LG Stylo 3 Plus Custom ROM – Lineage OS, AOKP, AICP, RR & Incipient OS Installation Guide + Review

As of now, there are 5 Custom ROMs for LG Stylo 3 Plus which are Lineage OS, Resurrection Remix, AOKP, AICP, and Incipient OS.

In this post, we’re going to install and test each of these to check out which one is a stable ROM and can be used as a daily driver.

Out of these, the most popular is the Lineage OS. Rest of the Custom ROMs are based on Lineage OS itself with added features and customizations.

Let’s check out how to install Lineage OS custom ROM on Stylo 3 Plus and what extra features we get as compared to LG stock ROM.

NOTE: Before moving further make sure that you’ve installed TWRP Custom Recovery on your Stylo 3 Plus.  For Lineage OS, AICP & Resurrection Remix, 32-bit TWRP is required. However, for AOKP and Incipient OS, 64-bit TWRP needs to be installed.

How to Install Lineage OS Custom ROM on LG Stylo 3 Plus MetroPCS MP450 / T Mobile TP450

After CyanogenMod, Lineage OS is the most preferred custom ROM. It gives stock vanilla Android experience. It is lighter, faster and free from bloatware as compared to LG preloaded ROM.

LG Stylo 3 plus is the not in the official list of Lineage OS supported devices. As its an unofficial port, some of the features are not working. I found that NFC keeps on turning on and off on its own and doesn’t work. VoLTE doesn’t work as well.

If these features are a deal breaker for you, Lineage OS cannot be your daily driver. But at least you can give it a try to get a feel of it.

We can divide the whole process into 3 steps for ease of understanding  –

STEP 1:  Creating a Backup in TWRP & Flashing Lineage OS 14.1 Custom ROM

Let’s start by downloading the necessary files needed for flashing.

1.Lineage OS Custom ROM zip File –  Thanks to messi2050@xda for making Lineage OS custom ROM for Stylo 3 Plus. You can download the zip file from below link

DOWNLOAD 

2. Google Apps Package zip file for Android 7.1 – You can download this file from http://opengapps.org, by choosing “Platform” as ARM, Android Version As 7.1 & Variant would be as per your requirement.  You can also download it from the below link. The below one is a very basic Google Apps (Pico) Package –

DOWNLOAD

3. Magisk Root zip file & Magisk Manager apk file – The zip file should be flashed in TWRP & the apk file must be installed after booting into Lineage OS. The download links are as follows

Magisk.zip – DOWNLOAD

Magisk Manager.apk – DOWNLOAD

You can save the above-downloaded files in your Phone’s internal storage or a Micro SD card.

 

LG Stylo 3 Plus Recovery Mode

We need to boot our phone in TWRP recovery for flashing the downloaded files.

To boot into recovery mode, Turn OFF the phone.

Now, Press the Volume Down + Power Key to boot the phone. Once the phone “vibrates”, release the power key and hold it again until you’re in recovery mode. Do not release the Volume Down key in the whole process.

 

 

LG Stylo 3 Plus Recovery Mode

In Recovery Mode, touch doesn’t work.

Move down from “No (Exit)” To “Yes” using Volume down key and confirm by press “Power” key.

Again move down to “Yes” and confirm with the “Power” button to enter TWRP.

LG Stylo 3 TWRP loading

Press the “Power” button once again to bypass the “Bootloader warning” as shown above.

Stylo 3 TWRP

Before flashing Lineage OS ROM, it’s better to take a backup of the current Stock ROM. This way we can easily revert back if something goes wrong.

Tap on “Backup”

Now “Select Storage” where you wish to save the backup file.

 

 

LG Stylo 3 TWRP Backup

You can choose which files to include in your Backup. I’ve taken a complete backup

Swipe the bar towards to right to start the process.

Once done, Hit the “Home” icon to get back to TWRP home page.

Stylo 3 TWRP Wipe Cache

Before flashing a Custom ROM we should always Wipe Data, Cache & Dalvik Cache for the proper functioning of Custom ROM.

Tap “Wipe” and swipe the bar towards the right to Wipe cache.

Now again Hit the “Home” icon to get back to TWRP main page.

