How to Replace Android with /e/OS on an Old Tablet


Replacing the stock Android operating system on an old tablet with /e/OS can breathe new life into your device. /e/OS is a privacy-focused, open-source operating system that removes many of the privacy-invading features of standard Android. It also often runs more efficiently on older hardware, providing a smoother experience.


Step 1: Check Device Compatibility

  1. Visit the /e/OS devices page to see if your tablet is supported.
  2. Note down the exact model of your tablet.

Step 2: Backup Your Data

  1. Connect your tablet to a computer.
  2. Transfer all important files, photos, and documents to your computer or cloud storage.
  3. Use a backup app like Titanium Backup to save app data if needed.

Step 3: Unlock the Bootloader

  1. Enable Developer Options:
    • Go to Settings > About Tablet.
    • Tap Build Number seven times to enable Developer Options.
  2. Enable OEM Unlocking:
    • Go to Settings > Developer Options.
    • Toggle OEM Unlocking to enable it.
  3. Unlock the Bootloader:
    • Turn off your tablet.
    • Boot into Fastboot mode by holding the Volume Down + Power buttons.
    • Connect the tablet to your computer.
    • Open a command prompt/terminal and type:
      fastboot oem unlock

Step 4: Install a Custom Recovery

  1. Download the appropriate TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project) image for your device from TWRP’s website.
  2. Boot your tablet into Fastboot mode again.
  3. Flash TWRP:
    fastboot flash recovery path/to/twrp.img
  4. Boot into TWRP recovery:
    • Turn off your tablet.
    • Hold the Volume Up + Power buttons.

Step 5: Download /e/OS

  1. Go to the /e/OS download page.
  2. Download the appropriate /e/OS ROM for your tablet model.
  3. Transfer the downloaded ROM to your tablet.

Step 6: Install /e/OS

  1. Boot into TWRP recovery.
  2. Wipe the current system:
    • Select Wipe > Advanced Wipe.
    • Check Dalvik/ART Cache, System, Data, and Cache.
    • Swipe to wipe.
  3. Install the /e/OS ROM:
    • Go back to the main menu.
    • Select Install.
    • Navigate to the /e/OS ROM zip file and select it.
    • Swipe to confirm the installation.
  4. Reboot your tablet:
    • Go back to the main menu.
    • Select Reboot > System.


Outcomes and Benefits

  • Enhanced Privacy: /e/OS is designed with privacy in mind, removing many tracking features found in standard Android.
  • Improved Performance: /e/OS can be more efficient, leading to better performance on older hardware.
  • Extended Device Life: Installing /e/OS can extend the useful life of your old tablet, reducing electronic waste.
  • Open Source: /e/OS is open-source, giving you more control over your device and its software.

By following these steps, you can successfully replace Android with /e/OS on your old tablet, transforming it into a more private and efficient device. Enjoy the benefits of a refreshed tablet with a focus on privacy and performance!