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Love it or hate it, Xiaomi’s MIUI is one of the best custom Android skins out there. The custom skin comes with plenty of interesting features not found in AOSP and it’s even better with MIUI 11. However, the overall look is too colorful, and some people, like me, prefer the look of stock Android. Well, if you’re someone who owns a Xiaomi device running MIUI but would rather fancy the stock Android look, read on, as we discuss 12 of the best MIUI themes that you can install on your device to make it look like you’re running stock Android:

Best MIUI Themes For A Stock Android Look

I’ve tried the following themes on my Poco X2 running MIUI 11. All the themes worked perfectly without any problems. Most of the themes will also work with older MIUI smartphones. With that out of the way, let’s get to our list, shall we?

1. Pixel Experience Dark

Pixel Experience is arguably the best MIUI theme on the official Xiaomi theme store. I say this for two reasons: the theme has been well designed keeping fonts, wallpaper and dark mode in sync with Pixel 4’s aesthetics. And secondly, it doesn’t slow down the device after applying the theme which is awesome. In addition, the icon shape has the Google Material design language and all are in uniform shape giving a very stockish look on MIUI. Above all, there are many customization options including the ‘text lock screen clock’ which is available on Pixel devices and much more. So to put it straight, if you want the best MIUI theme to have a Stock Android experience on MIUI 11 then Pixel Experience Dark is the perfect pick.

Download: (Free)

2. PixPie Dark

PixPie Dark is another heavy theme that completely changes the look of your MIUI device to a Stock Android device. In more ways than one, you would find that the theme is starkly similar to OxygenOS and also has elements of Google’s Pixel software. And I love the blend of two distinct and hugely popular stock Android skin. As I said it’s a complete theme– unlike other themes which only change your wallpaper and icon– this will change your lock screen, system elements like status bar, notifications, quick settings panel, icons and of course, the wallpaper. On top of that, PixPie Dark is an up to date theme and supports the new MIUI 11 version on a range of Mi, Redmi and Poco devices.

Download: (Free)

3. Pixel Q Light

Download: (Free)

4. Android Go v2

Android Go v2 is very reminiscent of the Android Go OS — a stripped-down version of Stock Android. Incidentally, Xiaomi has also released a device called Redmi Go which comes with Android Go OS. So if you want that simpler look on your MIUI-based device then Android Go v2 is a top-notch theme. It completely simplifies the UI with essential apps on the home screen and less-cluttered quick settings panel. Apart from that, it brings down the overall RAM usage to naught because it just has a memory footprint of 2.3MB which translates to better performance. I would say if you have a low-tier Redmi device then apply this Android Go theme for a stockish look and better performance.

5. Android 10 Dark DWM2

Android 10 Dark DWM2 theme is for those users who want complete dark mode but in Google’s Material design language. It uses a Stock wallpaper from the Pixel device and changes the icon shape to circular for a uniform look. Other than that, the home screen grid size is 5×5, but if you want more of a Stock look then you can enable the App Drawer from our article on MIUI 11 hidden settings page. Furthermore, the dark mode extends to other system apps as well like the Dialer, Mi Browser, Settings and more. This theme also changes the font to condensed Roboto font and it looks pretty good on a Xiaomi device. To put it straight, if you want the Stock Android experience in complete dark mode then do check out this theme.

Download: Open the Themes app and search for ‘Android 10 Dark DWM2’

6. Android P

Android 10 is here, so you can’t be blamed for looking for a theme that resembles the new look. The Android P theme is based on Android Pie, and as you can see, it showcases the same white and blue theme all over the place. In fact, the quick settings icons are so well designed that anyone would easily mistake your device as one running actual Android 9 Pie. If you fancy the whites and want your device to look like Android P, well, then this might just be the perfect theme for you.

