[ROM][OFFICIAL][R] LineageOS 18.1 for Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro [whyred]

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Jul 10, 2018
On the listed instructions it doesn't say anythinga bout anti-rollback or firmware updates.

Do we need to do any of that, or can we just install Lineage Directly?


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May 8, 2019
Is anyone using gestures instead of home buttons? It's pretty broken for me. Trying to open recent apps will pop up apps on the left if there's only one open and using any full screen app will have the bottom of the screen (where the gestures bar appears) disabled, not being able to touch on buttons or anything appearing at the bottom. Most apps also don't show on the "set apps for full screen use" section either, so the gesture bar isn't hiding.


Feb 11, 2017
In TWRP do I have to remove read only for the system partition?

To install Magisk I renamed the .apk to .zip that I flashed in TWRP, and on restart I also installed the APK, is it good?

Thank you


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Dec 6, 2016
I'm still stuck on not being able to sign in to Google accounts due to network apparently, any network whatsoever when I can access the internet just fine. There is also no prompt for me to even key in my details. I've tried pretty much multiple combinations already for LOS 18.1 with MindtheGapp 11 64bit.


Jun 24, 2018
Is anyone else experiencing very long boot/reboot times with this build? It takes about 2 minutes for me with encryption enabled. With LOS 17.1 it was about a third of that.

El Kariim

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Apr 12, 2021
hello guys, i just installed LOS 18.1. I just want to know did anyone here install magisk? I need assistance because the safetynet check failed. Thx before..


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Nov 7, 2016
hello guys, i just installed LOS 18.1. I just want to know did anyone here install magisk? I need assistance because the safetynet check failed. Thx before..
there's an issue with magisk. wait for a new version. as long as your play store says "device is certified" u will be ok


Oct 17, 2014
Ok, I dirty flashed the new 18.1 whyred LOS image and mindthegapps arm64 too trough TWRP, cleared cache and dalvik, rebooted and everything went fine. But:

1. Funny, I can't see anymore "Unlocked device" in the very first mi.com screen at boot.

2. Have to reinstall #Magisk, but can't backup without root with Migrate-GPE... is Magisk install going to wipe my data?

I do not know what went wrong with the bootloader unlocked message, but you can flash Magisk without the fear of losing data (though while flashing anything a risk remains that anything could go wront, but flashing magisk doesn't erase data by design).
BTW i hope you would have already done something by now. Is everything fine now?
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    Guys can I update from los17.1 formatting only system and cache? I want to update but the fact that is stopping me is that I have to configure a ton of apps if I do it XD

    You can and I did it like so:
    updated twrp from twrp itself
    whiped system and cache
    flashed the os
    flashed gapps
    flashed magisk
    all the settings (apps-except magisk since I had to remove it- and OS) where retained
    Only problem i am facing is --> background music playback is not good it will lag if you turn off your screen

    Music plays nicely when screen is on
    I have tried that but mine works and does not lag.
    Some other stuff to note;
    -Camera2api level 3 (can now use camera fv5 - they recently updated their app)
    -Can now use the extra sim slot (haven't tried yet but on stock ROM the phone was locked to a single sim XD. This is the Redmi note 5 ai global)

    Also, in case anyone is wondering I installed 'MindTheGapps android 11'.
    I'm also planing to upgrade from LOS 17.1 (including Magisk 23, OpenGapps, unencrypted) and would like to keep all the apps and settings.

    Which Gapps did you use - MindTheGapps or the test version of OpenGapps? As OpenGapps is not officially available for Android 11, is it save to install MindTheGapps instead?
    I used MindTheGapps.
    LineageOS 18.1 kill app way too aggressively.
    I tried disable battery optimization but the problem still there
    zram is disabled by default. turn it on kernel manager apps.
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    * Your warranty is now void.
    * I am not responsible for bricked devices, dead SD cards,
    * thermonuclear war, or you getting fired because the alarm app failed. Please
    * do some research if you have any concerns about features included in this ROM
    * before flashing it! YOU are choosing to make these modifications, and if
    * you point the finger at me for messing up your device, I will laugh at you.

    LineageOS is a free, community built, aftermarket firmware distribution of Android 11, which is designed to increase performance and reliability over stock Android for your device.

    LineageOS is based on the Android Open Source Project with extra contributions from many people within the Android community. It can be used without any need to have any Google application installed. Linked below is a package that has come from another Android project that restore the Google parts. LineageOS does still include various hardware-specific code, which is also slowly being open-sourced anyway.

    All the source code for LineageOS is available in the LineageOS Github repo. And if you would like to contribute to LineageOS, please visit out Gerrit Code Review. You can also view the Changelog for a full list of changes & features.


