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Few days back, we wrote about CyanogenMod team’s plans to release a one click installer app to make it easier for users to install and enjoy their ROM. Now, the beta version of the CyanogenMod Installer is out for testers to give a try.

We’ve managed to get a copy of the beta for ourselves. Here are our first impressions about the CyanogenMod Installer.

Hands On CyanogenMod Installer

Makes the installation process super easy

Only users with some technical knowledge about custom ROMs, recoveries etc would find the CyanogenMod installation process easier. The process would seem tricky to most causal users. This is when an app that could automate the process would come in handy. And that’s exactly what the CyanogenMod Installer does.

Users need not go through all those ‘hard’ stuff (like rooting, installing custom recovery etc) to get their device running on CyanogenMod once the installer is out for the public (Hopefully, it’ll arrive in the coming weeks).

About the installer

It’s not a single app if you think what it is. The process requires a PC version of the installer and its Android app. The PC version of the installer supports only Windows at the moment, but possibly the team will be making one for the Mac and Linux users also if the demand grows.

CM Installer Android App

Both the Android and Windows versions of the installer are pretty smooth and easy to use. Personally, I really liked the interface.

CyanogenMod Installer Windows Version

CM installer is currently in its beta stage; not yet available to the public (except those who are willing to test). Support for more devices is to be added and many bugs are to be dealt with. Once that’s done, the stable build will be out for everyone to download.

How the CyanogenMod Installer works

We tested the installer with a Nexus 4 (video below) and it worked flawlessly.

Firstly, we installed the app on the phone and it directed to go to (password protected; for testers only) to download the PC app. After downloading, we got it running, with the phone connected to the computer via USB cable. Then, the installer detected the device and asked to enable USB debugging, followed by a prompt to connect the device in PTP mode (as a camera device). Once that was done, the installer started downloading the custom recovery (ClockworkMod), the ROM and finally the system apps. After the download was complete, it was asked if we wanted to unlock the bootloader; we went with ‘Yes’. Once the bootloader is unlocked, the installer will be able to overwrite the stock recovery with the custom one. The installer then flashed the custom recovery and the ROM followed by the system apps. As the installation process finished, the device booted with the latest CyanogenMod nightly build installed.


The installer is so easy to use and everything is automated. You wouldn’t need to worry about anything except following the simple instructions provided by the installer correctly.

CyanogenMod Installer is still in its beta phase, so many things might change once the final build is out. As an example, the installer flashed a nightly build of CyanogenMod 10.2 on our Nexus 4; this action might be replaced by an option to choose between the latest stable release and the nightly build.

Things are gonna be really easy with the CyanogenMod Installer;  plus everything is neat, simple and good looking. So obviously, we are very impressed with the whole idea and execution, and we’re pretty sure every CyanogenMod lover is going to like it.

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