After the 2nd Gen Moto E, it’s time for the first generation of the device to receive Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Courtesy of CyanogenMod 13, Motorola devices have been receiving the Marshmallow update before time. Although unofficial, this is the only possible way to get the latest software from Google at the moment. Moreover, there is no word from the manufacturer for when will the device receive the official firmware update. Well based on past experiences, it may take a while.

The CM 13 ROM is based on the AOSP 6.0 source code released by Google recently. The ROM has some bugs at the moment. However, with further development and releases, bug fixes can be expected. So stay tuned for further updates for the ROM.

Warning: Warranty may be void if you root or install custom ROM on your device. We at DroidViews won’t be liable for any damage to your device whatsoever. We are not responsible if you brick or damage your device. Reader’s discretion is advised.

Bug Alert

What’s working with this build:

This is an alpha build and bugs are expected. This ROM may not serve as a daily driver.

  • WiFi
  • Display
  • SD card

What’s not working:

  • Calls
  • Messages
  • Camera
  • Everything else


  • Download | Marshmallow custom ROM CM 13 (File: (253.3 MB))
  • Download | Google Apps (supports CM 13)
  • Download | More Google apps for Android 6.0 Marshmallow


  • The listed custom ROM is compatible with Moto E 2014 1st Gen only. Do not try it on any other device.
  • Make sure you have TWRP recovery installed on your device. For detailed TWRP installation instructions using fastboot, get to our tutorial through this link and install the latest TWRP build.
  • 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 CyanogenMod 13 on Moto E 2014 1st Gen

  1. Download the CyanogenMod ROM and the Google Apps from the download section.
  2. Now transfer the two zip files into your device’s internal storage. Place the zip file where you can easily locate it.
  3. Now reboot into Custom Recovery (like TWRP). To boot into TWRP, first 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.
  4. 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 backup.
  5. After performing the ROM backup, return to the TWRP main menu and tap the wipe button and select Advanced Wipe. Then select Dalvik CacheSystemData, and Cache. Now swipe the confirmation button to backup.
  6. 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.
  7. Swipe the confirmation button to proceed with the installation. The ROM will be installed.
  8. Now return to home in the TWRP and tap on the install option. Navigate to the Google apps zip file and select it.
  9. Swipe the confirmation button to proceed with the installation.
  10. 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.

Also See:

Get Marshmallow ROM for Moto E 2015 3G [CyanogenMod 13]

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