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Update Original Moto G to Android 6.0 Using CM 13 Nightly ROM

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    CyanogenMod has released the new CM 13 Nightlies for the 1st-gen Moto G smartphones. Check the info listed din this post in order to learn how to flash the custom ROM on your device.

    The CM 13 Nightlies are based on the stock Android 6.0 AOSP builds. Besides all the stock features you will also find tons of extra features and functions designed by the CyanogenMod team. You can learn more about this release here.

    Before starting the flashing process of this new CM 13 Nightly ROM you need to read the guidelines below:

    • use this tutorial only with the 1st gen Motorola Moto G, the one launched in 2013.
      – do not flash the files that you will find in this post on any other different Moto G models.
      – this smartphone is codenamed “falcon”.
    • your device should be rooted.
      – also, a custom Recovery like CWM or TWRP has to be installed on it.
      – the installed custom Recovery needs to be upgraded to its latest version, so that it will support the new Android 6.0 custom ROMs.
    • in the tutorial part of this post you can find two extra preparation steps: the NANDROID Backup and the Factory Reset.
      – do not skip these steps.
      – the NANDROID Backup creates a full restore file for your phone.
      – the restore point can be used to repair your Moto G in case the new CM 13 ROM doesn’t boot in normal mode.
      – factory resetting the device has to be done in order to remove the old ROM and allow the new CM 13 build to install and boot successfully.
      – the factory reset won’t delete any data from internal storage, but it will remove all the installed apps.
    • if you need to save data from installed applications, then you should use the Helium tool for Android.
      – do not use Titanium Backup to save data from apps, as you won’t be able to retrieve such data because the TB tool is not supported by CM 13 ROMs.
    • you should also verify that the phone’s battery charge level is over 50%, that will prevent the device from powering off during the installation process.
    • do not skip any steps and make sure to read the whole post before starting the flashing process.
    • this tutorial is destined for advanced users, we cannot be blamed in case the new ROM doesn’t boot in normal mode, nor in case you lose any important files.
    If you want to continue updating the CM 13 ROM with new Nightlies, then you can do it easily using the CyanogenMod Updates menu from under the Settings section.

    How to flash CM 13 Nightly Android 6.0 ROM for Moto G 2013 “falcon”:
    1. Download the CM 13 zip from here.
    2. Download Gapps for Android 6.0 ROMs here.
    3. Move both zip files on your phone’s internal storage.
      – after the files are copied you can disconnect the phone from PC.
      – do not unzip the files.
    4. Power off the phone.
    5. Now boot it in Custom Recovery Mode.
    6. Create the NANDROID Backup for the installed ROM:
      – CWM: select the ‘backup and restore’ option.
      – TWRP: select ‘backup’ option.
      – confirm and wait until the complete backup is done.
    7. Next you should factory reset the device:
      – CWM: select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’.
      – TWRP: select ‘wipe’.
      – confirm.
    8. Start CM 13 Nightly installation:
      – CWM – select ‘install zip from sdcard’, then ‘choose zip from sdcard’.
      – TWRP: select ‘install’.
    9. Find CM 13 zip and confirm the flashing process.
    10. After the ROM is done installing you should flash the Gapps zip, too.
    11. Reboot your smartphone in normal mode when all the new files are done installing on your device.
    Use your default Google account to regain control over your device once again.

    In case your device gets stuck at the boot animation screen or it enters in a boot loop, then you will be forced to try and repeat the whole post more than once. If you do repeat installation, then you should make sure that the phone meets all requirements and that you will not skip any steps.