Install /e/ on a Fairphone FP3 - “FP3”

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.

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.
  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!

Unlock the bootloader

  • Allow the bootloader unlocking by following the official FP documentation available at https://support.fairphone.com/hc/en-us/articles/360041655711-Unlock-the-bootloader-of-your-Fairphone-3
  • Reboot the device on fastboot mode by running adb reboot bootloader (or press Power + Volume - if your device is off)
  • Once on fastboot mode, unlock the device by running fastboot flashing unlock

    On previous versions of fastboot, the command is fastboot oem unlock

  • The device will ask you to confirm the unlocking. Confirm by selecting UNLOCK THE BOOTLOADER and confirm with Power
  • The device reboot automatically. It will show a warning. Press Volume + or Volume - to display boot options, select fastboot and confirm with Power to reboot on fastboot

Download /e/ for FP3

Installing /e/ from the bootloader

  1. Unzip the archive

     unzip <zip>
    
  2. Install /e/ using the following commands (from fastboot mode)

     fastboot -w
     fastboot flash system system.img
     fastboot flash boot boot.img
     fastboot flash vendor vendor.img
     fastboot flash dtbo dtbo.img
     fastboot flash product product.img
     fastboot flash vbmeta vbmeta.img
    
     fastboot flashing lock
    

    The last command will ask you to confirm on the device to lock the bootloader. Select LOCK THE BOOTLOADER with Volume + and valid with Power.

    On previous version of fastboot, the last command is fastboot oem lock

  3. Enjoy! The device reboot automatically on /e/.