How To: Use CyanogenMod 13 To Install Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow On A Sony Xperia Z

CyanogenMod 13 To Install Android 6.0.1

It doesn’t look like Sony is going to be releasing an official update to Android Marshmallow for the Xperia Z, but, if you are an Xperia Z user you can get a taste of Marshmallow by flashing a custom ROM.

CyanogenMod 13 is a good custom ROM based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow – it will work on an Xperia Z.  The ROM is in its alpha stages so there are a few bugs but it mostly works quite will.  The only thing that doesn’t work so far is the camera but you can run a third party app for that.

If you want to flash Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on a Sony Xperia Z using CyanogenMod 13, follow along with our guide below.

Prepare your phone:

  1. This guide and the ROM is only to be used with an Xperia Z. Do not try with other devices.
  2. Charge the device so it has 50 percent battery power to prevent from running out of power before flashing ends.
  3. Your Xperia Z needs to have a custom recovery on it. Make sure to flash one before proceeding with flashing the ROM.  Use custom recovery to create a Nandroid backup of your phone.
  4. Back up your important contacts, bookmarks, sms messages and call logs.


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.



  1. Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow CM 13 ROM.zipfile.
  2. zip[pico package] file for Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.


  1. Copy the two .zip files you downloaded to the internal or external SD card of your device.
  2. Boot into custom recovery.
  3. Perform a factory reset.
  4. Go back to the main menu of custom recovery and select Install.
  5. Choose the ROM .zip file you downloaded and flash it.
  6. When you have flashed the ROM go back to the main menu of custom recovery.
  7. This time install and flash the Gapps file.
  8. After flashing the ROM and Gapps, wipe your cache and dalvik cache
  9. Reboot the device.


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