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'''Find and report PinePhone related issues [https://gitlab.com/postmarketOS/pmaports/issues?scope=all&utf8=%E2%9C%93&state=opened&search=pinephone here].''' Keep in mind that postmarketOS currently is in beta. Join the [[Matrix_and_IRC|chat]] if you have questions.
'''Find and report PinePhone related issues [https://gitlab.com/postmarketOS/pmaports/-/issues?label_name%5B%5D=device-pine64-pinephone here].''' Keep in mind that postmarketOS currently is in beta. Join the [[Matrix_and_IRC|chat]] if you have questions.
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Find and report PinePhone related issues here. Keep in mind that postmarketOS currently is in beta. Join the chat if you have questions.

PINE64 PinePhone
A PinePhone with a case
A PinePhone with a case
Manufacturer PINE64
Name PinePhone
Codename pine64-pinephone
Released 2019
Category main
Original software postmarketOS
Chipset Allwinner A64
CPU 4x 1152 MHz Cortex-A53
GPU Mali-400 MP2
Display 720x1440 IPS
Storage 16 GB / 32 GB
Memory 2 GB / 3 GB
Architecture aarch64
Non-Android based device
Unixbench Whet/Dhry score 1314.3
USB Networking
3D Acceleration
Mobile data

On-device installer asking whether to install to SD or eMMC.

The PinePhone is a smartphone by PINE64. The postmarketOS vendor and device names are "pine64" and "pinephone" respectively. The back panel can be lifted off by pulling at the notch on the bottom-right corner of the phone. This exposes the battery, microSD and SIM slots, and dipswitches. It comes with a 3000mAh battery and uses the same form-factor as the Samsung Galaxy J7 (2015) for replacement.



The PinePhone will boot from a bootable microSD card if it is plugged, and fall back to booting from internal eMMC. You can install postmarketOS on either of them (or even on both).

From pre-built image (easy method)

Official images of postmarketOS for the PinePhone are built at least every week. There are quite a few images to choose from, so read the following to help you navigate through the downloads page. (Weekly images are brand new, it's planned to make the download pages more self-explaining: build.postmarketos.org#78).

Download the right image

  • Branch (more):
    • edge: bleeding edge version (has latest features, but may break more often).
    • v20.05: changes less often, last big update was the first service pack
  • User interface
    • Phosh: Purism's GTK based phone interface (This is what we shipped with the postmarketOS community edition.) (more)
    • Plasma Mobile (edge only): KDE's Plasma based phone interface (more)
    • Sxmo (edge only): Simple X Mobile interface, a tiling WM based interface (more)
    • (Note that more interfaces are available, build your own image with pmbootstrap if interested)
  • Pick the latest image by its date
  • Choose the regular image, or the installer image
    • Graphical Installer:
      • Ends in -installer.img.xz
      • Recommended for a proper installation.
      • Allows to install postmarketOS to the microSD card or to internal memory (eMMC)
      • Encrypting your installation is possible
      • Passwords for user and SSH are set during installation (and SSH can be disabled)
    • Regular image:
      • Ends in .img.xz
      • Like a live CD, flash it to your microSD card to try postmarketOS out.
      • The login is user with password 147147
      • sshd is currently enabled by default! (build.postmarketos.org#85)

Flash to microSD card

After downloading the image, figure out the name of the microSD card. Run lsblk once, then insert the microSD card and run lsblk again. The microSD card is the newly appeared device, and you can take a look at the reported size to be extra sure. You should really double check that you pick the right device, otherwise you can overwrite the wrong disk by accident. Flash the image as shown below, replace /dev/mmcblk... with the device name of your microSD card.

$ cd ~/Downloads
$ xzcat 20210127-2313-postmarketOS-edge-phosh-6-pine64-pinephone-installer.img.xz | sudo dd of=/dev/mmcblk... status=progress bs=1M

When you are done, insert the microSD into your PinePhone and boot it up. Note that the microSD fits in the SIM slot, but that does of course not work.

With pmbootstrap (advanced)

Use pmbootstrap to build a customized image. Consult the installation guide for details.

$ pmbootstrap init # vendor: pine64, device: pinephone
$ pmbootstrap install --sdcard=/dev/mmcblk...  # add --fde for full disk encryption

After that, unplug the microSD card from your PC, put it in your PinePhone and postmarketOS should boot up.

