Update Xiaomi Redmi 1S to Android 5.1 Lollipop Manually

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The Redmi 1S has been undoubtedly the crown prince of Xiaomi in it’s latest business plans of expansion. Inspite of selling out in millions by units, the Redmi 1S is still standing strong. Although the Redmi 2 has taken over it’s place for the present and future, the Redmi 1S has got a huge user base backing it up. Again, with the kernel sources released earlier this year and the recent announcement of MIUI 6 for the little lad, the Redmi 1S is back in the developers’ wishlist and as a result we have a fresh release of Android 5.1 Lollipop for the Xiaomi foot solider.

The Godfather of Redmi 1S, syhost has once again made it to the party and has come up with a Cyanogenmod 12.1 port for the Redmi 1S. Cyanogenmod 12.1 is the latest piece of software from the Cyanogenmod team and is based upon stock Android 5.1 Lollipop. Android 5.1 promises to be more of a stability and bug-fix update over Android 5.0 while both the versions look aesthetically the same.

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Although this is not an Official release by Cyanogenmod, the ROM is almost bug free and is definitely capable enough to serve you as a daily driver. Here’s a little pre-requisite before we move on towards the flashy stuff. You’ll need to download these files before we get started:

  1. Cyanogenmod ROM file.
  2. Gapps file for installation of Google Apps and Services.

Please make a note that before proceeding, you should have a Custom Recovery installed and running on your phone to flash the above files.

Done with all the talking, let’s begin with the flashy stuff!

How To Update your Xiaomi Redmi 1S with CyanogenMod 12.1 Android 5.1 Lollipop Custom ROM:

  1. You should put the files downloaded earlier in the root folder of your phone’s memory.
  2. Boot your phone into Recovery mode by pressing Volume Up + Power Key during startup.
  3. You can navigate around in the recovery mode by using the Volume keys. To make a selection, use the power key.(If you are using a custom recovery that doesn’t support touch navigation.)
  4. Now, make sure you’ve backed up all your data before you proceed from this step.
  5. Do a Factory Reset from the Recovery Menu and Wipe everything(Recommended to avoid memory issues!).
  6. Navigate to “Install zip from SD card” and select the ROM.zip file that you placed in the root folder in step #1.
  7. Proceed to flash the file on the follow up screen and confirm by pressing the selection key(power key).
  8. Again, flash the gapps zip file in a similar fashion which is very much required in order to make all the Google services run natively on your fresh installation.
  9. Now go back to the recovery menu and reboot your phone.

This reboot might take a bit longer than usual as the phone needs to finish the installation of files for your new ROM. Once the installation is finalized, you’ll land up on the Android Setup Wizard to get your phone customized as per your preferences and of course, you’re home!

In case of any suggestions/queries, drop us a line in the comments section. Happy To Help!

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