Update Galaxy S5 Mini G800F/M/Y to Android 6.0 Marshmallow via CyanogenMod 13

Succeeding guide will help you to flash Android 6.0 Marshmallow CyanogenMod 13 custom ROM on your Galaxy S5 Mini G800F, G800M and G800Y. Before proceeding with the flashing guide, we will learn about the Galaxy S5 Mini and its software.galaxy_S5_mini

Galaxy S5 Mini originated running Android KitKat on-board. The device no enjoys Android Lollipop, but the Lollipop time has already come to an end. Manufacturers are busy updating their flagship devices to Android Marshmallow which is the latest version of Android. We doubt if Samsung will update the Galaxy S5 Mini to any higher version of Android officially, but this sure is possible unofficially by means of a custom ROM. CyanogenMod 13 custom ROM has already made its way towards the Galaxy S5 Mini community, so if you’re willing to taste the Marshmallow sweetness, you may go ahead and give it a try now.

Most of the mainstream features like Camera, RIL, Bluetooth, WiFi etc are found working pretty fine in this ROM. Known issues include fingerprint scanner, Pulse sensor and Light sensor. If these features aren’t a big deal for you, you may go ahead and flash this ROM on your Galaxy S5 Mini without any hiccups here and there. This ROM is in its development stages, and it may not be kept as a daily driver. You may proceed if you’re an Android power user and you know how these custom ROMs work in an Android device. Newbie can be a little more careful and follow this guide to the letter to avoid any mishap.

Pre-installation instructions

  1. This guide is intended for Galaxy S5 Mini SM-G800F/M/Y users. Do not try this on any other device. Using the files linked here on a different device can result in bricking it. Verify your device model number in your phone’s settings > about device section.
  2. Your device must be running the latest possible available version of Android.
  3. Charge your phone up to 50% to avoid any power issues during the flashing process.
  4. Flash a custom recovery like TWRP on your Galaxy S5 Mini.
  5. Backup everything including contacts, call logs, sms messages and bookmarks. Also copy your media content to your computer.
  6. Create a Nandroid backup. This is highly recommend so that in case something goes wrong, you will be able to restore your system immediately by restoring Nandroid backup.
  7. Create an EFS backup of your device as well. Save the EFS backup to some safe place in your computer.
  8. Backup your important apps and apps data using Titanium backup if you want.
  9. Follow this guide carefully.

DISCLAIMER:THE METHODS INVOLVED IN FLASHING CUSTOM RECOVERIES, ROMS AND ROOTING YOUR PHONE ARE HIGHLY CUSTOM AND MAY RESULT IN BRICKING YOUR DEVICE, AND HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH GOOGLE OR THE DEVICE MANUFACTURER THAT IS SAMSUNG IN OUR CASE. ALSO ROOTING YOUR DEVICE WILL VOID ITS WARRANTY AND YOU WILL BE NO LONGER ELIGIBLE FOR ANY KIND OF FREE DEVICE SERVICES BY THE MANUFACTURERS/WARRANTY PROVIDERS. IN CASE OF ANY MISHAP WE MAY NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE.

Update Galaxy S5 Mini G800F/M/Y to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow via CyanogenMod 13

  1. Download  latest cm-13.0-xxxxx.zip file.
  2. Download Gapps.zip (ARM 6.0.zip)file for CM 13.
  3. Connect your phone to your PC now.
  4. Copy the both the .zip files to the storage of your phone.
  5. Now disconnect your phone and turn it off complete.
  6. Boot into TWRP recovery now, in order to do so, turn it on by pressing and holding Volume Up + Home Button + Power Key. You should see the recovery mode in a while.
  7. Now in TWRP  recovery, wipe cache, factory data reset and advanced options > dalvik cache.
  8. After wiping all these three, select “Install” option.
  9. Now select “Install > Choose Zip from SD card > Select cm-13……xxxxx.zip file > Yes”.
  10. This will flash the ROM in your phone, once done get back to the main menu in recovery.
  11. Now once again select “Install > Choose Zip from SD card > Select Gapps.zip file > Yes”
  12. This will flash the Gapps in your phone.
  13. Reboot your device.
  14. You should see the Android 6.0 Marshmallow running on your device in a while.
  15. That’s all!

First boot may take up to 10 minutes, you may not worry if it’s taking that much long. In case it’s taking too long, you may boot into TWRP recovery and wipe cache and dalvik cache and reboot your device as it may fix the issue. In case your device is having issues, you may return to your old system using the Nandroid backup or follow our guide here to install stock firmware.

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  • firestomper

    Not a bad rom, but missing a few nice tweaks that are provided by cyanogenmod in previous versions, like protected apps feature, and when putting in lock screen password or pin that it does not require you to tap on tick to unlock but if code is correct, then will unlock automatically. Also there is no way to remove google search from home screen 🙁

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