Manually install Fairphone OS on your Fairphone 1
Usually, you update your Fairphone 1 software via the Fairphone Updater app. In case this doesn’t work out, you can manually install the latest software version of the Fairphone OS.
Before you start:
- Make sure you know which Fairphone 1 model you have. FP1 originally had a different storage layout than the FP1U, so has a different release.
- In case you have an FP1, make sure you have the Storage upgrade installed. An FP1 with an upgraded storage layout uses the same releases as an FP1U. If you want to first upgrade the storage layout of an FP1, download this file: FP1 storage layout upgrader (Kola Nut 1.8.7) (~200MB) - and continue with step 2. Remember: this erases all your data
- If you are using an alternative launcher (e.g. Google Now Launcher), uninstall it
- Make sure your battery is fully charged
- Very important: Backup your data
- Have a micro-SD card ready if you have an FP1U or an FP1 with the upgraded storage layout
- Have a data-cable ready
Now you can get started.
- Download one of the two update files (ZIP archive) to your computer. The latest Fairphone OS version for the Fairphone 1 is Kola Nut 1.8.7
- File for FP1U & FP1 with upgraded storage layout (Kola Nut 1.8.7) (~200MB)
- File for FP1 with original storage layout (Kola Nut 1.8.7) (~200MB)
- If you experience problems with downloading the update file, try a different Internet browser (e.g. Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox)
- For FP1U & FP1 with upgraded storage layout: copy onto the micro-SD card
- For FP1 with original layout: copy onto the phone’s storage
- The Fairphone displays the “Select Boot Mode” text. If not, take out the battery and start again.
- Use the volume up button to place the arrow on the right hand side in front of “Recovery Mode”. Then press the volume down button
- A resting Android robot lying on the back will appear after a few seconds. Press the power button to enter the System Recovery
- Use the volume down button to navigate into the menu, confirm with the volume up button
- You can use the first entry “reboot system now” to leave the System recovery and go back to the regular operating mode. Or take the battery out
- If you don’t see any file name but only “../” as a selection choice, it means that you need to use a micro-SD card. Start again from step 2. Take the battery out to shut down the Fairphone
- The update will now take place with the notices "-- Install /sdcard ..." and "Installing update..."
- Once complete, the message "Install from sdcard complete." will appear
- You will have to confirm the deletion by selecting entry “Yes -- delete all user data”
- Once the wipe is complete, the message “Data wipe complete” will appear
If you need older versions of the Fairphone OS, you can find the downloadable files in a separate article.
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