Install /e/ on a Xiaomi Mi A1 - “tissot” (beta)

Tip: Please read through the instructions at least once before actually following them, so as to avoid any problems later.
Warning: Downgrading Smartphones already on Android Q or LineageOS 17.x to Pie or other OS can cause instability or at worst brick some devices
Warning: Flash your device only if you know what you are doing and are OK 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.
Tip: Installing a custom recovery or unlocking the bootloader will erase all data on your device! Take a backup of your data before proceeding!!

Requirements

  • Take a backup of all important data on your phone before proceeding.
  • A guide on backing up with TWRP is available here
  • Ensure your phone is charged more than 50%
  • Check that adb and fastboot are enabled on your PC. If not you can find the setup instructions here
  • Download all the files and images mentioned in the download section below before starting the installation
  • Make sure you have a working data cable to connect your device to the PC. There are cables which are only for charging and do not transfer data.
  • Enable USB debugging on your device. You can find the instructions here
Caution:Before following these instructions please ensure that the device is on the latest Android firmware.
For example to upgrade to /e/ Q the Android firmware should be Android 10 and for /e/ Pie it should be Android 9

Downloads for the tissot

Tip: Download of TWRP is not required if you already have it running on your phone

The version we used for our testing was 3.3.0.2

Try the /e/ Recovery (limited functionality)

Tip: Xiaomi users when reverting to the stock MiUi ROM use the Mi Flash Tool. This requires a windows PC. Linux users can try an alternate method to flash the stock ROM. They can unzip the ROM file and run the flash-all.sh file from a console screen.
  • Stock ROM : here

  • Stock flashing tool : here

  • Follow the steps to install the stock ROM as given on the vendor site
  • Once the Stock ROM is flashed check if it is working for e.g receiving and making calls, audio, FMRadio ..
  • Next enable developer options on the phone
  • Ensure the device bootloader is unlocked. Flashing stock ROM can lock the bootloader on some devices.
  • Follow the device unlock guidelines as prescibed by your vendor. For e.g. on Xiaomi devices it would require running the Mi Unlock tool. Since the device was already unlocked the process should take a couple of minutes only.

Alert: Please note some of the above links can lead to external sites

Unlocking the bootloader

Tip:The steps given below only need to be run once per device.
Warning: Unlocking the bootloader will erase all data on your device! Before proceeding, ensure the data you would like to retain is backed up to your PC and/or an online drive

1. Enable OEM unlock in the Developer options under device Settings, if present.

2. Connect the device to your PC via USB.

3. On the computer, open a command prompt (on Windows) or terminal (on Linux or macOS) window, and type:

adb reboot bootloader

You can also boot into fastboot mode via a key combination:

  • With the device powered off, hold Volume Down + Power. Keep holding both buttons until the word “FASTBOOT” appears on the screen, then release.

4. Once the device is in fastboot mode, verify your PC finds it by typing:

fastboot devices
Tip: If you see no permissions fastboot while on Linux or macOS, try running fastboot as root.

5. Now type the following command to unlock the bootloader:

fastboot oem unlock

6. If the device doesn’t automatically reboot, reboot it. It should now be unlocked.

7. Since the device resets completely, you will need to re-enable USB debugging to continue.

Temporarily Booting a custom recovery using fastboot

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. Temporarily boot a recovery on your device by typing

fastboot boot twrp-x.x.x-x-tissot.img
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. Keep holding both buttons until the “MI” logo appears on the screen, then release.

Installing /e/ from recovery

1. Before proceeding ensure you have downloaded the /e/OS for your device, from the link given in the Downloads section above

2. If you aren’t already in recovery mode, reboot into recovery mode by typing the below command in the console of an adb enabled PC

adb reboot recovery
Tip: You can also do this manually using the below key combination
  • With the device powered off, hold Volume Up + Power. Keep holding both buttons until the “MI” logo appears on the screen, then release.

3. In TWRP return to main menu, then tap Wipe

4. Now tap Format Data and continue with the formatting process.

Here a new screen may show where you will have to type `Yes’ and confirm the action by clicking a button.

Caution: Format Data will remove encryption as well as delete all files stored on the internal storage. Remember to take a backup first. Check Requirements section above.

5. Return to the previous menu and tap Advanced Wipe.

6. Select the Cache and System partitions to be wiped and then Swipe to Wipe

7. Sideload the /e/ .zip package.

Tip: Sideload requires actions in two places to be done. One on your phone in the TWRP UI and secondly on the connected PC which should have adb enabled. Also note the sideload process while running may stop abruptly around 50%. The console would show a message Total xfer: 1.00x. This would mean that the transfer has successfully completed.
  • On the device in TWRP,

    select Advanced, ADB Sideload, then swipe to begin sideload.

  • On the host machine, in the console , start the sideload of the package by typing
adb sideload filename.zip
Tip: Change the filename to the name of the file you downloaded

8. Once installation has finished, return to the main menu, tap Reboot, and then System

Warning: Avoid installing any additional apps or services if suggested by the recovery. They may cause your device to bootloop, as well as attempt to access and or corrupt your data.
Success: Congratulations !! Your phone should now be booting into /e/OS !!
To find some troubleshooting tips… click here

adb

  • Getting a Total xFer ':' 0.01x message - Try to upload the /e/OS to internal storage and retry to install
  • adb ':' sideload connection failed ':' insufficient permissions for device error - Try to execute the commands adb kill-server and adb start-server and retry
  • Running adb shell twrp install /sdcard/</e/ zip package> raise non-existent directory error - Try to check solution here
  • Getting an insufficient permissions error - Try the solution given here
  • When running "adb devices" in bash a device is shown as "unauthorized" - Try the solution given here

TWRP

  • Errors while running TWRP version 3.4.x.x or above - Try downloading and using a previous TWRP version.. below 3.4.x.x
  • In TWRP if this error shows up failed to mount /preload - Try in TWRP wipe screen in advanced menu select preload and swipe to wipe
  • /cache/recovery/xxx -> no such file or directory error while flashing a ROM - On PC run adb shell in the console now create a folder called recovery for e.g. here the devicecode name is violet "violet :/cache# mkdir recovery"



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This documentation “” is a derivative of “install LineageOS on tissot” by The LineageOS Project, used under CC BY.