LineageOS 18.1 based on Android 11 is here for nearly 60 devices

LineageOS 18.1 based on Android 11 is here for nearly 60 devices

There is no dearth of custom ROM choices in the aftermarket development scene, but if there’s one that we could consider to be “the biggest” of them all, then that would be LineageOS. There are so many reasons why the LineageOS project is loved by the community, and it’s not just for all the features that the custom ROM offers on top of vanilla AOSP. Thanks to the Device Support Requirements Charter, if you choose to flash an official build of LineageOS on a supported device, you can be rest assured that your device will be running stable software that is also kept up to date against serious security vulnerabilities — often well beyond the end of official manufacturer support. Now, the team is ready to move on to its next big milestone: LineageOS 18.1 is finally here with Android 11 as the base, as Nolen Johnson (npjohnson) announces in the official blogpost.


LineageOS XDA Forums

Why Lineage 18.1 and not 18.0?

As is the norm, with a major version number change comes a big platform update. While rebasing of the LineageOS codebase atop Android 11’s source code does justify the “18” part, the subversion change involves something else. Instead of bumping up the minor version number, Google continues the tradition of rolling out big feature updates for new Android versions via “Pixel Feature Drop”. Hence, the LineageOS team has decided to jump up on the subversion, going from 18.0 to 18.1.

New features in LineageOS 18.1

LineageOS 18.1 comes with several new features and enhancements:

  • Security patches from April 2020 to March 2021 have been merged to LineageOS 15.1 through 18.1.
    • 18.1 builds are currently based on the android-11.0.0_r32 tag, which is the Pixel series unified
  • Wi-Fi display is available for newer Qualcomm devices, on a device-by-device basis.
  • WebView has been updated to Chromium 89.0.4389.105.
  • The Recorder app has been vastly improved in more ways than can be counted, go leave yourself a voice-memo so you don’t forget that great idea!
    • Screen recording has been moved to a QS tile to match AOSP’s behavior.
    • The user interface has been revamped and there’s also now a UI for easily viewing, managing, and sharing your voice notes.
    • It’s now possible to choose the quality of your audio recordings to save space.
    • It’s now possible to pause and resume recordings.
  • The FOSS Etar app has been forked, improved, and shipped in place of the stagnant and largely
    unmaintained AOSP calendar.
  • The Calyx institute’s FOSS Seedvault application has been included as a built-in backup solution.
    • To use it, navigate to Settings -> System -> Backup, and “Change backup provider” to Seedvault. You can then click “Seedvault Backup” to configure, schedule, and encrypt backups!
    • Backups created with Seedvault can be uploaded on your Nextcloud instance, an external USB drive or kept on your local storage.
  • There is now an option on non-A/B devices to update the recovery image alongside the OS, just as the stock OS would!
    • To use this, either enable the option during the initial device setup, or navigate to Settings -> System -> (Show More) Updater -> Three Dot Menu in the top right -> and check “Update recovery alongside OS”.
  • The music app, Eleven now has a more up-to-date UI and integrates nicely with all the new android
    features for music players such as seeking from the notification.
  • All LineageOS apps now have support for dark mode.

Apart from the improvements mentioned above, the following changes have also been incorporated in the LineageOS 18.1 and 17.1 codebase:

  • LineageOS recovery now has a new, colorful, and fun UI that is much more accessible.
  • The firewall can block all connections now by making apps think that the device is in airplane mode.
  • The team has introduced a new expandable volume dialog UI.
  • The partial screenshots have had multiple feature additions, and ties in with AOSP’s new “instant screenshot” feature.
  • Trebuchet now supports icon packs.
  • ADB root was reworked to ensure compatibility with other 3rd party root solutions.

Additional changes

Sensitive phone numbers

LineageOS now offers a helpline contact list, which can be accessed at the 3-dot menu in the stock dialer app. All the numbers in the list are considered as “sensitive”, which means they are automatically hidden from the call log. The list of country-specific sensitive numbers is available on GitHub, and everyone who wants to help by adding new numbers can submit the changes through Gerrit.


The addon.d module now supports additional system partitions, including /vendor, /product, and /system_ext. This change was done to streamline all backup and restore operations in these partitions.

LineageOS 18.1 – Official builds for supported devices

Now, on to the actual devices that were announced to support LineageOS 18.1. The first batch is already quite large, and given time, more developers are likely to expand the list as they complete the device bring-up and meet the requirements laid out in the Device Support Requirements Charter. Note that not all of the builds may be live at the time this article was first published, so check back to see if a build is available for your device.