Download: (Free)

7. Pineapple

Well, Android P turned out to be Pie and not Pineapple, but it is a great theme nonetheless. In fact, it is one of the cleanest themes of the lot and looks a lot like Android 9 Pie. The theme offers a clean dock, along with Android Pie styled quick settings toggles. The lockscreen, on the other hand, is slightly off the mark on my device, since the theme doesn’t support 18:9 ratios. Nonetheless, if you can look past the lockscreen, you get a near stock AOSP experience, which is kind-off what this list is all about.

Download: (Free)

8. Pure Android P

Download: (Free)

9. Android One

Android One is one of the cleanest forms of Android available to OEMs, and the same can be said for this theme right here. The Android One theme looks pretty similar to those found on Android One devices, boasting of the circular icons, folder icons, the Pixel widget, and much more. The icons in the status bar also resemble the AOSP ones quite closely. Personally, I fancy this theme a lot, simply because it does not add a lot of bells and whistles, but looks plain simple, just the way Stock Android should as well.

10. Android Origin

Origin is an open-source theme project that brings Android 8.0 Oreo’s basic look to your Xiaomi device. It’s free to download and comprises of the translucent dock, rounded icons, notification shade and lock-screen similar to stock Android. It brings about a change in the quick settings as well and looks pretty similar to stock AOSP. The theme also comes with a cool set of wallpapers, so if you’re looking for an MIUI theme that resembles AOSP perfectly, then Android Origin is easily one of the top picks.

Download: (Free)

11. Oxygen 999

Stock Android is great, but there are certain things I love about OxygenOS as well, especially with the way that it merges Stock AOSP with its own UI elements. Well, if you share the same emotions, the Oxygen 999 theme is for you. The theme provides you a stock Android Nougat homescreen, lockscreen and in-call experience. While you do not get any additional customization features, the fact that the overall look is the same as OxygenOS should suffice for most users. The theme literally makes your device look like the OnePlus 3/3T, which I personally fany a lot, but it does come with the cost of an ill-rendered lockscreen.

Download: (Free)

12. AOSP Extended

No no, I am not asking you to install the AOSP Extended custom ROM on your device, despite it being one of my favorite ROMs out there. Nonetheless, the AOSP Extended theme aims to give you pretty much the same “extended” look on your MIUI device. The AOSP Extended theme comes circular icons along with a dark grey/black theme all around. I especially love the quick settings in this theme, that offers a transparent look to the background. The theme is one of the most stable that I’ve used, and while it isn’t AOSP per se, it is quite better in every sense, thanks to the stability and the custom icons.

Download: (Free)

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🥳 New Year’s Eve celebrations in Scotland were canceled due to the pandemic, but I was actually glad to have a cozy meal at home and some gaming time with family — giving The Medium a go right now, but I’m not brave enough to play alone!

Popular news this week



The Xiaomi 12 Series launched on December 28 in China, bringing faster charging, better displays, and camera improvements: Both the Xiaomi 12 and 12 Pro pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC — the Xiaomi 12 has a 6.28-inch AMOLED 120HZ screen compared to the 6.73-inch display on the Pro, battery life comes in at 4,500mAh and 4,600mAh respectively, and while the Pro offers 120W wired charging, you’re stuck with 67W wired charging on the regular model. The Pro also launches with MIUI 13.

Speaking of, MIUI 13 launched too: The latest version of Xiaomi’s Android skin features performance, security, and design updates as well as a tablet version, MIUI 13 Pad.

The Xiaomi Watch S1 also launched alongside the Xiaomi 12 Series with a sapphire glass lens, stainless steel body, 12-day battery life, and more for under $200 in China.


A new Motorola Razr foldable is coming: The Motorola Razr 3 will have a better design and improved power, could launch in China first.


Oppo Find X5 Pro (or X4 Pro) renders leaked showing a weird camera bump, looks like no under-display selfie camera.


Rumors say the iPhone 15 Pro will come without a SIM card slot, but this doesn’t come from a reliable leaker, so take it with a pinch of salt.

And some Apple engineers rewarded up to $180K in stock bonuses as incentive to stay, rather than moving on to companies like Meta.


Microsoft could add more hinges, screens to its future foldables: A new patent details the company’s foldable ambitions.


