How To Install CyanogenMod On Your Android Phone
CyanogenMod has been around long enough to be considered almost mainstream. With recently released phone models, like Elephone G2, featuring this custom ROM as part of the package, it seems like the right time to give CyanogenMod a closer look and see if it may be a good addition to your current smartphone.
What is CyanogenMod?
Let’s start at the very beginning. CyanogenMod is a custom version of the Android OS, that offers you more control over your device – which results in a higher level of personalization and more features. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?
Well, as most good things in life, CyanogenMod does come at a price. By installing a custom ROM , you will probably be voiding you phone’s warranty – as most manufacturers specify in the contract – and the installation process itself can be quite tricky.
With all that complexity, most users find CyanogenMod quite worth the trouble – they are usually the ones who appreciate customization in any form. As we have mentioned earlier, CyanogenMod will allow you personalize various aspects of your Android experience, like your notification drawer, settings panel and much more. You will get a file manager with integrated root access, as well as fast Android version updates.
Without further ado, we will now move on to the installation process. Before you begin, do note that in the process of installation all your phone data will be deleted, including documents, text messages, contacts, etc. – so do take the time to ensure you have a reliable backup systems.
How To Install CyanogenMod On Your Android Smartphone
The first step to take is to allow “unknown apps” to have access to your device – in most smartphones this feature is disabled by default. In order to turn this option on, head over to Settings>Security and check Unknown Sources.
After that is done, go on to get the app files for your phone. Go to http://get.cm or scan the QR code on the app’s site. Once the files have made it onto your smartphone and the download process is complete, you will see a notification alerting you that now you can install the app.
Tap Open and Install. Follow the instructions on the screen, step by step. As a spoiler, you will be able to enable USB debugging and change the connection mode to Camera (PTP).
At some point in the installation process, the app will prompt you to turn to your PC. You will need CyanogenMod installer for your desktop (which you can get here). Once the files are ready, you will be asked to disable your antivirus app and allow USB debugging. Same as with the mobile installation, you will be taken through the process step by step – so just follow the instructions.
If everything goes smoothly on both your smartphone and your PC, you new OS should be ready in just a few minutes.
Some devices simply do not support the idea of using CyanogenMod Installer. You can check your model online or just start the process and see – a message will appear on your phone, if your device does not support the Installer. In this case you will need to turn to Android SDK tool.