Install Android 6.0 Marshmallow on Xperia SP [CM13]


Android 6.0 Marshmallow for Sony Xperia SP is now available via CyanogenMod 13. The Sony Xperia SP is a bit older device, Sony has already left firmware update support and the devices stuck on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Now with the release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow developer are heading toward older devices which are no more nominated for the newer firmware updates by the manufacturer. Multiple Samsung devices are receiving the Marshmallow updates as custom ROMs, Motorola and now Sony. In this guide we will guide to install Android 6.0 Marshmallow via CyanogenMod 13 on Sony Xperia SP.

Note: The Android 6.0 Marshmallow CM13 ROM for Xperia SP is currently in the testing stages and you may experience some bugs but most of the features are seems to be working fine so just go ahead and install the latest Marshmallow Android 6.0 on your Xperia SP.


How to install Android 6.0 Marshmallow CM13 ROM on Sony Xperia SP

Before you Begin:

Disclaimer: This tutorial includes multiple operations including Custom Rom, custom recovery etc. Follow the guide on your own risk, we are not responsible if you brick or damage your device however the chances of bricking a device are rare but you have to pay full attention on the complete guide to avoid any issues and difficulties while performing any of the above mentioned operation.


  • Please ensure your phone battery should be charged at minimum 80%
  • Download Xperia USB drivers
  • Your device should have a working TWRP or CWM recovery installed in your device.

Necessary downloads:

Process to install Android 6.0 Marshmallow on Sony Xperia SP

Connect your device to your PC and copy the both ROM and google apps zip files onto your device storage.

Turn of your device and boot into TWRP custom Recovery menu by the hardware keys combination or using any third party app (Mostly found in Play store).

Once your device enters into TWRP recovery, create a Nandroid backup of your device or follow our guide to create a Nandroid backup (this will create a backup of your complete device including current firmware) if something goes wrong you can restore your previous firmware.

Once the Nandroid process completes, tap on “Wipe” and then swipe the slider from left to right to begin the wipe process (This will reset your device to factory)

Now it’s the time to flash the Marshmallow firmware on your device. Choose install and navigate to the folder in which you have copied the file

Swipe across the slider to confirm install, wait for a few minutes till the file is completely installed in your device.

Once done with the above step, now apply the same process with the installation of gapps.

Wait for the installation process to complete.

Once completed Reboot your device.

If your device is taking longer then 7-10 minutes then follow this guide to to fix this issue

That’s it! You have successfully installed Android 6.0 Marshmallow via CM13 on your Sony Xperia SP. If you have any query feel free to contact us by posting your queries in the below provided comment section. Follow us on Facebook/Twitter/Google+ for future update.

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