Robert Triggs / Android Authority

Weekly Wonder

LG Display

The Consumer Electronics Shows (CES) is the world’s largest tech convention, held in-person this year in Las Vegas, Nevada from January 5 to 8. Although many major players like Intel, AMD, Amazon, Nvidia, Microsoft, and Google have already canceled plans to attend in person due to the pandemic, things are still going ahead as planned, and there’s plenty to anticipate.

We thought we’d take a look at what to expect this year, including some of the more weird and wonderful concepts and products.


We’re not expecting to see flagship devices from Samsung, though some are anticipating the announcement of the Galaxy S21 FE (originally tipped for a January 11 launch. More likely to make an appearance are some new mid-tier handsets (possibly some A-series phones).

Samsung’s also likely to introduce its QD-OLED (Quantum Dot OLED) panel technology, and some colorful fridges with integrated cameras are also on the horizon.

And Samsung’s C-Lab division’s projects showcased at CES will include an AI-powered smartphone app that aims to improve your device habits, a smart guitar with built-in LEDs to help you learn, and a multifunctional modular serving robot.



We’re expecting the Moto Edge X in early 2023, but could we see Motorola announce it at CES? Watch this space…


We may see the TCL 30 series launch at this year’s event: TCL announced the TCL 20 5G and TCL 20 SE at last year’s CES, so we’ll have to wait and see. We could also see new 6-series Mini LED TVs, following last year’s TCL 6-series 8K.


Nvidia promises to “address the latest breakthroughs in accelerated computing, from design and simulation to gaming and autonomous machines” at CES this year, so while we’re not expecting new GPUs, anything’s possible.


Intel’s been working on its GPUs, with rumors rife that they might be announced at CES 2023. We might also get some news about their Alder Lake CPUs.

Weird and wonderful

There are some really exciting concepts that we could see at this year’s event, too — here are just a few that stand out:

The Owo Game Haptic Vest, which lest you feel being shot, punched, and even insect bites — though not sure why any of these are good things (!) — and LG’s egg-like Media Chair.

XPG imagines a gaming mouse that can store 1TB of games: The XPG Vault is a “concept” mouse that CES 2023 attendees can get a peek at, featuring a built-in SSD to make gaming libraries truly portable from your mouse. According to XPG’s official press release shared by The Verge, the “current prototype can integrate up to 1TB of Solid State memory running at 985MB/s, with USB-C connectivity.

We’ll be covering the event next week, so stay tuned for all the latest.

Tech Calendar

January 4: OnePlus Pro 10 launch date announced

Until January 5: Steam Winter Sale

Until January 19: PlayStation’s holiday sale

January 5-8: CES 2023

January 11: Samsung Galaxy S21 FE launch?

January 28: Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection comes to PS5

February 28-March 3: MWC Barcelona

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This is the last Christmas-related thing I’ll share until next year, promise:

Resolving to not make any New Year’s resolutions I can’t keep this year,

Paula Beaton, Copy Editor.

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15 Best Cm13 Themes To Personalize Your Cyanogenmod Experience

CyanogenMod is unarguably the most popular custom ROM for Android and there are a number of reasons behind its success. One of the most loved features from the ROM is its support for themes. Don’t confuse themes with launchers here, as CyanogenMod themes are implemented system-wide and they revamp all the elements of the interface, be it status bar, notifications, navigation bar, fonts, icons or even boot animations. There are tons of CyanogenMod themes available but choosing the good ones from the bad can be a little tough. Plus, not all the themes have been updated to support the most recent CM13 release (based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow). Well, don’t you worry, as we did all the searching & testing and here are the 15 best CM13 themes for you:

1. Dark Material

Dark Material is the one of the most popular dark themes available for CM13 and with another loved dark them “Blacked Out” now merged into, it has gotten a whole lot better. The theme brings a cool dark look to CM and its minimalistic icons are a treat for sure. Moreover, it adds overlays to most of the popular third party apps to bring a unified look all across the OS. While it’s not necessarily black all around, we certainly like the grey-black infusion across the interface. It brings its own set of icons but if you like Android’s native ones more, you can install its Regression+ version.

