Guide: OpenKirin ROM Installation Instructions

The below guide will provide you with instructions on how to install an OpenKirin ROM on your device for the first time. Please ensure you follow the instructions correctly. Failure to do so may cause irreparable damage to your device!

  1. Your device MUST have an unlocked bootloader. If your bootloader is not unlocked, you cannot go any further.
  2. In addition to an unlocked bootloader, your device must be a supported device, and the device must be running EMUI 8.0/EMUI 9.0/EMUI9.1. Other versions are not supported and you will likely brick your device. You have been warned!
  3. Back up any of your device’s data that you wish to keep. Installing one of our ROMs for the first time requires a factory reset!
  4. TWRP and other custom recoveries are not supported! Please ensure you have your device’s stock recovery installed. If you install the ROM with a custom recovery, we cannot assist you with any issues which may arise
  5. Ensure you have fastboot installed. You can refer to our guide here on how to install fastboot.
  6. If you haven’t already, go to the Downloads page and download the ROM you wish to install.
    • If the ROM you’ve downloaded is compressed (file ends with extension .xz), you will need to extract the ROM .img file from the compressed file.
    • On Windows: We recommend using either WinRAR or 7-Zip to extract the file
    • On Linux: We recommend using GNU Tar, which is included in most Linux distributions
      • To extract the ROM .img file, use the command tar xf <name-of-file>.xz
      • If you get a “Cannot exec” error, you may need to install the xz-utils package via your distribution’s pacakage manager (apt, rpm, yum, etc.
  7. Once you have your uncompressed .img file, we recommend that you place the .img file in the same folder where you installed fastboot in Step 3
  8. Power off your device. While powered down, hold down the volume down key of your device, while connecting your device to your PC with the USB cable. If you’ve done it properly, you should see the below screen (or similar). If you don’t, try again! Note that if you do not show the “PHONE Unlocked” and “FRP Unlock” like shown below, do not continue. You must have a fully unlocked bootloader in order to continue!
  9. Once on this screen, keep your device connected to your PC, open a command prompt/terminal in the same directory where you installed fastboot and copied the ROM .img file
  10. In the command window, enter the command fastboot flash system <name-of-rom-image-file> . It will should look similar to the below screenshot:
  11. Press enter, and you should see the ROM flash like in the below screenshot:
  12. Once it’s completed, type the command fastboot reboot and unplug your phone
  13. Before booting up the ROM, you will need to perform a factory reset in stock recovery.
  14. To boot into recovery, power off your device. Then hold down Power + VolUp at the same time, and keep them held until the Huawei/Honor logo appears on your screen. If you did it correctly, you’ll see the below screen (or similar)
  15.  Press the “Wipe data/factory reset” button.
  16. Reboot your device and begin enjoying the ROM!