June 17, 2015

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[June 2015 Update] CyanogenMod 12.1 on Galaxy S4 Mini Lollipop ROM

The days keep passing and found the new version of CyanogenMod 12.1 for key devices, although in fact there are already many Android devices compatible with CM12.1 Everyone has looked for ways to upgrade your device to the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and since many do not receive the official update choose to seek a custom ROM and what better to use the more famous [CM12.1 cm-12.1-20150616-NIGHTLY-serrano3gxx.zip] highlighting its simplicity, its customization options and based on the latest Android Lollipop .

CyanogenMod 12.1 on Galaxy S4 Mini

CyanogenMod 12.1  Android 5.1.1 on Galaxy S4 Mini Lollipop

This version is the first that has been ported or developed directly for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini (3G) and it is now possible to test it in our devices, but also run directly to install because although most of the features are operating normally have errors that are considered important so you may not be able to take advantage of this rom for daily use.
NOTE : The bugs that are currently in this version of Lollipop hand CyanogenMod for Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini have not yet been published so know that things go wrong , but as we know work perfectly.
You can update Galaxy S4 Mini to Android 5.1.1 CyanogenMod 12.1 Lollipop custom firmware using the tutorial below. This is not an official release by Samsung, but just a custom ROM which would require a custom recovery like ClockworkMod in order to flash the ROM zip and Google Apps zip files on your phone. Your Galaxy S4 Mini should be rooted and have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod recovery / TWRP recovery) installed.
NOTE : This is the LATEST Update of CyanogenMod 12.1 (cm-12.1-20150616-NIGHTLY-serrano3gxx.zip)  Nightly ROM released on 16 June 2015.
Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We (iDroid Horizon) or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial.

There are tons of useful articles and how-to guides on iDroid Horizon for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini I9190, but we think you might be interested in the following posts:
Like this CyanogenMod 12.1 based on the latest Android 5.1.1? We love it too and we know you are looking forward to install it on your phone now. Now please read below for important tips on how to make sure your installation goes smooth and you do not end up with any problems.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Drivers :

You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Backup and some important tips :

Done with USB Driver? Good. Now here we go for some work that you must do before installing this firmware. Please follow the important points that you need to take care of, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps:

Backup your all important data and apps because during any installation of a new custom ROM or Official Firmware , your device will be wiped and cleaned with new operating system. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. Read below for some important tips on how to backup Android data in a easy process:
Samsung user can also backup data by using Official Sumsang Kies. If you backup data manually, you will get more options for what to choose from. You can also move your data to other Android devices from different manufacturers, i.e moving Samsung Galaxy S5 backup data to Google Nexus 10.

If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up.

Few more important things that you must remember before installing any custom ROMs or Official Firmwares:

  • You might face some problems in connecting your Android device to the computer. How to fix? You need to enable USB debugging mode.
  •  Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?
  • Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on iDroid Horizon are for factory unlocked Android devices. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your device is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the device model or carrier name.
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All set and ready? Good. Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial below and update Galaxy S4 Mini I9190 to CyanogenMod 12.1 Lollipop custom firmware.

How to Install CyanogenMod 12.1 on Galaxy S4 Mini :

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to install CyanogenMod 12.1 Lollipop custom firmware on Galaxy S4 Mini. If you are used to installing custom ROMs on your Galaxy S4 Mini, then this should not be any different for you.

However, for beginners, you need to root your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and install a custom recovery. Please Google that up if you are unsure and make sure you read the tutorial once before actually performing it on your device.

To Remember:
  • This tutorial is only for installing CyanogenMod 12.1 on Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. Please do not try on any other Galaxy S4 variants.
  • Your phone should be rooted and have ClockworkMod recovery installed from before.
  • This tutorial will wipe out all your data. Proceed at your own risk.
  • Perform a Dalvik Cache wipe before proceeding from the recovery mode.
  • Samsung KIES will NOT detect your phone after installing this ROM because it is a custom firmware.
  • Make sure you backup all your data in your phone before proceeding.

Entire Step-By-Step procedure :

Step 1 - Download CM 12.1 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Custom firmware and Google Apps for Galaxy S4 Mini to your computer.

CyanogenMod 12.1 for Galaxy S4 Mini

Step 2 - Connect and mount your Galaxy S4 Mini USB memory on your computer using the USB cable.

Step 3 - Now copy/paste the downloaded Android 5.1.1 ROM zip file to your SD card. Make sure the file is in the SD card root (not in any folder).

Step 4 - Then turn OFF your phone and disconnect from the USB cable.

Step 5 - Now to get in the Recovery Mode. Switch ON the phone while pressing and holding Volume Up + Home + Power buttons together. You will get an exclamation mark now. Again, hold your Volume Up + Power buttons. You should now be in your Recovery Mode.

Step 6 - Once you are in ClockworkMod Recovery, select perform a full data wipe by selecting “wipe data/factory reset”  Use the Power button to select everything while in the Recovery Mode.

Step 7 - Then, perform a cache wipe by selecting “wipe cache partition” 

Step 8 - Now this is optional, but it is recommended to perform a wipe of your dalvik cache as well. You will not get into boot loops or any other errors. From CWM recovery, go to ‘advanced’ and then select “wipe dalvik cache”.

Step 9 - Then go back to the main recovery screen and select “install zip from SD card”.

Step 10 - Now select “choose zip from sdcard”. Using your volume keys, navigate the CyanogenMod 12.1 ROM Zip file that you copied to your SD card and select it using the Power button. Confirm the installation on the next screen and the installation procedure should start now.

Step 11 - After the installation completes, go to “+++++Go Back+++++” and reboot the phone by selecting “reboot system now
Note: Repeat the same step of installation as in step 10 with Google Apps after installing CyanogenMod 12.1 Lollipop Custom Firmware.
Your Galaxy S4 Mini I9190 will boot now and it might take about 5 minutes to boot on your first time. So, please wait.

That’s it! Your Galaxy S4 Mini I9190 should now have CyanogenMod 12.1 Lollipop Custom ROM installed on your phone! Go to Settings > About phone to verify.

Need Help?

If you run into any problems during UPDATING Galaxy S4 Mini to CyanogenMod 12.1 Lollipop Custom ROM,  feel free to drop us a comment below and we will reply you back ASAP with the fix or the solution to your problem.

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