Cyanogenmod 13 CM 13 Custom ROM for Motorola Moto E 2014
Cyanogenmod 13 CM 13 Custom ROM for Motorola Moto E 2014

Motorola was the first company to bring consumers the cellular phone, the flip phone and a really, really thin feature phone. Motorola never fails to make its presence in Android market by bringing out exceptional devices which are worth every penny you pay for. In 2014, Moto E was a perfect combination for savvy shoppers and first-time smartphone buyers. Motorola provided software updates to this tiny warrior as per the agreement. But there is no news of Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 update for Motorola (Moto) E 2014 also known by its name “Condor“. But no worries, Cyanogen has a surprise package for Moto E users. Cyanogen released official Cyanogenmod 13 (CM 13) for Moto E 1st Gen 2014. The best part about this, Cyanogen provides daily software updates that keeps your device updated & free from all the newly released bugs.

ROM details:

  • ROM OS Version: 6.0.x Marshmallow
  • ROM Kernel: Linux 3.4.x
  • Status: Stable (Official)

Prerequisites for Installing Cyanogenmod 13 (CM 13) in Moto E

  1. Root & Install Latest TWRP Recovery in Moto E 1st Gen. (Download TWRP Manage from Playstore & follow screen instructions)
  2. Check the battery percentage of the phone, it should be at least 30%.
  3. This ROM is only for Moto E 1st Gen 2014. Please don’t try this on any other smartphones.
  4. Backup all your data: Contacts, Photos, Apps & other files. (Although you will not lose other files except contacts & Apps, but its better to be on the safer side)
  5. To backup all your Apps, use Titanium Backup so that you can restore them later.

How to Install CM 13 in Motorola Moto E 2014

  1. Transfer the downloaded CM 13 & GApps zip, in your Moto E 1st Gen 2014
  2. Turn off / Switch off your Moto E 1st Gen 2014.
  3. Press and hold Press & hold Voldown + Power button, it will get you to the bootloader, then select recovery from there to boot into Recovery mode.
  4. Do not forget to perform a nandroid backup. Goto backup option in TWRP and select all the partitions including System, Data, Boot, Recovery and swipe right to backup.
  5. After performing the ROM backup, go back to the TWRP main menu and tap the wipe button.
  6. Then, select Advanced Wipe, as well as Dalvik Cache, System, Data, and Cache (Don’t select Internal storage)
  7. Next, swipe to confirm. Wait for the wiping process to complete.
  8. Next, Goto TWRP main menu & goto Install option. Locate the CM 13 downloaded zip file & tap on it. Now swipe to Install the ROM.
  9. Once the installation process is finished successfully, Again Goto TWRP Main menu, Tap on Install & locate the GApps zip file. Swipe to install GApps Package.
  10. From recovery select “reboot”. First boot might take 4-5mins, so don’t panic.

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As this is very early days I advise not to really use this as a daily driver because of unknown bugs, etc. Just see this as a taster for marshmallow. So in terms of features this is basically pure AOSP at the moment as in what ships with Nexus devices.

Download CM 13 for Motorola (Moto) E 1st Gen 2014 (Condor)

  1. Moto E 1st Gen Cyanogenmod 13 ROM: Download.
  2. GApps 6.0.1 Package: Download.
Final words

I would strongly suggest you to use this on your secondary device as its an Initial build from Cyanogen team, you might find few bugs. However, if you are a CM lover, you can help Cyanogen team improve the ROM by sending them bug reports using the inbuilt bug reporting tool. Till then, enjoy CM 13 in your Moto E 1st Gen.

Last updated on: Jan 14, 2016 @ 5:09 pm
  • Navneet Thillaisthanam

    I was trying to update my phone using the cm-13.0-20161113-NIGHTLY-condor.zip but the phone gets stuck in a boot screen forever. Even after waiting an hour there is no respite. Has something broken in the latest updates? Where do I get the older builds of CM13?

    • Download the below zips for old builds. 🙂

      • Navneet Thillaisthanam

        Where are the old builds. Sorry cant see them. 🙁

      • Smile

        Could you please guide us to download cm-13.0-20161113-NIGHTLY-condor.zip as not able to find it anywhere

      • Smile

        cm-13.0-20161108-NIGHTLY-condor.zip need help finding this if possible 🙁

  • naveen kumar

    How to root moto g 1st gen with cyanogen mod latest…… can u give exast details with screenshots… pls…..

    • Devs-Lab Staff

      Cyanogenmod comes pre rooted. Just Goto Settings > Developer Options > Root Access > Apps & ADB (To activate Developer options, Goto Settings > About Phone > Tap on build number 7 times. That’s it!