2. Material Glass

If transparent interface elements are your thing, then you will certainly appreciate the Material Glass theme. The theme makes sure everything is transparent, so that you see the wallpaper from the homescreen in every interface and app. Basically, you can set any beautiful wallpaper you like and that will become a part of every page in the OS.

Install: (Free)

3. Swift Dark

Swift Dark is a highly popular and arguably the best dark theme for CM13, which unlike Dark Material brings a more cleaner Black look all across the UI. Also, it brings a nice balance between Black and colorful elements in the OS, which makes up for a beautiful interface. Moreover, it themes most of the popular apps and gets updated regularly to support more new apps.

Install: (Paid $1.60)

4. Coalfield

Like most other themes on the list, Coalfield brings a unique style to system elements and themes a number of third party apps but what makes it stand out is it offers users a selection of different theme variants to choose from. So, if you love tinkering with your device’s interface, you will be happy to know that it features plenty of options for most UI elements. You can also check out another cool theme dubbed Outray from the same developer.

Install: (Paid $0.99)

5. Euphoria

Install: (Free)

6. Flux

Confused between a dark theme or a bright one? Well, Flux has got you covered. The very popular theme available in a dark version as well as white, brings a gorgeous modern look to CyanogenMod. While we have heard complains that some apps aren’t themed, most popular ones are and that’s what matters to most people. The most unique thing about this theme is it’s detailed graphics and good design. So, check it out.

7. Deep Darkness

Deep Darkness is another very popular dark theme, which was originally created for BlissPop custom ROM but its beautiful looks have made sure that it’s now available for all CM devices. The theme brings layers for more than 200 apps along with 1600+ app icons. Moreover, there’s support for different color schemes through Arcus.

Install: (Free)

8. PitchBlack

People love dark themes and if you are one of them, you might have heard about PitchBlack, right? While most dark CM themes use grey as the primary color in the interface, PitchBlack goes full dark with Black all around the interface. The good thing is developer has also made sure that the Black elements don’t become a hindrance while reading a text. The free version of the theme brings a Black and Red look across the OS, which looks amazing. However, there are more color combinations like Black & Emerald, Black & Cyan etc. available as paid themes from the developer.

Install: (Free)

9. H2OS

Hydrogen OS is an alternative ROM developed by OnePlus for its devices and it is the primary inspiration of the H2OS CM 13 theme. The theme brings the same minimalistic flat icons and beautiful colors we have come across in Hydrogen OS, so if you are a fan of the OnePlus ROM, you will love it. However, the theme does lack layers for third party apps.

Install: (Free)

10. Ubuntu

Install: (Paid $1.34)

11. MaterialUp

MaterialUp theme takes Google’s Material Design UI language and implements it in even more detailed way on every UI element and most third party apps. For instance, Google is yet to implement bottom action buttons that are part of the latest Material Design guidelines in any of its apps, while MaterialUp implements the same in most apps. So, if you are looking for the most complete Material Design theme for CM, MaterialUp is the one to go for.

12. MaterialOS

As the name suggests, MaterialOS theme for CyanogenMod 13 takes various Material Design concepts from the very active Android community and implements it across the OS. The cool thing is it brings Material Design icons and themes to most third party apps to bring a unified Material Design experience. While it’s not as detailed as MaterialUp, it’s free, so we are not complaining.

Install: (Free)

13. Forto

Install: (Paid $1.64)

14. Lone

Lone is a pretty popular CM theme that brings an interface laced with a beautiful combo of Red & White or Red & Black. The use of Red all across the UI, different customization and the brilliant icons & widgets make sure everything looks gorgeous. You need to see it to believe it, so go ahead and try it, it’s free!

Install: (Free)

15. Inversion UI

Install: (Free)

SEE ALSO: 10 Best Custom ROMs for Android

Ready to beautify CyanogenMod 13?

What Does An Algorithm Look Like?

