How to Install Cyanogenmod 12.1 (Android 5.1.1 Lollipop) on Samsung Galaxy S3 MINI

Galaxy S3 Mini is an android smartphone that runs on Jell Bean (v4.1), and it won’t be receiving the official Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update. However, the smartphone is powered by the NovaThor U8420 chipset, dual-core 1.0GHz and supported by a 1GB RAM alongside a 16GB internal memory.

After the release of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop few weeks ago, the developers’ communities have been developing custom ROM for various android phones, and they have also succeeded in developing the Cyanogenmod 12.1 (Unofficial) (Android 5.1.1 Lollipop) for Samsung Galaxy S3 MINI.

This custom ROM comes with all expected features of the Android OS v5.1 with some other extra features being included.

Having installed the Cyanogenmod 12.1, your android phone operates with the fastest performance, great user interface and outstanding theme engine.

Today’s stroll, I would brief you guys on how to install cyanogenmod 12.1 on Samsung Galaxy S3 MINI.

Warning: Installation of Custom ROM on your android device voids its warranty, so following the instruction is at your own risk. The guide is strictly advised for pros or technically talented users to give a try.

NB: Also try to back up your files before you proceed to the below guide to avoid loss of data. And Samsung galaxy S3 MINI drivers needed, in other to progress your connection of your smartphone to PC via usb cable.

How to Install Cyanogenmod 12.1 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop on Samsung Galaxy S3 MINI

Before proceeding to the below guide, make sure that your Samsung Galaxy S3 MINI  has an unlocked bootloader, rooted and also have the latest custom recovery (TWRP/CWM) installed on it.

Step 1: Enable USB debugging on Samsung Galaxy S3 MINI, simply go to settings >> Developers option, and connect your device to your computer.

Step 2: After that, download cyanogenmod 12.1 from here on your computer, and Google Apps from here and move the downloaded files to the internal SD Card of your Samsung Galaxy S3 MINI device.

Step 3: Now, switch off your device and boot to recovery mode (press and hold Volume Down button + press Power button).

Step 4: Once you get to the recovery mode, simply perform a full system wipe (Wipe Data/Factory Reset, Wipe Cache Partition and then Wipe Dalvik Cache/ART cache from advanced section).

Step 5: After that, go to the recover main menu, then choose install ZIP from SD Card, then select the CM 12.1 Zip file and install immediately.

Step 6: Repeat the step 5 to also install the Google apps/

Step 7: Once the installation process is completed, simply go back main recovery menu and tap on Reboot system, and your device would be rebooted.

Read also: Download and Install Firefox OS on Any Android (No Root Required)

Once your Samsung Galaxy S3 MINI is successfully rebooted, then you would notice the new experience of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop on your device with much amazing features. And just in case your device got stock in welcome screen during reboot, simply switch off and boot to recovery, then wipe cache partition and reboot.

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