Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/192602/8-reasons-to-install-cyanogenmod-on-your-android-device/
CyanogenMod is the most popular custom ROM for Android devices. While it’s an unofficial build of Android, it probably provides an experience closer to Google’s original vision than the software on your current Android phone or tablet does!
It would have been helpful if your article had included which devices are supported. Instead, I had to install the installer (after bypassing a few warning messages telling me what I was doing could be harmful to my device), only to find out several minutes later that my device isn't supported. That, of course meant I had to go through the process of uninstalling the installer. Arrrrgh.
Good article, thanks
Can you still install apps from Google play afterwards?
yes. cyanogenmod works just like stock android would, including google services. it just tweaks the system a bit and adds a few things in.
I am lost I followed the the instructions but it stuck on the screen detecting your devices.
currently using htc one on rogers.
** got it had to download Sync Manager from the htc website, noticed by viewing device manger comp didnt have right drivers for phone.
Ummm ... You apparently didn't read the download page, where the third thing it says is ...
"Advanced Users - Looking for more specific resources? Check out the
download page and search for your device." and the "Check out the
download page" is highlighted. if you click on that (I did, and found my Nexus 7) it shows a cart load of devices/downloads and more links for more downloads.
Nothing to worry about though. A lot of people read an article and are impressed by what they read to the point of just jumping in without realizing that an article like this isn't meant to be a be all end all sort of thing. More of a sign post pointing the way. You still need to follow through with any additional directions.
Hi , i ve downloaded the application but avg detects a virus.
Any clue please?
1 reason NOT to root and install...banking apps. I use my banking app quite regularly. It doesn't work on rooted phones. The temporary unroot tutorials didn't work. I could go through a browser but find the app very convenient. So beware you might not be able to get your banking app working after rooting.
Nope, never saw the "advanced users" note on the download page. And you're right, the reason for not doing so was because I was anxious to try the app. My bad. Thanks for the heads up. Next time I'll be a little more attentive.
Okay, I installed without any problems. Unfortunately, I lost all my contacts, downloads and calendar events. I assumed (I know - BAD BAD BAD) that they would be imported - apparently not. Is there a way to recover them? Thanks.
You certainly can! All of Google's stock apps work too.
Well, if you downloaded the installer from http://www.cyanogenmod.org, then it isn't a virus. I have it on my phone, and it works really well. AVG might just think it's a virus because it does things that a virus might do, like format a system protected partition and install a custom OS. Nothing to worry about.
Because Cyanogen is a completely different OS, it's like installing Linux on a Windows system, it needs a clean slate to install, which requires removing everything that stands in it's way, which is everything. Your phone probably uses an SSD-like storage system, so it's nearly impossible to recover files with software. Sometimes Android automatically backs itself up to your Google account, so I would check there. Sign in to your contacts app on your new (and awesome) OS, and see if they come back. If not, your carrier might back them up as well. Same thing for your calendars, but the downloads, I don't think they can be recovered. Sorry.
Thanks. I can't seem to find a Contacts app with the new OS. Could it be named something else?
Great article. How about Samsung-Devices and Knox. How about the advantages there?
Would be nice if you could balance the advantages of cyanogen mod against the particular conditions of certain devices.
Sometimes it's called "People."
Thank you and really nice of you.
I was wondering if the apps that came with my Note 3 will prevail (i.e. S Pen, Action Memo, Screen Write, etc.) as I used some of them quite frequently.
Seems that model is not supported anyway.
Is this only for Android phones or also for Android Tablets?
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