2021: Week wise OS upgrade and new Device release plan

Maybe these devices - A5, A7 all need to be upgraded ASAP to Q. The LOS code being in Q and /e/ still on previous OS versions may be the issue behind these bootloops and bricked devices.

A3 is still on Oreo too !

Hi Manoj,

I’m lost.
So, just to confirm: If I already have a stable version -> no need to flash.

My example: Samsung S9 with last Oreo 0.14 OTA updated.

So, upgrade to android Q will be delivered directly by OTA

Best regards

If it is an OS upgrade … for example Pie to Q then it has to be manually done. There are no OTA OS upgrades on any channel.

Hi Manoj,

I am a happy new owner of a Galaxy S9 Plus since a few days now, bought on the /e/ store. Obviously I don’t get all the bits and pieces. Your answer is very clear but… Does the Easy Installer is a solution to do an OS upgrade (for the Galaxy S9 plus at least)?


You do not need /e/asy-Installer, which is primarily designed for reinstallation. Your ‘Galaxy S9 plus’ has a custom-Recovery on board. With this, you can easily upgrade your ePhone without an additional PC. Upgrading works very similarly to the S7 /S7 Edge.


I bought a FP3 in the /e/ store with android P.

I wil not do a manual update of my phone due to the risk of failures

Wil that mean that i’m stuck at android P and will never be able to have Android 10 on my FP3?


Thanks Manoj.

So, version upgrade means manual flashing.

Problem is more backup and reinstallation/configuration of all apps (except if you are rooted with Titanium backup for ex).
Is there someone who made an easy manual upgrade guide (like exists for installation on Windows) ?

My best

Thank you for your answer. I followed your link so I assume I understand how to upgrade my phone. When you say :

I understand that the installer does a fresh install of Android Q, losing my data. Instead an upgrade brings Android Q saving my data. I may be dumb, but am I right ?

Hi @seg,
by reinstall I meant an initial install of stock Android coming with original Android-Recovery included. Since your Galaxy S9 plus with pre-installed /e/ OS Oreo-8.1 ‘stable’ - a so-called ePhone - is to be migrated to a higher /e/ OS version, I’m talking about an upgrade.

Installing this completely new version will erase all your data irrevocably. You should therefore back up all your important data and files externally before upgrading.

The installation of /e/ OS ‘Q’ can be carried out without an external PC, i.e. only with the Galaxy S9 plus. Of course, there are also other ways, such as custom recovery + adb sideload or, last but not least, the so-called /e/asy-installer (which I do not recommend at the moment, unless the /eTeam has made important corrections in the meantime).

Hi @SuzieQ
Now I get it ! As this phone is my daily driver, I guess I’d prefer the last but not least solution. All in good time.
“He who waits with prudence, he will be rewarded in due time”, isn’t it ?
Tonight I’m going to bed less stupid :clown_face:
Thank you very much !

I just flashed 0.14 Q on my FP2, without wiping (I’ve made a backup though). It was an update from 0.14 P, installed OTA yesterday. It worked flawlessly! I didn’t notice any problems yet. Thanks to the team!
But I couldn’t find the gesture navigation. Anyone has it on a FP2?

The one plus 5 was on the above list to be upgraded to Q last week but as far as I can tell this hasn’t happened yet, any update on when this will happen?


From what i understand, the easiest way is:

  • root (install magisk zip with TWRP)
  • backup non app data (contacts, docs, photos, calendar…)
  • backup user apps+data (ex: OAndBackupX ROOT NEEDED)
  • clean install of “android Q + /e/” on top of current /e/
  • restore all apps + data
  • unroot
  • configure /e/

Knowing that the clean install step is the most complicated for a newbie, couldn’t this be done with an updated Easy Installer ?

Since it’s NOT an upgrade but a clean android Q installation + app/data restoration, it will be easier for all the early adopters who bought /e/ phones.

They will just start fresh with a virgin /e/ android Q and need to worry only about backup and restoration.

What do you think?

Best regards

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/e/ does not support the new navigation options yet, independent of the phone model: https://gitlab.e.foundation/e/backlog/-/issues/1949

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they were working on my pocophone f1 with /e/ q but i cant remember what exactly i did to activate it… but eventually it showed up in the gestures menu in the settings…

Ok, just a “simple” question (can anyone help?): I recently bought a Galaxy S9 (used). The latest stock ROM (Android 10) is already installed there !! I want to install / e /.
That wouldn’t have been possible with 0.13, right? But now with 0.14 is it possible? I don’t want my phone to be a brick. So, do I have to return it (is still possible) or can I install / e / there, maybe even with easy installer? I am happy to wait until mid-March or so, if necessary.
So it works with / e / 0.14, precisely because this new release starts from Q? Or did I misunderstand something?

Hi @Matop, your Galaxy S9 with Stock Android 10 and e-0.13-q-2021012097133-dev-starlte are made for each other.

A version e-0.14-2021xxxx-starlte is currently not available if you trust the /e/ downlaod page.

If the /e/asy installer loads the correct files, which has not been the case in the last few days, it can contribute to the success of the /e/installation.

To each their own. It is well known that many roads lead to Rome …

OK thanks. Maybe a bit misleading. What my question was actually aimed at: If my S9 had Android 9 or even 8 installed, it would not be a problem. But if it has 10, i.e. Q, then there is a problem with dm verity, at least I thought. And then at best you can install an / e / when the S9 is completely wiped, down to the “deepest depths” of the system. And that’s where the problem lies (that was my thought), because it’s very difficult without getting in trouble with dm verity (and certainly cannot be done with easy installer, although I don’t really know what it does). Maybe still some misunderstanding from my side …?