Install CM12.1 on Xiaomi Mi 4c based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop


In this guide you will be able to install Android 5.1.1 Lollipop based on CM12.1 ROM on Xiaomi Mi 4c. Xiaomi Mi 4c is the latest device recently released, it is packed with latest firmware Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and a powerful hardware responsible for running the latest firmware smoothly. The boxed opened device comes with a pre-installed Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and no update has been released yet or likely to be released.

The stock firmware has some limitation which fortunately do not found in the Custom ROMs so if you really want to enjoy the freedom to customize or modify your device you must install AOSP ROMs in your Xiaomi Mi 4c.

Recently a recognized developer at XDA has built CM12.1 ROM based on CyanogenMod source for Xiaomi Mi 4c if you are interested in installing custom ROM on your Xiaomi Mi 4c then just go ahead and flash the ROM and Gapps package through custom recovery and enjoy the latest CM12.1 build on your Xiaomi Mi 4c.

How to install CM12.1 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop on Xiaomi Mi 4c

Before you Begin:

Disclaimer: This tutorial includes multiple operations including Custom Rom, Custom recovery and root. 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 60%
  • Your device should have a working TWRP installed or download TWRP recovery from this link and install it using this guide.

Necessary downloads:

Process to install CM12.1 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop on Xiaomi Mi 4c

Connect your device to PC and transfer the downloaded ROM and Google apps zip files on the device storage.

Now 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 CM12.1 firmware in 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 CM12.1 Gapps.

Wait for the installation process to complete.

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 5.1.1 Lollipop via CM12.1 ROM on your Xiaomi Mi 4c and experience the freedom of a custom firmware on your device. 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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