Flash to eMMC (advanced)

The easiest way of flashing to the eMMC is using a pre-built image with the installer, as it will simply ask during the installation if you want to install to eMMC. However, if you want to flash a custom image to eMMC, follow these steps.

Download Jumpdrive and put it on a microSD.

$ wget https://github.com/dreemurrs-embedded/Jumpdrive/releases/download/0.6/pine64-pinephone.img.xz
$ sha512sum pine64-pinephone.img.xz 
79019771a7ade68a6e97e030e835b6357a3f71bae7cb3297e8772f8e069bd26033809f43ead7a0dfdf82d0ea537a7e3530c6d8935a9af040c6da211dc2ebdbb3  pine64-pinephone.img.xz
$ xzcat pine64-pinephone.img.xz | sudo dd of=/dev/mmcblk... status=progress

Insert the microSD into your pinephone and connect it via USB to your PC. Boot it up. Check in lsblk for new storage devices, the eMMC and microSD storage devices of the pinephone should appear. Triple-check that you found the right device, and now you can flash to it as if it was a SD card attached to your PC.

As of writing, Jumpdrive doesn't have a shutdown procedure (#2). Maybe leave it on for a few more minutes after the dd command is done to make sure that the data isn't still in some cache, but really written to the eMMC (the author had data corruption once, which might be related to turning it off too quickly after flashing). Then press the power button for five seconds to power it off. Remove the microSD card, turn it on again. The PinePhone should boot into postmarketOS.

Serial console

The PinePhone has a serial port in the headphone connector, it's activated by the 6th contact on the dipswitch. If the switch is on then the headphone connector is in audio mode, if it's off then it's in UART mode.

The uart is 115200n8

The pinout for the serial connector on the headphone jack is:

  • Tip: RX
  • Ring: TX
  • Sleeve: GND

The serial connection is 3.3V

You can also buy the debug cable from PINE64 Store. The store cable uses a 4 ring plug, as seen in the PDF, but a 3 ring plug works just as well.


Hardware switches

There's a 6 contact dipswitch on the back of the phone underneath the back cover. The 6 switches are for enabling/disabling hardware components. The switch has tiny numbers 1-6 beneath the contacts, moving the contact up sets that contact on.

# Off On
1 Modem disabled Modem enabled
2 Wifi/BT disabled Wifi/BT enabled
3 Microphone disabled Microphone enabled
4 Rear camera disabled Rear camera enabled
5 Front camera disabled Front camera enabled
6 Headphone UART mode Headphone audio mode

Expansion port

There is a 2x3 grid of pogo pins on the back of the PinePhone for connecting a back cover with extra hardware like an extended battery case or a keyboard case. The pinout for this connector:

Interrupt SDA SCL

The VBUS pin is powered by USB and is 5V. The second power pin is VBAT, which connects to the battery voltage. The I2C and interrupt lines have pull-ups on the phone side. The I2C lines are pulled up to 3V3 by the phone.


Component Model Driver
Touchscreen Goodix GT917S TOUCHSCREEN_GOODIX
Rear camera OmniVision OV5640 VIDEO_OV5640
Camera flash SGMICRO SGM3140 LEDS_SGM3140
Front camera GalaxyCore GC2145 Nope
WiFi Realtek RTL8723CS RTL8723CS
Bluetooth Realtek RTL8723CS BT_HCIUART_RTL
Modem Quectel EC25-G USB_NET_QMI_WWAN
Ambient light / Proximity SensorTek STK3335 STK3310
Sixaxis InvenSense MPU-6050 INV_MPU6050_I2C
Vibration motor Unknown model INPUT_GPIO_VIBRA
Notification LED LED0603RGB LEDS_GPIO
Volume buttons Buttons connected to the KEYADC KEYBOARD_SUN4I_LRADC
Power button X-Powers AXP803 INPUT_AXP20X_PEK
Battery fuel gauge X-Powers AXP803 BATTERY_AXP20X


The cameras both share the csi-0 bus. Currently only the rear camera (OV5640) has mainline linux support, a driver for the front camera (GC2145) is being developed in the kernel fork for the phone development.

Both camera's share the same bus for the video stream, due to this it's impossible to use both cameras at the same time, but you can switch between the cameras by keeping one of them in reset and then restarting the whole pipeline.

