9 Dec 2015

Install Cyanogenmod 13 rom on Motorola Moto G 2014 aka titan

Motorola has promised to update the second Generation Moto G device to latest version of android which is android 6.0 aka marshmallow.But it might take some more time before the official marshmallow updates reaches to each and every Moto g titan.

But if you are one of those guys who like to play with their android devices by modifying then to suit their needs then you must have already unlocked its bootloader, rooted it  and might have running a custom flavour of android on it.

Since this is a developer friendly device there are quite a number of custom roms already available  but most of them still uses android lollipop as a base.Though slowly they might shift their base to android marshmallow ,you will definitely look into cyanogenmod rom at least once.

Good news is that Cyanogenmod's next big update is already available for public that is cyanogenmod 13 or cm 13.Since is an official one every work as expected and you might some bugs here and there which can be neglected.

If this is your first time flashing a custom rom on your Motorola moto g 2014 aka titan then I have to tell you one thing before going further.I am not at all responsible if your titan fails to boot after flashing this rom.So proceed at your own risk.
Before going further:
  • Check your device model number and make sure that you are using only the titan codenamed device.Since there are lot of variants of this device flashing on other variants might brick the device.
  • Backup:Backup all your data which includes apps,contacts,photos videos etc everything to computer or any cloud storage as Updating /flashing  android marshmallow on moto g 2014 aka titan will erase all the data.
  • Battery: Charge your moto g 2014 aka titan 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.
  • Backup Efs partitions: Backup all your efs partition of your Moto g second gen 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 moto g titan .Without it you can not flash roms at all.
  • DownloadsCm13 for moto g titan and google apps. Transfer them to internal storage of your device. 

Cyanogenmod 13 rom on Motorola Moto G 2014 aka titan:

Install Cyanogenmod 13 rom on Motorola Moto G 2014 aka titan
Install Cyanogenmod 13 rom on Motorola Moto G 2014 aka titan
About Cm 13 custom rom:
Cm 13 is the latest version of cyanogenmod's major release which uses android marshmallow as a base with all the custom features of cyanognemod.Though some of the features are missing, ultimately they will make a way to cm 13 but it might take some time. All features of open source android are inherited in this rom and i have listed all the possible features of the same below which you can look into if you like.
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 features of cyanogenmod 13 custom rom for moto g second gen aka titan and you explore the same by flashing this rom your device.

Install Cm 13 rom using twrp recovery:

  • Download Cyaogennmod 13 custom rom for titan 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 Volume up to confirm action.
  • Moto g  Titan 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.Wait at least 15 minutes for initial boot to complete and once done you can explore rom features.
If this rom fails to boot through Twrp recovery then you can use CWM recovery and try to flash.Procedure to use Cwm recovery is explained below.

Must read: Best custom roms for Moto G 2014 titan

Flash Cm 13 custom rom on moto g titan using cwm recovery:

  • Download Cyaogennmod 13 custom rom for moto g titan 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  simultaneously and once you see boot loader screen release buttons.
  • Using volume down as a navigation button move to recovery and click on Volume up to confirm action.
  • Moto g  titan boots into cwm recovery.
  • Once you are in CWM click on  backup and select all the partitions which you want to backup. . It might take about 10 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.

If rom fails to boot or if it has entered bootloop then  you have to boot into recovery to restore backup but to boot into recovery u have to power it off completely by removing batter.But moto g 2014 has a non-removable battery.At this point of time you have to force it to go off completely by holding power button for about 15 seconds and once the screen goes blank leave the power button else device restarts.

If you have any other queries about installing cyanogenmod 13 custom rom on Motorola mot g seconds gen aka titan do leave a comment below.
Install Cyanogenmod 13 rom on Motorola Moto G 2014 aka titan Reviewed by Radha Krishna on 23:05 Rating: 5 Motorola has promised to update the second Generation Moto G device to latest version of android wh...

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