Sr. No. Device and Forum Link Device codename and Wiki Link Maintainer
1. Essential PH-1 mata haggertk, intervigil, npjohnson, rashed
2. F(x)tec Pro1 pro1 bgcngm, intervigil, mccreary, npjohnson, tdm
3. Google Nexus 6 shamu Elektroschmock, npjohnson
4. Google Nexus 7 2013 (Wi-Fi, Repartitioned) flox npjohnson, surblazer, Elektroschmock
5. Google Pixel 2 walleye Eamo5
6. Google Pixel 2 XL taimen Eamo5
7. Google Pixel 3a sargo cdesai, npjohnson
8. Google Pixel 3a XL bonito cdesai, npjohnson
9. Google Pixel 4 flame cdesai, Eamo5, npjohnson
10. Google Pixel 4 XL coral cdesai, Eamo5, npjohnson
11. Google Pixel 4a sunfish PeterCxy, cdesai
12. Google Pixel 4a 5G bramble aleasto
13. Google Pixel 5 redfin aleasto
14. LeEco Le Max2 x2 tortel, ThEMarD
15. LeEco Le Pro3 / Le Pro3 Elite zl1 codeworkx, mosimchah
16. LG G2 (AT&T) d800 aleasto
17. LG G2 (Canadian) d803 aleasto
18. LG G2 (International) d802 aleasto
19. LG G2 (T-Mobile) d801 aleasto
20. LG G5 (International) h850 aleasto, npjohnson, x86cpu
21. LG G5 (T-Mobile) h830 aleasto, npjohnson, x86cpu
22. LG G5 (US Unlocked) rs988 aleasto, npjohnson, x86cpu
23. LG V20 (AT&T) h910 aleasto, npjohnson, x86cpu
24. LG V20 (Global) h990 aleasto, npjohnson, x86cpu
25. LG V20 (Sprint) ls997 aleasto, npjohnson, x86cpu
26. LG V20 (T-Mobile) h918 aleasto, npjohnson, x86cpu
27. LG V20 (US Unlocked) us996 aleasto, npjohnson, x86cpu
28. LG V20 (Verizon) vs995 aleasto, npjohnson, x86cpu
29. Motorola Moto G6 Plus evert Jleeblanch
30. Motorola Moto G7 river erfanoabdi, Npjohnson, SyberHexen
31. Motorola Moto G7 Play channel SyberHexen, deadman96385, erfanoabdi, Npjohnson
32. Motorola Moto G7 Plus lake Jleeblanch, npjohnson
33. Motorola Moto G7 Power ocean SyberHexen, erfanoabdi, Npjohnson
34. Motorola Moto One Power chef Rohan Hasabe (Hasaber8)
35. Motorola Moto X4 payton erfanoabdi, ThEMarD
36. Motorola Moto Z2 Force nash erfanoabdi, npjohnson
37. Motorola Moto Z3 Play beckham Jleeblanch
38. Nextbit Robin ether javelinanddart, npjohnson
39. Nokia 6.1 (2018) PL2 npjohnson, theimpulson
40. OnePlus One bacon npjohnson
41. OnePlus 3 / 3T oneplus3 dianlujitao
42. OnePlus 5 cheeseburger codeworkx, jrizzoli, xingrz, amartinz, jumoog, trautamaki
43. OnePlus 5T dumpling amartinz, codeworkx, trautamaki
44. OnePlus 8 instantnoodle uLtRaNoOb
45. OnePlus 8 Pro instantnoodlep npjohnson
46. OnePlus 8T kebab LuK1337
47. Razer Phone cheryl mikeioannina, javelinanddart
48. Samsung Galaxy S4 (SGH-I337) jflteatt arco, npjohnson, side
49. Samsung Galaxy S4 (SCH-R970, SPH-L720) jfltespr arco, npjohnson, side
50. Samsung Galaxy S4 (SCH-I545) jfltevzw arco, npjohnson, side
51. Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505/G, SGH-I337M, SGH-M919) jfltexx arco, npjohnson, side
52. Samsung Galaxy S4 Active jactivelte arco, npjohnson, side
53. Samsung Galaxy S4 Value Edition (GT-I9515/L) jfvelte arco, npjohnson, side
54. Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e (LTE) gts4lv bgcngm, LuK1337
55. Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e (Wi-Fi) gts4lvwifi LuK1337, bgcngm
56. Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (Wi-Fi) gta4xlwifi Linux4
57. Sony Xperia 10 kirin LuK1337
58. Sony Xperia 10 Plus mermaid LuK1337
59. Sony Xperia XA2 pioneer LuK1337, Stricted, cdesai
60. Sony Xperia XA2 Plus voyager LuK1337
61. Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra discovery LuK1337
62. Xiaomi Mi 5 gemini bgcngm, defer, h2o64
63. Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus natrium LuK1337
64. Xiaomi Mi 8 dipper infrag
65. Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite platina SebaUbuntu
66. Xiaomi Mi Mix lithium balika011, blunden
67. Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S polaris bgcngm
68. Xiaomi Mi Note 2 scorpio LuK1337
69. Xiaomi Poco F1 beryllium bgcngm, warabhishek
70. Xiaomi Redmi 7 onclite Dhina17

