[Advanced users only] Install Android 10 Generic System Image (GSI)

You guys using Google Backup for backup and restore between flashes? Or an app like Titanium Backup? Looking for a time-efficient method regarding this. :stuck_out_tongue:

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SeedVault just started getting integrated into lineageos and the latest FLOSS release I linked to above: https://calyxinstitute.org/projects/seedvault-encrypted-backup-for-android

However, it’s still unclear the exact flow of backup / restore, but it’s probably the best option going forward!


@Sharad, something to consider in the OEM TeraCube ROM for Android 11+?

We could look into it. Google may have issues with it though.

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Thanks! While that’s a great-looking tool, I’m looking for something to back up my data before I flash LineageOS. Thanks for the suggestion though!

On another note, while this is an advanced user topic, I’m looking for a basic process to go from stock teracube android to LineageOS. Specifically, the backing up of data part. I read online that the /sdcard doesn’t get wiped on ROM flash. Is that true?

Finally, which package of gapps is included? In the past, I’d simply use the pico package, IIRC, but what does this LOS11 image include?

Thanks in advance! Happy new year! :blush:

I didn’t look into backing up going from stock -> lineageos the first time, I had just accepted that I was going to reinstall some apps. I would assume most apps that are available on the play store that backup apps and data would work though, just reinstall the app after flashing the new rom?

I’m not sure why you want to flash the lineageos gsi then put gapps on there, part of the appeal (at least to me) about lineageos is that the gapps aren’t included in the rom. That said, take a look at https://wiki.lineageos.org/gapps.html . There’s also microG , which is included in the FLOSS PHH rom I linked to above, that emulates the google services without including them in the device. Just another route you can go :slight_smile:

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Thanks for the info!

I actually like Lineage as an OS over the stock Android since it has those nice little features that make it a fantastic daily driver.

I tried microg with lineage years ago, but the issue I had was gps (was pretty wonky), and also the fact that half the apps I use need Google Services (the other half is from Fdroid). Great suggestions regardless! :ok_hand:

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Just a general warning to everyone - at least on the latest FLOSS phhusson release I mentioned above, text messaging (both SMS and MMS) were very flaky - I’d receive some messages, and miss others. APN settings were all correct, and no base-level debugging seemed to come up with any good answer. I ended up reverting back off the image because I needed more reliability in my messaging. Be warned :ghost:


I installed the latest FLOSS android 11 gsi last night and so far everything is working well.