Xiaomi’s Octa-core masterpiece which has great potential & quality that it can run the most latest Android OS without any issues. But because of Xiaomi’s poor device update service, I doubt it will receive Android Marshmallow update. However, Xiaomi has promised Marshmallow update for Redmi Note 3 as its their Flagship device of 2016. But what till then? Even if Xiaomi releases Android M, initial build might be buggy or you might want to shift to AOSP UI. Thanks to the developers, we can now use Cyanogenmod 13 (CM 13) in Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. Although this ROM cannot be used as daily driver; but you can experience Marshmallow in your Redmi Note 3. So without wasting much time, lets get started with updating Redmi Note 3 to Android Marshmallow (6.0.1).
About CyanogenMod (CM 13)
CyanogenMod is an alternative operating system intended to replace the one pre-installed on your smart phones and tablets. If you’ve got an older device that isn’t getting updates anymore, or if your device seems unusually slow, or maybe you’re sick of spyware, adware, and other unwanted garbage on your phone that you can’t remove… Maybe your device is missing features or has been otherwise artificially limited in functionality. Perhaps you just could use a boost in performance. Or maybe you’d like to be more confident that your operating system has included some of the latest bug fixes. If so, CyanogenMod might be for you.
- ROM OS Version: 6.0.1 Marshmallow
- ROM Kernel: Linux 3.4.x
- Status: Alpha
Bugs: You tell us.
Prerequisites before Installing CM 13 ROM in Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
- Unlocked Bootloader.
- Rooted Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 with custom recovery like TWRP: How to Root & Install TWRP
- Backup all your important data so that if in case anything goes wrong, you can switch back to stock ROM & restore the backup data.
- Device charged upto 50% to avoid shutdown during the flashing process.
- Required ROM file & GApps package (At the end of post)
Note: Devs-Lab won’t be held responsible for anything happening to your device during this process as you have decided to make this modifications. This ROM is only for Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (Snapdragon) variant. Don’t install in any other variant. If you are new to Rooting, you must refer to Complete guide about Rooting. After this process, your warranty will be void & in most cases, you won’t be able to get it back.
How to install CM 13 in Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
Step 1: Download the ROM file & GApps package from the links at the bottom of the post. Make sure you use a proper download manager & good internet connection to avoid data corruption while downloading files.
Step 2: Transfer the downloaded zip files in your Internal storage & boot into recovery. You can boot into recovery mode by two methods, Use TWRP Recovery only
- Download Rebooter App from Google Play Store & grant root access. Launch the app & select, Reboot to recovery.
- Switch off your device, Press and hold Vol UP + Home + Power button simultaneously. Leave the keys after 5 secs.
Step 3: Once you have booted into recovery mode, Optional: Go to “Backup & Restore” and select System, data, boot.
Step 4: Now its time to flash CM 13 in Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. But before doing that, go to Wipe (in TWRP Recovery) & select cache, system (Select system only if you are coming from other ROMs), data dalvik cache. Swipe to confirm wiping.
Step 5: Go to TWRP Homescreen & click on Install. Select the CM 13 ROM for Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 zip from the list of files. Swipe to confirm flashing. This might take around 5mins.
Step 6: Once you have completed flashing the ROM, flash the Gapps package by again going into Install and locate the GApps zip file. Swipe to confirm & you’re done with Installation part.
Step 7: Now clear cache & boot your device. First boot might take sometime so no need to panic.
Download CM 13 (Android M) for Motorola Maxx/Droid Turbo
- CM 13 ROM: Download (Source)
- Google Apps Package: CM13 Gapps
- List of Cyanogenmod 13 Themes: CM 13 themes
Root is now disabled by default on CyanogenMod 13. To enable it go to Settings>Developer Options>Root access and set to Apps only or Apps and ADB. Make sure you don’t report bugs if you have installed any custom apps or edited system files.