Nexus 5 gets Android 7.1 Nougat update via CyanogenMod 14.1 ROM: How to install

Step-by-step guide to install Android 7.1 Nougat update on Nexus 5 via CyanogenMod 14.1 ROM.

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Nexus 5 gets Android 7.1 Nougat update via CyanogenMod 14.1 ROM

Nexus 5 owners are in for a treat as the Android community of third-party developers has unleashed the Android 7.1 Nougat update for the former flagship device via CyanogenMod 14.1 ROM. The CM14.1 ROM is reportedly designed to increase performance and reliability over stock Android for your device.

CyanogenMod is based on the popular Android Open Source Project (AOSP) wherein the final release includes contributions from many veteran users and developers within the Android community. The latest Nougat based CM ROM can be installed without the need to flash any Google Apps.

Interested users and developers alike can continue contributing their work to further development of the CyanogenMod ROM by using the latest Gerrit Code Review via XDA Developers forum. Check out the source code data for the newest CyanogenMod (v14.1) ROM via Github repo.

Note: As the CM14.1 ROM is still under development (alpha testing), it may harbour some untested bugs or broken features, which will be fixed in the forthcoming updates.

XDA Recognised Developer Santosh. M has confirmed that all the basic features of the Nexus 5 are working fine with the new Android 7.1 based CyanogenMod ROM.


  • Ensure the latest USB drivers for Nexus 5 are installed on your computer
  • Make sure that the phone has at least 70% battery charge before you proceed
  • Enable USB debugging by navigating to Menu > Settings > Applications and then tapping on Developer Options.
  • Verify that your Nexus 5 is rooted with TWRP or CWM recovery installed

Downloads Required

CyanogenMod 14.1 ROM for Nexus 5 aka hammerhead

Google Apps for Android 7.1 (optional)

Steps to install Android 7.1 Nougat update on Nexus 5 via CM14.1 ROM

  • Plug in your Nexus 5 to the computer via USB cable.
  • Copy the downloaded ROM zip files to the SD card on your phone.
  • Disconnect the Nexus 5 from the computer and then power it off.
  • Boot the phone into recovery mode: press and hold Volume Up, Home and Power buttons together. Note: Use Power button to select an option and Volume keys to scroll up/down or highlight an option before selecting it.
  • In the Recovery menu (TWRP or CWM), select Wipe > Factory Reset.
  • Go back to the recovery settings menu and hit Install. Now browse and select the CyanogenMod 14.1 ROM from the phone's SD card where you copied the firmware file.
  • In the recovery main menu, confirm the installation process by tapping on Swipe to Confirm Flash.
  • Your phone will now install the Android 7.1 Nougat based CM14.1 ROM via recovery and then a confirmation message should pop up on the screen indicating that the installation was successful.
  • Now browse and select Gapps file which you downloaded earlier via recovery settings menu after choosing the Install option. Confirm the flashing process and wait until Gapps is completely installed.
  • You can now restart the device and take a peek at the newly installed Android 7.1 Nougat update on your Nexus 5. Note: The first boot might take some time as the ROM will update your system settings and startup files, before it boots to the Home screen.


If the device gets stuck at bootloop after installing the ROM, just go back to the recovery main menu and perform Wipe cache/dalvik. Reboot the device once the process completes and the issue must be resolved.

[Source: XDA]