10 Dec 2015

Install cyanogenmod 13 custom rom on Lg nexus 5 hammerhead

If have a Nexus device then you might be already enjoying the latest version of android which is 6.0 aka marshmallow on it.Though you have pure android experience with just little features but better performance you will get bored of it for sure at some point of time.

And at this point you will surely root and install some special apps to improve customisation but if you really wanna tweak the software to a whole level then you will surely try custom roms. Since there are lot of custom roms already available for this device using android marshmallow as a base only few roms standout in terms of stability and developer support.

Cyanogenmod, as you know is one earliest roms available for nexus 5 hammerhead using marshmallow as a base has finally released official nightlies for public and you can flash them on your nexus 5 right away.

If you don't know how to install cyanogenmod 13 custom rom on your nexus 5 then don't worry at all.This post is specially for you.In this post we wil guide you to install marshmallow based cyanogenmod 13 custom rom on your Lg nexus 5 codenamed hammerhead.

But as you know modifying an android device voids warranty and also is a risky thing to do,so we hold no responsibility for any type of damage that happens to your device after flashing this rom.

Install cyanogenmod 13 rom on Nexus 5 hammerhead:

Install cyanogenmod 13 custom rom on Lg nexus 5 hammerhead
Install cyanogenmod 13 custom rom on Lg nexus 5 hammerhead
About cyanogenmod 13 rom:
Cyanogenmod as you know has evolved itself into a incorporation.It has the highest number of  users when compared to other custom roms.Its latest iteration is cm 13 is already doing well.Most of the features of previous versions are already available in latest builds with updated android base too.I fyou dont know the features of cm 13 do check them out.
Features of cyanogenmod 13:
  • Theme engine: Theme engine is from the cyanogenmod custom rom which basically changes the look user interface from lock screen  to ring tones all the way up to boot animations.The speciality of the theme engine is the ability to choose individual elements of every theme you have installed.So you like the ring tons and wallpapers of one theme and icons of other theme then you can have them at a time.Just open the theme chooser and you will understand how to do it.
  • Software Updates: Cyanogenmod rom is usually available in three types one is nightlies which gets updated with new features every night and are quite stable for daily usage.second one is the snapchat which is monthly build version which will be stable version and other one is the release candidate.Some times nightlies are considered must stable than the snapshots. 
  • Status bar Tweaks:Status bar has lot of tweaks which include a brightness slider.Slide in status bar to adjust brightness of the screen.Double tap on status bar to sleep device and also network speed indicator for on going traffic info.
  • If you root apps don't work then that is no response form super user it means it has been disabled and you can enable it in developer options easily.
  • System ui tuner: This is new feature that let you tweak ui a bit but has been hidden just like developer option.If you want to add it to setting app,swipe down the notification panel and on top you will notice a gear icon.Press and hold it and you will notice that it starts spinning.Just leave it once you notice the vigorous spin and you will see a toast message "system ui tuner" added to settings.
  • There are ton of brand new wallpapers.
  • Google launcher now has vertical scrolling instead of horizontal.
  • Multi window: Google finally introduced multi window concept in tablet version of os.You can run two apps in a single window.Activating multi window is also too easy.When you open recents you will notice there is another option beside the closing button on cards.Press on it and activate multi window.But this multi window is not configurable which means adjust width of apps that are running.
  • Auto rotation on home screen is also added which you can find in launcher settings.
  • Now on tap: If you use google now frequently this feature might help you a lot.Usually when you press and hold on home button it will take you to google now.If you enable this feature when you try to access google now on any app it load some related suggestions along with some google now card.
  • Screen shot notification will also have delete button along with share option.
  • Memory option: This is available in settings .It gives you memory usage on your device from last "3hrs or 6 hrs or 1 day".
  • App permission manger is the major thing in android m.This lets you to block certain permission so that the app cannot access them.like if you don't want facebook to access your bluetooth you can now do it with out rooting your device.
  • Phone short cut on lock screen is replaced with google now.
  • Search bar in settings menu.
  • New volume panel: You can now adjust volume of media, call and notification from single window .This feature is absent in previous versions of android though present in most of the oem provided firmwares.
These are the general features of cyanogenmod 13 rom and you can explore rest of them by flashing it on your nexus 5 hammerhead.
Before going further:
  • Backup:Backup all your data which includes apps,contacts,photos videos etc everything to computer or any cloud storage as flashing  android marshmallow based cm 13 rom on nexus 5 aka hammerhead will erase all the data.
  • Battery: Charge your nexus 5 hammerhead to at least 90% so that you wont encounter any battery related issues while flashing this.
  • You need to have an unlocked bootloader to flash this rom.if not follow the entire guide for the same.
  • Backup Efs partitions: Backup all your efs partition of your lg nexus 5 on current rom..If you loose signal you can just restore it back.
  • Lock Gps: Lock your gps position on your current rom.If you use this a lot then you have to lock it so that it could work even after flashing other roms. It's easy to lock gps .Turn on gps in settings and find your current location in google maps and now now have locked on to gps.
  • Custom recovery: You need a custom recovery like twrp installed on your nexus 5.Without it you can not flash roms at all.
  • DownloadsCm13 for hammerhead and google apps. Transfer them to internal storage of your device. 
Flash cm13 on Nexus 5 using twrp recovery:
  • Download Cyaogennmod 13 custom rom for hammerhead and Gapps transfer it to sdcard or internal storage of device.
  • Power of the device completely and wait for few seconds to confirm that it is off completely.
  • Press volume up,power button and Volume down simultaneously and once you see boot loader screen release buttons.
  • Using volume down as a navigation button move to recovery and click on power to confirm action.
  • Nexus 5 boots into Twrp recovery.
  • Once you are in twrp click on  backup and select all the partitions which you want to backup. . It might take about 5 minutes for backup to complete. Don't interrupt backup process.
  • Once backup of your existing rom is completed click on back button.Wipe data,cache and dalvik cache and wipe system partition too.
  • Now select Install and navigate to location where you have placed your cm 13 Rom and gapps zip files.
  • Flashing rom might take about 5 minutes or so.Once flashing is complete do a factory reset again.
  • Now reboot to system.

Once you have rebooted to system you have to wait for atleast 20 minutes before confirming that it has bootlooped and if this happens you ca force nexus 5 to go off by holding power button for about 15 seconds.
If you have any other queries about installing cyanogenmod 13 custom rom on Lg nexus 5 aka hammerhead,leave a comment below.
Install cyanogenmod 13 custom rom on Lg nexus 5 hammerhead Reviewed by Radha Krishna on 17:27 Rating: 5 If have a Nexus device then you might be already enjoying the latest version of android which is 6.0 aka marshmallow on it.Though you have ...

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