Generic Targets

With the introduction of LineageOS 18.1, the team also has another major announcement. Android Virtual Device (AVD), i.e. the default emulator environment provided by Android Studio, is now an officially supported build target. It is also possible to build GSI‘s in both mobile and Android TV configurations using these targets, although the official download portal isn’t going to host any such pre-compiled builds. Nonetheless, this is a crucial step forward for the project as it clearly demonstrates the team’s commitment to popularize the custom ROM bringup exercise.

What if my device is not listed here?

Just because your device isn’t listed here does not mean that you can’t get to enjoy LineageOS 18.1 by now. Because of its open source nature, there are a number of unofficial builds for many devices on our forums, many of which will eventually end up becoming official builds as development progresses. What’s more: most of them are, by now, perfectly stable as daily drivers, with the occasional minor quirk.

If you want to dive right in, check out this index and look for unofficial Android 11-based LineageOS 18.1 builds for your device. If, however, you’re afraid of something going wrong, then it’s wise to wait for official builds to arrive.

How to upgrade to LineageOS 18.1

If you’re not familiar with the process behind installing custom ROMs or, in general, modifying your phone, you’ll first need to unlock the bootloader of your device and install an updated custom recovery, such as LineageOS Recovery or TWRP, before attempting to do anything. Then, once LineageOS 18.1 builds become available for your device, you’ll need to install them through the custom recovery environment. Device-specific instructions may vary, so do check out the corresponding wiki page beforehand.

As for Google apps, they don’t come pre-installed on LineageOS 18.1 builds. The Open Gapps project has yet to offer Android 11 Gapps, so the team recommends you grab the MindTheGapps package instead.

New LineageOS 17.1 devices and retirement of LineageOS 16.0

While maintainers work towards bringing up devices to official LineageOS 18.1, you can still find automated weekly builds for a bunch of devices that are still supported under LineageOS 17.1 based on Android 10. Several devices have received official support for LineageOS 17.1 so far, while smartphones like the Redmi Note 7 regained its official status after being dropped out for a while. If you’re interested in trying the custom ROM on any of these devices, you can now download the recovery flashable package by clicking on “Get the builds here” on their respective Wiki pages (linked below).

LineageOS 17.1 Official Build List. Tap/click to expand.

