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Best Custom ROM for OnePlus 5 [stable Pie] with tutorials to install

OnePlus 5 is a developer-friendly flagship device. The popularity of OnePlus began when OnePlus One was released back in 2014. Since then, all the OnePlus devices are loved by developers. OnePlus 5 is among the top of all developer friendly phones having a large number of Custom ROMs. It is due to the flexibility offered by the OEM to customize the device.

Best Custom ROM for OnePlus 5

To install a Custom ROM on OnePlus 5 (cheeseburger), one need to unlock the bootloader first which is pretty easy as the OEM allows the users to unlock it. However, the phone comes with a locked bootloader out of the box for security reason.

If your device bootloader is still locked, check out the tutorial from the link below:

→ How to Unlock Bootloader on OnePlus 5 — a step-by-step guide

But keep in mind, unlocking bootloader will void your device warranty. Also, don’t forget to backup your phone before doing any experiment with your phone.

Why Custom ROM for OnePlus 5?

We all know that Android is an open source operating system by Google. A developer can take all the source code from Google and make their own OS from scratch. Since OnePlus 5 is so flexible to customize, a lot of developers are building custom firmware for this device. Custom ROM can replace your official firmware which comes out of the box.

Custom ROM for OnePlus 5 offers various system tweaks, features, and mods which are not available in Stock ROMs. Also, you can modify the ROM in the way you want.

Best Custom ROM for OnePlus 5

Here is the list of best Custom ROM for OnePlus 5. All of them are based on Android 8.0 Oreo. We have tested on our device, and we found all the ROMs are stable enough for daily use. We have a tutorial for each ROM on How to install it with a clean flash.

In order to install these Custom ROMs on your OnePlus 5, you should have TWRP Custom Recovery installed from before. OnePlus Stock Recovery can’t flash a Custom ROM because they are not a signed flashable ZIP by OnePlus. If you are still on Stock Recovery, check out our tutorial below on installing TWRP on OnePlus 5:

→ Install Official TWRP [latest] on OnePlus 5 — Custom Recovery

The list is below! We hope you would love using these Custom ROMs on your OnePlus 5.

LineageOS 16.0

LineageOS 16 is a Pie-based free community-built aftermarket firmware which is designed to increase the performance and reliability over stock Android on your smartphone.

→ Tutorial: Install LineageOS 16.0 on OnePlus 5 – Android 9.0 Pie based Custom Firmware

LineageOS 15.1

LineageOS (previously, CyanogenMod) is a free open source operating system. This custom ROM is considered as the best in term of stability and smoothness.

LineageOS has done an impressive job by adding official support for the OnePlus 5.

Tutorial: Update OnePlus 5 to LineageOS 15.1 Custom Firmware

Resurrection Remix 6.0

This firmware has been built with the combination of CyanogenMod (LineageOS now), Slim ROM, Omni ROM and Original Remix. It creates an awesome combination of various custom firmware for your device. The never-ending updates from the developer team have now released RR 6.0 based on Android 8.0 with all new Oreo features.

Tutorial: Update OnePlus 5 to Resurrection Remix 6.0 [official] Oreo Custom Firmware

crDroid Android

crDroid Android is an Oreo-based custom firmware developed by Recognized XDA Developer, neobuddy89. It is publicly available on the forum to download and you can install it using custom recovery like TWRP. The ROM is quite stable and supports OTA (Over-the-air) update.

Tutorial: Install crDroid Android 8.1 Oreo on OnePlus 5 Beta 10 Custom Firmware [OTA]


HydrogenOS is a Chinese based firmware build for OnePlus devices in China. OnePlus has done an impressive job by redesigning the application folder style and Optimizing the Hydrogen window visual style in the very first open beta. This OS supports the English language too in addition to their traditional/simplified Chinese.

Since the Firmware is an official release by OnePlus, the possibilities of bugs are minimum. All you need to do is “choose the English language” and “remove the Chinese Bloatware”.

→ Tutorial: Update OnePlus 5 to HydrogenOS Android 8.0 Oreo Official Firmware

Liquid Remix 8.0

Liquid Remix 8.0 is based on the latest Android 8.0 Oreo. The ROM is an old lead of the well known Liquid Smooth custom ROM by a Recognised XDA Developer, dabug123.

This new age ROM is built with the combinations of all new best ROMs out today with merging their old Liquid Smooth ROM.

Tutorial: Update OnePlus 5 to Liquid Remix 8.0 Custom Firmware

That’s all!

You can even root your device on Custom using the popular tool like Magisk:

Let us know your opinion on these Custom ROMs in the comment section below. Which one is best for you?

Get back to Stock ROM?

Want to get back to Official OnePlus 5 OxygenOS Firmware? Check out our detailed tutorial on How to install OxygenOS OxygenOS 5.0.4 on OnePlus 5!

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