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

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mik101

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OTA is still working fine here using last week's build + Magisk23 and MindTheGapps. I will report back after tonight's build though.
Do note that I'm using the last official TWRP release, not OrangeFox Recovery (which seems to be the common denominator for those of you having issues with OTAs).

The only thing not working currently in 18.1 for Whyred is Miracast (wireless display).

Edit: The Sept 6 OTA installed without errors or bootloop using TWRP 3.5.2 and the open recovery script restored magisk automatically as it was supposed to. I know TWRP is less full-featured than OrangeFox but I recommend those having issues give it a try to see if it resolves them. Then at least we can try to point the OrangeFox devs in the right direction.
 
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bojack_horseman

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Hello, I've just installed this ROM with mindthegapps and magisk. Great ROM.
I have a problem with some application like signal, gmail and sometimes also WhatsApp and I cannot receive notification if I don't open the app. It's like the system it's too aggressive. I also tried to to disable battery optimisation but it still doesn't works. Any suggestion? Thanks
 

ferreol-fr

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Does this ROM have reboot option in quick settings? I ask because the power button on my smartphone is broken so it's necessary.
No, I don't see a boot option in the quick settings. But there are many applications that can do it (even without root), you just need to allow accessibility to one of them. Shutdown (without Root) for example. (It is better to deny access to data for this kind of application).
 
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ferreol-fr

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I don't turn it off. But when it happens, accidentally, I turn it on by pressing the button hard and for a while. Sometimes it works, but not always. Sometimes it also turns on by connecting the power.
I'm realise just now that you also have to enable advanced boot menu in developer option. this one is available in system setting menu, after you have pressing several time the built number at the end of the about setting menu.
 
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Frollito

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Hi, stuck in recovery bootloop here after OTA update.

First i was with OrangeFox, then flashed TWRP but the issue still remains (latest version for both).

Phone is recognized in fastboot mode (that's how i flashed TWRP) but no internal storage is detected to try something...

When i shut down the phone, it comes back alive stuck in recovery mode.

Any idea?

Thanks.
 

1emrys1

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Hi, stuck in recovery bootloop here after OTA update.

First i was with OrangeFox, then flashed TWRP but the issue still remains (latest version for both).

Phone is recognized in fastboot mode (that's how i flashed TWRP) but no internal storage is detected to try something...

When i shut down the phone, it comes back alive stuck in recovery mode.

Any idea?

Thanks.
I'm a few days late. But if this happens again, try flashing the gapps again. This generally works for me.
If this doesn't work then instead of flashing miui fastboot and flashing recovery again etc, just boot to recovery, format data (type yes) and flash the rom and gapps again. You will lose all your data but at least you can avoid the lengthy process of flashing miui fastboot rom.
 

Frollito

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I'm a few days late. But if this happens again, try flashing the gapps again. This generally works for me.
If this doesn't work then instead of flashing miui fastboot and flashing recovery again etc, just boot to recovery, format data (type yes) and flash the rom and gapps again. You will lose all your data but at least you can avoid the lengthy process of flashing miui fastboot rom.
First of all thanks for your help.
Actually i didn't flash yet (phone is just one old piece of many in the drawer, that sometimes i care to update), but the weird thing is that i'm stuck in recovery mode, but i cannot do anything other than watching the OrangeFox or TWRP logo. It just hangs there. No ADB connection, but only fastboot connection when i reset it with proper key combination... so weird...
 

1emrys1

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First of all thanks for your help.
Actually i didn't flash yet (phone is just one old piece of many in the drawer, that sometimes i care to update), but the weird thing is that i'm stuck in recovery mode, but i cannot do anything other than watching the OrangeFox or TWRP logo. It just hangs there. No ADB connection, but only fastboot connection when i reset it with proper key combination... so weird...
Oh. If the recovery is not usable then I guess the only option is to flash miui fastboot and start all over again.
 

PrinceVince

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Hello guys, sorry if this isn't on-topic enough – I'll make a separate post and delete this one if this doesn't belong here!

I currently use my Redmi Note 5 Pro (Global) with an unofficial LOS 15.1 (Android 8.1.0). I now want to upgrade to this official LOS 18.1 build without bricking the phone.

My TWRP is 3.2.3-2 an I never upgraded the Firmware since buying the phone. MIUI version was 9.5.19 at the time btw. My questions:

1. Should I upgrade to latest TWRP before flashing LOS?
2. Should I upgrade the Firmware to V12.0.2.0?

I have the adb tools (fastboot) installed, and my phone shows up ready when I run fastboot devices. Should I try to flash via these CLI tools, or should I try to flash from within my current TWRP? My lack of experience makes me concerned about doing the wrong thing with these upgrades.

Thanks!
 
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1emrys1

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Hello guys, sorry if this isn't on-topic enough – I'll make a separate post and delete this one if this doesn't belong here!

I currently use my Redmi Note 5 Pro (Global) with an unofficial LOS 15.1 (Android 8.1.0). I now want to upgrade to this official LOS 18.1 build without bricking the phone.

