Update the Moto X 2013 to Lollipop with the latest CyanogenMod 12 Nightlies

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The 2013 edition of the Moto X is one of those phones that might appear unassuming at the first glance but has been proved to be very popular among the tech geek community for being a different sort of a flagship. Another thing that earned Moto much credit during this time was prompt Android updates. A year has gone by and the Moto  X has seen a successor and Google has launched yet another update. Moto this time though hasn’t been quite as prompt. So we have CyanogenMod to the rescue yet again.


Pre requisites

  • Your Moto X must be rooted with it’s boot loader unlocked.
  • 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.


  • Download the latest official nightly from here.
  • Download the GAPPs from here or here.

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

Step 1

Boot into recovery mode. To do that, power off your phone & wait a few seconds. Hold the power, volume down and home buttons all at the same time for about 3, or 4 seconds; then release the buttons.

So, scroll down using the volume down button onto “recovery” and select by pressing on volume up.

An “injured” android logo will be displayed on your device. From there, press Volume up and Volume down buttons at the same time for about five seconds and then press the power button once.

Now the recovery mode menu will be displayed on the Moto X.

Step 2

Backup your current ROM from your custom recovery.

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.

Congratulations you have CM 12 nightlies running on your Moto X. If you are the sort who updates daily, please remember to take a backup before flashing the latest nightly either from recovery or via OTA. If you have any questions, comments or insights about the Official CM 12 nightlies that have been rolling out, leave them in the comments below. We are always looking for a riveting discussion.


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