Install official CyanogenMod 12.1 ‘Nightly’ based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop on Moto E XT1021



This tutorial is about to guide you on the complete process to install Official CyanogenMod 12.1 ‘Nightly’ based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop on your Motorola Moto E XT1021. Moto E belongs to a family of budget devices which includes Moto G and Moto E variants, We cannot say that Moto E is a high end device with affordable cost but personally I used Moto E & it’s a perfect device for a light user and run all the features smoothly which you can expect from a high-end device. Box opened Moto E has factory installed Android 4.4.2 KitKat which later could be updated to Android version 4.4.4 KitKat via OTA.

Motorola planned to provide Moto E with the latest Android Lollipop firmware and in the South American region it’s already released however if you like to install custom Android Lollipop firmware with the latest version then we recommend you to install Official CyanogenMod 12.1 Nightly. CyanogenMod is a popular AOSP ROM developers TEAM and you might have often heard about it. The Team CyanogenMod has released multiple Nightly updates for Moto E you can flash the latest one in your device.

How to install official CyanogenMod 12.1 ‘Nightly’ based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop on Moto E XT1021

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 80%
  • Your device should have a working CWM recovery installed.

Necessary downloads:

Process to install Official CyanogenMod 12.1 ‘Nightly’ based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop on Moto E XT1021

In this tutorial we are using the ClockworkMod recovery flash process.

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

Once your device enters into CWM 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, navigate and select wipe data/factory reset.(this will erase your data)

Now it’s the time to flash the CM12.1 ROM on your device. Choose “install zip from sdcard” >> choose zip from sdcard & navigate to the folder in which you have copied the custom file and select it.

Select “yes” 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 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Gapps.

Wait for the installation process to complete.

Also read: How to fix if your device gets stuck in a bootloop after flashing Custom Rom on your device. 

That’s it! You have successfully installed Official CyanogenMod 12.1 ‘Nightly’ on your Moto E now 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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