My TWRP is 3.2.3-2 an I never upgraded the Firmware since buying the phone. MIUI version was 9.5.19 at the time btw. My questions:

1. Should I upgrade to latest TWRP before flashing LOS?
2. Should I upgrade the Firmware to V12.0.2.0?

I have the adb tools (fastboot) installed, and my phone shows up ready when I run fastboot devices. Should I try to flash via these CLI tools, or should I try to flash from within my current TWRP? My lack of experience makes me concerned about doing the wrong thing with these upgrades.

Thanks!
I would suggest you to do a clean flash. Keep in mind that once you upgrade, it might be hard to go back to 8.1 Oreo roms. Sim might not work in those old roms.

I was in the same boat as you. I installed DOTos based on Android oreo in October 2018 and kept using the phone till June 2021. I literally used a custom rom for such a long time without doing anything else. I guess I'm tired of flashing roms often and moving all the data.

Anyway I wanted to try new Android 11 roms as Android 8.1 had become quite old in 2021.

So here's the process i followed to ensure 0 issues -
Flash the last Miui 11 fastboot rom using Mi Flash. (Miui 12 fastboot roms for whyred doesn't boot. Avoid them)
Flashing the last version of Miui 11 fastboot rom will bring you on the latest firmware.
While flashing be careful and select flash all and erase. There's another option that locks the bootloader while flashing the rom. Don't select that option obviously

After flashing the Miui 11 fastboot rom, boot your phone into bootloader/fastboot mode.
Download the latest orangefox recovery. Flash the img files using fastboot command
Boot to recovery and flash the orangefox zip using orangefox recovery. This might sound weird but it is an important step to make orangefox permanent. You need to first flash the recovery img using pc fastboot and then flash the zip file using the orangefox recovery itself

Phone will reboot to recovery

Now format data. Type "yes". This is very important. Don't wipe data. FORMAT data by typing yes.
Wipe system, Cache. Dalvik etc.
Flash rom and gapps together. Don't reboot before flashing gapps otherwise you will have permission issues with gapps.
After flashing rom and gapps together, reboot to system

Setup your new rom.
Reboot to recovery and flash Magisk(version 23) if you want. (you need to rename the apk file to zip. Then flash the zip by recovery)

You can watch youtube tutorials on how to hide Magisk. It is a onetime hassle.

That's it.


I personally recommend you to use official LineageOs 18.1. I'm using it since June and it is working really. Zero bugs. Super smooth. Although it had less customization features but I like it compared to feature filled heavy roms.

If you decide use a rom like Pixel Experience or Fork LineageOs then you would need to use a different kind of recovery that supports those roms. Official orangefox will not work. Read those threads carefully and flash the required recovery if you want to flash those roms.

And remember, 99% of the time, a bootloop can be fixed by formatting data. But it will wipe your internal storage totally. So before installing a new rom or updating old rom, backup important files and apps, just in case you are forced to format data.
 
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    Miui 12 fastboot roms for whyred doesn't boot. Avoid them

    Thats not correct. V12.0.2.0.PEIMIXM fastboot rom boots up normally.
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    Hello guys, sorry if this isn't on-topic enough – I'll make a separate post and delete this one if this doesn't belong here!

    I currently use my Redmi Note 5 Pro (Global) with an unofficial LOS 15.1 (Android 8.1.0). I now want to upgrade to this official LOS 18.1 build without bricking the phone.

    My TWRP is 3.2.3-2 an I never upgraded the Firmware since buying the phone. MIUI version was 9.5.19 at the time btw. My questions:

    1. Should I upgrade to latest TWRP before flashing LOS?
    2. Should I upgrade the Firmware to V12.0.2.0?

    I have the adb tools (fastboot) installed, and my phone shows up ready when I run fastboot devices. Should I try to flash via these CLI tools, or should I try to flash from within my current TWRP? My lack of experience makes me concerned about doing the wrong thing with these upgrades.

    Thanks!
    Yes upgrade to latest twrp version 3.5.2

    You dont have to upgrade your firmware because LineageOS relies on firmware version 9.5.19 which you are already using

    If you want you can flash latest MIUI 12 firmware

    Upgrading process
    1. Flash twrp 3.5 and boot to twrp
    2. Wipe data cache system and data
    3. Flash LineageOS 18.1
    4. Flash opengapps android 11 pico package or any other package
    5. Wipe cache and reboot to system.

    If you want to do CLI method then follow official installation guide
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    Hello guys, sorry if this isn't on-topic enough – I'll make a separate post and delete this one if this doesn't belong here!

    I currently use my Redmi Note 5 Pro (Global) with an unofficial LOS 15.1 (Android 8.1.0). I now want to upgrade to this official LOS 18.1 build without bricking the phone.

