Install Android 6.0 Marshmallow on Zenfone 2 Z00A/Z008 via CM13 ROM



Asus Zenfone 2 is getting Android 6.0 Marshmallow update via CyanogenMod 13 unofficial Nightly builds. The unofficial CM13 ROM for Asus Zenfone 2 is based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and is compatible for variants Z00A and Z008. Although this is an unofficial port but looks pretty stable except a few minor bugs but it can be used as daily drivers. In this guide we have mentioned the whole procedure to install unofficial CyanogenMod 13 ROM based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow on Asus Zenfone 2 Z00A/Z008. We are going to follow the same process we have already posted for unofficial CM13 builds, just go ahead and follow the below instructions.

There are multiple benefits of installing custom ROM on your Asus Zenfone 2 Z00A/Z008 as it provides a wide range of customizations and limitless modifications which unfortunately you can’t find in the stock firmware. Some custom ROMs gives you freedom to overclock CPU, install tweaking mods and tons of other software to enhance device performance further you can install themes to customize the device look. Just go ahead and install the Android 6.0 Marshmallow on Asus Zenfone 2 Z00A/Z008.

Note: The unofficial CyanogenMod 13 for Asus Zenfone 2 Z00A/Z008 is a Nightly update so you may experience some minor bugs but most of the features are working work fine. This not an unofficial update from manufacturer but it’s a custom ROM from third party developers so check twice before installing Android 6.0 Marshmallow via unofficial CyanogenMod 13 on your Asus Zenfone 2 Z00A/Z0089. You can easily revert back to stock ROM anytime you wish, but we recommend you try the latest unofficial CM13 ROM on your Asus Zenfone 2 Z00A/Z008.

How to install Android 6.0 Marshmallow via CM13 on Asus Zenfone 2 Z00A/Z008

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 ASUS USB drivers
  • Your device should have a working TWRP or CWM recovery must be installed

Necessary downloads:

Process to install unofficial CyanogenMod 13 Nightly ROM on Asus Zenfone 2 Z00A/Z008

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 CM13 Nightly zip 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! The first boot may take a little longer as things are being settled up. You have successfully installed Android 6.0 Marshmallow via Unofficial CM13 nightly ROM on Asus Zenfone 2 Z00A/Z008. 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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