After a bit of testing, the CyanogenMod Installer app has hit Google Play for everyone. When combined with the desktop client (and a USB cable), this becomes the fastest way to install CyanogenMod. It won't work on every phone, but it completely automates things on supported devices.

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The app is basically a guide for preparing your phone to be detected and flashed by the desktop client, which does all the heavy lifting. You don't need to be rooted or unlocked before using the installer – it'll take care of everything for you. Since the process involves unlocking the bootloader, not all devices are supported. You can see the full list of supported phones as of now on the CyanogenMod wiki. It includes Nexus devices, of course, but also a number of recent Samsung devices and most HTC One variants. Missing are all Verizon phones (except for the Gnex), which are locked down more tightly.

If you've got a supported device, this is a fine way to get on the custom ROM train. CyanogenMod has a pretty streamlined update system, so you won't need to muck around in recovery mode to keep things up to date.

Update: The desktop client is live on the CM website now.

[CyanogenMod Client]

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  • Kyle Riedemann

    I might end up using this, the CM team might have Kit Kat running on my Nexus 4, 7, and 10 before Google.

    • http://epic404.com/ Jiminikiz


    • Yash Raj Chhabra

      the PA team already did that.

      • Kyle Riedemann

        Not the Nexus 10. The only AOSP build I can find can't run video apps like Netflix because it lacks the updated binaries.

        • Gabernasher

          Fuck Samsung.

          • Gabernasher

            Though I love their TVs / Computer Monitors.

    • Sam Hollis

      So much truth it hurts.

    • Matt

      Some of the features will still require the updated binaries. I don't think custom ROMs will be able to solve the compass issue on the Nexus 4, for instance, until then.

      • Kyle Riedemann

        The Galaxy Nexus is never getting updated binaries and I'm sure everything will work on that eventually. Different chipsets I know, and one that's easier to develop for, but somebody will make it happen at some point.

        • Matt

          Well that's the question. Some phones end up never having a working compass or poor reception or slower graphics on custom ROMs in perpetuity because those issues are never worked out in later versions of the OS. The Galaxy Nexus is certainly pretty well-loved among developers, but that's the thing I would be most worried about now that binaries are no longer being released.

        • Barnassey

          Actually there ARE updated binaries for the galaxy nexus that TI released. Google just doesnt want to support it anymore. Case and point:http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=47151583&postcount=282

          • mikeym0p

            r/android discussed these, they are updated yes, but hey're from 2012 before kitkat was made. TI has been very good about supporting their hardward, the GNex guys are lucky because of that.

          • Barnassey

            They are newer than that actually. The last commit for those binaries was earlier this year. That doesn't mean they cant use them.

          • mikeym0p

            Very true, use what you have

    • David Peterson

      Has Google given any sort of timeline for the update?

      I don't have any of those (just got a N5) but I thought part of the fun of having a Nexus was always getting the latest version ASAP as a new Nexus owner this isn't looking promising...

      • Kyle Riedemann

        There is no Google timeline. HTC said the 15th for the HTC One GPE, so maybe they'll all be released then, maybe not. The rumored 4.4.1 update and the known issues with the Nexus 10 running some parts of Kit Kat (the translucent bars have to be disabled) don't leave me very hopeful.

      • mikeym0p

        We'll have it within the next two weeks. They're rolling out wifi only images this week, once the servers are freed up they promised they'll be hosting 3g tablet and N4 updates.

        (with our luck, N4 will be last. But it's not that big of a deal to me)

    • Cherokee4Life

      I have KitKat on my HTC EVO LTE right now thanks to CyanogenMod

    • Bluewall

      This won't happen at all. CM won't start working on nightly for N4, 7 and 10 before they have the source ;)

      • Kyle Riedemann

        Yeah... I just hope Google releases it soon. At least be before the HTC One GPE gets Kit Kat.

        • Bluewall

          That would be pretty much insane wouldn't it ? :D

          • Kyle Riedemann

            If HTC hits it's date then Google only has two days to beat them. Even crazier, if they don't push it out until something like 4.4.1 is ready or if the Nexus 10 has weird issues holding it back, HTC said the developer edition One was going to get it 30 days after announcement. That would be even crazier if they only got it out a few days before HTC brought Sense over to it.

