How to Install CyanogenMod 13 on Lenovo ZUK Z1

Today in this guide I will show you how to install CyanogenMod 13 on Lenovo ZUK Z1. ZUK Z1 is the latest Android phone from the Lenovo and the phone run on the Cyanogen OS 12.1, based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, which is the key highlight of the phone. If you recently bought this device and wanted to run CyanogenMod 13 Android 6 on your phone, here is the complete guide which you can follow on your phone and install the same. To get started all you need a phone with an unlocked bootloader, CyanogenMod 13 zip file and the Google Apps zip file. The method is a little bit lengthy and takes few minutes to complete the whole task.

The below mention tutorial is only for the Lenovo ZUK Z1 users and don’t follow this method on any other device otherwise, you will brick your phone. Before following this guide do take the backup of your Lenovo ZUK Z1.

How to Install CyanogenMod 13 on Lenovo ZUK Z1

Install CyanogenMod 13 on Lenovo ZUK Z1

Step 1. As we mention above to get started yu have to unlock the bootloader of the phone, Check this guide to unlock it.

Step 2. Download the ADB files here on your desktop and this will create ADB folder on your Windows PC C Drive.

Step 3. Download the CyanogenMod 13 ROM zip file and recovery.img from this link. Rename the cm-13.0-*******-NIGHTLY-ham-recovery.img to recovery.img

Step 4. The ROM comes without the Google Application, so to install the Google app on your phone you have to install the Gapps package from here.

Step 5. Now save both the zip file on your phone memory and move the recovery.img file to the ADB folder that you created in Step 1.

Step 6. Enable the USB debugging mode on your phone. Go to > Settings > About Phone > Tap your build number 7 times. This will unlock the developer settings.

Step 7. Now go to Setting > Developer Options > Enable USB debugging mode and Advanced reboot option.

Step 8. Hold the Power button And select Reboot > Bootloader > ok.

Step 9. Now the phone will boot in fasbtoot mode. Connect your phone to the PC with USB cable. And open a command window in your fastboot/adb folder (C:\adb). To do this Hold Shift button on your keyboard and right-click on the empty space of the folder.

Step 10. Now enter the following command on the command prompt to flash the recovery file

fastboot -i 0x2b4c flash recovery recovery.img

Step 11. Once the recovery is installed on your phone. Enter the following command to boot in Cyanogen Recovery mode.

fastboot -i 0x2b4c oem reboot recovery

Now your phone will reboot in Cyanogen Recovery mode.

Step 12. Now from the recovery main menu. Select Apply Update > Choose from emulated > 0 > Select the CyanogenMod 13 ROM zip file that you saved to your phone in Step 3. Now the flashing process will start, and it will take some time.

Step 13. After this flash, the Gapps zip file on your phone. The same file that you saved to your phone in Step 4.

Step 14. Now go back to the Recovery main menu and select Reboot now.

Now your Lenovo ZUK Z1 will boot on the CyanogenMod 13 ROM. Enjoy.

Rajesh Rajput is Tech Blogger, who loves to write about Android Tips, How to Guides, Reviews, ROMs, and more.