Android is one of the main operating systems (OS) you will find on a smartphone today. Creator Andy Rubin and now developed by Google to compete directly with iOS, the operating system found on iPhones. One of the main reasons why Android was so successful was because it could run on many devices thanks to the Open Handset Alliance (OHA), an initiative that would allow manufacturers such as Samsung and LG to develop smartphones that may look and feel different, but still at the same time run the same operating system (with modifications made by the manufacturer).

Google may have prevented a monopoly that may have otherwise existed should Android have never existed, however it isn't all without some catch. Google is notorious for collecting large amounts of private user data, whether you're on a desktop, laptop, or smartphone. On all (Google certified) smartphones, there must be a Play Store and some Google apps (varies between devices). These apps, while useful for a large majority of users, can extract extensive amounts of information based on the user's search history and etc. However, there are solutions to prevent this and hence re-iterates the need of a guide such as this one.

Read more - for more information about Android

If you want to buy a phone or already own an Android phone, you can check if your phone is supported at the following links by searching for phone brand like Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and your model name like N910F.

If LineageOS supports your phone, you can proceed with the next step - ADB & fastboot drivers.

Check if your phone has the ability to unlock your bootloader at all.

xda-developers.com offers a wide range of phones that will help you find a guide to open the bootloader, if possible. Check also XDA bootloader news.

Straight to your manufacturer:

Depends on your operating system (Linux, Windows, Mac) you have to download the driver for ADB & Fastboot.

Just follow the instructions at https://wiki.lineageos.org/adb_fastboot_guide or go to searx.techsaviours.org (or whatever you prefer) and search for adb drivers windows linux and mac and follow the instructions there.

Arch Linux:

pacman -S android-tools android-udev

Go to your Settings and click About phone. Press the Build number seven times. Go back to the main Settings view and click System and Developer Options (maybe Advanced first). Turn on Android/USB debugging.

Go to your Settings and click About phone, All specs and press the MIUI version seven times. Go back to the main Settings view and click Additional settings and Developer options. Turn on USB debugging.

Check the ROMs for your device at https://wiki.lineageos.org/devices/ and follow the instructions. Also install Lineageos Recovery (recommended).

Check your device at https://twrp.me/Devices/ if you prefer TWRP.

  • en/phone/operating_systems/android.txt
  • Last modified: 2022/03/05 19:41
  • by dan