Moto E 1st gen (codenamed as condor) can be updated to the latest Android 8 Oreo version by manually installing an unofficial build of LineageOS 15 custom ROM (Moto E Oreo Update). You might have already known that before modifying your Moto devices, the bootloader must be unlocked. So the installation steps comprise of unlocking the bootloader, installing a custom recovery, rooting the device and flashing the LineageOS 15 ROM.
In order to unlock the bootloader, you must request through the official Moto site. Keep in mind that it would void your warranty and you no longer get free services once you break the warranty terms. If you already have an unlocked bootloader with a custom recovery installed, updating Moto E to the Oreo via LineageOS 15 will be an easy task.
Moto E Oreo Update: Requirements
- Flashing a new ROM wipes data. So back up your files safe.
- Your Moto E must be rooted with a custom recovery in order to flash custom ROMs like LineageOS. Unlocked bootloader is also mandatory.
- Maintain a decent amount of battery in your device to avoid power failure during the installation process.
- Install USB drivers for your computer to transfer files between the PC & mobile device.
Moto E Oreo Update via LineageOS 15: Instructions
- Download LineageOS 15 & Oreo GApps for Moto E and copy them to the root of your internal storage (/sdcard0/). Do not extract the files.
- Now reboot your phone into (TWRP) recovery mode.
- Do a full wipe except for phone storage (data, dalvik, cache, system).
- Choose the LineageOS ROM and flash it.
- Once it’s done, flash the GApps in the same manner.
- Reboot system.
Once you’re done with the flashing of LineageOS 15 and Google apps on your Moto E, you’re ready to rock with the latest Oreo version on your device. The initial boot may take a while please be patient meanwhile. You might need to set up the Google account during the device setup. You can skip this step as well.
Moto E Oreo update guide has been finished. You can always backup your apps & data with Titanium backup application for hassle-free restore. If you’re having trouble with installing LineageOS 15 on your Moto E, let us know via comments.