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These instructions are for those who have already installed CyanogenMod.

Use the CM Updater (CM10 and newer)

If you use the Google Apps addon (gapps) and are updating between versions where your old gapps is not compatible (e.g. upgrading CM 10.1 to 10.2), it is recommended you apply the update manually in recovery, because you need to flash an updated gapps package. If you do not use gapps or are upgrading a more minor version release, automatic upgrading is recommended.

To update CyanogenMod automatically:

  1. Ensure you've saved everything important, as doing an update requires the system be restarted.
  2. Go to the Settings, and then under About this [device], you should see a menu for checking for and installing updates.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to perform the update.

If your recovery does not support automatic update installing, you may have to install downloaded zip archive manually. In such case follow instructions in the section below, starting from step 2. You will find downloaded zip under /sdcard/cmupdater directory.

Updating Manually


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To update CyanogenMod manually:

  1. Download the new version of CM for your device. The file should typically have a name ending in .zip
    1. If you have CM, this is what the Monthly builds are.
    2. If you don't have CM installed on your phone, use the CM installer. Then come back here.
  2. Start into recovery mode
  3. If you downloaded the .zip to your phone, skip this:
    1. Transfer the .zip to your phone:
      1. After you downloaded it on your computer,
      2. Push the .zip file to your phone using a terminal: adb push filename.zip /sdcard/
  4. Your phone now has a .zip file on it and is in recovery mode.
    1. Test it out:
      1. Can you reliably move files to your phone via adb or Android File Transfer? (e.g. - in-case you mess something up, can you undo it?)
      2. If not, stop: fix those first.
  5. Different recovery images provide slightly different menu systems, so these instructions will have to be generic. If you have installed CM previously, the options in the recovery menu should already be familiar.
    1. If you are doing a major update (such as from CM 7 to CM 10) or wish to clear the device's data partion, select Clear data partition or Factory Reset (depending on the recovery menu you are using)
      1. NB: If your .zip is in /SDCARD/ it will be there after the factory reset/clear data partition.
    2. Next, you must locate the file ending in .zip that you downloaded previously. Typically, this file will have been downloaded to the /sdcard/ partition. However some browsers may put it in different places, such as in a /sdcard/download folder. Additionally, you may have downloaded it on your computer and have pushed it (using adb push filename.zip /sdcard/ to the device).
      1. NB: It may be under the /0/ folder if you are using ClockworkMod Recovery
    3. Regardless, you want to use the recovery menu to select an option to flash the .zip file from sd, then locate the .zip, then say "yes" if asked about flashing.
    4. If you did not do a factory reset, you may optionally choose to clear the cache.
    5. Now select the option to restart the system, and hopefully it will have worked!
  6. p.s. - you will have to install "standard" Google Apps again - gmail, Play Store, Maps, etc. are not included.

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