We know that Facebook, Google, and Amazon have algorithms that give us updates, search results, and product recommendations, but what does that actually mean? What qualifies as an algorithm? Can you write one down? What would it look like if you did? Since they run so many parts of our daily lives, it’s important to have a basic sense of what exactly is going on under the hood – and it’s really not as intimidating as it often seems.

Informal definition: algorithms are just recipes

At its most basic, an algorithm is simply a set of well-defined steps that you can follow, generally taking some inputs and producing a different set of outputs. A cupcake recipe can be an algorithm. So are the directions to a friend’s house, playing a piece of sheet music, or the process of looking up a word in a dictionary. Raymond Queneau even printed a book of ten sonnets with lines that can be mixed and matched seamlessly to create 100,000,000,000 original poems. How these algorithms are implemented varies widely, but you don’t need to be familiar with any programming languages to understand the basic logic behind them. For example, the following is an algorithm for giving simple walking directions.

After walking out of your door, turn right.

Walk down the road until you come to Market Street

When you reach Market Street, turn right.

Walk straight until you see a brick building.

Go in the front door.

That’s a very simple algorithm that uses a lot of inputs that humans can easily process; we already know about walking, streets, materials, entering, and all those other things. If we were creating a directional algorithm for a robot, it would have to be a lot longer and more specific, which is what makes many algorithms look so confusing to humans.

More formally: algorithms are clear, unambiguous formulas

One algorithm you probably use every day is Google’s PageRank algorithm, which looks at hundreds of factors about a webpage, runs them through its formula, and assigns it a score. The search results you see in response to your search term are a direct result of that score. It works so well because it follows a clearly defined set of rules that tell it what to look for, what to ignore, and what to do with the information it finds.

To visualize a very simple search process, here’s a linear search algorithm looking for the number 3 in a list of numbers.

list = [1, 3, 5]

Check each item in the list.

As soon as one of the items equals three, return its position.

If three is not in the list, return “Three is not in the list!”

Following these steps, the computer will look at the first number, which is one. Since it doesn’t equal three, it moves on and checks the next number. Since that number is three, it returns something like “The number three is the second item in the list.”

In Python code, a linear sorting algorithm would look like the following image.

All that code is doing is taking a list of numbers, looking at each element in the list, and checking to see if it matches the search term. If nothing does, it just returns “False.” This is an extremely simple algorithm, but whether it’s one line of code or a million, every algorithm in existence operates on the same basic principle: take information, process it according to some preset logic, and get results.

Everyday algorithms

Most of the algorithms that actually run our everyday lives aren’t open source. We don’t know exactly how Google determines what search results to show or how Facebook puts your news feed together, but we can still see the results of those computations. Nonetheless, they are important, and we have a pretty good idea of the basic logic behind them.

Google PageRank works by looking at the number and quality of links leading to and from a webpage, though there are a large number of secret criteria that are constantly being updated to improve results and prevent anyone from gaming the system.

Facebook’s News feed measures the strength of your relationship with people and groups based on your activity, then uses these and some other factors to generate your news feed.

Amazon and Netflix use recommendation algorithms that look at user data, figure out things that each user might want, and show the user those things.

UPS’s ORION system is a huge (1000+ pages!) algorithm, but it can calculate the most efficient route for any delivery while also taking into account all kinds of real-time data and operational parameters, like requested delivery windows.

Artificial intelligence applications like self-driving cars, facial recognition, natural language processing, predictive analytics, and many more rely on algorithms that can take in visual, audio, or digital data, figure out what’s going on, and return appropriate results.

Everything is an algorithm

Once you know what an algorithm looks like, you can’t stop noticing them. They’re not only in our technology, as, after all, they’re in our brains. Everything we do is a result of receiving inputs, processing them, and producing outputs. Most of these processes are stored inside a constantly rearranging black box, but they’re there, behind the scenes, helping us walk around, understand language, and make decisions about things. Humans are equipped to understand algorithms at an instinctual level, so even if computer algorithms are written in indecipherable mathematics and code, they can all be translated into terms we understand.

