If you’re looking for a way to get the latest version of Android on your Samsung Galaxy device, then look no further. Installing Android 13 GSI ROMs is now easier than ever with our detailed guide. We’ll walk you through every step of the process so that anyone can successfully install these custom ROMs on their device without any hassle or confusion
Recently, things have been different and slightly complicated in the custom development of Samsung devices. For starters, the entire flashing process is totally different when compared to other OEMs in the market. While most devices have long-lasting support for custom ROMs, there are some that have been left out in the open. For such devices, there is a Generic System Image that comes to the rescue. With these ROMs, you can enjoy all the benefits of custom software without having to worry about long-term support from OEMs and other sources. So don’t wait – follow our guide and start enjoying Android 13 GSI ROMS today!
Install Android 13 GSI ROMs by converting System.img to zip
Step 1: Install Android SDK
To start off, install the Android SDK Platform Tools on your PC or computer. It’s the official ADB and Fastboot binary provided by Google. You should download it and extract it to a convenient location on your PC. Doing this will give you the necessary platform-tools folder.
Step 2: Download the GSI Flasher Tool
Next, you will have to download the GSI Flasher Tool and extract it to a convenient location on your PC.
GSI Flasher Tool – Download
Step 3: Convert LineageOS GSI ROM to TWRP Flashable
- To start off, download the LineageOS 19 GSI ROM for your smartphone
- Once it is downloaded, you should extract it in the GSI_Flasher -> GSI Folder
- Likewise, you should rename it to the system such that the complete name becomes system.img
- After that, select the three folders inside the GSI Flasher Tool – gsi, scripts, META-INF
- Right-click on it before selecting 7ZIP -> Add to archive
- Give it any name of choice, change the Archive format to ZIP, and then hit OK
- Wait for the entire process to get complete
- Once done, you should send the ZIP file to the platform-tools folder
Step 4: Enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking
Then, you will need to enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking on your smartphone. The former makes your smartphone recognizable by the PC in ADB mode. Meanwhile, it’ll allow you to easily boot your smartphone to Fastboot Mode.
OEM Unlocking will be needed to carry out the bootloader unlocking process. You’ll need to go to Settings -> About Phone -> Tap on Build number 7 times -> Return to Settings -> System -> Developer Options -> Enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking.
Step 5: Unlock the bootloader
You’ll also need to unlock the bootloader on your Samsung Galaxy device if you’re looking to install LineageOS GSI ROM. Remember that doing this will wipe off the data and might even make your device’s warranty null and void.
Similar guide to follow: How to Unlock bootloader and Root Galaxy Z Fold 4
Step 6: Boot your device to Download Mode
- Power off your smartphone
- After that, press and hold the Power + Volume Up keys, and your smartphone will be booted to Stock Recovery
- Highlight the Reboot to the Bootloader option using the Volume Keys before pressing the Power key to confirm it
- Your device will now boot to the Download Mode
Step 7: Install Odin
Next up, you will need to download and install the Odin Tool on your PC. This is required for flashing the TWP and disabling AVB on your smartphone. Download the Odin3-v3.14.4.zip file from here.
Once the file is downloaded, extract it to a convenient location on your PC.
Step 8: Disable Android Verified Boot
- Start by downloading the tar file on your PC
- Connect your device to the PC using a USB cable
- After that, launch the Odin Tool and then click on the Userdata button
- Navigate to the vbmeta_disabled.tar file, select it, and then click on Open
- Click on the Start button and you will get a prompt on your device stating “You have to reset your device to factory settings”
- Use the Volume Keys for selecting the reset option and then hit the Power key to confirm it
Step 9: Install TWRP Recovery
- Download the TWRP Recovery for your smartphone from the official website or an unofficial trusted source like XDA
- Launch the Odin Tool on your PC before clicking on the AP button
- Navigate to the downloaded TWRP.tar file, select it, and then click Open
- Hit the Start button and TWRP will get flashed onto your device
- Now, make use of the hardware key combinations for booting your device directly to TWRP
Step 10: Disable Encryption via TWRP
- Once your booted smartphone boots to TWRP, head over to Advanced -> Terminal
- After that, type the below command and then hit Enter –
- Your device will resize the vendor and ask you to run multidisabler again
- Once more, execute the below command and then hit Enter –
Step 11: Install GSI ROM via TWRP
- From TWRP, you should head over to Wipe -> Format Data and then type “YES” in the space provided
- Hit the checkmark located at the bottom right and then wait for the wipe to be completed
- Now, go to Advanced Wipe and then choose Dalvik, Cache, Data, and System partitions
- Perform a right swipe for wiping these partitions
- Then, transfer the GSI ZIP file to your smartphone using ADB Sideload Mount or OTG
- After that, head over to Install, select the GSI ZIP file and then perform a right swipe for flashing it
- Lastly, go to Reboot and select System as your device will be booted to the newly installed ROM
We hope this guide was helpful. If you have any question or suggestion regarding this guide, feel free to leave that in the comment section down below.