Oppo N1: How to Install CyanogenMod – Feature Focus

January 24, 2014
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Right before CES 2014, the lovely people from Oppo sent us confirmation that CyanogenMod-toting Oppo N1 became Google Certified, but also that the full stable version of the popular ROM was ready for consumption. As the resident Oppo N1 user, I already got my hands on an earlier build of CM and presented a look into all of the different features it game the hulking 6-inch screen device. Now, with the official release, we look at the actual installation process.

First things first – backing up your data

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As anyone who has ever flashed ROMs to their phones would know, backing up the data on the device is of the utmost importance. When completely changing the operating system in any phone, much less one that does it so easily like the Oppo N1, the user data is completely wiped. When moving from Color OS to CyanogenMod on your original Oppo N1, this is definitely the case – so back up your files. Whatever way you need to on whatever platform you use – Windows, Mac OS, or Linux – find all of your pictures, music, or videos and copy them to your computer for safekeeping. Of course, if you want to be thorough, you can just copy literally everything over.

Find the CyanogenMod firmware

This next part is really easy, as it just requires a download of the actual firmware and subsequent placement into your Oppo N1. At Oppo’s official website, the firmware page for the N1 will have the CM file listed clearly and you can download it from there. At the CyanogenMod official website, a page sprawled with the Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition will have the file you are looking for at the very bottom.

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Once you have the downloaded .zip file, copy it over to your Oppo N1 root folder – that is, right alongside all of the system folders that you see when looking into your N1’s file system. This will make it easy to find the file when you need to select it later. At this point you can finally disconnect your phone from you computer and power off your phone.

Power your N1 into Recovery Mode

Okay, here is where our love of the Oppo N1 really shines – anyone that has gone through the trouble of rooting their phones and flashing recoveries knows how much of a pain it can be sometimes. The N1 gloriously comes with its own recovery installed (the area where operating system installations happen) so all of that work is done for you. What’s more – it’s easy to get to and easy to use. (Note: if you want more information on rooting and flashing on your own device, we have a nice writeup here for you.)

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With the phone off, simply power it back up while pressing the ‘volume down’ button. Basically keep it pressed throughout the boot process, and eventually you will be met with a language selection screen. Select your appropriate language and then you will be in the recovery. Before we move on, it’s worth mentioning that you can do a complete wipe of the phone in the second option and via the third option you can also mount the phone to your USB on your computer if for whatever reason you forgot to copy over any pertinent files to your N1 before.

Install CyanogenMod

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The first option, then, is what we’re looking for – ‘Install from SD.’ When this is selected, you will be brought into the file system and the CM ROM file should show up at the very top, likely the lone file aside from the sea of folders. Select that file, of course, and you’ll get one last confirmation about installing this operating system. Confirm you have backed up your data and select ‘Yes.’ The installation shouldn’t take too long, and once you are done, you can hit ‘Reboot’ when the final dialog appears.

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Enjoy CyanogenMod!

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The boot process will be changed at this point to a really cool loading screen showing the blue Android mascot. Your setup will be much like any setup of a new phone, among which you will be asked to log into your Google account. Once completed, you are free to do with your brand new operating system what you please! And if you haven’t really seen all that CyanogenMod is capable of on the Oppo N1, I covered all of it in a previous Feature Focus video listed below.

There you have it – your Oppo N1 is now decked out as the first Google Certified CyanogenMod phone! The fact that you can swap back and forth among multiple operating systems is a feature of the Oppo N1 that is always welcome and, quite frankly, separates this device and its manufacturer from the rest of the pack. You can easily use these very same steps to put the original Color OS back onto the phone if you wish, or even try out some of the other OS’s that are compatible with the N1!

We hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial on installing CyanogenMod on your Oppo N1 – if you are a proud owner of this phone, let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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