Get Moto G 1st Gen (G1) Marshmallow update via CM13 ROM

User of the original Moto G, 1st Gen (often called Moto G1 these days), which was launched back in 2013, can now install the latest and greatest Android OS to date, Android 6.0, dubbed as Marshmallow.

Yep, thanks to developer community Android blogosphere enjoys, you can install Marshmallow update on your Moto G even though Motorola have decided to not bring the update to it.

Read: Moto G2 Marshmallow update

We’re talking CM13 ROM here, which is based on Android 6.0 AOSP code that Google released recently for public. So, this is not official, but pure Android 6.0 experience that you won’t want to miss on.

But because this Android 6.0 ROM is under heavy development right now, be sure to check the Bugs section below before jumping the gun on this one.

Read: Moto G3 Marshmallow update

The Marshmallow ROM may be unsuitable right now, but don’t give up. As time rolls on, bugs will be fixed, stability will be achieved and daily usage of ROM will become a go sooner or later.

Keep your eyes set on this page, as we will be updating the page regularly for all Marshmallow updates available for Moto G 1st Gen.

Read: Moto E 2015 (3G) Marshmallow update

Now, if you wanna taste Marshmallow update on Moto G1, check out all of the page below.



  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • Mobile network on XT1032 perhaps (untested)

Not working as of now (October 20):

  • Camera
  • Mobile network in second SIM
  • Others

→ Check out this source page (by srisurya95) for latest on what’s working, and what’s not.


  • Marshmallow custom ROM — Link | File: (211.11 MB)
  • Google Apps (Marshmallow Gapps) — Link

Supported devices

  • Motorola Moto G 1st Gen, or Moto G1, codename Falcon
  • Don’t try this on any other device than the one having codename specified above.

Use the Droid Info app, to determine the codename of your Moto G1. If it is exactly the one specified above, then it should be compatible with the 6.0 custom ROM we have here.


Warranty may be void of your device if you follow the procedures given on this page. You only are responsible for your device. We won’t be liable if any damage occurs to your device and/or its components.


Backup important files stored on your device before proceeding with the steps below, so that in case something goes wrong you’ll have backup of all your important files.

How to Install

Required: You will need to have TWRP recovery installed on your device to be able to install Marshmallow custom ROM and Google Apps (Gapps). Check out our page on Moto G1 TWRP recovery for this.

Step 1. Download the Marshmallow ROM and gapps file from above.

Step 2. Connect your device to PC and transfer the ROM and gapps file to it. Disconnect the device then. Remember the location of the files.

Step 3. Boot your Moto G1 into recovery mode. If you are rooted, you can use Quick Boot app from play store. To manually boot into recovery mode, do this:

  • Power off your device and wait for 5-10 seconds until the device is fully switched off.
  • Press and hold Volume down + Power button together and release them after 3-4 seconds. You’ll enter bootloader mode.
  • Now, use volume up/down repeatedly until Recovery option shows up, and then use Power button to select it and enter recovery mode.

You will enter recovery mode soon, and should see TWRP recovery. If you see an Android with an exclamation mark, then you need to install TWRP recovery for this (linked above).

Step 4. [Optional] Once in TWRP, create a backup of your device. Tap on Backup, and then select all the partitions for back. Now do the swipe action at bottom to start creating a backup for emergency cases. This backup is really a lifesaver!

Step 5. Do a Factory Reset. On TWRP’s main screen, tap on Wipe, then advanced wipe, and now make sure you have selected these partitions: dalvik cache, data, system and cache. Then do the Swipe action at bottom to confirm it.

Step 6. Now, install the ROM file. On TWRP’s homescreen, tap on Install, and then locate the ROM file and tap on it. Then do the Swipe action at bottom to begin flashing the update.

When it’s done, tap on Reboot system button to restart the device. Let device alone and adjust to Marshmallow update for like 15 mins. Then, reboot into TWRP again to install Gapps.

Step 7. Tap on Home button to go back. Now, install the Gapps the same way you installed Marshmallow ROM on your Moto G1.

See here to fix force closes or errors with Google Play services.

Step 8. When it’s done, tap on Reboot system button to restart the device.

That’s it.

BTW, if you face force closes on apps, or Google Play services error, then install the ROM as said above again, but do not flash Gapps for now.

Need help?

Let us know if you need any help with this via comments below.

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