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There is a great news for all the ZUK Z1 users. The CyanogenMod 13 ROM is now available officially for the Lenovo device. As it comes officially, the ROM is expected to be stable and updated with the latest CM 13 source code. Although there is a planned Marshmallow update coming to the device, the manufacturer has not made it clear as to when the update will really hit the device.

So for users who have TWRP installed on their device, can flash this ROM and get your ZUK Z1 to Android 6.0 Marshmallow in no time. Hit the download section and follow the instructions below for the latest build of CM 13.

We have also listed the official ZUI based ROM and the pre-rooted Cyanogen OS 12.1 for the Lenovo ZUK Z1.  Visit the developer page from the download section for more details.

Also, take a look at the various Android devices receiving the CyanogenMod 13 port, either officially- click here or unofficially- click here.

Warning: Once you root or install a custom ROM, your warranty may be void. We at AndroidSage won’t be liable for any damage to your Android device. We won’t be held responsible if you brick your device. Reader’s discretion is advised.

Download CM 13, COS 12.1 and Stock based ROMS for ZUK Z1

Here are some of the Marshmallow and popular custom ROM builds for your device:

Official CyanogenMod 13 (CM 13 ROM) for Lenovo ZUK Z1
Download | File: cm-13.0-20160125-NIGHTLY-ham.zip (327.76 MB)

Cyanogen OS 12.1 YOG4PAS3OH for Lenovo ZUK Z1
Download | File: cm-12.1-YOG4PAS3OH-ham-rooted.zip [Visit Developer Page]

Official ZUI 1.5.201 for ZUK Z1 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Download | Visit developer page for more information and installation

Marshmallow Compatible Google Apps:
→ Open Google Apps → Link | File: open_gapps-arm-6.0-stock.zip
→ Dynamic Gapps → Link | File: BaNkS-Dynamic-GApps-6.x.x-11-21-2015.zip

Flash SuperUser for Root Access
→ SuperSU v2.67 → Link | File: BETA-SuperSU-v2.67.zip


1. Verify your device before you proceed. The listed ROMS are compatible with Lenovo ZUK Z1 only.

2. Make sure you have a custom recovery installed on your device. Latest build from TWRP is highly recommended. Get the TWRP

3. Make sure you have latest device drivers setup on your PC in order to transfer the files to your device’s internal storage. Get it from the official page of your device manufacturer.

4. Fully charge your device as the process make take a while.

How to CyanogenMod 13 for Lenovo ZUK Z1

Step 1: Download the ROM  of your choice from above. Also, download the Android 6.0 Marshmallow compatible Google Apps from the above download section. If you are looking for root after installation, download the SuperSU package from the list.

Step 2: Transfer all the necessary files to you device’s internal storage or SDcard. Place the files where you can easily locate it.

Step 3: Now boot into TWRP recovery. To do so, turn off your device completely and then press and hold the power button and volume down key for a few seconds. Once you see the TWRP logo, that means you have successfully booted into the recovery. Alternatively, if you have rooted device, then use Android apps like the Quick boot or Boot Smart.

Step 4: Once into TWRP, take a Nandroid backup. To do so, tap Backup option and select all the partitions including the system, data, boot, recovery, EFS and cache(optional).

Step 5: Now wipe the current system. To do so, return to home screen and tap the Wipe option in TWRP. Tap Advanced Wipe and select partitions like system, boot, data, cache, Dalvik cache. Do not, in any case, select internal storage, unless you know what you are doing.

Step 6: Now return to the home screen again and tap Install option. Navigate to the ROM file from your internal storage and select it.

Step 7: Now swipe right on the confirmation action button below to install the ROM.

Step 8: Once installed, go back and select the compatible Google apps zip file from the location in your internal storage.

Step 9: Once selected, swipe right on the confirmation action button below to flash them.

Step 10: Once installation completes, you can wipe the Dalvik cache or simply choose reboot to system option.

Step 11: Once you reboot, you should see the new boot logo. This means that the ROM has been installed successfully. First boot may take a while. If the ROM doesn’t boot or you come across boot loop, a factory reset from the recovery should do the trick. If that fails, you can restore your previous ROM from the TWRP recovery.

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Also See:

Install Official CM 13 On Wileyfox Smart And Swift [Android 6.0 Marshmallow]

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  • Muhammad Mohsin

    Is 6.0.1 better than 5.1.1 in Lenovo Zuk Z1 .. ? there were some bugs/issues in 5.1.1 but the interface and processing was good, what about the new one? kindly, reply me asap. I am willing to update but ….

    • CyanogenMod skipped the 5.1.1 and jumped to CM 13 officially. So I recommend going with CM 13. It may not have all the functions at this moment, but at least it will be stable.

      • Muhammad Mohsin

        Thank you for the reply. Let me know please that if I want to downgrade to the previous version, if required to me, can i do it simply ??

        • Yes, just remember to backup from TWRP. Then you are good to go.

          • Muhammad Mohsin

            thank u . could u please state that how to take a backup of twrp. let me elaborate that, i have recieved the official update request in my phone. like i don have to go to twrp or else or to download a ROM for it . i will hopefully, just have to accept the installation and the process will go on. is it really so ? and if i want to take a backup file through TWRP, how will it be done btw ?

          • Ok now, according to your queries, I believe you are on stock ROM which means the OS that came with your device originally. If thats the case, then you ptobably have Cyanogen OS. If you have update notification then go ahead and update it. This here is a custom ROM a CM 13 rom. Have you installed a TWRP?

          • Muhammad Mohsin

            Yes, u r right dear. no i hvnt installed TWRP yet. so in my case, if I go ahead and update the OS, and then want to rollback, will it be safe and fine?

          • If its an official update then it should fix the bugs you are facing right now. It is for better good. And no you won’t be able to go back once u update. For that you will need the full firmware file for the previous build u want and then flash it manually. It’s a totally different process.

          • Muhammad Mohsin

            okey. thank you for the helpful replies dear . stay blessed .

  • Thirunavukkarasu Palani

    Does volte supported on this rom ?

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