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Notes for installing Sailfish OS on the Fairphone 2 (fp2).


Hardware Support

Legend:  Y  - Working (y=hack),  Y  - HAL works, not hooked up to UI/MW/init yet,  N  - Not working,  ?  - Untested,  N/A  - N/A on device.
Device released Linux
Display Touch LED Audio NFC Bluetooth GSM WLAN GPS Camera Sensors Keys Vibra Haptics Power
USB FM Radio
SMS Voice Data Connect Hotspot ALS PS Accel. Gyro. Magne. Vol+/- Home Net. Charge
3.4.0 Y Y Y Y N/A Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N/A Y Y Y Y Y Y Y


Items marked with FIX have a known fix and will be included in next release.

  • Jolla Store works.
  • Compass direction sensor not working.
  • Possibly some issues with proximity sensor during calls. (It is possible to calibrate the proximity sensor, which should fix the issues, but using the needed firmware causes poor battery life in Sailfish OS)
  • Random phone app freezes on call end.
  • Camera button not supported in Sailfish camera app.
  • Vibrator effect is very weak.
  • Double tap to wake does not work.
  • [FIX] LED not working properly (regression in alpha3)

Requirements for installation

Installation steps

  • If instead you want to use Sailfish OS installation zip, all data in Sailfish OS will be removed, so backup everything you might need.
  • Requires Fairphone Opensource OS 16.11 (or Fairphone OS 1.9.3), not tested on other releases.
  • Install the required Android version (if not installed already) using fastboot and the steps below. Only flash system.img and recovery.img. DO NOT flash other partitions.
    • Sailfish OS will have a battery drain, if in the past you have installed the whole Android zip of Fairphone OS >=1.6.2 or Opensource OS >= 16.08. To fix it:
    • Extract filesystem images from Android zip on your computer.
    • Enter fastboot mode on your phone by turning off device, when device is powered down press and hold volume down button and then plug USB cable.
    • Open a terminal on your computer and go to the folder where you extracted the file system images.
    • Check that the device is detected with fastboot devices
    • fastboot flash system system.img
    • fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
    • fastboot reboot
  • Sailfish OS installation
    • Copy the downloaded Sailfish OS zip to sdcard or to somewhere outside sailfish rootfs in userdata partition
    • Boot to TWRP recovery, disable Zip file signature verification and install Sailfish OS zip over Android (without erasing system partition).
    • Reboot

WIP Over-the-Air updates (OTA)

  • Backup of Sailfish OS user files to a sdcard or to another device is strongly encouraged before updating Sailfish OS.
  • You can be on any Sailfish OS version you have installed before.
  • If you are updating from (alpha1) or (alpha2) you will need to manually flash system.img from Fairphone Opensource OS 16.11 fastboot image to system partition using fastboot after updating Sailfish OS.
    • Check previous chapter for instructions how to use fastboot.
    • fastboot flash system system.img
  • Open shell with normal nemo user preferrably via ssh.
  • Updating Sailfish OS via commandline:

devel-su sed -i -e 's#^adaptation=.*$#adaptation=' /usr/share/ssu/repos.ini

ssu rr dhd
ssu rr extra
ssu ar extra$RELEASE/

ssu release $RELEASE

ssu lr
# Check the output that the adaptation0 and extra repos have the correct urls and the repos are enabled
# (note that the url for adaptation0 mentioned above has variables which will be replaced with values in ssu lr output).
# also check that no other similar repos exist.

# You may have many of OpenRepos enabled. It's recommended to disable them, even
# though version --dup will do its best-effort to isolate repositories:
ssu lr | grep openrepos

devel-su zypper clean -a
devel-su zypper ref -f

version --dup
# if above fails, try again
version --dup

# After update check that you have repos adaptation-community and adaptation-community-common in output of
ssu lr
# if either of those is missing run these commands
# devel-su touch /usr/share/ssu/features.d/adaptation-community.ini
# devel-su touch /usr/share/ssu/features.d/adaptation-community-common.ini

ssu rr adaptation0
ssu rr extra


Report bugs

  • Software-related bugs (Sailfish OS): first search in If not found, add your question and tag with "porting".
  • App bugs (e.g. an app doesn't scale well on different screens): contact its developer.
  • Problems which depend on hardware: at the Nemo Mobile Project: search existing; add new
  • Please do not contact Fairphone, Jolla Care or Jolla Developer Care, as this is community's build for other phones.


Alpha3 - 21 December 2016

  • Sailfish OS
  • Fairphone Opensource OS 16.11 or Fairphone OS 1.9.3 recommended, not tested on other releases.
  • Dual-SIM support added.
  • FM Radio Media app plugin added.
  • MMS sending and receiving fixed.
  • Disabled persistent debug telnet from USB interface on release images.
  • Offline charging UI fixed.
  • Initial display brightness after boot fixed.
  • Speakerphone volume control fixed.
  • OBEX configurations added.
  • MLSDB for using cell phone tower info for obtaining location.
  • Bluetooth state now remembered after reboot.
  • Fix mobile network settings randomly missing.
  • Flash torch option for video recording added.
  • Volume keys disabled when display is off.
  • Camera Exif fixes.
  • Flashlight shortcut added.

Alpha2 - 9 August 2016

  • Sailfish OS
  • Requires Fairphone Opensource OS 16.06 or Fairphone OS 1.4.2, not tested on other releases.
  • Bluetooth MAC address fixed.
  • Bluetooth MAC address now shown in Settings->About product.
  • WLAN MAC address fixed.
  • Sending MMS messages fixed partially.
  • Camera and audio/video codecs work with FP Android >= 1.2.8.
  • Larger 16:9 image resolution for camera.
  • FM Radio support (no preinstalled app, harbour-piratefm works).
  • Display brightness control improvements.
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