Update 2014 Moto X with CM12 Nightlies Android 5.0 Lollipop ROM

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The new Moto X can be anytime flashed with the most recent release of CyanogenMod: CM 12 Nightlies. Thus, if you want to spice things up a little bit and try something new, then you might want to consider this Android 5.0 Lollipop powered update which will bring great new features to your 2014 Motorola Moto X. So, if you want to learn more, don’t hesitate and check the guidelines from below and also see how to install CM12 Nightlies on your Moto X.

CM 12 Nightlies for Motorola Moto X comes as a stable and smooth Android 5.0 Lollipop OS that can customize and optimize your smartphone. Why should you choose to flash the CyanogenMod update your smartphone (as we all know, the new Moto X is already running on Lollipop firmware)? Well, with CM 12 Nightlies installed, your phone will run better and also faster. Even though it is a custom port of stock Android 5.0 system, the CM12 ROM comes pre-loaded with various features and apps which cannot be found on the default Lollipop OS.

So, with these dedicated features you can improve the performances of your 2014 Moto X. And as already pointed out, everything will be established on a stable Lollipop experience. Now, bottom line, once CM 12 Nightlies is applied, you can notice that the battery life has been improved, the speeds are now faster and also that the Android experience has been optimized.

Of course, if you want to complete this tutorial, first you should know that CM 12, like any other custom ROMs (such as AOKP or ParanoidAndroid) represents an unofficial Lollipop update that isn’t related with Motorola or with Google. Thus, the warranty of your Moto X will get void once you start to apply the steps from below. That’s why you should be careful when reading this tutorial and that’s why you should update your device with CM12 only if you are an advanced user who is used with these types of unofficial procedures.

Now, before heading towards the proper steps from below, first read the risks implied by this guide and also learn how to prepare your Android smartphone for the update operation that will follow – do that by checking the provided link.

Basically, you have to root your Moto X (CM 12 Nightlies can be installed only on an unlocked Android device as the firmware has to access and modify in built programs and features) and you have to install a custom recovery image like CWM or TWRP recovery – the custom recovery is used on the installation process as the CM12 update is offered as a .zip file.

Also, after completing the operations from above you have to consider in making a backup process for saving all the data that’s saved on the internal storage memory of your new Motorola Moto X. During the update operation, through recovery mode, a hard reset will be performed, which means that a wipe will be applied; thus all of your personal data, info and accounts will be erased – so, that’s why you need to complete the backup. Moreover, you should also use the custom recovery image for applying a Nandroid backup as in this way you can save the stock Android OS – and restore it if CM 12 Nightlies will not be what you have expected.

Good; now other pre requisites can be checked during the above mentioned tutorial; now let’s see how to install CM 12 Nightlies based on Android 5.0 Lollipop on your 2014 Motorola Moto X.

Update 2014 Moto X with CM12 Nightlies Android 5.0 Lollipop ROM

  1. The first thing to do is to navigate towards this page; from there download the official CM12 Nightlies firmware file and save the update package on your computer.
  2. Don’t unzip the Lollipop software, just place it on desktop.
  3. Connect your new Moto X with your computer – plug in the USB cable in that matter.
  4. Copy-paste the update package from desktop to your phone and when done unplug the USB cord.
  5. Enter recovery mode on your Motorola Moto X.
  6. And now, from recovery select “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvik cache”.
  7. Good; next, return to main menu of recovery and from there select “install zip from SD card” followed by “choose zip from SD card”.
  8. Pick the CM12 Nightlies firmware and install Android 5.0 Lollipop on your Moto X.
  9. When done, go back to main menu of recovery and select “reboot system now”.

Congratulations; you can now experience the CM 12 Nightlies update on your own Motorola Moto X (the 2014 model of course).

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