If you have recently upgraded your Lenovo A6000/Plus to Nougat using AOSP Extended ROMs, you can’t easily downgrade using KitKat stock ROM. This is because Nougat Recovery doesn’t allow installation of KitKat ROMs. So, to downgrade your Lenovo A6000/Plus from Nougat to KitKat, you need to downgrade the Recovery first.
After that, you can use KitKat recovery to install KitKat ROM on your Lenovo A6000/Plus phone. So, first we will see how to downgrade recovery to allow installation or flashing of KitKat ROM on Lenovo A6000/Plus phone. Let’s do this step by step.
A) Downgrade Lenovo A6000/Plus Recovery from Nougat to KitKat
We will start with downgrading the recovery to allow installation of KitKat ROM. Just follow these steps.
Step 1: Download KitKat Recovery to SD card and Boot Phone to Recovery
First of all, download KitKat Recovery from here and copy it to SD card on your phone. Now, boot your phone to recovery. You can use Volume (+), (–) and Power buttons to boot your Lenovo A6000/Plus phone to TWRP recovery.
Step 2: Downgrade and Install KitKat Recovery in Lenovo A6000/Plus
Now, in TWRP recovery home screen, tap on INSTALL button. After that browse and select KitKat Recovery zip file. Finally, swipe to right to downgrade recovery to KitKat version.
After successful installation, go back to TWRP homepage and tap on REBOOT and the tap on RECOVERY. Your phone will reboot to KitKat recovery using which we will downgrade Lenovo A6000/Plus from Nougat to KitKat.
Now you have successfully downgraded Nougat TWRP Recovery to KitKat TWRP Recovery.
NOTE: Rebooting to recovery may take some time. If it takes very long time to reboot to recovery, remove battery and put it back again. Press Volume (+), Volume (-) and Power button together for 10 seconds to go to recovery mode.
B) Downgrade Lenovo A6000/Plus from Android Nougat to Android KitKat
After downgrading Nougat Recovery to KitKat Recovery, it’s time to downgrade Android from Nougat to KitKat. You can download KitKat Stock ROM for Lenovo A6000 and A6000 Plus from links given below-
After downloading Lenovo A6000/Plus KitKat Stock ROM zip file, copy it to root of your SD Card. Follow these steps to downgrade Lenovo A6000/A6000 Plus from Nougat to KitKat:
Step 1: Go to Recovery and Tap Install
After rebooting to KitKat Recovery, tap on INSTALL and change storage from Internal Storage to External SD Card. We need to do this because by default, recovery shows internal storage. Since, we have copied KitKat ROM to External SD card, we need to switch it from internal to External SD.
Step 2: Flash KitKat ROM to Downgrade Lenovo A6000/Plus
Browse and select the KitKat stock ROM zip file and swipe right to start installation. System will install KitKat ROM and downgrade your Lenovo A6000/Plus phone from Android Nougat to KitKat.
Step 3: Reboot to System and Enjoy KitKat on Lenovo A6000/Plus
After KitKat ROM installation is complete, go back to TWRP home screen. Here tap REBOOT and select SYSTEM.
For the first boot, your phone may take some time. Don’t panic and wait for first boot to complete. After successful boot, your phone will start with KitKat. Just configured it and enjoy Android KitKat.
Downgrade your Lenovo A6000/Plus Back to KitKat from Nougat
You have successfully downgraded your Lenovo A6000 / A6000 Plus smartphone from Nougat to KitKat. Now you can enjoy KitKat stock firmware which was pre-loaded with your smartphone. You can again upgrade to Lollipop or Nougat in case you change your mind. Enjoy, have fun!