How to install Android 8.1(LineageOS) to your Nintendo Switch

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  1. Sasori
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    Before following this guide. Please note that you will need to have some prior experience with both Switch Hacking, and Android in order to install this properly. As this guide will assume you already know how to enter RCM mode and push payloads, and do basic recovery mode tasks

    Requirements:
    • A hackable Nintendo Switch(Non iPatched Unit) To check if your Nintendo Switch is hackable. Please follow Step 2 on this page
    • A dedicated SD card(16gb minimum)
    • A way to push access RCM mode and push Payloads(Hekate)
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    Section 1: Setting up your SD Card

    Section 2: Booting and Setting up Android (LineageOS)

    How to Root your device(Install MAGISK)

    Current Features & Known Bugs

    FAQ

    Of course, if there is anything that I should elaborate on, or if you have any questions/concerns in regards to this process. Please do not hesitate to ask or reach out.
     
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  2. Hamdan

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    Awesome!
     
  3. NoNAND

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    Nice write up.
    Was going to do a tutorial on that but apparently you're one step ahead of me.
    Will check out how this will do.
     
  4. ninja83

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    Nice turorial.
    I would like to try on my switch!
    Thank you very much
     
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  5. nex86

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    When restarting after flashing gapps from twrp its just stuck in a black screen.
    Do I have to wait or do I force shut off the Switch?
     
  6. Chocola

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    If you select "Reboot" on TWRP you should force shutdown pressing POWER button 15 secs and reload android with hekate
     
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  7. lantern5540

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    has anybody tried nivida games yet. mine just crashes when I open it.
     
  8. Sasori
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    It might take a few launches before it will work. As things are a bit unstable in this release

    Also make sure you installed the shieldify zip
     
  9. Chocola

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    I test it with Overwatch, but I have a lot of problems to get it working.

    First i should download the "Google services APK" to stop his constant crashes, then I link my Google account throught settings, and then I enter on Google Play to update the nvidia app.

    After it, the first run of Nvidia Games fail, but with some retries I get it working.

    With Overwatch are fine, sound, stable graphics and controlls working (the UI swap to Xbox controll layout too)
     
  10. nex86

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    Ok did this. It just stays in a black screen for the past 20 minutes.
    Is it suppose to show anything ?
     
  11. Chocola

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    No, the TWRP don't have the ability to reboot the Switch on RCM mode and launch the android bootloader again, just press POWER during 15 seconds and restart the android through hekate again
     
  12. nex86

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    yea like I said thats what I did. I went through the whole Tegra RCM injection again

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    ok nvm. I see the boot animatio now. that quite took a long time!
    maybe slow I/O speed?
    My MicroSD is a 32GB Sandisk Extreme Plus U3 which is one of the fastest I own.
     
  13. MicmasH_Wii

    MicmasH_Wii Everybody's favorite snow leopard

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    Has anyone tried OpenArena or GZDoom on it yet?
     
  14. nex86

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    I wish I could install anything.
    still trying to get through the first time assistant its sooo slooow
     
  15. CKkio23

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    Might be your sd card. also make sure to install without wifi as it was looking for updates and didn't let me proceed
     
  16. nex86

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    probably is the sd card.
    its a fast card but seems the switch has problems with it.
     
  17. Chocola

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    I test it with a generic 16gb sd card, the first run and the setup assistant are always more slow than next runs on all android custom builds don't worry
     
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  18. ColorBoyKent

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    try using emulators with android?
     
  19. Chocola

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    I didn't try emulators, but as I can see on browser and some apps, the openGL seems working very nice, so I think it didn't have any problem with emulators.

    For now the only app that don't work are Fortnite. Netflix work too.

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    As adition to the guide, to pair Joycons or Pro Controller, you need press the sync button some secs to make their wake up and visible to bluetooth
     
  20. nex86

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    the 16GB card I have is even worse.
    its already too slow to use for Retropie.
     
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