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Install Android 5.0.2 Lollipop on Moto G 2013 via Official CyanogenMod 12 Nightly ROM

CyanogenMod 12 Nightly custom ROM has been released for the Moto G 2013 smartphone codenamed Falcon. This custom ROM is based on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop which is developed by the most popular CyanogenMod Team. Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update may officially have seeding for the Moto G devices but you can get more customizations through official custom builds that usually you can’t find in stock versions. So you can now update Moto G 2013 to the latest Android 5.0.2 Lollipop via CM12 custom Nightly ROM and it is expected that many extra features will be added near to stock experience to CM12 soon.

Please note that this is just a custom ROM which is developed by the third-party developers, not officially released by Motorola. Thus some bugs might be expected or various features also may not functioning properly but Nightly means that these bugs will be fixed soon in future builds.

Install Android 5.0.2 Lollipop on Moto G 2013 via Official CyanogenMod 12 Nightly ROM 1
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By following this guide you’ll be able to install CM12 custom ROM featuring Android 5.0.2 Lollipop having support to OTA updates. You’ll need a custom recovery such CWM or TWRP to flash Android 5.0.2 based CM12 Nightly ROM and Gapps zipped files on Moto G. Now if you are ready to install this custom ROM on your device then we’ve a detailed guide on how to update Moto G 2013 to Android 5.0.2 CM12 Nightly Lollipop:


This given guide contains the official CyanogenMod 12 nightly custom ROM is only working with the Moto G 2013. Do not try to flash this custom firmware on any other or incorrect variant. You can find the device’s model number by going to Settings > About phone > Model Number.


AndroidBlog will not be responsible for any kind of damage occurred to your Motorola Moto G 2013 during or after the installation of Android 5.0.2 Lollipop based CM12 Nightly custom ROM. Proceed at your own risk.


  1. Make a proper backup of all your data and settings before proceeding to the installation instructions. In case anything goes wrong then you’ll be able to restore your data.
  2. Make sure that you’ve properly installed the Moto G 2013 USB Drivers on the PC.
  3. Enable USB Debugging Mode on your Moto G. If the developer options is not enable then navigate to Settings > About phone. Find the Build number and tap 7 times on it. You can now enable USB debugging mode.
  4. The Moto G 2013 should be rooted with a custom recovery installed on it.
  5. The battery level of your Moto G should be at least about 80% before going ahead to installation guide.

Required Files:

Steps to Update Moto G 2013 to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop via CyanogenMod 12 Nightly Custom ROM:

Follow the given step-by-step guide to update Moto G 2013 to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop via Official CM12 custom ROM:

1:- First, download Android 5.0.2 Lollipop CM12 Nightly ROM ( for Moto G on the desktop of the PC.

2:- Plug your device to the PC using its USB data cable and mount its USB memory storage.

3:- Transfer Android 5.0.2 ROM .zip file which you’ve already downloaded from the above link, to the root folder of your SD card on the phone.

4:- Unplug the Moto G 2013 from the PC and power it OFF in order to boot into Recovery Mode.

5:- Power ON the device while pressing and holding Volume UP + Power buttons at the same time to enter into Recovery Mode.

6:- While your device is now in CWM Recovery, perform wipe data/factory reset, wipe cache partition and wipe dalvik cache also by navigating to Advanced > Wipe Dalvik Cache.

Note:- wipe dalvik cache will help you to prevent boot loops and other errors while ROM installation.

7:- Go back to the main Recovery Menu and choose install zip from SD card → choose zip from sdcard.

8:- Navigate to the Android 5.0.2 CyanogenMod 12 custom ROM .zip file which you’ve already transferred to the SD card of your device previously. Select the ROM .zip file using the Power button and confirm the installation to begin.

9:- Navigate to +++++Go Back+++++ once the installation is completed. From Recovery Menu, reboot your device by selecting reboot system now.

Your Moto G 2013 will be rebooted and may take about 4 to 5 minutes to boot.

Done! You’ve successfully updated Moto G 2013 to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop via CM12 Nightly custom ROM.

Let us know in the comments section below if you have any query or problem regarding the above tutorial to install Official CyanogenMod 12 custom ROM based on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop on your Moto G 2013.


Aamir Jamal

An Android Geek and audiophile who love to read and write reviews/tutorials about gadgets and new tech stuff. He has written 1007 guides and other posts.

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  1. It seems that the little blue alien just loads forever…It’s been 2 hours! Maybe I just did something wrong? My phone is a Moto G 4G.

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