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How to Install Android 5.0.2 CM12 Nightly Lollipop custom ROM on Nexus 6

Android 5.0.2 Lollipop rolled out for various devices officially, no doubt that stock firmwares are more better but a custom ROM like CyanogenMod comes with a lot of extra added features like system wide gestures and other accessibility tools that we can’t find in a stock firmware. So being a Nexus 6 (Shamu) owner, you’ll be glad to hear that the latest Android 5.0.2 Lollipop based CM12 Nightly custom ROM is now available to install on Motorola Nexus 6. Google’s Motorola Nexus 6 was the first smartphone that received the Lollipop update first but it doesn’t mean that you’ll not install a custom ROM on it.

If you are interested to update Motorola Nexus 6 to 5.0.2 CM12 Nightly Lollipop ROM then follow these step-by-step instructions. As this ROM is developed by the third-party developers, so you’ll need a custom recovery like CWM or TWRP to install CM12 Nightly ROM and Gapps zipped files on your Nexus 6.

Flash Android 5.0.2 CM12 Nightly Lollipop custom ROM on Nexus 6


This guide contains Android 5.0.2 based CyanogenMod 12 Lollipop custom ROM is only applicable for the Motorola Nexus 6. Do not try to install this custom ROM on any other or incorrect variant, otherwise the phone might gets bricked. You can check the device’s model number from Settings > About Phone > Model Number.


AndroidBlog will not be responsible for any kind of damage occurred to your Motorola Nexus 6 during or after the installation of Android 5.0.2 CM12 Nightly custom build. Proceed at your own risk.


  • Make a proper backup of all your important data and settings using a recommended custom recovery on the phone before proceeding to the installation guide.
  • Download and install the correct Motorola Nexus 6 USB Drivers on the PC.
  • Enable USB Debugging Mode on the Nexus 6.
  • Your phone should be rooted with a custom recovery installed on it.
  • Check the battery level of your Nexus 6, it should have at least about 80% of charge.

Required Files:

Steps to Update Motorola Nexus 6 to Android 5.0.2 CM12 Nightly Lollipop custom ROM:

1:-  First, download the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop CM12 Nightly ROM and Google Apps .zip files on the desktop of your PC for your Nexus 6.

2:- Connect the Nexus 6 to the PC using its USB Data Cable and mount the Mass Storage of the phone.

3:- Transfer the downloaded ROM and Google Apps files to the root folder of your SD card on the device.

4:- Now, disconnect the device from the PC and turn it OFF in order to boot into Recovery Mode.

5:- Turn ON the Nexus 6 while pressing and holding Volume Up + Power keys at the same time for a while until the device enters into Recovery Mode.

6:- Go back to the main recovery menu and perform a full data wipe. This includes Dalvik cache, Cache, System, Factory data reset.

7:- Go back the main Recovery menu and choose install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard.

8:- Find the ROM and Gapps files that you’ve already transferred to the root folder of your SD Card in Step No 3. Select the Lollipop ROM file and proceed the installation process.

9:- Once the ROM is successfully installed on your Nexus 6, install Google Apps package by following the same procedure as given above.

10:- After the installation of CM12 Nightly ROM and Google Apps, select reboot system now to reboot the Nexus 6.

It will take about 5 minutes to boots up for the first time after installing ROM on your phone.

Done! You have successfully updated Motorola Nexus 6 to CyanogenMod 12 Nightly custom build based Android 5.0.2 Lollipop.

Let us know in the comments area below if you need any help or having query while installing the 5.0.2 CM12 Nightly ROM on on your Motorola Nexus 6.

Aamir Jamal

An Android Geek and audiophile who love to read and write reviews/tutorials about gadgets and new tech stuff. He has written 1007 guides and other posts.

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