Image credit: Mandelbrot set image, Websites interlinking to illustrate PageRank, CTP TheoryOfComputation Linear Search, Shell sorting algorithm color bars

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Beginner’S Guide To Installing Lineage Os On Your Android Device

One of the wonderful things about Android phones is how many choices you have for which version of the operating system to use. If you buy a smartphone with terrific hardware, but the software doesn’t meet your needs, you can usually install something different (eat it, iOS!). Depending on the device, there are potentially dozens of versions of Android you can install. Some are created and maintained by a team of developers, while others have just a single developer overseeing all aspects. Best of all, they are all free.

The biggest and most popular custom Android experience is Lineage OS. Formerly known as CyanogenMod (and later just Cyanogen), Lineage OS is a close-to-stock version of Android with additional features that make your device more powerful and customizable. One of the best things about Lineage OS is that it lets you update many devices to the latest version of Android — even if stock updates for that device ended long ago. This breathes new life into otherwise-forgotten smartphones and tablets.

Installing a new operating system on your Android device might seem daunting, but if you break it down into steps, it’s fairly easy. There’s also a wide margin for error, so beginners don’t need to worry about breaking their devices. Here’s how to do it!

First, a primer

Robert Triggs / Android Authority

Before you get all crazy messing with the software of your device, you should know some basics. There are some terms and protocols that many sites and walkthroughs will assume you already know, which could make things confusing if you don’t.

Here’s a quick glossary of terms for you to refer to later on if you’re confused:

ROM — Stands for “read-only memory.” This is where the core software of Android lives. Lineage OS will often be referred to as a “custom ROM,” as it is a customized version of pure Android.

Flashing — When you overwrite one piece of software with another piece of software, that’s called “flashing.” This guide you’re reading goes over how to “flash” Lineage OS.

Bootloader — When you power on a device, the first thing that turns on is the bootloader, which is responsible for starting up other processes. Most Android devices come with locked bootloaders — i.e., you can’t alter what it does. Luckily, most bootloaders can be unlocked, which allows you to then flash new software.

Wipe — Various parts of the flashing process will result in a “wipe” — the erasure of data from your device. A full wipe would eliminate all operating system files from your device, causing your device to boot into the recovery and then stop.

Packages — Lineage OS, Google apps, custom recoveries, etc., will usually download to your device in a “package” of some kind, usually in ZIP format. In most cases, you can simply assume “package” is equivalent to “ZIP file.”

ADB — Stands for “Android Debug Bridge.” This tool allows communication between a personal computer and an Android smartphone. In most cases, you will need ADB on your computer to complete a flash.

Fastboot — This diagnostic tool comes with most Android installs and allows you to flash a new ROM. You usually access fastboot through ADB. Some device manufacturers (including Samsung and a few others) use the term “Download mode” instead, but the functions are relatively the same.

Brick — If something goes wrong with a flash, in rare cases, it could cause your device to cease functioning. If your phone doesn’t even turn on, it’s as useful as a brick, hence the name. Some people will say things like “soft brick” to clarify that the device is unusable but has the potential to be fixed. It is very difficult to brick a device, and it usually only happens when people don’t follow instructions carefully (hint hint).

Flashing Lineage OS: The basics

C. Scott Brown / Android Authority

When you flash Lineage OS (or any custom ROM), there are a set of steps you almost always follow. How you complete those steps — and the tools needed to do the job — differs from device to device. But overall, the basic steps are the same.

Here’s what you’ll need to flash a ROM:

Compatible Android smartphone or tablet

USB cable for that device

Laptop or desktop running Windows, macOS, or Linux

An internet connection

Time (this could take an hour or two, depending on how comfortable you are with the technologies involved)

Here are the steps one usually performs to flash a ROM:

Install necessary computer software (ADB, drivers, etc.)

Download packages (ROM, recovery, apps, etc.)

