Install Lineage OS 18.1 in Galaxy S4 Mini Models

While Christmas is around the corner, Samsung Smartphones has been receiving Official & UnOfficial Lineage OS Nightly builds for their Flagship smartphones like Galaxy S3. Lineage OS has been releasing Lineage OS 13 (Android 6.0.1) builds for old Smartphones like Galaxy S3, Google Nexus 4 . As per reports, Samsung won’t release Marshmallow updates for Galaxy S4 mini models. Thanks to Lineage OS for releasing 18.1 builds for Galaxy S4 mini models (GT-I9190/I9195/I9192). The process is pretty simple just follow the below mentioned steps carefully!

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About Lineage OS

Lineage OS is an alternative operating system intended to replace the one pre-installed on your smart phones and tablets. If you’ve got an older device that isn’t getting updates anymore, or if your device seems unusually slow, or maybe you’re sick of spyware, adware, and other unwanted garbage on your phone that you can’t remove… Maybe your device is missing features or has been otherwise artificially limited in functionality. Perhaps you just could use a boost in performance. Or maybe you’d like to be more confident that your operating system has included some of the latest bug fixes. If so, Lineage OS might be for you.

FEATURES OF LineageOS 18.1 ROM:

1. UI:

  • LineageOS 18.1 comes with more up-to-date UI and integrates nicely with all the new android features. It is clean and the user will have a bloat-free experience.
  • Improved Animation Transitions.
  • Improved Dark Mode.
  • Now, all apps on LineageOS will support dark mode.
  • Recovery now has a new, colorful, and fun UI that is much more accessible.

2. Customization:

  • Default launcher have third-party icon support, so the icons can be customized.
  • Users can now customize the status bar and choose between different Battery styles, can adjust the Clock position, and more.
  • Users can now control music playback by long-pressing the volume buttons, and can also shift the volume panel to the left side. New expandable volume dialog UI that allows you to control multiple volume streams more easily.
  • Partial screenshot feature with new UI that’s easier to use.

3. Security:

  • User data is, by default, encrypted on LineageOS 18.1.
  • The firewall can block all connections now by making apps think that the device is in airplane mode.
  • Better App Permissions and Privacy Control.

4. Battery:

  • The battery life on the LineageOS 18.1 is little better than the stock ROM.
  • The LineageOS 18.1 also offers a Battery Manager, that detects the apps that are draining battery, and suggests users to restrict the app. There is also a Battery saver, Extreme power saver, and thermal profiles feature.

5. Other Features:
Chat Bubbles, New Media Controls, Improved Navigation Gestures, 4GB video recording limit removed, Share to Print, Tap to wake, Tap to sleep, Wake on plug, and more.

Prerequisites:

  1. Root & Install Latest TWRP Recovery in Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini.
    1. Open Google Play Store or click here to get directly to the GooManager’s page.
    2. Press ‘Install’ and wait for the app to flash on your device.
    3. Go to App drawer and launch GooManager app.
    4. Press the ‘menu’ capacitive button of your Galaxy S4 Mini.
    5. Select ‘Install OpenRecoveryScript’ from the drop-down options list.
    6. Confirm that you wish to install it.
    7. The phone will now take care of the rest of the process and complete the installation of TWRP Recovery.
  2. Check the battery percentage of the phone, it should be at least 40%.
  3. This ROM is only for GT-I9190, GT-I9195 and GT-I9192 variant only!. Please don’t try this on any other smartphones.
  4. Backup all your data: Contacts, Photos, Apps & other files.

Install Lineage OS 18.1 (Android 11) ROM in Galaxy S4 Mini:

  1. Transfer the downloaded Lineage OS 18.1 & GApps zip, in your Galaxy S4 Mini.
  2. Turn off your Galaxy S4 Mini.
  3. Press and hold Press Volume UP + Home Button + Power Key at the same time to boot into Recovery mode.
  4. Do not forget to perform a nandroid backup, if you want to return to the previous ROM. Goto backup option in TWRP and select all the partitions including System, Data, Boot, Recovery, EFS and swipe right to backup.
  5. After performing the ROM backup, go back to the TWRP main menu and tap the wipe button.
  6. Then, select Advanced Wipe, as well as Dalvik Cache, Data, and Cache (Don’t select Internal storage)
  7. Next, swipe to confirm. Wait for the wiping process to complete.
  8. Next, Goto TWRP main menu & goto Install option.
  9. Locate the Lineage OS 18.1 downloaded zip file & tap on it. Now swipe to Install the ROM.
  10. Once the installation process is finished successfully, Again Go to TWRP Main menu, Tap on Install & locate the GApps zip file. Swipe to install GApps Package.
  11. From recovery select “reboot” and enjoy.

Warning:

Do not restore backup data of system apps!

  • If you restore a bad backup with cached settings in telephony.db in data/data/com.*.*.telephony it can break MMS.
  • It seems that restoring backups can also break Calendar sync.

Download Lineage OS 18.1 (Android 11) ROM, TWRP and GApps for Galaxy S4 Mini:

ROM (Download ROM as per your device model no)

  1. Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9190 ROM: Download
  2. Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9192 ROM: Download
  3. Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195 ROM: Download

TWRP (Download TWRP as per your device model no)

  1. Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9190 ROM: Download
  2. Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9192 ROM: Download
  3. Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195 ROM: Download

GApps

  1. GApps for Galaxy S4 Mini: Download

FAQ’s:

1. How to Enable Root in Lineage OS 18.1 (Android 11)?

Goto Phone Settings> About Phone> Tap the build no. for 7 times. Now go back to settings & you’ll find Developer Options. In Development Options, Go to Root Access>Apps only. That’s it!

Root Access in Cyanogenmod 13
Root Access in Lineage OS 18.1

2. How to check new features in updates?

Follow this link to check new features in updates for Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9190/GT-I9192/GT-I9195

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8 Comments

  1. I try to install in S4 mini (GT-I9190) cm-13.0-20160417-NIGHTLY-serrano3gxx.zip using TWRP, but it says E:zip error etc…

    please tell me how to clear the error

  2. instructions don’t seem to match what I see on the screen. Just downloaded TWRP (not Goomanager) but point 1.v Select ‘Install OpenRecoveryScript’ from the drop-down options list ????? This does not exist. Where do I look?

    nandroid backup had mixed reviews. Some people saying it does not recovery directories, only single files. Others say you need full version to restore completely. True? Alternatives?

    1. If you can’t follow the above options, Install Flashify App from Playstore. Grant SuperSu Permissions & Click on flash recovery file from phone. Select the TWRP.img file. It will flash the TWRP Recovery in your device. Now follow the above procedure from “Install CyanogenMod 13 6.0.1 ROM in Galaxy S4 Mini:”

    1. Hey Goomanger is changed to TWRP. Install this App, Grant Root Access & click on “Device name” . It will show list of devices, scroll down to ‘S’ you’ll find Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, click on the device name as per your model no. Peace!