Switching to the rear camera
$ sudo media-ctl -d /dev/media1 --links "gc2145 3-003c":0->"sun6i-csi":0[0]
$ sudo media-ctl -d /dev/media1 --links "ov5640 3-004c":0->"sun6i-csi":0[1]

Switching to the front camera
$ sudo media-ctl -d /dev/media1 --links "ov5640 3-004c":0->"sun6i-csi":0[0]
$ sudo media-ctl -d /dev/media1 --links "gc2145 3-003c":0->"sun6i-csi":0[1]

The camera hardware pipeline is controlled with /dev/media1 and media-ctl, the result is on /dev/video1

pinephone:~# media-ctl -d /dev/media1 --set-v4l2 '"ov5640 3-004c":0[fmt:UYVY8_2X8/1280x720]'
pinephone:~# ffmpeg -s 1280x720 -f video4linux2 -i /dev/video1 -vframes 1 selfie.jpg

Camera Flash

Please note, that the driver for the sgm3140 is not yet included in the main kernel source and as such is not available for use yet without compiling the module yourself.

The camera flash consist out of a SG Micro SGM3140 "500mA Buck/Boost Charge Pump LED Driver" and a EHP-C04 LED. It supports Flash and Torch mode, the first being brighter but only for 200-300ms, when it switches to Torch mode automatically. Torch mode is lower brightness but can be turned on continuously.

Controlling the flash from user space is possible via sysfs and via v4l2:

# Torch on
$ echo 1 > /sys/class/leds/white\:flash/brightness
# Torch off
$ echo 0 > /sys/class/leds/white\:flash/brightness
# Activate flash
$ echo 1 > /sys/class/leds/white\:flash/flash_strobe
# Torch on
$ v4l2-ctl -d /dev/video1 -c led_mode=2
# Torch off
$ v4l2-ctl -d /dev/video1 -c led_mode=0
# Activate flash
$ v4l2-ctl -d /dev/video1 -c led_mode=1
$ v4l2-ctl -d /dev/video1 -c strobe=1


The wifi uses the rtl8723cs driver and is functional. There is still an issue with the driver not reloading correctly when the SoC is put into suspend mode, this can be worked around by reloading the kernel module:

pinephone:~# sudo rmmod 8723cs
pinephone:~# sudo modprobe 8723cs


Main article: Bluetooth.

The bluetooth connection is handled by the wifi chipset. It is functional but there is no integration in Plasma Mobile yet. To pair a bluetooth device start the bluetooth service and use bluetoothctl to connect.

pinephone:~# sudo service bluetooth start
pinephone:~# bluetoothctl
# scan on
[NEW] 00:11:22:33:44:55
# pair 00:11:22:33:44:55

To use bluetooth headphones with pulseaudio, the package pulseaudio-bluez is required.


Receiving and sending text messages works, The calls work but there are some issues left with the audio routing. Mobile data is functional. For information on audio routing and setting up the modem in phosh, see the specific article.

To bring up mobile data run the following commands (for plasma mobile):

pinephone:~# sudo apk add ofonoctl
pinephone:~# ofonoctl wan --connect --append-dns

Or use only modemmanager which integrates better with phosh.

pinephone:~# sudo mmcli -m 0 --create-bearer='apn=APN.NAME,user=USERNAME,password=PASSWORD,allowed-auth=chap,allow-roaming=no'
pinephone:~# sudo nmcli c add type gsm ifname cdc-wdm0 con-name OPERATOR-NAME apn APN.NAME user USERNAME password PASSWORD

# Check your connection
pinephone:~# nmcli c   # check status of the connection named OPERATOR-NAME as above
pinephone:~# nmcli d    #  check status of cdc-wdm0

In order to connect to the serial console of the modem, you need a terminal application. One option is to use minicom.

# apk add minicom

Connect to the console by issuing:

# minicom -D /dev/ttyUSB2

The command AT returns OK:


The command ATI returns some version information from the modem:

Revision: EG25GGBR07A07M2G


The command AT+QDAI (Digital Audio Interface Configure) is used to configure the digital audio interface. AT+QDAI? returns the current configuration:

+QDAI: 3,0,0,4,0,0,1,1


Some more details on how to configure the modem is available here. The reference for the available commands is the EC25 & EC21 AT Commands Manual.


