Install Huawei P9 LineageOS Android 7.1 Nougat Custom ROM

This tutorial is about how to install Android 7.1 Nougat on Huawei P9 with LineageOS 14.1 ROM. LineageOS is one of the most popular custom ROMs available. It was formerly known as CyanogenMod. People love LineageOS as much as they loved the CyanogenMod. LineageOS is available for the Huawei P9 and as well as hundreds of other Android devices. LineageOS comes with regular updates which keep your phone secure and up to date with the latest version of Android. Regular updates also ensure minimum bugs and new features. This guide will help you to install the LineageOS based ROM with Android 7.1 Nougat on Huawei P9. The tutorial is very simple and easy to follow. If you still run into any problem during the process, you can ask us in the comments section below.

If this is your very first time installing a custom ROM, we understand you would want to make sure your installation process go as smooth as possible. So before we actually jump to the installation process of LineageOS ROM, let’s take a look below at how to backup all your data. When installing this Android 7.1 Nougat based custom ROM, your entire data will be wiped clean — like a brand new phone. As a Huawei P9 user, you have several options to choose from depending on how you want to store your data. These are the some of the tips given below that we want you to keep in mind and then proceed.


Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We ( or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉

Android 7.1 LineageOS Nougat ROM Details:

This amazing LineageOS custom ROM comes with many new features and is based on Android 7.1 Nougat. It gives you a number of customization options and stability.

There are tons of useful articles and how-to guides on Team Android for the Huawei P9, but we think you might be interested in the following posts:

Like this LineageOS ROM based on the latest Android 7.1? We love it too and we know you are looking forward to install it on your phone now. Now please read below for important tips on how to make sure your installation goes smooth and you do not end up with any problems.

Huawei P9 USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for Huawei P9 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Huawei P9 USB drivers!

Backup and Other Important Tips

Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps:

Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below for some tips on how to backup data:

If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up. It is easier and faster to restore your phone through a custom recovery.

A few more optional tips that you should remember:

1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow and Nougat.

2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?

3. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model. And also make sure you have an unlocked bootloader (except Samsung).

All set and ready? Good. Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial below and update Huawei P9 to Android 7.1 LineageOS Nougat custom firmware.

TUTORIAL: How to Install Android 7.1 LineageOS Nougat on Huawei P9

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to install Android 7.1 LineageOS Nougat custom firmware on Huawei P9. If you are used to installing custom ROMs on your P9, then this should not be any different for you.

As we mentioned earlier, you need to have a custom recovery installed on your phone. Please do that first and then get back to this tutorial. And before you proceed below, make sure you read the tutorial once before actually performing it on your Android device.

Huawei P9

To Remember:

  • This tutorial is only for installing Android 7.1 LineageOS ROM on Huawei P9. Please do not try on any other P9 variants.
  • Your phone should have a custom recovery installed in order to install this LineageOS ROM on your phone. [Tutorial: How to Install TWRP Recovery on P9]
  • Your phone should be rooted in order to install this LineageOS ROM on your phone. [Tutorial: How to Root P9]
  • This tutorial will wipe out all your data. Make sure you backup all your data in your phone before proceeding.
  • Perform a Dalvik Cache wipe before proceeding from the Recovery Mode.

Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1 – Download Android 7.1 LineageOS ROM for P9 to your computer.

Step 2 – Connect and mount your Huawei P9 USB memory to your computer using the USB cable.

Step 3 – Now copy/paste the downloaded Android 7.1 ROM zip file to your phone memory / SD card. Make sure the file is in the phone memory / SD card root (not in any folder).

Step 4 – Then turn OFF your phone and disconnect from the USB cable.

Step 5 – Now to get in the Recovery Mode. Switch ON the phone while pressing and holding Volume Down + Power buttons together. Alternatively, read this: How to Enter Recovery Mode on Any Android Phone.


NOTE: Screenshots of the Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP Recovery) may change as new versions are released.

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Uzair Khalid
Uzair has been very tech savy and an enthusiast since childhood. An Android geek, a passionate writer for all things technology and a Computer Science graduate.
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  1. “updater process ended with error: 7
    error installing zip file ‘/sdcard/’ , i try wipe cache/dalvik

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