Install Android 6.0 Marshmallow CM 13 on Moto G 2013 1st Generation. Finally after a much long wait, Motorola Moto G 2013 1st Generation smartphones gets official Android 6.0 Marshmallow based Cyanogenmod 13 custom ROM. This smartphone was launched in November 2013 with Android v4.3 Jelly Bean. The next year, Motorola officially rolled out Android v4.4 KitKat update for Moto G. Later in 2015, Moto G was blessed with official Android v5.1.1 Lollipop update. Recently when the Android v6.0 marshmallow was launched it was expected that Moto G 1st Generation smartphone will get this latest OS soon. But Motorola disappointed us. On the other hand the Cyanogenmod community was working hard to build a stable CM ROM for Moto G. Finally they have succeeded in developing the latest Cyanogenmod 13 custom ROM which is based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS.
Moto G has some amazing specs and features which attracted many users the time it was released. Some of which includes Quad-core 1.2 GHz processor with Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400 chipset, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution, 8 or 16 GB internal memory with 1 GB of RAM, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, 1.3 megapixel secondary camera and much more. It is obvious that with such great features the Android 6.0 Marshmallow can run smoothly without any lag.
In this guide, we will discuss some easy steps on how to install Android 6.0 Marshmallow CM 13 ROM on Moto G 2013 1st Generation (falcon). Note that this Cyanogenmod 13 is an official nightly update from Cyanogen community. It is completely stable, fast and less laggy. If you experience any bugs or issue, then don’t panic as these nightly builds are updated weekly. So all those bugs and issue will get cleared up. Now without wasting any more time let’s head on to our actual article on how to install Android 6.0 Marshmallow CM 13 on Moto G 2013.
Try this at your own risk. If your Moto G gets bricked or damaged by following this guide then neither do i nor the developers of this ROM will be held responsible for that. If you are doing this for the first time then I recommend you to stop right at this point. Any wrong move can cause severe damage to your Moto G. Although there are least chances that your phone will get damaged still I recommend to follow every step correctly without any mistake.
This Android 6.0 Marshmallow based Cyanogenmod 13 ROM is compatible only and only with Moto G 1st Generation (2013). Do not flash this on any other device as it may cause permanent damage or even brick your phone. So it better to confirm the device you are using and then proceed.
- Make sure the battery of your Moto G is charged at least upto 60%. This is essential as low battery power can increase the chances of interruption during the flashing process.
- Backup all the data present on your phone including your contacts, messages, call logs, memos, whatsapp messages, installed apps etc. You can copy them on your external SD card or for more safety on computer. This is highly recommended as everything needs to be wiped in the last step of this procedure.
- Make sure that you’ve enabled the USB debugging mode on your phone. If not, then do so by following the path Menu->Settings->Developer options ->USB debugging. If you can’t see Developer option then go to Settings->About Phone and tap 7 times on the Build number. This will make the Developer option appear in the Settings menu.
- Install Motorola USB drivers on your PC. This is essential so as to detect your phone when connected to PC. You can manually install the drivers from the link given below.
- You must unlock bootloader of your Moto G before moving ahead. Refer our guide to unlock bootloader of any Motorola smartphone.
- Ensure that your is Moto G is rooted. Also a custom recovery like Clockworkmod (CWM) or TWRP must be installed before proceeding further. Follow these steps to install TWRP recovery on Moto G 1st generation:
Step 1: Download and install the ADB and Fastboot setup on your computer.
Step 2: Now download the TWRP.img file on your computer. Copy this file to the location C:\Program Files\Minimal ADB and Fastboot folder (where you’ve installed the adb and fastboot).
Step 3: So you’ll have these files in the Minimal ADB and Fastboot folder:
Step 4: Using original USB data cable connect your Moto G to computer.
Note: Ensure that device drivers are installed on your computer.
Step 5: Now go to the C:\Program Files\Minimal ADB and Fastboot folder, hold Shift button and right mouse click on an empty space. You’ll see a list of options from which select Open command window here option. This will launch the command prompt window on your computer.
Step 6: Now to ensure that your Moto G is successfully connected to your computer or not, type the following command in the command prompt window and press enter:
As soon as you press enter key, you’ll see a message saying ‘List of devices attached’ along with random numbers. This will confirm that your Moto G has successfully connected to computer.
Note: If such thing doesn’t happen, then re-install device drivers and try again.
Step 7: Now you need to boot your phone in fastboot mode. For that type the following command in the command window and hit enter key:
adb reboot bootloader
As soon as you press enter key, your Moto G will boot into fastboot mode as shown below:
Step 8: Now check whether fastboot is functional or not by typing the following command in the command window and hit enter key:
Some random number along with ‘List of devices attached’ message will prove that the fastboot is functional.
Step 9: Now let’s flash the TWRP custom recovery. For that type the following command and press enter key:
fastboot flash recovery twrp.img
As you press enter, the TWRP recovery will get flashed. It will hardly take a second to flash successfully. Refer the screenshot:
After flashing, your phone will automatically boot into TWRP recovery.
That’s it! You’ve successfully flashed the TWRP custom recovery on Moto G (2013) smartphone. Now lets use this TWRP recovery to flash Android 6.0 Marshmallow based Official Cyanogenmod 13 custom ROM.
Procedure to install Android 6.0 Marshmallow on Moto G 2013:
Step 1: Download both the package files on your computer. Do not extract these zip files.
Step 2: Now connect your Moto G to computer and transfer both the files on your phones internal memory.
Step 3: Then safely disconnect your phone from computer & switch it off. Now you need to boot into bootloader mode. For that press and hold Volume down key + Power button simultaneously until you land into bootloader mode.
Step 4: Now using Volume up and down keys you can perform various operations like restart bootloader, enter recovery mode, start bootloader mode etc. Now using Volume keys open Recovery mode option and select it using Power button.
Step 5: As soon as you hit the power button your phone will boot into TWRP recovery mode. Firstly make a complete Nandroid backup of your current ROM.
Refer our detailed article for taking complete Nandroid backup / restore:
Step 6: Then press back button to enter the main menu of recovery and select the Wipe option.
Step 7: On the next screen swipe to wipe all the data/cache from your phone. Note that this step will clear all the data present on your phone so I assume that you have backed up everything before (Refer the Pre-requisites section).
Step 8: After wiping out everything press back button and select the Install option. This will show you all the files present on your phones memory.
Step 9: Just navigate to the Cyanogenmod 13 custom ROM and select it. On the next screen just swipe to start the actual flashing process.
Step 10: Wait for the process to complete. It will hardly take few minutes. After completion, you’ll see the successful message on the screen.
Step 11: Similarly flash the Google Apps package (containing Play Store, Gmail, Gtalk etc.) as you’ve flashed the ROM.
Step 12: After completing everything as mentioned above, restart the phone by selecting the Reboot option present on the recovery mode itself. It will take more time to start than usual.
You did it! You’ve successfully installed the Android 6.0 Marshmallow based Official Cyanogenmod 13 custom ROM on Moto G 2013 1st generation smartphone. You can confirm the same from Menu->Settings->About Phone. Enjoy all the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow features along with the Cyanogenmod features. Thus you get to experience a combo pack of features. Don’t forget to share your views after using it. Lastly if you have any difficulty regarding the process mentioned above, then do let me know through the comment section given below. I’ll be glad to help you out. Till then Enjoy! 🙂