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CyanogenMod Installer now available in Google Play [Update]

Authored by: Sterling Keys — Nov 13, 2013

Since the news that CyanogenMod and company were moving towards a more user friendly way of installing their firmware onto your device, we’ve been biding our time until the official release would be showing it’s head. After going through about a month worth of beta testing, the CyanogenMod Installer is now available for all to download in the Google Play Store.

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You too can get on the CyanogenMod bandwagon with ease with the new installer. / © CyanogenMod

CyanogenMod is one of the bigger contenders when it comes to the custom ROM scene. With their new installer arriving for all to try on Google Play, as long as you’re running a supported device, you shouldn’t have to worry about technical barriers preventing you from trying out a custom ROM.  

Today, the CyanogenMod team announced that the installer is now available in the Google Play Store. Used in conjunction with a companion PC app, all it takes to get CyanogenMod onto your device boils down to connecting your device to your PC and making a few clicks.

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Connect your device, click a few buttons, and voila. CyanogenMod! / © AndroidPIT

As of right now, the installer is only available for PC, but a Mac installer is in the works. A spokesperson for CyanogenMod has also stated that if there is enough interest throughout the community, they would also consider creating Linux support as well.

Supported Devices

One important thing to note prior to downloading this installer and PC companion app is to figure out whether your device is officially supported or not. Unfortunately, the installer itself doesn’t check to see if your device is supported and there are no real checks for compatibility before it starts going. Obviously, you’ll need a phone or device that will be able to be rooted and have its bootloader unlocked. Unfortunately, due to this most Verizon phones are not supported due to using an atypical exploit.

Here is an official list of devices supported by the CyanogenMod Installer.

The download itself can be found here in the Google Play Store and you can get the Windows Installer over at Even though this is in the Google Play Store, always make sure to back-up your data before messing around with rooting or installing custom ROMs to your phone. 

[Update 11:00 AM Berlin time 13.11.13]

The CyanogenMod team has now added a device compatibility check to the Installer, so you no longer need to check the supported devices list. Enjoy.

From all the way over on Vancouver Island, Sterling Keys started off his smartphone adventure with an HTC S710 equipped with Windows Mobile and knew there had to be something better. Over the next few years, and countless different operating systems, he has finally found his home on Android.


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  • patrick bath Nov 14, 2013 Link to comment

    This guy works for sammy? The others devices? Sucks.

  • lorin bannerman Nov 13, 2013 Link to comment

    What hasn't been talked about is having the correct bootloader. Flashing the CM 10.1 roms without the correct bootloader will not work. Is there a fix in place to accomplish that? I have a sgh-i747, had to update my bootloader in order to install any rom based upon CM 10.1 and higher. So now, will this installer do that for those who haven't updated, and why is this not talked about by the CM dev? Seems they are assuming everyone has the latest JB installed.

  • CJ Brown Nov 13, 2013 Link to comment

    Unfortunately, my device - LG SPIRIT 4G - is not officially supported, so "no bueno" for me! :-/

  • Tom Petzholz Nov 13, 2013 Link to comment

    Good Morning, I am a little bit confused. I am proud Nexus 5 Owner. And I plan to use a custom rom soon because I used a CM with my Milestone2.
    Now, I would like to know if I install a CM (when it is avail for the Nexus 5), will I loose my warranty?
    Actually, I thought the Nexus devices are ready for customizing and alternative roms but as fare as I know from the Nexus 4, the bootloader is locked ... unlocking will kill the warranty right?

  • Sterling Keys Nov 13, 2013 Link to comment

    Hey Amy. Most methods of rooting your device do require you to have a PC, just because to root your need to unlock your bootloader first. To do this, you have to run some command lines codes on your PC and it requires you to have your device connected to send these codes.

    I've found some "interesting" ways of getting around this on the XDA forums, but I can't say that I've tried doing it myself.

    • Philipp Junghannß (My1) Nov 13, 2013 Link to comment

      why the hell you should need to unlock a bootloader? at least for Samsung (where the majority of smartphones is from) you simply use CF Autoroot on PC or use a nice exploit like framaroot and there you go (if you igonore the flashcounter)...

  • Amy R. Nov 13, 2013 Link to comment

    Seriously looking for suggestions here. Please Read Earlier Comment I Made.........

  • Amy R. Nov 13, 2013 Link to comment

    Is the a way to do this, even if you don't own a computer? Went all over the place trying to find this out (some of them including XDA Developers, Android Central, Wiki, and so on). Still can't find the answer relevant to my question. I even found the appropiate way to root my US Cellular SCH-I925U model without soft breaking it (because so many people have). That way still requires a computer to do the process. Love to root and rom my Note 10.1 with 4.1.2 without a computer, concidering I don't own one.

    Any suggestions? Please don't say XDA Developers (Unless it's a direct link to my answer), I couldn't find this information there. Spent months looking..............