The Sony Xperia M With CyanogenMod 11
The Sony Xperia M is currently running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and it doesn’t look like Sony is going to be updating this any time soon. As such, if you have an Xperia M and you want to start running it on Android KitKat, you are going to need to use a custom ROM.
In this guide, we’re going to show you how to install the custom ROM known as CyanogenMod 11. CyanogenMod 11 is available for many Android devices and is based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
Follow along and learn how to install CyanogenMod11 on your Xperia M.
Prepare your phone:
- This guide is only for Xperia M Dual C1904/5. Don’t try using this with any other phones.
- Make sure the bootloader is unlocked.
- Make sure the battery has at least over 60 percent charge so it doesn’t run out of power before flashing process.
- Back everything up.
- sms messages, call logs, contacts
- Media content by copying to a PC
- If you have a rooted device, use Titanium Backup to back up your apps and data.
- If you have a custom recovery flashed, use it to back up your current system
Note: The methods needed to flash custom recoveries, roms and to root your phone can result in bricking your device. Rooting your device will also void the warranty and it will no longer be eligible for free device services from manufacturers or warranty providers. Be responsible and keep these in mind before you decide to proceed on your own responsibility. In case a mishap occurs, we or the device manufacturers should never be held responsible.
Install Android 4.4.2 KitKat on Sony Xperia M:
- Download the following:
- CyanogenMod 11 Android 4.4.2 KitKat ROM .zip file. here
- Google Gapps.zip file for Android 4.4.2 KitKat. here
- Extract ROM.zip file on PC to get a boot.img file.
- Download Android ADB and Fastboot drivers
- Now place the kernal file that is boot.img file that you extracted in step 2, place it in the fastboot.
- Open the fastboot folder. Press shift and right click on any empty area in the folder. Select “Open command prompt here“. Type the following command to flash the file: “Fastboot flash boot boot.img”.
- Place the ROM.zip file and Gapps.zip file downloaded in step one on the phone’s internal or external sd card.
- Boot the phone into CWM recovery. Turn off device, then turn it on and quickly press the volume up and down keys. You should then see CWM interface.
- From CWM wipe cache and dalvik cache.
- Go: “Install Zip>Choose Zip from Sd card / external Sd card”.
- Select ROM.zip that was placed on phone’s SD card in step 6
- After a few minutes, the ROM should finish flashing. When it does, select “Install Zip>Choose Zip from Sd card / external Sd card”.
- Choose the Gapps.zip file tand flash it.
- When this is done flashing, clear cache and dalvik cache again.
- Reboot system. It could take up to 10 minutes to boot into the home screen but when it does, you should now see the CM logo on the boot screen.
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