How to Install Lollipop on Moto X 2013 Via CyanogenMod 12.1 ROM

How to Install Lollipop on Moto X 2013 Via CyanogenMod 12.1 ROM

CyanogenMod 12.1 Lollipop Android 5.1

Moto X (2013) is about to receive the lollipop update within few months. However, you can install lollipop in your Moto X 2013 by using cyanogenMod 12.1.

Motorola is always bringing updates to their handset as quickly as they can However, this time might not be the time. You can use CyanogenMod 12.1 to use lollipop on your Moto X (2013). The problem with the CyanogenMod ROM is that this CM12.1 ROM will remove the the native touch less controls on your Moto X. This is the only drawback.

So if you are interested to use Lollipop android 5.1 on your Moto X then you can use this CyanogenMod 12.1 .

Important Note:

We the writers of Android2U is not liable for any type of damage caused by this process.


CyanogenMod 12.1 Bases Android 5.1 custom ROM for Moto X 2013
Android 5.1 (Lollipop) Google Apps


  • You need to have a Moto X as this process is only for Moto X 2013 variant
  • Charge your Moto X (2013) at-least 80%
  • Take a proper backup of important data and settings and store them in cloud or somewhere safe place. It will be better use a custom recovery tool like ClockwoekMod (CWM) or TWRP as it creates a complete image of the existing phone setup.
  • Download proper USB drivers for your Moto X and install them in your computer
  • Enable USB debugging y going to Settings> Developer Options

Step by Step Process on How to Install CyanogenMod 12.1 Android 5.1 ROM (Lollipop) on Moto X (2013)

Step 1: Complete the download of CM12.1 Android 5.1 custom ROM for Moto X 2013 on your computer
Step 2: Connect your phone with the computer and mount your USB mass storage
Step 3: Let’s copy the downloaded CM12.1 ROM zip file to the root of your Moto X’s SD card
Step 4: Now, switch off your phone and disconnect it from computer
Step 5: Pres Volume Up + Home button + Power Button at the same time to boot into Recovery Mode. You can backup upĀ of your important data on current ROM by choosing Backup in TWRP recovery & tapp on Swipe to Back Up option at the bottom of the screen

Step 6: Let’s perform a full data wipe after taking backup on TWRP. To do that you need to click on Wipe> Advanced Wipe. To navigate use the volume buttons and use Power button to select an option on the Recovery Mode.

Step 7: Now choose Cache, Dalvik/ART Cache and Data. Let’s do the swipe to wipe the bottom of the screen to prepare the device for flashing the ROM right after erasing the cache dalvik cache and data in one shot. This will help you in preventing the bootloop issues or any error s while firmware installing.

Step 8: Return to the main recovery menu and click the install button

Step 9: Now you have to select the CyanogenMod 12.1 ROM zip files that you copied in the root of your SD card. To navigate use the volume buttons. Now confirm the ROM installation by Swiping to Confirm Flash from bottom and then the installation will begin.

Step 10: Use the previous steps to install Google Apps

Step 11: Right after the installation of ROM & Google Apps go to “+++++Go Back+++++” and select Reboot System from the Recover menu..

Your Moto X will reboot now and rememer the first booting will take five minutes. RIght after the booting you will have a Android 5.1 Lollipop running on your Moto x via CYanogenMod 12.1 ROM.

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