After Google released the Android Marshmallow source a couple of months ago and the CyanogenMod community has already started the development for their upcoming CM 13 ROMS for several devices. They already have some official builds available in their repository and developers have been porting this ROM onto their devices. So here is a CyanogenMod 13 or CM 13 for Galaxy S6 that will get your device to the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow firmware.
Changes to the system have been made and the CM 13 source has been recompiled for the device. Moreover, a stable version of arter97 kernel has been used as a base for stability. This release comes to us unofficially and hence you may come across some bugs and some of the features are not working at the moment. Even though the ROM may not be suitable as a daily driver, it’s a good deal for those who want to try the latest Android software.
The bugs have been listed below and if you want to try this ROM, then follow the instructions carefully. Similar builds have been released for the Galaxy S6. So let’s begin with the tutorial and stay tuned for further updates.
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What’s working with this build:
- Basic 2D graphics
- AP hotspot
- SMS/MMS/Mobile Data(3G, LTE)
- Call(WIP – microphone not working)
What’s not working:
- Hardware accelerated video/audio encoding/decoding
- Proper 3D graphics
- Listing network operator
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- The listed custom ROM is compatible with Galaxy S6 International (SM-G920F/I, zerofltexx), Galaxy S6 SK (SM-G920S, zeroflteskt) and Galaxy S6 KT (SM-G920K, zerofltektt). Do not try it on any other device.
- Make sure you have TWRP recovery installed on your Galaxy S6. A TWRP and Philz recovery can do. Install the latest recovery available.
- You must have device drivers installed on your PC so as to transfer the ROM and Google apps to your device’s storage.
- You must fully charge your device or at least to 60%, as the process may take a while.
Backup your Apps and Data
Before you proceed, make sure you backup all your data. This process will wipe all the data from your device except for the internal storage. Hence, a full backup or nandroid backup is recommended. Also backup all your internal storage files just in case anything goes wrong. Take a nandroid backup from the custom recovery before flashing the ROM.
How to Install CM 13 for Galaxy S6
- Download the CyanogenMod ROM and the Google Apps from the download section.
- Now transfer the two zip files into your device’s internal storage. Place the zip file where you can easily locate it.
- Now reboot into Custom Recovery (like TWRP). To boot into TWRP, turn off your device and then press and hold volume down and power keys at the same time. If you see the TWRP logo, that means you have successfully booted into the recovery.
- Although this is optional, it’s highly recommended that you perform a nandroid backup. To backup your ROM, tap on backup option in TWRP and select the following elements: System, Data, Boot, Recovery, EFS and swipe right where appropriate, to back up.
- After performing the ROM backup, return to the TWRP main menu and tap the wipe button and select Advanced Wipe. Then select Dalvik Cache, System, Data, and Cache.
- Now go back to the TWRP main menu or home screen and tap on the install option. Navigate to the ROM file and select it.
- Swipe the confirmation button to proceed with the installation. The ROM will be installed.
- Now return to home in the TWRP and tap on the install option. Navigate to the Google apps zip file and select it.
- Swipe the confirmation button to proceed with the installation.
- Once installed, reboot to system.
If you see the new boot logo, that means you have successfully installed the ROM on your device. If you come across any boot loop or face system errors, try a factory reset from the recovery or you can always restore your previous ROM from the backup.
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