Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has received a build of unofficial LineageOS 16. This means that the Galaxy S7 Edge owners can now taste the Android Pie on their phone. The LineageOS 16’s beta builds are already available and they are running smoothly. In this guide, I will show you the steps to update Galaxy S7 Edge to Android Pie via LineageOS 16.
Galaxy S7 Edge – Brief Overview
Samsung released the Galaxy S7 back in March 2016. The Galaxy S7 came along with the S7 Edge. The S7 followed the same design language as the S6, however, the S7 Edge came with major design changes over the Galaxy S6 Edge. The Galaxy S7 Edge had more refined edges. The phone was slimmer and had a better form factor then the S6 Edge. Galaxy S7 Edge had a 5.5-inch display with a QHD resolution. The front and back of the phone was protected by Gorilla Glass 4.
Galaxy S7 Edge was a water and dust resistant device with IP68 certification. Samsung powered it up by Exynos 8996 SoC. There was a RAM of 4GB in this phone. The internal storage was 32/64/128GB. The Galaxy S6 Edge lacked an SD card but the Galaxy S7 Edge had it. There was a 12MP shooter at the back and a 5MP on the front. It had a battery of 3,600 mAh. It ran on Android Marshmallow out of the box. The phone is currently running on Android Oreo.
LineageOS 16 for S7 Edge
The LineageOS 16 is based on AOSP sources. LineageOS 16 is the most popular aftermarket Android Pie. This ROM has already made it to hundreds of Android phones. The LineageOS ROMs are meant to give you stock Android experience. These ROMs do not have any applications installed inside. Users even have to install the applications like Google Play Store and Play Services manually. The LineageOS 16 is a great ROM for the S7 Edge owners who are willing to get their hands on the Android Pie. The S7 Edge is not going to get the official Android Pie update. The only way to get Android Pie on this phone is via LineageOS 16.
The available LineageOS 16 for S7 Edge has got most of its features intact. The Audio and Video Playback is working fine. It has got the USB Tethering working as well. The Fingerprint scanner also works fine. The ROM can make calls, run the Mobile data, and also send messages. The Wi-Fi Hotspot and Bluetooth are also working fine. Camera and Camcorder are the only two features that are partially working.
Before installing the LineageOS 16, the Galaxy S7 Edge owners must keep in mind that no matter how stable a custom ROM is, in the end, it is a custom ROM and it can result in any kind of bug any moment. If you have an experience of flashing custom ROMs, the installation should not be a difficulty for you. I suggest the newbies pay extra attention to the installation procedure in order to avoid an unlikely situation.
Update Galaxy S7 Edge to Android Pie via LineageOS 16
- This guide is only for Exynos Galaxy S7 Edge. Do not try on any other phone.
- Backup each and everything on the phone.
- Charge the phone up to 50%.
- Enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking on the phone.
- Use OEM Data Cable to connect the phone to the computer when needed.
- Follow the remaining steps carefully.
- Download & install TWRP Custom Recovery on Galaxy S7 Edge
- Create a Nandroid Backup after installing TWRP.
- Google Gapps for Android Pie LineageOS 16
- Copy Gapps, LineageOS 16 and Magisk.zip files to the phone’s internal storage.
Install Galaxy S7 Edge Android Pie LineageOS 16
- Boot the Galaxy S7 Edge into TWRP Recovery mode.
- In TWRP, click on Install > Install Zip > Locate and select LineageOS ROM.zip file. Flash this file now.
- Get back to the main menu in TWRP, click on Install once again.
- Click on Install Zip > Locate and select Gapps.zip file this time and flash it.
- Once again, get back to the main menu, click on Install > Install Zip > Select the Magisk.zip file this time and flash it.
- In the end, go to Wipe > Advanced Wipe > Select Cache & Dalvik Cache > Swipe to wipe.
- Reboot the phone into the system now.
- You will find the S7 Edge running on latest Android Pie now.
That’s all with the installation of LineageOS 16 on the Galaxy S7 Edge. If something goes wrong with the ROM installation, you can flash a stock ROM to quickly recover the phone. If you have any queries or questions, reach out to me using the comments section below.