Sr. No. Device and Forum Link Device codename and Wiki Link Maintainer
1. ASUS ROG Phone II I001D OrdenKrieger
2. ASUS Zenfone 5Z (ZS620KL) Z01R rohanpurohit, Jackeagle, ThEMarD
3. BQ Aquaris X bardock eloimuns, Quallenauge, Team aquaris-dev
4. BQ Aquaris X Pro bardockpro Quallenauge, Team aquaris-dev
5. Fairphone 3 FP3 dk1978
6. Google Pixel sailfish intervigil, razorloves
7. Google Pixel XL marlin intervigil, razorloves
8. Google Pixel 3 blueline cdesai, intervigil, razorloves
9. Google Pixel 3 XL crosshatch cdesai, intervigil, razorloves
10. Huawei Honor 5X kiwi BadDaemon
11. LeEco Le 2 s2 codeworkx, tImIbreakdown
12. Lenovo P2 kuntao mikeioannina, highwaystar
13. LG G3 (Sprint) ls990 Quallenauge, Team aquaris-dev
14. Motorola Edge racer erfanoabdi, Jleeblanch, SyberHexen
15. Motorola Moto E 2015 LTE surnia althafvly, theimpulson
16. Motorola Moto E5 Plus (XT1924-3/9) ahannah Jarl-Penguin, karthick111, electimon, wh0dat
17. Motorola Moto E5 Plus (XT1924-6/7/8) hannah Jarl-Penguin, karthick111, electimon, wh0dat
18. Motorola Moto E5 Plus (1924-1/2/4/5) rhannah Jarl-Penguin, karthick111, electimon, wh0dat
19. Motorola Moto G 2015 osprey althafvly, chil360
20. Motorola Moto G3 Turbo merlin althafvly
21. Motorola Moto G4 Play harpia jro1979
22. Motorola Moto G5 cedric Jarl-Penguin
23. Motorola Moto G5S montana Jarl-Penguin, wiktorek140
24. Motorola Moto X 2014 victara jro1979, linckandrea, npjohnson
25. Motorola Moto X Play lux Quallenauge, Team aquaris-dev
26. Nubia Z17 nx563j BeYkeRYkt
27. OnePlus 2 oneplus2 OzzysCmAcc, aviraxp
28. OnePlus 7 guacamoleb AshwinRC
29. OnePlus 7T Pro hotdog LuK1337
30. OnePlus Nord avicii KakatkarAkshay
31. Realme 2 Pro RMX1801 sb6596
32. Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) a3xelte danwood76, Stricted
33. Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) a5xelte danwood76, Stricted
34. Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) a5y17lte filiprrs
35. Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) a7xelte sourajitk, danwood76, Stricted
36. Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) a7y17lte filiprrs
37. Samsung Galaxy J7 (2015) j7elte dariotrombello, danwood76, Stricted
38. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE (N9005/P) hlte haggertk, npjohnson
39. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE (N9008V) hltechn haggertk, npjohnson
40. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE (N900K/L/S) hltekor haggertk, npjohnson
41. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE (N900T/V/W8) hltetmo haggertk, npjohnson
42. Samsung Galaxy S III Neo (Dual SIM) s3ve3gds PythonLimited, fcuzzocrea, Teledurak
43. Samsung Galaxy S III Neo (Samsung Camera) s3ve3gjv PythonLimited, fcuzzocrea, Teledurak
44. Samsung Galaxy S III Neo (Sony Camera) s3ve3gxx PythonLimited, fcuzzocrea, Teledurak
45. Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo s5neolte danwood76, Stricted
46. Samsung Galaxy S5 Active (G870F) klteactivexx javelinanddart, npjohnson
47. Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE (G9006V/8V) kltechn haggertk
48. Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE (G900F/M/R4/R7/T/V/W8) klte haggertk
49. Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE (G900I/P) kltedv haggertk
50. Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE (G900K/L/S) kltekor haggertk
51. Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE (SC-04F/SCL23) kltekdi haggertk
52. Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE Duos (G9006W/8W) kltechnduo haggertk
53. Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE Duos (G900FD/MD) klteduos haggertk
54. Sony Xperia XZ2 akari olivier97, sjllls
55. Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact xz2c olivier97, sjllls
56. Sony Xperia Z3 z3 Tom1000, Myself5
57. Sony Xperia Z3 Compact z3c ArianK16a
58. Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 LTE castor snc
59. Wileyfox Swift crackling 115ek
60. Wingtech Redmi 2 wt88047 nicknitewolf
61. Xiaomi Mi 6X wayne Isaac Chen
62. Xiaomi Mi A1 tissot abhinavgupta371
63. Xiaomi Mi A2 jasmine_sprout mikeioannina
64. Xiaomi Mi Note 3 jason dianlujitao
65. Xiaomi Redmi K20 / Mi 9T davinci Pig
66. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro whyred srfarias, SebaUbuntu
67. Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro twolip DD3Boh
68. Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 lavender UltraGamerHD
69. Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 / 8T ginkgo DarkJoker360
70. Yandex Phone Amber HighwayStar, vm03

With the release of official Android 11-based builds, the LineageOS 16.0 build role is being officially discontinued. In fact, official 16.0 builds based on Android 9 Pie are no longer be published since February 15, 2021. However, the existing 16.0 branches will remain open for contributions like security patches, and developers will still be able to build new, unofficial 16.0 builds. In case you’re no stranger to custom ROM development and you would like to submit one of these devices for official support, you can follow the instructions present over here.

The complete list of devices that are being discontinued during this transition phase can be found below:

Retired LineageOS 16.0/17.1 Device List. Tap/click to expand.

Deprecated from LineageOS 16.0 roster:

Deprecated from LineageOS 17.1 roster:

Sr. No. Device and Forum Link Device codename and Wiki Link
1. Samsung Galaxy Note 9 crownlte
2. Samsung Galaxy S9 starlte
3. Samsung Galaxy S9+ star2lte
4. Realme 3 Pro RMX1851
5. Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 mido

Support LineageOS

LineageOS is a community-built project made by several developers who work in their free time and doesn’t depend on a business model of any kind. If you want to support the development team, you can donate to them on PayPal which will help with server costs. You should also follow them on Twitter or on their official subreddit if you want to see the latest news or converse with some of the maintainers. For submitting bug reports, see here. If you want to help the team translate the custom ROM into your language, you can do so by following the instructions here.

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