How to Install CyanogenMod CM 12.1 On Asus Zenfone 2

How to Install CyanogenMod CM 12.1 On Asus Zenfone 2 Full Guide: If you are someone who wants the vanilla Android look on our device, then we have got you covered here. The CM 12.1 also known as CyanogenMod 12.1 is now made available for the device.

Asus Zenfone 2 is the successor to the previous generation Zenfone 5 and 6 which are great devices. Asus Zenfone 2 is one of the most popular device in the market right now. The phone has all the top-notch features and a budget-friendly price tag. But if you are running the stock skinned ROM and want to try pure google android ROM then there is good news for you guys. Now you can install the CM12.1 (CyanogenMod 12.1) ROM on your Zenfone 2 which is based on Android 5.1.1. Install CyanogenMod CM 12.1 On Asus Zenfone 2

Just Follow the step by step guide to Install CyanogenMod CM 12.1 On Asus Zenfone 2. Here we will be using TWRP recovery to Flash the ROM and Gapps file. The process is very simple and easy to follow. Don’t skip any of the mentioned steps or you may brick the device.


  • Make sure there is at least 80% battery left on your smartphone before begin this process
  • Do a full Nandroid backup on your device, to avoid brick issues.

How to Install CyanogenMod CM 12.1 On Asus Zenfone 2

Warning: will not be held responsible for any kind of damage occurred to your Zenfone 2 while following this tutorial.Do it at your own risk.

How to Install CyanogenMod CM 12.1 On Asus Zenfone 2

Install CyanogenMod CM 12.1 On Asus Zenfone 2

  • First download the CM12.1 latest version or nightly from here (Xda Thread Link old link Broken (Check the date and download the latest version) and download the Google app packege zip here and saved it on your desktop.
  • After downloading both zip files, transfer both and to the micro SDCARD of your Zenfone 2 from PC via USB
  • Now boot your phone in recovery mode to flash both the files.(RECOVERY MODE==>> Power off your phone and hold down the volume + button and power button until the phone vibrates. After the vibration stops, release the power button and continue pressing the volume up button until the green Android robot appears. You should see a blue line below saying “Waiting Fastboot command”, Now here click vol down till you see Recovery mode in top big rectangle box, click the power button)
  • Now your phone is in Recovery mode.
  • Wipe data and perform a factory reset.(Don’t wipe internal memory)
  • Now Click install, navigate to those zip files that you transferred to your phone.
  • First install and then the file.
  • Then return back to the recovery main menu and Reboot system

DONE!!!! you have successfully Installed CyanogenMod CM 12.1 On your Asus Zenfone 2.

For confirmation go to setting and check your android version and CyanogenMod version.

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10 thoughts on “How to Install CyanogenMod CM 12.1 On Asus Zenfone 2”

    • But TWRP is needed in order to Flash.CyanogenMod ROMs are pre-rooted ROMS and come with supersu preinstalled you just have to enable them in the developer settings

  1. Wow this is awesome I heard Cyanogen comes pre-rooted….still have to do a complete Nandroid Back? This AsusZenFone 2 customizing is more awesome than PC tweaking….

  2. Ah….no need to do a Nandroid Back since the TWRP Is an Image….can’t wait to modify me Asus ZenFone 2….easy since you put the files on it’s micro SD card…


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