Install CM12.1 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop on Moto E 2015

Every year we get to see something new, although there are some device who doesn’t change with time, as long as we keep with their names, but under the hood, a lot of changes are made to bring a whole new level to the device. Moto E is one of the best examples, from 2013 we are seeing this device being released every year and every year we get to see something new in it, evenif it is just the year that is changed in the name or a lot of specifications. Moto E 2015 has quite a reasonable lead over both of the previous versions, it is bigger in size and the design is quite nicer. Moto E 2015 adds a front facing camera, the previous versions lacks this feature. Faster processor, bigger battery and running Android 5.0 Lollipop from the start.

The Android 5.1 Lollipop has been released for quite a number of devices, although not everyone gets the official update. Those who got the official update, do enjoy it, while those who haven’t, must rely on the Custom ROMs. CM 12.1 is based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and now available for Moto E 2015, in its early state, chances of bugs and performances issues are a little high, but it will work.In this article, we will show you How to Install CM12.1 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop on Moto E 2015. If you are interested in Other ROMs, you can Visit our Custom ROMs section or you can install this ROM on your Moto E by following our tutorial below. This is not an official release from Motorola but a Custom ROM. Installation procedure uses the Fastboot commands to install this custom ROM. Your device must be rooted. Let’s go through the early preparations and then flash this ROM.

Install CM12.1 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop on Moto E 2015

Early Preparations:

  • This is only for Moto E 2015!
  • Battery should be charged at least over 60%
  • Unlock Bootloader Of Your Device.
  • Flash a Custom Recovery and Root Your device
  • 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


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 Motorola 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.

Downloads Required:

CyanogenMod 12.1: Link

Gapps: Link | Mirror

How to Install CyanogenMod 12.1 :

  • Connect your device with PC.
  • Copy and Paste the Above zip files to the root of your sdcard.
  • Open Recovery mode. How?
  1. Connect your device with PC
  2. Open Command Prompt in Fastboot folder.
  3. Now Type: adb reboot bootloader
  4. Choose Recovery from Bootloader

CWM/PhilZ Touch Recovery:

  1. Back-up your ROM using the Recovery.
  2. To Perform a Back-up, Navigate to Back-up and Restore on Next screen, Choose Back-up again.
  3. Go back to Main Screen after the Back-up is complete.
  4. Then Navigate to ‘advance’ and choose ‘Dalvik Wipe Cache’, so you won’t get in any bootloop.
  5. Navigate to ‘Install zip from sd card’ another windows will open in front of you.
  6. Finally Select “Wipe Data/Factory Reset”
  7. Select ‘choose zip from sd card’ from the Options.
  8. Select the file and confirm the installation on next screen.
  9. Go Back and Flash
  10. Once the Installation is Over, Select +++++Go Back+++++
  11. Select Reboot Now to Reboot the System.

TWRP Users.

  1. Tap On Back-Up and Select System and Data
  2. Swipe the Confirmation Slider
  3. Tap on Wipe Button and Select Cache, System, Data.
  4. Swipe the Confirmation Slider.
  5. Go back to Main Menu and Tap Install Button.
  6. Locate the, and Swipe the Slider To install it.
  7. Once the Installation is Over, you will be promoted to Reboot System Now
  8. Select Reboot Now to Reboot the System.

The First boot might take up-to 5 minutes, so please be patient.


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