    • Mohammad Danish

      Spoke too soon?

      • Kyle Riedemann

        Sure hope so! I don't like the sound of "soon" for the Nexus 4 and celular Nexus 7 though....

    • mikeym0p

      Well technically google has had it running on the N4 since it's inception. But yes, CM and AOSP based builds are already out. Glory to root!

    • De5str0yer.

      This is why CyanogenMod is worth it , oh there's also this preety neat extra feature i love so much.

  • Mike L

    No CLI, no fly. (Any more corny Bob Marley references?)

    • IamTheFij


      • Mike L

        Actually although that sounds a bit better, I intended originally to
        write fly. Yeah I know the original song before anyone asks. Thanks for
        improving my pun. (Seriously, no smart remark intended!)

  • Chris Hutchinson

    soo..... you get to the page telling you to go to http://get.cm

    and then what? nothing strange there.

    • Daire O Connor

      Download the windows client and continue from there

  • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

    Wow. They have really outdone themselves!

  • Mehmet Fatih

    sorry for my ignorance but is this procedure voids the warranty?

    • Kyle Riedemann


      • Mehmet Fatih


    • Matthew Fleisher

      Never apologize for ignorance, but always apologize for stupidity.

      • MyLeftNut

        I love the fact that you took the time to write that and still didn't answer his question :Þ

        • Matthew Fleisher

          I was being philosophical. The answer lies within you.
          (Yes Mehmet, it will void the warranty if they find out.)

  • Idan Yael

    Download is live!

  • Bryan Pizzuti

    Let's hope they expand compatibility, that list of supported devices is still relatively small.

  • Kyle Riedemann

    Currently, this update would keep me from having to use CWM, TWRP isn't compatible with Kit Kat yet. So there's that too.

    • Dani R.

      TWRP is compatible with 4.4. The newest TWRP ( supports Android KitKat ROMs.

      • Kyle Riedemann

        Oh, great! Thanks I hadn't heard yet. Might go flash something then.

        • Crispin Swickard

          Yea, the Nexus root toolkit just just added a profile for the N5 the other day including the updated TWRP, and boot files. Don't feel the need to root mine yet though.

  • unni123456

    Just today morning, I bid good bye to CM after being yelled at over at XDA for asking a question, and ordered a Nexus 5. :)

    • MatthewDiluzio

      too bad it doesnt work on the nexus 5

      • Crispin Swickard

        Might have to wait a little until they can manage a 4.4 build for that. ;)

    • h_f_m

      That's the reason I buy Nexus devices.. so I don't have to root and install custom software to get a vanilla experience.. The nexus program is fantastic.

  • Cesar

    "Missing are all Verizon phones (except for the Gnex), which are locked down more tightly."

    Goodness, I hate Verizon.

    • Gabernasher

      Yes you still pay them lots of dollars per month

  • Jaggari

    Flashing from Recovery still my favorite, no cables involved, no PC involved and recovery backup and restore works. Looks like CM Installer needs you to copy the internal SD card content to an external SD card or PC each time before flashing.

  • James_C_L

    Obligatory, "fuck you verizon" post

  • Guest

    is it only released in specific markets?

  • b_freeman

    Does anyone know if the C Spire Galaxy S III is still combined with the Sprint S III for CM?

  • Nolsp

    Does anyone know if this has a built-in backup similar to Titanium backup?

  • http://danielbrierton.ie Daniel Brierton

    So get.cm is no longer a way to download zips for your device. How the hell do I download CM zips now?

    • Matt Coutts

      http://download.cyanogenmod.org/ - link at the bottom of get.cm takes you to the "old" page.

      • http://danielbrierton.ie Daniel Brierton

        I'm guessing my edit wasn't showing when you replied. Found it already. Thanks anyway!

        • Matt Coutts

          Ha, no it wasn't. :) No worries, good timing.

  • Wyatt Neal

    *sigh* ... come on CM11! I want my quick toggles done right for my N5!

