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How to Install Android 6.0.1 on Motorola Droid Bionic Marshmallow with CM13 Nightly ROM

Surprisingly, you can now update your Motorola Droid Bionic to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow through CM13 Nightly custom ROM. The Droid Bionic has been with us for years now but it is one of the few phones which CyanogenMod wont leave, which is a good thing. You can get the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow straight on your Droid Bionic all through CM13 Nightly. CM13 Nightly custom ROM provides the latest 6.0 Android standard but along with that it also offers all of its signature features. This ROM is performance and experience oriented. You can customize the Droid Bionic just as you like it from installing boot animations to changing whole system themes all thanks to CM13 Nightly. The Nightly word in the title indicates that the Motorola Droid Bionic will be receiving new CM13 Nightly builds each day with bug fixes along with added features. You will be able to update Motorola Droid Bionic to Android 6.0.1 CM13 Nightly Marshmallow using this complete tutorial. Not necessary, but it would be better if your phone is rooted and has a custom recovery installed. A custom recovery will be needed to install Android 6.0.1 based CM13 Nightly ROM zip and Google Apps zip files, since this is not an official Motorola firmware update.

If this is your very first time installing a custom ROM, we understand you would want to make sure your installation process go as smooth as possible. So before we actually jump to the installation process of CM13 Nightly ROM, let’s take a look below at how to backup all your data. When installing this Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow based custom ROM, your entire data will be wiped clean — like a brand new phone. As a Motorola Droid Bionic user, you have several options to choose from depending on how you want to store your data. These are the some of the tips given below that we want you to keep in mind and then proceed.



Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We ( or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉

Android 6.0.1 CM13 Nightly Marshmallow ROM Details:

For those who are new to CyanogenMod, please read the following:

CyanogenMod (pronounced sigh-AN-oh-jen-mod), is a customized, aftermarket firmware distribution for several Android devices (See above for supported devices & how to install CyanogenMod on said devices). Based on the Android Open Source Project, CyanogenMod is designed to increase performance and reliability over Android-based ROMs released by vendors and carriers such as Google, T-Mobile, HTC, etc. CyanogenMod also offers a variety of features & enhancements that are not currently found in these versions of Android.

Here is a quick note for those who are going to install this release of CM13 for the very first time:

NOTE: Since this is not a final build, make sure you know that after installing this firmware update, your Android device can get FC errors, boot loops, several other bugs, apps might not work or worse, your phone might not boot. To fix, you will have to reinstall stock firmware or any other stable custom ROM.

Remember, this is not an official firmware update. This is a custom ROM, based on AOSP release of the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

We haven’t really found any major issues or apps that do not work with this Android 6.0.1 CM13 custom firmware.

There are tons of useful articles and how-to guides on Team Android for the Motorola Droid Bionic, but we think you might be interested in the following posts:

Like this CM13 Nightly ROM based on the latest Android 6.0.1? We love it too and we know you are looking forward to install it on your phone now. Now please read below for important tips on how to make sure your installation goes smooth and you do not end up with any problems.

Motorola Droid Bionic USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for Motorola Droid Bionic properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Motorola Droid Bionic USB drivers!

Backup and Other Important Tips

Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps:

Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below for some tips on how to backup data:

If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up. It is easier and faster to restore your phone through a custom recovery.

A few more optional tips that you should remember:

1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat and Marshmallow.

2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?

4. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model. And also make sure you have an unlocked bootloader (except Samsung).

If you find the above tips useful and they were helpful to you, please consider giving us a +1 or SHARE with others so they can also benefit from these tips!

All set and ready? Good. Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial on the next page and update Motorola Droid Bionic to Android 6.0.1 CM13 Nightly Marshmallow custom firmware.

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Taimur Akmal

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  • link to download Download Android 6.0.1 CM13 Nightly ROM doesn’t work

    I tried googling for it to no avail – any help pls ?

  • Fair generic tutorial but dangerous to newbies. You missed some critical points when dealing with the Bionic (if you’re dealing with the XT875 code named “Targa”. Perhaps you’re speaking of a different variant. In that case, I apologize , and hope you delete this message.) I believe, when flashing roms, on any device a custom recovery isn’t an option, its an absolute neccessity. CWM is an outdated recovery (I know, the Bionic is an outdated phone. TWRP is available for this device, but not through standard methods.

    It is also ESSENTIAL that you install Safestrap which will install a modified version of TWRP that will function on these. ALSO, keep in mind that slot 1 in safestrap is reserved for the stock rom. If you flash over it, you will no longer have stock recovery and if the flash fails, which often happens, you will be left with a hard bricked device that is quite difficult to restore. I believe that there are two dalvik wipes in the process, perhaps not on CWM, but it’s been a few years since I’ve used that recovery.

    It’s also important to find out which version of Safestrap is compatible with the rom. You may need to remove an older version by use of a certain tool. You cannot just reinstall the new over the old or you will have issues.

    While I applaud your efforts, it’s apparent that the author of this piece has had little experience with the Bionic. I hadn’t either till I picked up one cheap a week or so ago. I’ve rooted, rom’d and modded dozens of Android devices, but this one gave me fits. I spent many hours in research, reboot, reflash, and softbrick until I finally learned the quirks of this model.

    So, for anyone trying this, especially those new to modding Android. Read all you can, watch videos and be careful who you trust for modding advice. I’ve spent many hours fixing helpful advice I’ve found on the Web. The only sites I truly trust for advice are:

    XDA Developers Forum – these are the REAL devs that make all the apps, roms, and hacks we all use every day. A true, open professional community that is free with advice and welcomes newbies. Study hard with these guys and you could land a 6 figure job in a few yrs.

    Root Junky, A Recognized Developer over at XDA (also known as TomSgt) He is completely dedicated to not only learning all the hacks, mods, and tweaks, but also teaching them to others. He makes dozens of fantastic, detailed easy to follow videos on about all you might want to know about modding. He’s a really nice guy too.

    There are other good sites with good advice, but in my book, if you’re not in good standing with XDA, I would question your advice.

    Keep Modding

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