Installing CyanogenMod 12.1 on Moto G 2014

Hi there, its been a long time since my last post. CyanogenMod is one of the leading custom rom developers for android platform for the past few years. Moto g2 is one of the most popular phones released by Motorola company. CyanogenMod developers have been working on a custom rom for Moto g2 and there are no stable builds for Moto g2 from CyanogenMod. Here is a small guide on how to install CyanogenMod 12.1 on Moto G 2014.

Prerequisites for installing CyanogenMod 2014:

  • Unlocking your phone’s boot-loader.
  • Flashing custom-recovery (twrp / cwm)
  • Download & flash the cyanogenmod custom rom.
  • Flash gapps for Google apps.
Disclaimer: Rooting your phone will probably void your warranty from both the carrier and the manufacturer. If you don't wish to accept the fault for any of the adverse effects of rooting, then do not read any further. I am not responsible if you brick your device. Here be Dragons :D 

Unlocking phone’s boot-loader

In my previous post on how to root moto g2 xt1068, I have already mentioned about how to unlock your phone’s boot-loader. Here is the link to the post where you can get how to unlock your phone’s boot-loader.

Flashing custom recovery

The default recovery present in the phone is of no use. So we will have to replace the default recovery with some recovery such as Clockwork Mod or TWRP. For flashing the recovery you need to go the bootloader and from there you need to install the custom recovery. To install any other custom rom, you have to flash a custom recovery where you will be able to wipe your mobile and ready to flash a custom rom. You can either use TWRP custom recovery or CWM custom recovery.

Download Links

Once after you download the custom recovery from the above links, flash it using the adb tools by executing the following command in the terminal/ command prompt. To go to the bootloader menu directly run the following command in the minimal adb and fastboot command prompt:

adb reboot bootloader

Now the phone will restart and it will be in the fastboot mode. Now in the command prompt run the following command to install the custom recovery.

fastboot flash recovery recovery-clockwork-touch- (for clockwork recovery)


fastboot flash recovery twrp- (for twrp recovery)

Now you have flashed the custom recovery in your mobile which replaces the default recovery in your phone.

Flashing CyanogenMod 12.1 & GApps

You can download the cyanogenmod custom rom from their website. You can download the gapps for moto g2 from here. After both the downloads are complete, copy both the files to the internal memory (don’t put it in any sub-folders). Now enter the boot-loader and then enter the custom recovery. Once you are in the custom recovery follow the below given steps to flash the custom rom:

  • Enter Wipe Data/Factory Reset settings and give a complete wipe out to install a new rom.
  • Come back to the main screen and then enter Install Zip and select the rom from the internal memory and proceed to install. (This process will take up to 2 min to complete)
  • After you have flashed the rom successfully, select the gapps zip and install that also.
  • After both the steps are completed successfully, you can go reboot your phone. (the first start might take up to 3-5 min)

Volla, you have installed CyanogenMod custom rom in your Motorola G2. 🙂 CyanogenMod

Note: You don't need to install any superuser applications in CM 12.1 because, they have included in the rom itself which you can access from the the developer settings.

Features of CyanogenMod 12.1

Visually, there are hardly any noticeable changes in CyanogenMod 12.1/CyanogenMod 12. The team has added a bunch of new wallpapers, but that’s about the only major visual change that you can find. Here are some new features in CyanogenMod 12.1.


This is one of the major features that CyanogenMod has added to their ROM in recent months. As described by the team, this feature automatically optimizes the screen depending on the time and ambient conditions to reduce eyestrain and improve readability. It also allows users to change the color temperature and calibration of the display depending on the time of the day. LiveDisplay is located under: Settings -> Display & Lights -> LiveDisplayLiveDisplay

LCD Density

This feature allows users to change the software density of their phone. This will allow users to display more (or less) content on the screen depending on their preference. A lower number means more content will be displayed on the screen and vice versa. LCD Density is located under: Settings -> Display & Lights.

Notification Manager

This is a new entry in the Settings menu in CyanogenMod 12.1/12. It contains options to enable/disable Heads up notifications, the ability to filter notifications from the installed apps, change priority of notifications of the installed apps, check the apps that can read notifications on the device and more.

Lock screen Visualizer

Google added a beautiful music lock screen widget to Android with Lollipop. CyanogenMod has further enhanced this feature in their ROM by adding a visualizer to it. When any music is being played, the lock screen will also display visualizations apart from the music controls.Lockscreen

Ambient Display & Gestures

Google added a new Ambient Display option in Lollipop on the Nexus 6, which is similar to the Moto Display feature of the Moto X. The CyanogenMod team have also added this feature to their ROM. When there is a new notification, the display of the device will “breathe” to show the unread notification. The display will also light up when the user picks up the phone so that users can view any important notifications at a glance. This feature, however, is hardware dependent and will not show up on all the devices on which CyanogenMod 12.1/12 is installed.

There are two features for Motorola G 2014 under gestures menu, first one is Hand Wave, which shows pulse notifications on hand wave over the sensor of the mobile. Next one is Pocket, which shows pulse notifications on removing the phone from the pocket. This is a good feature but it consumes the battery to some extent because the sensor has to be on all the time.Ambient Display

Root Access

With CyanogenMod 12.1, the CyanogenMod team has done away with root access on the OS by default. The ROM is no longer rooted by default, and users need to manually enable root access by going into Settings -> Developer Options -> Root Access and specifying whether they want root access only in ADB or want it for apps as well.Root Access

These are the notable features that CyanogenMod has added to their ROM. If I have missed any other major feature added to the ROM recently, do drop in the comments.

Thanks for reading, hope you like it. If you have any doubts, please drop the query in the comments, I will try to respond asap. 🙂