How to Install Cyanogenmod 14.1 on your Android Device

The CyanogenMod team has decided to ignore the version 14 of its ROM based on Android 7.0 Nougat since Google has released version 7.1 with very little time difference. Therefore they have gone directly to CyanogenMod 14.1. That’s why if you want to enjoy some of the new Android Nougat before anybody else, installing CyanogenMod 14.1 may be one of the best options. And here’s how to do it very easily.

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Pre-Requisites to Install CyanogenMod 14.1

Installing a ROM is not an overly complicated process, although it is true that if you are doing it for the first time, it is advisable that you read and follow the instructions carefully. Of course, you can install any ROM after rooting and installing a custom recovery like TWRP.

  • Download TWRP modified recovery for your model
  • Download the Google Apps package (choose the right version)
  • Unlock the Bootloader
  • Download CyanogenMod 14.1

Read the following before you start the process is to check that the version of CyanogenMod 14.1 compatible with your device is available. The team works constantly to tease out new versions so, but for now it is limited to some devices.

CyanogenMod 14.1 Compatible Models List

The lucky ones at the moment are the owners of the following models.

  • Nexus 6P
  • Nexus 5X
  • Xiaomi Mi 4
  • LG G4
  • LG G3
  • Moto G
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
  • OnePlus 3
  • Zenfone 2
  • Zenfone 2 Laser/selfie

If your phone is not on the list you must wait a few days until the ROM you need appears.

If you’re one of the lucky ones, you can download the ROM directly from the CyanogenMod website following the link above. You have to keep in mind that it is the Nightly version and therefore is not entirely stable. Chances are you may get some minor bugs or failures which will be solved in future releases. Before proceeding, make sure you have a backup of all important files of your device.

How to Install CyanogenMod 14.1 on Android

Step 1 Download the CyanogenMod 14.1 build on the official site of developers available here.

Step 2 Once you have downloaded the “xxxxx.zip” file from the previous step rename it as “update.zip”. This step is not essential but it will be useful later.

Step 3 Place the CyanogenMod file “update.zip” to the root folder in the /sdcard (sdcard means the system memory and no external memory). To do this we can type the following command in the Windows command prompt:
“adb push <filename.zip> / sdcard /”

Step 4 Reboot the smartphone in recovery mode. To do this we must first turn it off and then simultaneously press the power button and the button used to lower the volume.

Step 5 Once you’re in the Team Win Recovery Project, navigate the recovery menu by using the volume buttons to move the cursor. Make a backup to avoid losing any data (this step is optional but highly recommended).

Step 6 Select the Wipe item, then use Factory Reset to perform a reset of your device to factory settings.
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Step 7 When finished, select Install.

Step 8 Browse folders until you get to / sdcard and select the CyanogenMod file “update.zip”. Follow the on-screen directions to proceed with the installation. Optional – You can install any “xxx.zip” package through this method, then you can proceed in the same way to install the GAPP previously downloaded.

Step 9 Once the installation is finished, select Reboot, and then System.

Step 10 After the restart, CyanogenMod 14.1 will be installed on the device.

Test that everything works as normal after rebooting (GPS, camera, etc.). There may be some things may not work because the ROM is not yet stable. And once this is done make sure you have CM updated to the latest versions to not have so many problems. CM 14.1 at the moment is in its early testing but we know how this goes, final version will require some time to be rolled out.

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