Stylo 3 TWRP Lineage OS install

Tap “Install” it would open the “sdcard” folder which is the phone’s internal storage.

If you saved the downloaded files in Micro SD card you need to look for the files in “sdcard1” folder.

Now click on “Lineage_sf340n-#6.zip” file as shown above

Swipe the bar towards the right to initiate the flashing process.

Lineage OS Stylo 3

After successful installation, tap on “Home” icon and again click on “Install”

Google Apps Lineage OS Stylo 3

This time, click on “open_gapps-arm-7.1-pico-20180414.zip” file to flash. This is the Google Apps Package.

Swipe bar towards the right to flash the gapps.zip file.

Magisk Stylo 3 Plus

Again click on the “Home” icon for final installation, which is  “Magisk-v18.1.zip” file to get the phone rooted.

Lineage OS LG Stylo 3 Installation

Once the installation is done, Tap on “Reboot System” to boot into Lineage OS.

Complete the setup process and land to Home Screen.

STEP 2: Booting into Lineage OS – What is working and what is not

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LG Stlyo 3 Plus Root Android 7 MetroPCS & T-Mobile Tutorial

Gone are the days when we used to root our phones in one click with an android apk file without using a computer.  Kingroot was a popular rooting app until Android Lollipop. However, today most of the phones cannot be rooted even using a computer.

Even if we talk about LG Stylo 3, it is released by almost every US prepaid carrier including Boost Mobile, Cricket, Straight Talk, Tracfone, MetroPCS, T-Mobile etc.  However, except MetroPCS/T-Mobile all other variants of Stylo 3 are unrootable due to the locked bootloader. Correct me if I’m wrong. As I own MetroPCS variant of Stylo 3 I was able to root it quite easily.

Let’s check out how to root LG Stylo 3 Plus with the help of this easy to follow tutorial –

How to Root LG Stylo 3 Plus MetroPCS MP450 / T-Mobile TP450

The pre-requisites for rooting LG Stylo 3 Plus are –

  1. Unlocking the Bootloader
  2. Flashing TWRP Custom Recovery

Now that you’ve flashed TWRP we are good to go.

First of all, Let’s download the necessary files required for rooting –

SuperSU – The classic superuser root app by Chainfire. You can download its flashable zip file from the below link

DOWNLOAD

Magisk – A more advanced rooting app made by topjohnwu. It’s a systemless root which can work in hidden mode without affecting apps which don’t work on a rooted phone such as banking app. Download its flashable zip file from below link.

DOWNLOAD

Magisk Manager – We’ve to install this apk file manually after flashing the above zip file in TWRP. Download the apk file from below link.

DOWNLOAD

Remember that we’re going to flash either SuperSu or Magisk. We cannot keep both at the same time. Now, Let’s start the rooting process.

 

We can divide the whole process into 3 steps for the ease of understanding –

STEP 1: Making a NANDroid Backup in TWRP

First of all, we’ve to boot into recovery mode to access TWRP –

To enter recovery mode –

Turn off the Phone

Press Volume Down + Power Button to boot the phone. Once the phone vibrates, release the power button and hold it until you’re the white “Factory data reset” screen as shown below.

 

Press volume down key to move from No(Exit) to Yes. Now press power key to confirm this action

Once again press the volume down key and confirm with Power key.

 

 

Press the power key once again to bypass unlocked bootloader warning

Now, wait for TWRP to load as shown above.

 

Tap on “BACKUP” and select the files you wish to include in your backup

Now click on “Select Storage” and choose whether you wish to store the backup in Internal Storage or Micro SD card.

 

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Swipe the bar towards the right to initiate the backup process

Wait for the Backup to complete.

Once done, connect your phone to PC via USB Data Cable.

STEP 2 :  Flashing the Magisk.zip Root File via TWRP

Wait for the MTP / File Transfer driver to install.

As the TWRP is written for a different LG phone model it’s detected as LGMS550.

The driver is installed and now we can transfer the necessary files to our phone’s internal storage.

Select the downloaded files and “Send to” “LGMS550” as shown above.

