Android phone or tablet? Installing a custom ROM is the best way to do that -- powering it up with even better performance and features. Read More .

Were you a CyanogenMod user disappointed by the ROM’s downfall? Let us know if you plan to give LineageOS a try down in the comments!


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  1. Yogesh Sharma
    February 2, 2017 at 4:11 am

    How to update my Yureka Plus CyanogenMod 12.1 to lineage os

  2. A.Nesamony
    February 2, 2017 at 3:06 am

    I am using Yureka with CM 12.1 for the last 2 years. It's working fine. Is it necessary to shift to Lineage OS and is it possible?

  3. Albert Fuller
    February 1, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    Am currently using CM 12.1 and I love it. Certainly want to move to LineageOS; just waiting for my phone to get a build and am following the bug issues on CM13.1 and CM14.1.

  4. spyjoshx
    February 1, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CYANOGEN!!!!!!!!! PLEASE DON'T LEAVE ME!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Suresh R
    February 1, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Im using zuk Cyanogen os device and what is the future for us???zuk is not mentioned in the lineageOS list.

  6. B
    February 1, 2017 at 1:09 am

    Tried it on my note 4. Got a status 7 error. Too bad cm14.1 is working awesome on it at the moment, I had high hopes for lineage 14.1

  7. Arnaud
    January 31, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Installed lineage on Nexus 5.
    Looks pretty stable to me.
    No major issue. A few apps like camera and clock run on older version than latest probably because of issues with latest versions with the rom.

  8. Jyotirindra Paul
    January 31, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    I am using yureka plus on cyanogen mod.I want to use lineage os.When and how can I down load it.

  9. Sriramj
    January 31, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    I have been using for just few hours and its awesome

  10. Akashdip Das
    January 31, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    A phone without cyanogenmod is like food without salt. I used cyanogen 13.1... The marshmallow update of Cyanogenmod was the best of YU yureka with the theme section in the YU yureka. But I felt broken down with the news of Cyanogenmod's downfall... I will surely try lineage os just to see whether they are still the best ROM makers on the history of this planet.... Thanks Cyanogenmod for publishing such unique roms for us which made our life colourful..... I it was the most heart breaking news that Cyanogenmod became extinct.

  11. Deepen Doshi
    January 31, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    I am using lenovo zuk z1 and want to try the cynogen replacement

    • Howard Gannaway
      February 1, 2017 at 8:03 pm

      Me too for ZUK Z1. Bring it on.