The EG25 modem in the PinePhone comes preloaded with VoLTE profiles for a few providers. The modem can handle VoLTE fully internally so nothing complicated is required on the postmarketOS side. PostmarketOS tries to set the VoLTE profile automatically. If that fails it can also be set manually:

# List of embedded VoLTE profiles
$ echo 'AT+QMBNCFG="list"' | atinout - /dev/EG25.AT -
+QMBNCFG: "List",0,1,1,"ROW_Generic_3GPP",0x0501081F,201901141
+QMBNCFG: "List",1,0,0,"VoLTE-ATT",0x0501033C,201909271
+QMBNCFG: "List",2,0,0,"hVoLTE-Verizon",0x05010141,201911251
+QMBNCFG: "List",3,0,0,"Sprint-VoLTE",0x05010205,201908141
+QMBNCFG: "List",4,0,0,"Commercial-TMO_VoLTE",0x05010505,201811231
+QMBNCFG: "List",5,0,0,"Telus-Commercial_VoLTE",0x05800C43,201912031
+QMBNCFG: "List",6,0,0,"Commercial-SBM",0x05011C18,201904021
+QMBNCFG: "List",7,0,0,"Commercial-DT",0x05011F1C,201905311
+QMBNCFG: "List",8,0,0,"Reliance_OpnMkt",0x05011B38,201910161
+QMBNCFG: "List",9,0,0,"TF_Germany_VoLTE",0x05010C1B,201909201
+QMBNCFG: "List",10,0,0,"TF_Spain_VoLTE",0x05010CFA,201909261
+QMBNCFG: "List",11,0,0,"Volte_OpenMkt-Commercial-CMCC",0x05012071,201904281
+QMBNCFG: "List",12,0,0,"OpenMkt-Commercial-CT",0x05011322,201911081
+QMBNCFG: "List",13,0,0,"OpenMkt-Commercial-CU",0x05011505,201807052


# Select the profile most applicable to your provider, or use the Generic one if nothing matches
$ echo 'AT+QMBNCFG="select","ROW_Generic_3GPP"' | atinout - /dev/EG25.AT -

# Enable calling over ip (VoLTE)
$ echo 'AT+QCFG="ims",1' | atinout - /dev/EG25.AT -

# Reboot the modem to apply the settings
$ echo 'AT+CFUN=1,1' | atinout - /dev/EG25.AT -

After this process VoLTE should be used when available. To check the status while in a call you can run the CLCC command:

$ echo 'AT+CLCC' | atinout - /dev/EG25.AT -

+CLCC: 1,1,0,1,0,"",128
+CLCC: 2,1,0,1,0,"",128


The "1" in the 4th column on the second CLCC row means it's currently calling with VoLTE, when it's "0" it's calling over the legacy phone network.


All sensors work and are accessible as Industrial I/O (iio) devices in Linux. To query the data you can cat the files in `/sys/bus/iio/` to make the kernel module query the sensors

pinephone:~# cat /sys/bus/iio/devices/iio\:device0/name
pinephone:~# cat /sys/bus/iio/devices/iio\:device0/in_accel_z_raw
pinephone:~# echo "Verified gravity still exists"


# Activate LED
echo 1 > /sys/class/leds/$COLOR/brightness
# Deactivate LED
echo 0 > /sys/class/leds/$COLOR/brightness

You may turn on and off the blue led by issuing:

# echo 1 > /sys/devices/platform/leds/leds/pinephone\:blue\:user/brightness
# echo 0 > /sys/devices/platform/leds/leds/pinephone\:blue\:user/brightness

Make sure you run these commands as root (sudo -i), sudo echo 1 > /sys/devices/platform/leds/leds/pinephone\:blue\:user/brightness, won't work.



Sound output should work after unmuting AIF1 Slot 0 digital

Start by making sure alsa-utils are installed:

$ sudo apk add alsa-utils

You may use amixer, or alsamixer to unmute the required channels, and to control the volume:


$ amixer scontents
$ amixer sset Master unmute

Alsamixer (use terminal keyboard input to use up/down/left/right keys, to set volume and select devices):

$ alsamixer -V all

Test the sound output by issuing:

$ speaker-test -c3


Failed to create boot/xxx: No space left on device

A bug has been observed where too many initramfs's are created. To fix, run the following commands to delete and regenerate all initramfs's

postmarketos:~# sudo rm /boot/initramfs*
postmarketos:~# sudo apk fix linux-postmarketos-allwinner

Qt Based Browsers Not Loading Web Pages

Webkit sandbox is broken in the current build. In order to be able to use Qt based browsers it is necessary to create the file "/etc/profile.d/sandboxhack.sh" with the following contents:


This sets an environment variable that kills the webkit sandbox because that's broken in the current build. This should be fixed already for the chromium musl build but not yet for all qtwebkit based browsers. This is being worked on here and here.

See also