    - srfarias
    - SebaUbuntu

    Installation instructions
    - Here
    - If you want to flash this from unofficial LineageOS or any other ROM, you must do a clean flash

    Device info
    - Here

    - Official weekly builds
    - GApps aren't included

    - Xiaomi SDM660 common device tree
    - Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro device tree
    - Xiaomi SDM660 kernel sources
    - Xiaomi vendor blobs

    How to report a bug
    - Please head over to LineageOS issues page in GitLab and create a report here
    To clarify:
    It was not a device-side issue, nor a ROM side issue, it's actually a build server isssue
    If someone want an accurate explanation, ask me
    If you don't, just wait the next build
    Updated thread for 18.1 🎉
    Re: SoterService & Qualcomm Location

    1. SoterService

    SoterService [...] helps chinese users with secure payments (e.g. WeChat)
    So for starters it certainly isn't useful to anybody outside China. As for users in China (not Chinese users, there's a difference), official LOS isn't really suitable for them anyway without further patching (at least fallback DNS, SUPL, captive portal and connectivity test URLs should be changed, Chinese-specific fonts and IME also aren't included). In practice not many people there are going to install a custom ROM on a device like this and if they do, it's most likely going to be something locally-brewed like Moqu. Thus, "helping users in China" (not "Chinese," since Chinese people all over the world by and large don't and in fact usually can't use Weixin either unless they happen to be in China) is not a realistic consideration. And as you can see it's also not as if not having this preinstalled would be an extra burden to any user in China.

    This APK was not included in official LOS 15.1. I don't even recall it being a part of MIUI Global ROM for this device. Those lucky few who have the use for it (if anybody at all) will know how to install it, just like everybody else installs all kinds of other stuff on top of LOS. However, Lineage OS defines itself as a "free [as in 'libre'] and open-source operating system," and incorporating proprietary, third-party blobs of dubious benefit to the user is hardly in line with the project's objectives.

    https://www.github.com/Tencent/soter/wiki [link edited to remove Google Translate]
    Please read this and check why we need it.
    I read it, again (I first did when I was looking up this APK before even writing anything in this thread) and all the more I don't see any reason why it should be included. On the contrary, it's specific to China and only compatible with some of the devices launched in that market. Why would it be so indispensable that it just has to be part of the official LOS build for this device? (If you were referring to some specific statement in what's written there, feel free to quote it, and I will look at it again.)

    For the record, I never said it was spyware, just a leftover that serves no purpose. But device security can be compromised in a number ways, for example through an exploitable bug in the APK. We all know the whole vendor blob for this device is completely outdated. The less is kept of it in its original form, the better. If something can be safely removed without impact, this should be the default action to take.

    This blobs and apps are in stock ROMs, so, to not break something, we leave them in place.
    The whole point of having a custom ROM is to be able to critically pick and choose what should be in it from the usability perspective. Obviously this involves informed experimentation and something can occasionally break, so what? Reading something like this here makes me want to scroll back to the top of the page to check if this is still "XDA Developers."

    Vendor blobs are not sacred. Xiaomi's in particular are usually rather bad. For instance, previous vendor blobs for this device enabled Wi-Fi diagnostics by default, needlessly spamming the logs and draining battery. Should this have been kept too?

    2. Qualcomm Location

    Again, this is a system component
    What is that even supposed to mean? By definition it's a user-space application, so it's a "system component" as much as Candy Crush is in Windows.

    as you said, can help in specific scenarios
    I wanted to save everybody the boring details. In practice I doubt it makes any difference. It's supposed to work by querying the location from nearby Wi-Fi access points but only those with supported SoCs in them (so QCA-only I believe), and then again only those that were configured to provide it.

    The benefit is supposedly better location indoors, so it could be life-saving if you get lost in a shopping mall but 99.9% of the time when you need precise location is when you are outside and not near any particular Wi-Fi access points.

    The idea behind it is not unsound and it could indeed save battery life if GPS doesn't have to run in such situations (and if it really is indoors then it wouldn't work anyway) but the bigger point is that Google (and others) have already been doing the same for years and are better at it. So if you install Google Apps you are already getting all of this functionality anyway.

    You can't blame Qualcomm for trying even though they're late to the game but essentially it's about duplicating what already works just was "not invented here." Your location won't get any more precise than what Google already provides, all it accomplishes is Qualcomm being able to use your battery time and data allowance to seed their own database so as to compete with the incumbent.

    with MIUI you can't disable this stuff so that's an improvement
    Actually, here you can't disable it either: given how it's set up, there is no setting for it anywhere in the UI, it just runs all the time in the background. I think it'll also interfere if you wanted to use mock location.

    So even if Qualcomm location were to stay by default, there should be a toggle for it, or at the very least the framework overlay settings should be restored to their defaults because now it's effectively impossible to use any other location provider: it's either Qualcomm or nothing.

    Since LOS does not include a complete location solution (people will install Google Apps, MicroG, or perhaps something else), arguably it shouldn't force a partial one on the user either. To be brutally honest, I thought these settings were left like that by mistake, couldn't imagine anyone defending them but here we are. (Feel free to also check out the discussion I linked to in my previous post, and the commit where it was removed for beryllium - Xiaomi Pocophone F1.)


    I appreciate your effort in building this ROM and making it official. I understand the way you responded must be due to the impression that I attacked or criticized your work. This was not my intention.

    I'm not saying anybody should do anything, I'm just sharing what I did. Hopefully it can help others one way or another. And if I'm wrong about something I'll be the first to admit it, after all I'm here to learn.

    In the end it's your work and your decisions, you'll do as you wish. But there is a valid argument for the majority of the users and readers of this thread not to have these included in the official LOS build, which is why I wrote about it.

    Agree or disagree, either way it's really not necessary to make any of this personal.
    you are scared
    go completely offline and buy a Nokia 3310
    Don't be racist and don't apply stereotypes, not all chinese app spy on you
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