So you want to try something new?

We get it. We love MIUI, but sometimes you want to experiment with what else is out there.

The following guide is for installing CyanogenMod 12.1 cancro from recovery mode.

If you are unsure if you want to install the nightly version (beta) of cancro, you might want to check out the known issues with this release.

Prerequisite: Does your computer have a working adb? Great, let’s move on.

  1. Download the CyanogenMod package for your device that you’d like to install (download to your computer).
    Optional: Download 3rd party applications packages, like Google Apps which are necessary to download apps from Google Play.
  2. Place the CyanogenMod .zip package, as well as any optional .zip packages, on the root of /sdcard:
    • Using adbadb push /sdcard/
    Note: You can copy the .zip packages to your device using any method you are familiar with. We recommend using Android File Transfer if this is your first ROM flash. The adb method is used here because it is universal across all devices and works in both Android and recovery mode. If you are in recovery mode, you may need to ensure /sdcard (sometimes called Internal Storage) is mounted by checking its status in the Mounts menu. If you have booted regularly, USB debugging must be enabled.
  3. If you are not already in recovery, boot to recovery mode now.
    • Hold Volume Up & the Power button. Continue to hold buttons until the “MI” logo, then release all buttons.
  4. In Team Win Recovery Project, select menu choices by tapping on the appropriately labelled button.
  5. Optional but Recommended(!!!): Select the Backup button to create a backup.
  6. Select Wipe and then Factory Reset.
  7. Select Install.
  8. Navigate to /sdcard and select the CyanogenMod .zip package.
  9. Follow the on-screen notices to install the package.
  10. Optional: Install any additional packages you wish using the same method (if you are installing multiple packages, install CyanogenMod the first and then install any subsequent packages on top of it).
  11. Once installation has finished, return to the main menu and select Reboot, then System. The device will now boot into CyanogenMod.

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