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Update Huawei Ascend Mate 2 to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with CM13 Nightly ROM

You can now experience Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow right on your Huawei Ascend Mate 2 thanks to the newly released CM13 Nightly custom ROM. CyanogenMod is continuously expanding its compatible device roster and fortunately, one of the new additions include the Ascend Mate 2 from Huawei. The Ascend Mate 2 is a large smartphone designed to compete with other phablets. Its hardware is relatively new which means Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow will run like a breeze. CM13 Nightly not only allows you to upgrade your Android OS standard but also allows you to experience the CM culture. By tradition, CM13 Nightly will bring with itself performance tweaks and mods which increase the overall functionality of the phone. Also, new CM13 Nightly brings in gestures and other customization features which are otherwise absent from the experience. The Nightly name guarantees a new build each day with bug fixes and feature enhancements. It also indicates that this is currently a work in progress so don’t expect it to be 100 percent perfect. Nevertheless, it still qualifies as a daily driver. You can easily install CM13 Nightly on your Huawei Ascend Mate 2 by following the steps given below. If interested in Android 6.0.1 for other phones, check out our new Custom ROMs section. Official firmware has it’s own reliability but we recommend you give CM13 Nightly a try as you can always revert back to stock. This is clearly one of the advantages of rooting your Android phone (read: Benefits of Rooting an Android Device). You can update Ascend Mate 2 to Android 6.0.1 CM13 Nightly Marshmallow custom firmware using the tutorial below. This is not an official release by Huawei/Google, but just a custom ROM which would require a custom recovery like TWRP and your phone to be rooted in order to flash the ROM zip and Google Apps zip files on your phone.

In this tutorial, we will tell you how to install Android 6.0.1 CM13 Nightly Marshmallow ROM on Ascend Mate 2 with complete steps and instructions. We also have a set of important tips that you have to keep in mind before proceeding to the tutorial on the next page. Don’t forget to backup your phone as you will have to wipe all your data during the installation process. The following tips are important as they will help the installation procedure to go smooth without any issues. Let’s get on with the tutorial now.



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 Huawei Ascend Mate 2, but we think you might be interested in the following posts:

  • Android 6.0.1 Custom ROMs: For a complete collection of Ascend Mate 2 custom ROMs, click here!

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.

Huawei Ascend Mate 2 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 Huawei Ascend Mate 2 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Huawei Ascend Mate 2 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:

Samsung users can also back up data using Samsung KIES. If you backup data manually, you get more options what to choose from and it is very easy to move data across Android devices from different manufacturers, i.e moving Samsung Galaxy Nexus backup data to HTC One X.

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.

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 and KitKat.

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.

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All set and ready? Good. Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial on the next page and update Ascend Mate 2 to Android 6.0.1 CM13 Nightly Marshmallow custom firmware.

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