If you want to run the latest Android OS on your Motorola Moto X Play you need to use a custom ROM firmware. And the best choice you can currently make is the new release of Lineage OS. Based on previous builds of CyanogenMod and on the recently released Android 8.0 Oreo system the Lineage OS 15 software can smoothly run on the Motorola Moto X Play. Anyway, use the guidelines from below if you want to learn how to complete this particular update operation.
Lineage OS 15 is therefore based on the Android 8.0 Oreo software which means that the platform is coming with the latest features, apps and capabilities. And since we are discussing about a custom ROM along with default features you will also receive third party apps and processes that can help you complete different tweaks on your Motorola Moto X Play. The software is stable enough for a daily use and it will smoothly run on your smartphone.
However, Lineage OS 15 for Motorola Moto X Play is still under development stage so you might still find minor bugs or lags from time to time. Don’t worry, as all the bugs and issues will be addressed by the devs – by the way, for this step by step guide we have to thank those of xda-developers.
A custom ROM is a free aftermarket distribution of Android OS. So, the Lineage OS 15 is not an official release of Android 8.0 Oreo, but a ported version of the default firmware. So, you are about to perform an unofficial operation that’s not supported by Motorola or by Google. That’s why if you choose to resume the update steps from below you are going to lose your Moto X Play warranty. Thus, be careful and try not to mess things up as you will be by yourself.
In order to avoid certain problems you should save the current Android OS that runs on your Motorola Moto X Play. I’m talking about completing a Nandroid backup. In this way you can secure the Android system – if the Lineage OS 15 will not run as expected you will be able to use the Nandroid backup package and go back to stock without further issues.
You first have to root your Motorola Moto X Play. You cannot install Lineage OS 15 if root access isn’t ensured – the Android 8.0 Oreo firmware will have to access, modify and optimize built-in settings, features and process and this can be done only on a rooted Android platform. The bootloader of your smartphone must be also unlocked and a custom recovery image must be flashed. Through the custom recovery image you will complete the actual update operation so these pre-requisites aren’t optional. Hint: for making things work from your first attempt I recommend you to use the latest version of TWRP recovery.
A custom ROM can run on your Motorola Moto X Play only if a wipe is previously performed. Thus, in a few words during the lines from below you will have to clear app data cache and initiate a hard reset. Bottom line, if you are not careful enough you can lose everything that wasn’t there from day one. So, before installing the Android 8.0 Oreo featured Lineage OS 15 ROM you should complete a backup process. The backup can be ensured by syncing your files with your Google account or by using dedicated cloud storage platforms. Anyway, the goal should be to save your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords and anything else you might still need to use afterwards.
For the steps explained below you will need to use a computer. Your Moto X Play and its official USB cable will be required too. On your phone you have to enable Developer Options: tap repeatedly for 7 or 10 times on Built Number until you receive the ‘you are a developer’ message. On your smartphone you then have to check the USB Debugging feature; this is located under ‘menu – > settings – > developer options’.
More than 50% power should be ensured on your Motorola Moto X Play before installing the Lineage OS 15 custom ROM. If the power will be lower than the already mentioned threshold your phone might get turned off in the middle of the update operation. In that particular case your handset can get soft bricked. So, avoid any possible unpleasant situations and charge your smartphone if that’s implied.
How to Update Moto X Play to Android 8.0 Oreo via Lineage OS 15
- Download the Lineage OS 15 firmware on your computer – you can get this file from this page.
- Download compatible Google apps for your device from here – Google Apps aren’t included in the Android 8.0 Oreo update package so it has to be installed separately.
- Switch off your Moto X Play and afterwards access recovery mode.
- From recovery complete the hard reset and clear app data cache by choosing: “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvik cache”.
- You then have to go back to Android mode.
- Use your phone’s USB cable and connect your smartphone with your computer.
- Copy-paste the downloaded files from your PC to your handset and remove the USB cable in the end.
- Switch off your phone again and once more go to recovery mode.
- From recovery tap on Install, pick the Android 8.0 Oreo ROM and swipe in order to start the Lineage OS 15 update process – if TWRP recovery isn’t used, you might have to select: “install zip from SD card” followed by “choose zip from SD card”.
- Repeat the last step and install the Google Apps package.
- And when that’s done, go back to main menu of recovery and select ‘reboot’.
- That’s all.
Congratulations, you have successfully updated your Motorola Moto X Play to Android 8.0 Oreo firmware. The Lineage OS 15 should now boot on your phone so it’s time to test this new custom ROM system. Don’t forget to share your impressions and your first observations with us and with the other users who are about to use our dedicated step by step update tutorials. Enjoy and stay close for further update opportunities.