Will LineageOS be supported on Fairphone 3?

So you provide the LOS maintainers with a device? That’s great!

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I would also like to offer any help that I can give to the dev/port of LOS to the new FP3. Not a dev myself, but I don’t get lost on a command line. I most probably will not use my FP3 until there is a good version of LOS around, anyway, so I can be alpha tester or whatever.


I’m the same. It’s sitting there fully charged but I haven’t bothered to turn it on or put my SIM card in it.
I am a dev, albeit from a different type of coding, but if it means that LOS can be released on FP3 sooner, then I’m happy to pitch in wherever I can.


I created an account here just to say the same: I’m a dev and have a FP3 too, I don’t intend to use my FP before the release of LineageOS, and I’m willing to help occasionnaly where I can !

I’m not an OS dev but a web dev. I though have a decent amount of experience on shared projects, so I’m probably used to all the process that could be involved for LineageOS.
Point me to the right documentation, and I’ll start preparing my environment to see where I can help.
I searched the github repository and I didn’t find something for FP3, only for FP2. Does the project exist?


You could always design Electron UIs :wink:

Seriously and with all due respect, to people who want to help out, I can recommend to install Matrix/Riot/Freenode and join #wearefairphone since this is where developers (z3ntu, mal, chrmhoffmann, …) are hanging out and collaborating.


Hi Pulsahr! I read your message a while ago. Now, having my own phone since half a week, I realized, that we don’t even have a way to root the phone.
I googled a bit about TWRP and found a guide on how to build your own TWRP.

even a fairphone 2 experience on that:

this would be a great step so far. even if you just get started, others could join in and help testing. I would. thought about starting it on my own, but my studies are quite… consuming right now.

This currently isn’t even possible because we dont have the stock recovery or boot image. This also means that if something messes up you cannot revert via ADB.

well. I am not a dev myself. but I googled about that and there was some
way to find the partition mtp list via adb. I’d try it myself - if my
FP3 wouldn’t have problems with the USB jack. (wtf, it’s brand new!! OT)

and you can even run TWRP via fastboot without flashing it, then
sometimes you’re even able to backup the stock recovery image. again, as
far as I understood.


no development for fp3 is happening yet because Fairphone hasn’t released the kernel sources yet…reply from z3ntu on wearefairphone:matrix:org on nov 16th 2019


Thanks for the information. So Lineage OS development has not even started. Damn, seems like I have to stick with a borrowed phone for a while.
Can these instructions clean the FP3 from any Google app? I didn’t read everything, but I’m not sure I should try without knowing perfectly what will happen. And as there is no boot image ready, I’m not sure I want to try without a rollback plan.


Back then it was a little bit more easy to port TWRP because the source code was available. However seems that some people already asked for the source code. And I’m optimistic that it will be published in the near future.

I also got my FP3 already. And needed to realize that I’m very happy with LineageOS (for microG) on my FP2 and don’t want to switch that fast to a non-Google-free Android OS. So don’t know why I ordered the FP3 that fast. I feel little like one of these crazy Apple fans :wink: Let’s see what will come. As I’m still happy with my FP2, I’m patient for that.



  1. No, they won’t publish it. After what I read, I think they don’t support alternative OS anymore.
  2. But Samsung never did. And still: Quite a lot Samsung phones can be rooted (or even all of them?).

so… I still am sure that we should back up recovery and system by ourselves and get on with it. as far as I understood, so you can fall back on the working official recovery system whenever you want…

According to what I learned from the other thread, they are obliged to publish the source code according to GPL.

And here is the Samsung site with the source-codes for their mobile-phones

Here’s the opensource page for all their devices.
And there are pages like this for other Android phone-manufacturers as well.

Not that I can make anything of all those informations.


The kernel source has been released. So maybe we can look forward to some movement here :slight_smile:


Yay! :partying_face:

(and welcome to this forum, BTW, @MGlauer :smiley:)


2 posts were merged into an existing topic: FP3 : Fairphone Open OS?

Thanks. Well, I hope there will be intelligent people to make an Open OS for FP3 out of this :wink:

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There is an /e/OS currently in development:

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Plus there is some LOS 16 development going on here: LineageOS 16 for FP3 development


Sadly i have no experience with development, just reporting bugs.

Can’t wait for a Lineage rom.