    • mikeym0p

      I didn't have a problem with the flipped toggles, until I used CM which had them done right. Now I can't relearn the Google way and cant stand them haha

  • Renato Moura

    LEAK!!! CM is developing Android for iPhone. The designer gave it away!!! IN: http://beta.download.cyanogenmod.org/install

    • Malcolm Williams

      If that image is to be believed then CM may also be running on the lumia 920 / 8x. I can't really tell which silhouette that is

      • Renato Moura

        I'm pretty sure the two pics on the right indicate future support for iPhone 4S and later. Lol

      • mikeym0p

        There's an iPad in there too. Remember when Froyo was running on the 3g(s)? Now that we have navbars, I'm surprised people dont keep trying to get it on the iPhone.

  • justin

    i get hung up at requesting unlock code
    app just disapears on desktop while phone stays in recovery mode

  • Phil Oakley

    Will wait for the OS X client, but this cool!

  • Jacob Serna

    I have yet to do anything to my HTC one because I still don't know if I have to send it in to fix the purple camera tint issue and I don't want to void warranty but this makes it so dang tempting :(

    • Gabernasher

      Send it in.

  • Kamil

    Is 75% battery enough on a Note 2 to try and install this?

    • Sapko82

      if your note 2 needs 75% than my Gnex needs 350%

  • Swolja92

    Will this get Google and cm ota updates?

  • ma_ge

    Goddamn Verizon. Easiest way to install CM on an LG G2? (Don't have it yet but seems like stock UI sucks)

    • Gabernasher

      Drop Verizon, get a Nexus 5.

  • Ralph1001

    I go as far as plugging in my MetroPCS Samsung GS3, which has a nightly, and says my phone isn't supported.

  • jgj

    It's a Samsung bonanza...

  • med1vg

    Unfortunately, I can't get it to work on Windows 8.1 64bit. I tried with 2 different cables

    and a couple of different USB ports, so it must be something wrong with compatibility. During

    "Installing Recovery Software" I'm always getting "We couldn't talk to your phone" I tried rebooting too.

    Note 2 international.

    • sprkinkota

      That's the same thing I keep getting.

    • David Lu

      same here, on note 2 at&t

    • WTF

      Same here, Note 1 international. Thankfully its not bricked!

    • Isk

      You are not alone. My s2 stuck there too

    • Darren Sayce

      Same on my s3

    • kj

      GS3 (SPH-L710) not working either

  • thexfile
  • Brother Love

    what method does it use to unlock HTC ONE bootloader?

  • sprkinkota

    I have a Samsung Galaxy II - And It keeps giving me the error "We couldn't talk to your phone?" Any suggestions?

    • osecond

      Try disabling your firewall and antivirus software.

      • sprkinkota

        Disabled my antivirus & and my firewall. I still keep getting the error " We couldn't talk to your phone." Any other suggestions?


      Same here :

  • sprkinkota

    Galaxy II* Sorry.

  • sprkinkota


  • sprkinkota

    I've tried both USB ports, two different USB cables, still getting the same error message. Help, please!

  • Yasir Haque

    Does this support the stylus feature for the Note 2 (N7100)?

  • A Black UI is the best UI

    And I should care because?

    • Konstigt2

      You read the article?

      • andy_o

        No, he just likes trolling every CM article here. I'm surprised he's not banned yet.

        • A Black UI is the best UI

          So I should be banned for speaking the truth that cyanogen inc sold out and bash the very community that made them not to mention nothing they make is worth calling "news", hooray for censorship.

          • andy_o

            No, by all means, keep doing what you're doing.

    • deano

      seeing as you're so clever shouldn't you be able to work that out yourself?

      • A Black UI is the best UI

        So I should somehow care about a company that decided to sell out and turn on the people that made them who they are.

  • Gé den Bok

    Is it possible to make a desktop client for Linux?

  • Andreas Brandenborg

    This is so awesome!

  • Tiago Rodrigues

    We need this on i9305

  • didibus

    I want to put a custom rom on my phone, and every tutorial I find skip the part of how I can properly backup everything on my locked non root phone. Even this installer just says: step 1, Backup your Data. Thanks, but how? Shouldn't the installer have done so itself, I mean, it probably could do a adb backup with the right settings automatically and save it on my comp.

  • didibus

    So this will unlock my phone and install CyanogenMod, will it re-lock my phone afterwards? Will it keep root?

  • Mohan

    I just isntalled this on my Nexus S, and wow, it just screams now. I love it. Kinda want to go back to it from my Moto X!