Backup and prepare device

Unlock bootloader

Flash custom recovery

Flash custom ROM

Install Google apps

Reboot and personalize

Step 1: Install the necessary software

Edgar Cervantes / Android Authority

Some rare devices out there allow you to flash new ROMs without needing to hook up to a computer first. However, the vast majority of devices will require access to a PC running Windows, macOS, Linux, or even Chrome OS. This can be a ten-year-old laptop or high-performance desktop — it doesn’t take a lot of computational power to flash a ROM.

Usually, the software you need is ADB. Google hosts and maintains ADB, so there are no concerns about viruses or malware when downloading and installing the program.

Except in rare cases, you’re going to need ADB on your computer to do this.

Lineage OS has a guide for installing ADB. It doesn’t take long, and the instructions are very straightforward. Once you’ve installed ADB, you’ll access it through a command prompt on Windows or a terminal window on Linux and macOS. This might seem daunting, but don’t worry: the commands are simple and easy to copy and paste.

You’ll also need your computer to have the appropriate drivers for your phone. Google has a whole article about downloading drivers for OEM devices, so you should follow those steps for your system.

Pro Tip: Eventually, you’ll hook your Android device to your computer to connect to ADB. When you do this, make sure you use the USB cable that came with the device. If you can’t access that, use a high-quality, short-and-thick cable. Cheap cables you get for $1 each could cause problems with flashing, so don’t use them.

Got the packages! Now what?

You can leave the other five packages alone, as they have short and manageable names.

Don’t forget to move them to the ADB folder (for Windows, that’s %USERPROFILE%adb-fastbootplatform-tools). Once the files are all organized, you’re ready for the next step!

Pro Tip: Your device has a code name that Lineage OS will use to identify it. The code name is shown on the Lineage OS compatible devices list — use this to search for compatible packages; that way, you know you’re always downloading the right one!

Step 3: Back up and prepare device

There are many different ways to back up your Android phone. There are free and paid apps on the Google Play Store and free and paid software for personal computers. There’s no one right way to back up your device. Figure out whichever method works best for you and make the backup.

After you’ve backed everything up, you need to do two things on your device before you move on to the next step: enable USB debugging and OEM unlocking. These are two toggles in your device’s settings panel, hidden in a section called “Developer Options.”

Pro Tip: Do not skip anything in this step. This stuff is here for a reason. It could take you hours to reinstall all your apps, log in to all your accounts, move over all your photos, and all that. You also don’t want to risk losing any important data. Be safe!

Basics for unlocking a bootloader

Once you are sure the bootloader is unlockable, head to the Lineage OS installation guide for your particular device. There you’ll find step-by-step instructions on how to unlock your bootloader.

Remember: this will wipe your device’s data.

In most cases, to unlock the bootloader, you hook your device up to your computer using a USB cable and then run a few ADB and fastboot commands to unlock the smartphone or tablet:

An ADB command to make sure your device is properly connected

An ADB command to reboot the device into fastboot mode (see glossary above)

A fastboot command to check that the device is in fastboot mode and properly connected

A fastboot command to unlock the bootloader

Flashing additional partitions

Most modern phones use A/B partitions. This semi-new feature of Android requires some additional flashing before you can move forward. First, make sure you have USB debugging enabled on your phone. Then, follow these steps:

Boot into the bootloader again by using the adb reboot bootloader command from earlier.

Once in the bootloader, type the following commands into your prompt:

fastboot flash dtbo dtbo.img

fastboot flash vendor_boot vendor_boot.img

You’re ready for the next step.

Pro Tip: YouTube is your friend! A quick YouTube search could net you a video walkthrough of how to unlock your device’s bootloader. Watch it, and this whole process will likely be so much easier!

Flashing your Lineage OS recovery

Pro Tip: There are numerous YouTube videos and online tutorials on how to flash a custom recovery. In fact, there’s probably a video specific to your device! Search Google for “flash Lineage recovery on [device name here] video” and see if you can watch someone else go through this process first so you’ll have a better idea of what to do.

