Install /e/ on a Fairphone FP2 - “FP2”

Very important: please read the following carefully before proceeding!

Installing a new operating system on a mobile device can potentially:

  1. lead to all data destruction on the device
  2. make it an unrecoverable brick.

So please only flash your device if you know what you are doing and are OK with taking the associated risk.

The /e/ project and its project members deny any and all responsibility about the consequences of using /e/ software and/or /e/ services.

Warning : Downgrading Smartphones already on Android Q or LineageOS 17.x to Pie or from Pie OS to Oreo or Nougat can cause instability or at worst brick some devices.

Tip: If you find an issue with this installation document or to suggest any improvements , Please add your suggestions to this topic on our community forum

Requirements

  1. Highly recommended: it is recommended that you have an /e/ account (like: john.doe@e.email) if you want to benefit from /e/ account integration for all online services such as: email, drive, calendar, notes, tasks. Register for your free /e/ account.
  2. Make sure your computer has working adb and fastboot. Setup instructions can be found here.

    Please ensure you follow the instructions for adb and Fastboot setup exactly as given in the previous step to avoid unexpected issues during device setup.

  3. Enable USB debugging on your device.
  4. Please read through the instructions at least once completely before actually following them to avoid any problems because you missed something!

Installing a custom recovery

  1. Download a custom recovery - you can download TWRP.

The version of TWRP we used to test the ROM was 3.2.3.0

  1. Connect your device to your PC via USB.
  2. On the computer, open a command prompt (on Windows) or terminal (on Linux or macOS) window, and type

     adb reboot bootloader
    
  3. Once the device is in fastboot mode, verify your PC finds it by typing

     fastboot devices
    
  4. Flash recovery onto your device

     fastboot flash recovery twrp-x.x.x-x-FP2.img
    
  5. Now reboot into recovery to verify the installation
Tip: On some devices if the device does not boot into TWRP you could try it manually by following these steps
With the device powered off, hold Volume Up + Power. Release when boot logo appears.

Download /e/ for FP2

Installing /e/ from custom recovery

  1. Download the /e/ install package that you’d like to install from here.
  2. If you aren’t already in recovery mode, reboot into recovery mode:

     adb reboot recovery
    
  3. Optional Tap the Backup button to create a backup. Make sure the backup is created in the external sdcard or copy it onto your computer as the internal storage will be formatted.
  4. Go back to return to main menu, then tap Wipe.
  5. Now tap Format Data and continue with the formatting process. This will remove encryption as well as delete all files stored on the internal storage.
  6. Return to the previous menu and tap Advanced Wipe.
  7. Select the Cache and System partitions to be wiped and then Swipe to Wipe.
  8. Sideload the /e/ .zip package:
    • On the device, select “Advanced”, “ADB Sideload”, then swipe to begin sideload.
    • On the host machine, sideload the package using:

        adb sideload filename.zip
      
  9. Once installation has finished, return to the main menu, tap Reboot, and then System
Success: Congratulations !! Your phone should now be booting into /e/OS !!
To find some troubleshooting tips… click here

adb related errors

  • Getting a Total xFer ':' 0.01x message - Upload the /e/OS to internal storage and retry to install
  • adb ':' sideload connection failed ':' insufficient permissions for device error - Execute the commands adb kill-server and adb start-server and retry




This documentation “Install /e/ on FairPhone FP2 - FP2” is a derivative of “install LineageOS on FP2” by The LineageOS Project, used under CC BY.