Update Xperia L To Android 5.0 Lollipop Using CyanogenMod 12 Custom ROM

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Sony’s Xperia L seems to be way lucky these days. The device at first tasted the AOSP based Android 5.0 Lollipop ROM, and the developer who was behind the AOSP ROM for this device, has today brought us all a CyanogenMod 12 based Android 5.0 Lollipop custom ROM for our beloved Xperia L. CyanogenMod 12 is under works at the moment, but some quick developers have started bringing the Android fans a feel of Android 5.0 Lollipop packed up unofficial builds. The Xperia L originally is stuck at Android Jelly Bean and the device shall never see any further official update by Sony, so just in case you’re an Xperia L owner and you’re looking to get your device the sweetness of Lollipop, right now, this might be the  best chance to do so.

Just to have a recap let’s learn something about Android 5.0. Android 5.0 Lollipop is Google’s latest iteration in it’s Android OS. The new OS contains a lot of improvements, bug fixes and features as compared to the previous versions of Android. Notable changes are in the graphics department. The Android 5.0 Lollipop has a completely revamped UI, named as Material Design, which is way flat, smooth, neat. Other then that, Android 5.0 comes with some great battery life enhancements, a new way for the notifications to appear on the lockscreens has been introduced as well. There are so many other new features that you may come across once you install this firmware.

The ROM has been compiled up by XDA recognized developer varun.chitre15. The very first build of CM 12 for Xperia L seems to be working fine, there haven’t been any bugs reported so far in the official thread, but this work is still under progress, we suspect that there might be some bugs tinkering around. While we are going to install this ROM in a while, we must tell you that this ROM isn’t intended for everyday use. If you aren’t well aware of custom ROMs, you may keep yourself away from this at the moment. We only recommend Android power users to go ahead and flash this ROM. Let’s head towards our guide for updating Sony Xperia L to Android 5.0 Lollipop using CyanogenMod [CM]  12 custom ROM.

Early Preparations:

1. This is only for Sony Xperia L!

This custom ROM is only for the device mentioned above. Make sure that your model number matches the one listed above. To do so, go to Settings > About Device on your device and see your model number. Flashing this ROM on any other device will result in bricking it so make sure that you meet this requirement first of all.

2. Battery should be charged at least over 60%.

Make sure that your battery is charged enough to complete the flashing process. In case your battery is low and your device goes dead during the flashing process, you may end up soft bricking your device as it won’t complete the flashing process.

3. Unlock Bootloader.

Your device’s bootloader must be unlocked in order to flash this custom ROM. You can unlock it by using our Sony bootloader unlock  guide.

4.Install Custom Recovery

A custom recovery is required for installing this ROM. You may install Philz advanced touch using this thread.

5. Backup everything!

Just to be on the safe side, you may consider backing up each and everything from your Android device. This is highly recommended so that in case anything goes wrong, you still have the access to all of your data and you can restore it immediately. You may backup everything as listed below.

Backup SMS Messages
Backup Call Logs
Backup Contacts
Backup Media – Copy your files manually to your PC or Laptop.
Titanium Backup – If already rooted, use Titanium Backup to backup all of your apps, system data and other important content.
Backup Nandroid – If CWM  or TWRP installed previously, otherwise skip this step and perform this at the end of flashing.

6. 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 Sony 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. Follow these instructions to the letter to avoid any mishap or bricking. Make sure that whatever you do, you are doing it at your own responsibility.

How To Update Xperia L To Android 5.0 Lollipop Using CyanogenMod 12 Custom ROM

  1. Download latest CM 12 build.zip file for Xperia L
  2. Download Gapps.zip file for Android 5.0 Lollipop.
  3. Copy both the .zip files to the internal storage of your phone.
  4. Turn off your phone now and boot into Philz advanced touch recovery. To do so, turn on your phone and then quickly press the Volume Up Key.
  5. Now that you’re in recovery mode, wipe your phone completely (factory reset).
  6. Now tap “install zip > choose zip from sd card > select CM 12 build.zip file > yes”.
  7. Once you’ve flashed the CM 12 file, now flash the Gapps file similarly.
  8. Now wipe cache and dalvik cache from the recovery mode.
  9. Reboot your Xperia L now.
  10. The first boot may take up to 10 minutes, hold on tighter unless you see the CM logo.
  11. That’s all.

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We hope that you find this guide helpful. If you’re stuck with anything or you got any queries regarding this post, make sure that you reach us by using the comment box below. We would love to help you out immediately. Thank you all.


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  • when i install the rom it say :

    cm-12-20141114-unofficial-taoshan.zip

    Finding Update Package …
    Opening Update Package …
    Installing Update …
    set_metadata_recursive: some changes failed
    W:Error in /storage/sdcard1/cm-12-20141114-unofficial-taoshan.zip
    E:Installation aborted .
    Press any key to continue …

    can you help me please : !!

    what i shld do ?? :

    • @izzat_jaradat:disqus i guess your issue has been resolved. Kindly let us know how did it work out, it may help other users as well.

  • There are some errors in this rom : ..
    while installing the rom
    installation aborted ….

    (status 7)

    ?? is there any help ??

    • @izzat_jaradat:disqus are you still having the same problem? Status 7 error can be minimized using a latest custom recovery, but I hope that you’ve already resolved this error.

  • Dhiraj

    Please post Lollipop Update for LG D380, Pls Pls Pls Pls…

    • @disqus_UKKgcSvVAA:disqus I’ll look for the update and post it if it’s available. Stay connected with us.

      • Dhiraj

        Thanks .. Will stay connected..

  • Izzat Jaradat

    hi … is there are an explorer files or explorer manager on this android ? ??

    i can’t find it :

    • @izzat_jaradat:disqus if there isn’t, you may install ES file explorer from the play store.

  • Nilesh Jamgade

    can I Update My Xperia SP InTo Android 5.0 Lollipop Using CyanogenMod 12 Custom ROM

    • @nileshjamgade:disqus you cannot install this ROM on your phone.. you can only install it if it’s available for your device.

      • Nilesh Jamgade

        Do you Have 5.O for xperia SP ?

  • Maulik Savaliya

    Whith this rom can i use blutooth / wifi or gps in my C2104

    • @maulik_savaliya:disqus you have to see what’s working and what’s not.. And flash accordingly.. read the instructions above carefully.

  • @disqus_aWHIpeG7EZ:disqus just flash the stock firmware, find the guide to create and flash FTF on our site.

  • @disqus_aWHIpeG7EZ:disqus that is because you didn’t use the latest version of recovery.. your recovery must be updated for this zip file.

  • @disqus_aWHIpeG7EZ:disqus try clearing cache and dalvik cache from recovery. If it doesn’t boot up, flash stock firmware.

  • kevin

    how to boot into philz recovery? because every time I press the power + volume down, the screen was blank, but the LED lights up in blue, it didnt change or go into philz recovery. please help

    • @disqus_mrWpI0cq3Z:disqus as soon as the phone boots up, try pressing the Volume Up Key – or try pressing both, the volume up and down keys.

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