    My TWRP is 3.2.3-2 an I never upgraded the Firmware since buying the phone. MIUI version was 9.5.19 at the time btw. My questions:

    1. Should I upgrade to latest TWRP before flashing LOS?
    2. Should I upgrade the Firmware to V12.0.2.0?

    I have the adb tools (fastboot) installed, and my phone shows up ready when I run fastboot devices. Should I try to flash via these CLI tools, or should I try to flash from within my current TWRP? My lack of experience makes me concerned about doing the wrong thing with these upgrades.

    Thanks!
    I would suggest you to do a clean flash. Keep in mind that once you upgrade, it might be hard to go back to 8.1 Oreo roms. Sim might not work in those old roms.

    I was in the same boat as you. I installed DOTos based on Android oreo in October 2018 and kept using the phone till June 2021. I literally used a custom rom for such a long time without doing anything else. I guess I'm tired of flashing roms often and moving all the data.

    Anyway I wanted to try new Android 11 roms as Android 8.1 had become quite old in 2021.

    So here's the process i followed to ensure 0 issues -
    Flash the last Miui 11 fastboot rom using Mi Flash. (Miui 12 fastboot roms for whyred doesn't boot. Avoid them)
    Flashing the last version of Miui 11 fastboot rom will bring you on the latest firmware.
    While flashing be careful and select flash all and erase. There's another option that locks the bootloader while flashing the rom. Don't select that option obviously

    After flashing the Miui 11 fastboot rom, boot your phone into bootloader/fastboot mode.
    Download the latest orangefox recovery. Flash the img files using fastboot command
    Boot to recovery and flash the orangefox zip using orangefox recovery. This might sound weird but it is an important step to make orangefox permanent. You need to first flash the recovery img using pc fastboot and then flash the zip file using the orangefox recovery itself

    Phone will reboot to recovery

    Now format data. Type "yes". This is very important. Don't wipe data. FORMAT data by typing yes.
    Wipe system, Cache. Dalvik etc.
    Flash rom and gapps together. Don't reboot before flashing gapps otherwise you will have permission issues with gapps.
    After flashing rom and gapps together, reboot to system

    Setup your new rom.
    Reboot to recovery and flash Magisk(version 23) if you want. (you need to rename the apk file to zip. Then flash the zip by recovery)

    You can watch youtube tutorials on how to hide Magisk. It is a onetime hassle.

    That's it.


    I personally recommend you to use official LineageOs 18.1. I'm using it since June and it is working really. Zero bugs. Super smooth. Although it had less customization features but I like it compared to feature filled heavy roms.

    If you decide use a rom like Pixel Experience or Fork LineageOs then you would need to use a different kind of recovery that supports those roms. Official orangefox will not work. Read those threads carefully and flash the required recovery if you want to flash those roms.

    And remember, 99% of the time, a bootloop can be fixed by formatting data. But it will wipe your internal storage totally. So before installing a new rom or updating old rom, backup important files and apps, just in case you are forced to format data.
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    Right, a clean flash (starting over) is my intent. I have my essential data backed up already.



    I should have mentioned that I don't have access to MS Windows. Since the LOS guides don't mention the Xiaomi tools, I assumed they wouldn't enter the picture again.

    So the MIUI 11 OS ships with the V12 stable firmware? I can certainly see the appeal of just getting one's firmware properly updated this way. Someone in this thread say “Just flash the [V12] firmware via TWRP”. If the latter is viable for my use case, I'd much prefer that!

    Btw, does "MIUI 11 fastboot ROM" simply mean that the ROM is built in a fastboot-compatible way? Are there other versions that aren't?



    Thanks a lot for the detailed pointers.



    Yup, that's my plan, I'm not a heavy phone user anyway, the conservative LOS design served me well.



    Yes, I'm totally ready to lose all data, just wanna avoid bricking the phone.
    Every miui rom has two versions - fastboot and recovery. Recovery roms are smaller and they're the ones that can be flashed using recovery.
    Fastboot roms are bigger and have all the partitions and data that is needed to completely reset the phone. When the phone is bricked or messed up tto much by random zips, flashing the fastboot rom using PC resets it totally. Its like a clean slate.

    If you want a totally clean slate - flash fastboot rom. But needs a large file to be downloaded and needs pc
    If you want an easier method - flash recovery rom using latest orangefox. Still more than 1 gb file
    Even more easy method - flash firmware. This firmware was taken out from the recovery rom and turned into a small zip. Generally 50-70mb

    But you are coming from 8.1 Oreo like me. Flashing the fastboot rom will guarantee a complete clean slate. Since you don't have pc, try the method of updating orangefox, flashing firmware and then flashing los. Remember to format data before flashing los.
    If you get any errors or problems in your los rom - like sim error, or location error etc then the only method might be to find a pc and flash fastboot rom and then go to lineage again.

    If you don't get any errors then congrats, updated recovery and firmware was enough.
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    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
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    Updated thread for 18.1 🎉
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    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.
    go completely offline and buy a Nokia 3310
    Don't be racist and don't apply stereotypes, not all chinese app spy on you