[Android 11] PixysOS 4.0 for Zuk Z2

 
 

Android 11 is released recently and the official updated of the same for Zuk Z2 is far away. But, PixysOS 4.0 which is based on Android 11, is now available for Zuk Z2.

This is a step-by-step guide that explains how to install PixysOS 4.0 on Zuk Z2. This build is brought to you by developer Invisiblek.

About PixysOS 4.0

PixysOS is a custom Android firmware based on the AOSP source which is run by Subinsmani, rahul9999, ki, Shreejoy Dash, kvijaya, AxelBlaz3, Psycho-Mods, amarbajpai, Gero, and melvingarcia. Having a decent team, they bring the PixyOS to many devices.

We aim to deliver an experience with original ideas and features along with the useful things the community is accustomed to.

As they say, PixysOS brings popular features from other ROMs as well as add some of their own, giving it a familiar yet unique touch. And, PixysOS 4.0 is the update on top of the latest Android 11.

Donation to Developer(s)

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PixysOS 4.0 Zuk Z2

 

DISCLAIMER:
Installing a custom ROM requires advanced knowledge to modify the underlying firmware on your phone, such as bootloader unlock, custom recovery installation etc.
If not done properly it may leave you phone unusable temporarily or permanently!

This is an initial build for Zuk Z2 which may not boot at all or may have many BUGs.

Download PixysOS 4.0 for Zuk Z2

Below is the direct download link to the PixysOS 4.0 build for Zuk Z2

Other Requirements to Install PixysOS 4.0 on Zuk Z2

To be able to install any Android 11 ROM build on the phone, it must have an unlocked bootloader and a compatible custom recovery installed.
So, to make it easier for you, we have included appropriate guides on how to unlock bootloader and install recovery in the below sections.

In addition, the custom ROMs usually lack any Google Apps like: Google Play, Google Maps, etc. out of the box. So, the post installation requiremnt is, GApps for Android 11.

Zuk Z2 PixysOS 4.0 Build Info (latest build)

I have verified the build for its legitimacy by extracting the system image. Below are the data what I have got, which clearly represents this to be a valid build of PixysOS 4.0 for Zuk Z2:

ro.build.id=RP1A.200720.009
ro.build.version.release=11
ro.build.date=Thu Sep 24 08:47:19 IST 2020
ro.build.user=subins
ro.build.product=z2_plus
ro.build.description=z2_plus-user 8.0.0 OPR1.170623.032 4.0.186_181008 release-keys

Known Issues

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How to Update Zuk Z2 to PixysOS 4.0 (Android 11)?

Installing PixysOS 4.0 requires an unlocked bootloader and a custom recovery installed on the phone. This is the reason the entire installation guide is divided into three parts as below:

  • Bootloader Unlocking
  • Installing Custom Recovery
  • Installing the PixysOS 4.0 ROM

Unlock Bootloader on Zuk Z2

Zuk Z2 bootloader unlock guide. A step-by step guide that explains how to unlock bootloader of Zuk Z2.

The bootloader must be unlocked on the phone before you can flash the PixysOS 4.0 custom ROM build!

Install custom recovery on Zuk Z2

Custom recoveries are needed to flash any of these Android custom ROMs on Zuk Z2. Below is a list of step-by step guides that explains how to install custom recovery such as TWRP or OrangeFox recovery on Zuk Z2.

Install PixysOS 4.0 on Zuk Z2

  1. Download the PixysOS 4.0 ROM for Zuk Z2 and copy it into the phone or keep in the PC if you intend to install using ADB sideload.
  2. Enter into recovery and Wipe data, Cache, System and clean Dalvik cache.
    – Make sure you don’t wipe or format Internal memory here. Otherwise you will lose all your phone data!
    – Follow these instructions to wipe data using TWRP recovery
    – This step will erase the current firmware from the phone. You can choose to keep a backup of the relevant boot and system partition so that you can rollback if the new build doesn’t work properly.
  3. Install PixysOS 4.0 using TWRP recovery or any custom recovery of your choice
    (OR)
    Use ADB Sideload to install the PixysOS 4.0 ROM zip file.
    You can use any one of the above mentioned method to install the zip file on the phone.
  4. Install Android 11 GApps using TWRP
    – Basically, The GApps package provides basic Google Play Services, Play Store application and other Google Applications.
  5. Once done, reboot the phone to boot into PixysOS 4.0 on Zuk Z2 which is based on Android 11.

Add-on Downloads

Well, after installing the PixysOS 4.0 and GApps zip file you are done with the installation process. But, there are few add-on packages that you can install to unleash the real capabilities of your phone!

Below are some of the extra little things which you can install on top of the PixysOS 4.0 ROM on your Zuk Z2.

Rooting

Currently, Magisk is the only thing that is actively developed and supports rooting of Android 11 ROM.
You can either follow this Android 11 Rooting guide or the Magisk rooting guide to enable root.

Google Camera

Google Camera or shortened as GCam, usually brings better images on your existing camera setup.
Search a compatible GCam or from the Android 11 GCam for your phone that may run on this PixysOS 4.0 ROM.

That’s all on installing PixysOS 4.0 on Zuk Z2! If you face any issue, then you can comment below.
Also, visit the Zuk Z2 (z2_plus)  page to get other PixysOS 4.0 ROMs, LineageOS 18, or other device specific topics.

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