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How to Update ZUK Z1 to latest Android 9.0 Pie with crDroid v5.0 ROM - Complete Guide

ZUK Z1 users will be happy to know that, ZUK Z1 can now be updated to Android 9.0 Pie. In this article, I'm going to share a guide that will help you to update your ZUK Z1 to latest Android 9.0 Pie. The latest Android version (Android 9.0 Pie) comes with new and improved features as well as offer better security. ZUK Z1 have a good enough hardware that can run Android 9.0 Pie smoothly. However, to get that we must flash a custom ROM. In this article we will flash a custom ROM called crDroid v5.0. This ROM is based on Android 9.0 Pie AOSP and comes with various customization (features list) along with some LineageOS features.

Although ZUK Z1 is capable enough to run Android 9.0 Pie but you can only able to upgrade it to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow officially. Hence, you must install a custom ROM to get Android 9.0 Pie on your ZUK Z1.

Android 9.0 Pie comes with various new as well as improved features including, new gesture navigation, adaptive battery and brightness, improved security features, new Accessibility menu, new screenshot shortcut, easier screen rotation and many more. You can read more about it over here.

If all this excites you then you can follow this guide to update your ZUK Z1 to latest Android 9.0 Pie via custom ROM crDroid v5.0.

How to Update ZUK Z1 to latest Android 9.0 Pie

Warning! We at ShizHub produce tutorial to help out fellow Android users but all this guide are educational purpose only. You should try this guide at your own risk. Neither we nor the developer should be responsible if your Android device experience damage after following this tutorial. Also remember, this guide is only applicable for ZUK Z1. Don’t try this guide in any other Android device. It may hard brick your device.


1. Although this method doesn't wipe your data but we still recommend you to back up it. You may follow our Android backup guide.

2. Make sure your device have at least 30% battery power.

3. You already have USB Driver installed for ZUK Z1 in your PC. Windows OS usually download and install USB driver automatically when you connect your device first time. You can always manually download USB driver from our latest USB driver download page.

4. Make sure USB Debugging is enabled otherwise you won’t able to transfer file between PC and mobile. You can follow our USB Debugging enable guide.

5. You have TWRP Recovery 3.0 or higher installed. You can follow our guide: How To Unlock ZUK Z1 & Install TWRP Recovery 3.2.3-0 - Easy Tutorial

If you did everything that we mentioned above then you are ready to follow step-by-step guide on how to install Android 9.0 Pie based crDroid v5.0 ROM on ZUK Z1.

File Required(Download by clicking on it)

  1. crDroid v5.0 For ZUK Z1 [Filename:]
  2. Gapps [Filename:]

How to Update ZUK Z1 to latest Android 9.0 Pie with crDroid v5.0 ROM

Step 1: Copy downloaded zip files to your device memory.

Step 2: Boot into recovery mode. To boot into recovery first turn off your ZUK Z1 and then press and hold Volume DownVolume Up and Power button together. You can also boot into recovery without key combination.

TWRP Recovery Screen

Step 3: Create a Backup using TWRP Backup Option.

TWRP Backup option

Step 4: Perform a Factory Reset (this will delete all apps and their settings and game progress). To do this, Tap on Wipe, then at the bottom of the screen do a Swipe on the ‘Swipe to factory reset‘ option.

TWRP Factory Reset

Step 5: Finally, its time to flash the ROM file. Tap on Install, then browse to the location where you saved the files and tap on the crDroid v5.0 zip file. Then tap on Add More Zips, and add Gapps zip. Now at the bottom of the screen, do a swipe on the Swipe to confirm flash option to begin flashing.

TWRP ROM Installation Screen

Step 6: When the installation is completed, go back to the main recovery menu and tap on Reboot and then, tap on System to reboot your ZUK Z1 and boot up into Android 9.0 Pie ROM crDroid v5.0. The first boot will take some time.

TWRP Reboot Screen

Returning to Previous ROM: To go back to your previous ROM, boot into recovery, select Backup then through Restore option, restore your previous ROM by selecting it from the list.

TWRP Restoring Backup Screen

    That's it! You now have latest Android 9.0 Pie based custom ROM crDroid v5.0 installed on your ZUK Z1. You can root this ROM by following this guide: How to root ZUK Z1 - Simple Safe Method.


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