Install official Lineage OS 14.1 on BQ Aquaris M5 (piccolo)

In this guide we will let you know, how to download and install Android 7.1.2 Nougat based official Lineage OS 14.1 nightly on BQ Aquaris M5 code name ‘piccolo’. Once you install Lineage OS 14.1 ROM on your BQ Aquaris M5 you would be able to get all the latest features from Nougat firmware on your device, some of the main Nougat features are improved Doze mode, split screen, redesigned interface with modified notification shade and quick reply feature.

The Spanish manufacturer released BQ Aquaris M5 back in 2015, the BQ devices gained more popularity for their decent specifications and low price tag. BQ Aquaris M5 is equipped with 5″ inches IPS LCD 1080p display, protected by Asahi Dragontrail Glass. A 13MP rear camera along 5MP selfie shooter on the front, under the hood, quad core Snapdragon 615 processor along 3GB of RAM on board and Andreno 405 GPU. 16/32GB internal storage and MicroSD card support powered by 3120mAh battery.

There are no official Nougat update released for this device yet, the box opened device runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. But now you can easily run Android 7.1.2 Nougat on your BQ Aquaris M5 via official Lineage OS 14.1 nightly ROM. Just follow the guide below to install official Lineage OS 14.1 on BQ Aquaris M5, we will follow the same process we earlier posted for other devices.

You can also: Download the last CyanogenMod 11 upto 14.1 builds from this guide.

Process to install official Lineage OS 14.1 on BQ Aquaris M5

Some pre-requisites before you begin:

Your device battery should be in good health (70%) to avoid the shutting down while in flashing process.

A TWRP custom recovery must be installed on your device, if you haven’t, follow this guide to install it.

Create a Nandroid back up of important data including complete System with all apps and messages, follow this guide to create a Nandroid backup via TWRP recovery.

Upgrade latest USB drivers for your device on PC. Download latest BQ USB drivers here [For a stable PC-phone connection].

Downloads section:

Download Lineage OS 14.1 ROM for BQ Aquaris M5 ‘piccolo’ [Pick up the latest build]

Download Lineage OS 14.1/Android 7.1.x Google Apps

Now transfer both file on your device storage.

Install Section.

Turn off your device and reboot into TWRP recovery.

Once your device boots into recovery mode then follow this guide to flash Lineage OS 14.1 on your BQ Aquaris M5 via TWRP recovery.

Solution to a failed boot issue.

Follow this guide to solve the bootloop issue. [If you think your device stuck at boot animation for quite a long time]

Enable Root Access for Apps.

How to enable root access for Apps on Lineage OS 14.1 ROM

That’s it! If you have successfully installed official Lineage OS 14.1 ROM on your BQ Aquaris M5, give us your feedback and stay tuned for more updates.