How to Update your Moto G 2014 to the Latest Lollipop 5.1

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While the official builds for CM 12.1 aren’t out yet, the sources are out there and ready to be compiled by anyone who chooses to do so! And that is exactly what we did! Now before you flash this ROM though, a small disclaimer! This really isn’t that big an update feature wise! But talking about stability, this .1 version update irons out some of the bug that plagues Android 5.1 even in the official builds of Motorola. Add to that perks of being a Cyanogen Mod ROM and this update becomes a no brainer! If you still need convincing though, here’s a few features of CM that might make you change your mind. A fully customisable theme engine, notification bar brightness slider and many more goodies await you! So ready to jump in? I sure am! Hold fast because this is going to be one fast ROM flash!


Pre requisites

  • Your Moto G 2014 must be rooted with it’s boot loader unlocked. Check out this link to know how to do that.
  • You must have a custom recovery installed, like TWRP or CWM.
  • Your phone must be charged over 80%.
  • Some common sense and ability to follow instructions.


With that done, let’s get this show on the road.

Step 1

Boot into recovery mode. To do so, power off your phone. To reboot your phone into recovery mode, hold the Volume Up and Power Button

Step 2

Backup your current ROM from your custom recovery. This is very important this time because this is not an official build so things may go wrong!

Step 3

Do a complete wipe, data and cache.

Step 4

Navigate to your SD Card and select the ROM zip file. Flash the ROM. (For your convenience we advise that you keep the zip file at the root of your SD card)

Step 5

If you’re so inclined, flash the GAPPs package.

Step 6

Reboot. The first boot will take longer than others so don’t panic.

Root : From CM 12 root permissions can be enable by going into settings>developer settings.


  • GPS (device only) requires a signal lock from stock to function correctly or this.

This is a custom ROM so bugs and features may appear in further nightly builds. if you’re the sort to dirty flash updates of nightlies, then please remember to take a backup before you do so. Questions or comments? Leave them in the comment box below.

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