Google’s Nexus 6 from last year can now be installed with CM13 Snapshot Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow custom ROM. CyanogenMod recently gave its latest 13.0 project Snapshot status which means the source code is now finally bug free and you can use the ROM as a daily driver and expect the same level of reliability as you do from a stable ROM. Even though the Nexus 6 has full support from Google and will continue receiving official updates, CM13 Snapshot provides an experience which is much different and also better in some aspects. The customization options available in CM13 are much greater compared with stock firmware. There is a Theme applying app which you can utilize to change the system theme to your liking. Other optimizations and additions include an advanced Audio Equalizer, better file manager and performance oriented tweaks. You will be able to update Motorola Nexus 6 to Android 6.0.1 CM13 Snapshot 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 Snapshot 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 Snapshot 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 Nexus 6 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.
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Android 6.0.1 CM13 Snapshot 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 Nexus 6, but we think you might be interested in the following posts:
- Official Firmware: Update Nexus 6 to Android 5.1 LMY47E Marshmallow Factory Image.
- Install Marshmallow: How to Install Android 5.1 Marshmallow on Computer.
- Custom ROMs: For a complete collection of Motorola Nexus 6 custom ROMs, click here!
Like this CM13 Snapshot 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 Nexus 6 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 Nexus 6 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:
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:
- Backup your Apps. How? –> How to Backup Android Apps.
- Backup your SMS messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore SMS Messages.
- Backup Contacts, Gmail and Google Data. How? –> Sync with Google Sync.
- Backup Call History. How? –> How to Backup Call History.
- Backup WhatsApp Messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore WhatsApp Messages.
- Backup APN Settings: GPRS, 3G, MMS Settings. How? Note down everything from: Settings > Wireless & Networks (More…) > Mobile networks > Access Point Names.
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).
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All set and ready? Good. Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial on the next page and update Motorola Nexus 6 to Android 6.0.1 CM13 Snapshot Marshmallow custom firmware.