Speaking for ourselves, we rather like the app drawer-less Vibe UI interface on the Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro, but there is always something to be said for pure, untampered Android. Which is perhaps why Lenovo allows you to put the device in stock Android mode if you wish. No data is lost, there are no mysterious passwords, and no, your warranty is not affected. So if you want a dose of simple Android on your Vibe Z2 Pro, this is what you need to do:


  1. You will have to place your device in Developer Mode. This is found under Settings. However, if you have a new phone, it is unlikely this mode would have been activated, so you will have to activate it from Developer Options, which are found just above the About Phone section. If you cannot see it, relax, getting it is easy.
  2. To get Developer Options, select About Phone, and then go to Version Information.
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  4. On the Version Information page you will see a section titled Software version number. No, don’t bother memorising it – just tap it quickly six or seven times in succession. You should see a small message pop up momentarily telling you are in developer mode (it is very momentary, so we were not able to capture it).
  5. Now head back to the Settings and NOW you will see Developer Options above About Phone.
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  7. Select Developer Options, and then turn on Developer Options by tapping the button next to it (it is switched off by default).
  8. You will get a message warning you of the consequences of allowing Developer Settings. As you are not planning anything radical (we hope), just tap OK. Then go back to the page and tap on Switch system UI style.
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  10. You will get a screen telling you that this option lets you switch between Lenovo UI and the Google UI (stock Android). Which is what you want to do, right? Go right ahead and tap on the Switch to Google UI style option at the bottom on the screen.
  11. You will get a message asking if you would like to restart. No, there’s no way you can switch to stock Android without a reboot, so go right ahead and say OK.
  12. That’s it, you are done. The phone will reboot in stock Android.
  13. If you want to get back to the Vibe UI, follow the same route. You won’t need to activate Developer Options (that is just a one-time excercise). Just go to Developer Options (it will be there this time), choose Switch system UI style, and tap on the button at the base, which will now read ‘Switch to Lenovo UI.’

That’s all there is to it. Cool, eh?

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Nimish Dubey has been writing for more than a decade now (well, Windows 3.1 was around and Apple was on the verge of being finished when he started). He has been published in a number of publications including The Times of India, Mint, The Economic Times, Mid-Day and Femina on subjects that vary from tech write -ups to book reviews to music album round ups. He managed to interview Michael Schumacher once and write two books for young adults along the way.