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TWRP LG Stylo 3 Plus Custom Recovery Flashing Tutorial – MetroPCS / T-Mobile

After unlocking the bootloader of LG Stylo 3 Plus we are ready to flash TWRP (Custom Recovery).

We cannot root our Stylo 3 with stock recovery and after flashing TWRP rooting would be a one-click process. So without wasting time let’s do the needful.

Before moving ahead make sure that you know how to enter into the recovery mode. You should get a hang of it because after writing twrp recovery file in the fastboot mode we need to enter recovery mode in one go without fail else the whole process needs to be repeated. Go through this post to learn how to enter recovery mode on LG Stylo 3.

 

How to Flash TWRP on LG Stylo 3 Plus

Let’s begin by downloading the necessary files first –

The first one is Minimal ADB & Fastboot – This must be already installed on your PC if you followed the bootloader unlocking tutorial. Download the setup file from below link and install it on your PC. Thanks to shimp208@xda for making this awesome tool.

DOWNLOAD

The second file is no-verity-opt-encrypt-6.0.zip file. After booting into TWRP for the first time we’ve to flash this file else stock recovery would replace TWRP on next boot. Download the file from below link

DOWNLOAD

The last file is the custom recovery file which we’re going to flash in the fastboot mode. Thanks to messi2050@xda for making TWRP for LG Stylo3 Plus.

Download and save this file as well as the previously downloaded files on your computer

DOWNLOAD

 

 

NOTE:  To flash a 64-bit Custom ROM on LG Stylo 3 Plus, such as AOKP and Incipient OS, 64-bit TWRP needs to be installed.

The download link for 64-bit TWRP for Stylo 3 Plus is as follows –

DOWNLOAD

 

You can go ahead with the 32-bit TWRP installation as of now, and can flash 64-bit TWRP later on as and when required for flashing 64-bit Custom ROM.

 

STEP 1: Copying TWRP recovery file to Minimal ADB & Fastboot Folder

You can see I’ve saved the downloaded files in the same folder as visible in the screenshot above.

Let’s install Minimal ADB and Fastboot if not installed yet.

Finish installation but there no need to launch the program as of now.

Rename the downloaded TWRP custom recovery file to something easier.

I’ve renamed it as “recovery”.

Copy the “recovery” file. We need to paste this file into Minimal ADB and Fastboot folder in C: Drive or wherever you’ve installed Minimal ADB and Fastboot program.

 

NOTE: For Flashing 64bit Custom ROM’s such as AOKP and Incipient OS, 64bit TWRP is needed

I’ve installed Minimal ADB and Fastboot in Local Disk (C:).  Open C: Drive on your computer.

Double Click on Program Files folder to open it.

Look for “Minimal ADB and Fastboot” folder and open it.

Paste the copied “recovery” file in this folder.

Click on “Continue” to provide administrator permission.

Now that the TWRP recovery file is copied to Minimal ADB and Fastboot folder, Let’s proceed to the second step.

 

 

STEP 2: Writing TWRP recovery file in Fastboot Mode

Run the Minimal ADB and Fastboot program.

It would launch cmd command prompt window as shown above.

Turn ON “USB Debugging” on your Stylo 3 and connect it to the computer via USB data cable.

Refer to this post if facing some issue – LG Stylo 3 Bootloader Unlock Tutorial

Type adb devices and hit Enter on your computer keyboard.

It should list your phone as shown above.

The connected adb device is visible as “LGMP450” i.e LG Stylo 3 Plus MetroPCS

Now we’ve to boot our Stylo 3 into fastboot mode to flash TWRP custom recovery file.

To enter fastboot mode type  adb reboot bootloader  and hit Enter

Now your phone must be in Fastboot Mode.

Type fastboot flash recovery recovery.img and hit enter

 

NOTE:  If you’ve downloaded 64-bit TWRP image for flashing, you need to copy it to “Minimal ADB & Fastboot” folder in the same manner as explained above.

As the 64-bit TWRP image file name is recovery64 the command line will change to fastboot flash recovery recovery64.img

 

 

The TWRP custom recovery is flashed in 0.755 seconds!

Let’s move ahead to the next step

STEP 3: Booting into TWRP and flashing no-verity-opt-encrypt.zip file

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