Step 6: Flash Lineage OS

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You downloaded the appropriate Lineage OS file to your computer way back in the second step. Remember that it needs to be in the ADB folder and renamed to

From the main menu of Lineage recovery, tap Factory reset, and then tap Format data/factory reset. Lineage will warn you this is serious business, but since you made a backup in the third step you have nothing to worry about (right?!). Follow the prompts and complete the format process.

After you get a “Data wipe complete” message at the bottom of the screen, hit the back button until you’re back at the recovery’s main menu. Hit Advanced and then hit Enable ADB. Now you’ve factory reset Android and are ready to use ADB commands again.

Once that’s done, you’re ready to flash Lineage OS.

Moving files and flashing

Pro Tip: If sideloading your Lineage OS file isn’t working, make sure the file is in the same computer directory as ADB. If the Lineage OS package is on your desktop and ADB is in its own folder, ADB won’t know where the file is when you type in its name. All the files you are pushing and flashing should be in the same folder as the ADB program. Refer back to the second step if you’re confused!

Pro Tip: If you want to root your device, you can also flash a root file at this stage (before rebooting into the system). There are multiple root methods and files available for different devices, so I’m not going to go over them here. If you want root access, this would be the perfect opportunity to flash that file too.

Pro Tip: This is a great time to restore all the apps you backed up in the third step. You can also manually re-download them all if you skipped that step. We’ll talk to you in a few hours.

It Looks Like You Don’t Have Any Applicable Device(S) Linked To Your Microsoft Account

If you receive a message It looks like you don’t have any applicable device(s) linked to your Microsoft account then it appears because of the missing connection between your Microsoft account and the computer. The error usually appears when the user tries to download a game or software or an app from the Microsoft Store. The computer may be linked, but let’s take a look at possible solutions to resolve the problem.  Here is the full error message

It looks like you don’t have any applicable device(s) linked to your Microsoft account. To install, sign in on a device with your Microsoft account.

It looks like you don’t have any applicable device(s) linked to your Microsoft account.

It is always a good idea to restart the computer once and retry before taking one of the steps. At times its a network issue or a pending restart that causes the problem.

Verify the computer

Reset Microsoft Store

Delete Microsoft Store Database Files

Update Windows to the required version

Store Device Limit

Make sure to try installing the app after every troubleshooting tip.

1] Verify the Computer with Microsoft Account

When you sign up with a Microsoft account on a Windows 10 PC, you may have to verify it. It’s not new and had been there for some time, and it makes sure to keep your account safe from fraudulent activity. If the PC where you are trying to download the app is not verified, follow out a detailed guide to verify your Microsoft account. It is a simple process where the security code is sent to your email id and phone number for verification.

If it’s a local Windows account, you can either add a Microsoft account or convert a local Windows account into a Microsoft account.

Sign in using the local account.

Select Sign in with a Microsoft account instead

Once done, you can open Microsoft Store and download the software.

2] Reset Microsoft Store

At times it is only a glitch, and resetting Microsoft Store will help, It is easy to reset Microsoft Store, and it works with an admin account.

It will then relaunch the Microsoft Store. You need to sign-in using the same Microsoft account.

Once the sign-in is successful, check if the issue has been resolved by trying to install the app. You can also choose to run the Store troubleshooter in Windows 10.

3] Delete Microsoft Store Database Files

In File Explorer, navigate to the following path.


Delete chúng tôi file. It is a Windows log file that keeps track of all Windows Updates applied to the system.

Relaunch the Microsoft Store and check if you can install the app.

4] Update Windows to the required version 5] Check Device Limit

Microsoft allows the app from the Microsoft Store to be installed on a maximum of 10 computers under one account. It applies to both Xbox and Windows 10 PCs. Go to your Microsoft Devices section, and then choose to remove the device from the list. Try removing any of the non required devices from the list, and then install the app.

If you haven’t reached the limit, remove the current device, and then add it again. Adding the PC to your account is an easy process and all you need to sign-in again on the device when prompted.

I hope one of the solutions worked for you, and you were able to install the app on the intended device.

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