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Install LineageOS 17.1 on NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV [Android 10 Q]

NVIDIA has already released SHIELD Software Experience 8.2, which comes with various improvements for SHIELD TV series of devices. The update includes enhancements for the AI upscaler feature for 2019 SHIELD TVs, various new customization options for SHIELD remote menu button, improved IR and CEC volume control, among others. But, disappointment for the enthusiasts community is that SHIELD Software Experience 8.2 still based on Android 9 Pie. Thankfully XDA Recognized Developer Steel01 has released Lineage OS 17.1 custom ROM, based on Android 10.

Developer has noted various bugs currently, which should be fixed in the upcoming released. The colors would washed out, when the hardware overlays like app launch or the leanback keyboard, or the volume indicator. Another bug is that audio would die if display turns off when device goes to the sleep. Developer has suggested a workaround for no audio issue, he stated that as soon as the device boots, just go the launcher, once the setup wizard completes, go to settings and set screensaver options, select some type, like ‘backdrop’, with the setting ‘sleep’ to ‘never.

Those who want to flash their NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV device with Android 10.0.0 Custom ROM, then here is a piece of good news.  Those who have been wondering to get more customization options than Stock ROM Firmware on your device can now rejoice as they can flash the latest Android 10.0 through LineageOS 17.1 Custom ROM software on their device.

So, if you own a NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV, you can install the latest update for your device, which comes with LineageOS 17.1, which is based on Android 10.0. The update often aims to increase system stability and increase the performance of the device, as well as incorporating new features. Before flashing the Custom ROM on your device, ensure that your device has unlocked bootloader and you have flashed TWRP Recovery on NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV. If you have not done already, then you can follow our guide to Root and Install TWRP Recovery on NVIDIA Shield TV.

Brief Intro to LineageOS Custom ROM

LineageOS is the successor of CyanogenMod Custom ROM firmware. It is widely available for almost 200 devices officially, whereas unofficial builds support a huge list of devices. LineageOS is based on the AOSP source code, similar to the Resurrection Remix, SlimROM, Omni, AOKP, Paranoid, etc. Though LineageOS comes with all the features provided by Stock Android, but also offers a huge list of customization features. It comes with various pre-installed apps, which include AudioFx, FlipFlap, and Trebuchet.

LineageOS 17.1 Features

  • Button customization
  • Custom Quick-Setting tiles
  • Expanded Desktop
  • LiveDisplay
  • Lock screen customization
  • Styles and System Profiles

Security Features:

  • Custom pattern sizes
  • PIN scramble
  • Privacy guard
  • Protected Apps
  • Trust – helps to keep the device secure and protects privacy.


  • Everything, except the issues mentioned below.  “This is Generic GSI ROM, it means. it has some basic feature and limitations”

Known issues/ Not Working

  • Color washout while hardware overlays
  • Dead audio while display turns off after device goes to the sleep.

In the below guide, step by step procedure to flash/ install the newest LineageOS 17.1 Android 10.0 on NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV. The download link for this Stock ROM has been added to the pre-requisite section. You can simply flash the Custom ROM Firmware .zip or .img file manually through the below guide.

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Firmware Details:

Android Version: Android 10.0.0 (Q)

UI Version: Stock UI

Firmware Versions: LineageOS 17.1


Disclaimer: covers although everything in a very neat and a processed manner so that our readers get exactly what they want, still there are meager chances of basic issues that may arise out of the listed steps here. Hence it is in the sole interest of the user to follow the steps very cautiously so as to stay away from any mishappenings with your device.

Updating or flashing the Stock ROM firmware or Custom ROM firmware updates certainly without any doubt comes with risk to brick devices. If you brick the device, while upgrading the firmware of your nVidia Shield Android TV, then kindly be in touch with the Official Service center of Motorola near your location. in no way will be held responsible for warranty void or your bricked device.


Ensure to check your model number, which must be:


You must have to ensure that prior to rooting your phone, you have read thoroughly the disclaimer and you agree to proceed further on your risk.

  • Phone Should be Charged

Your phone must be 70% charged at least else, it may lead to complications sometimes while experimenting. Why take the risk, try to charge it fully.

  • Back-Up

If you are either going to root your phone or install a Custom ROM, it is a good habit to make a back up of your phone. Make a back up of all your media like images, videos, and all on your PC and your contacts on Cloud.

  • Enable USB Debugging

You must enable the USB debugging option by going into Settings, Applications, and Developer options.

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Downloads For Updating NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV

Download platform-tools/ SDK Tools package from Android SDK on PC from here. (Android command line tools> SDK Tools package)

Download Latest Android 10.0.0 LineageOS 17.1 Custom ROM for NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV here:

Download Latest Android 9 Pie LineageOS 16 Custom ROM for NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV here:

Download GApps from here

How to Manually Flash NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV with Android 10.0 based LineageOS 17.1 Custom ROM

Note: Before you proceed with the below-mentioned steps, your device must have TWRP flashed and rooted already.

Step 1: Transfer the downloaded file to the internal storage / SD card of your NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV.

Step 2: Now, just boot into the recovery. From the TWRP interface, you can optionally backup the Stock ROM. Though, I would recommend to backup the Stock ROM. Because if in case process gets failed, you can flash the Stock ROM.

Install TWRP 3;0

Step 3: Tap on Install ‘, and then navigate to the file ‘’ and swipe to confirm flash (located at the bottom of the screen). The flashing process of flashing the LineageOS Custom ROM has been started and will take a few seconds to complete.

Congratulations, you have successfully flashed LineageOS 17.1 Custom ROM based on Android 10.0 on your NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV device. If you faced any issue while flashing, then do not hesitate to let’s know in the comments section below.


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