How to easily upgrade CyanogenMod using CM Updater

by Ross McKillop on November 17, 2009

This tutorial will show you how to use CM Updater to easily update your version of CyanogenMod on your Android phone

 

Update: thanks to Nick for pointing out that you can actually download CyanogenMod Updater via the Android Market. If you opt to do so, you can skip steps #1-4 below. In the Market search for CyanogenMod Updater to find it.

  1. Start out by opening your Settings. Scroll down to the Applications section and select it.
  2. Make sure there’s a “check” in the Unknown sources box. Exit out of your Settings.
  3. Now launch your Android browser. Open the URL http://code.google.com/p/cyanogen-updater. On the right side of that page look for the Featured downloads: link. Click the cmupdater_x.x.x.apk link to download the file.
  4. Once the download has completed, tap the file to launch the installer.
  5. You’ll be asked to confirm that you want to install CM Updater. Tap the Install button.
  6. And now CM Updater will install.
  7. Once the installation has completed, click the Open button.
  8. Tap the Check now button and CM Updater will look for any new version of CyanogenMod.
  9. It should only take a moment…
  10. … and if an update is found, it will be displayed (see screenshot below). In the Please select the ROM to download: menu, the latest version of CyanogenMod will be displayed. If it has an “anchor” icon next to it, that means it’s a stable release. If it has a “beaker” next to it, that means it’s an experimental release (and thus more likely to have bugs etc.). Tap the Download button to download the latest version.
  11. CyanogenMod is typically somewhere around 35MB (give or take) so if you’re using 3G it can take a while to download. If you have access to WiFi, you may want to use it instead.
  12. Once the download has completed, you’ll be prompted to install it. Here you have two choices – Apply Now will immediately begin the installation process – which will involve rebooting your phone. Apply Later will close out of CM Updater and the latest version will not be installed. The benefit of installing later is that you can perform a backup first, if you haven’t already. The latest version (the one you just downloaded) will remain on your SD Card so that it can be installed after performing a backup. For the sake of this tutorial, lets jump right in and apply the latest version. Tap the Apply Now button.
  13. Tap the Update button on the confirmation window.
  14. At this point you’ll probably be prompted to allow the program to run as root. Place a check in the Remember box, and then tap Allow.
  15. You may be prompted to repeat steps #12 and/or #13. If you are, just repeat them, and your phone will reboot. If you’re not, your phone will reboot. The installation/upgrade will now begin.
  16. Let it do its thing, and once completed, select the reboot system now option from the Android system recovery list.
  17. Your phone will once again reboot – and this time it will almost certainly take longer than usual to start up. Don’t worry if it appears to have ‘frozen’ – just give it more time. Once it starts up, you’ll be running the latest version of CyanogenMod. That’s it!
  • http://nickc321.blogspot.com nick

    you can skip steps 1-7, and can download the updater from Android Market.

  • Jon

    Anyone know how to get a theme server(s)

  • bill

    all the nice little screenshots are nice but what is the path for the theme server? by default there are none listed.

  • Guido

    @ BILL goto MENU>CONFIGURATION>THEME UPDATE SETTINGS>MANAGE THEME SERVERS. hit menu and then UPDATE feature theme servers ur done.

  • Guido

    btw if u update rom themes will be updated to that version rom also read changelog so dont worry if only a few themes are available once u update ROM it takes time for themes to be updated to the same version rom

  • Lovato

    If I have a original Magic 32A, what do I need to do first? Root it? Then i can use the CM Updater? Or it only works if I already have a Cyanogen version? I read about installing a custom recovery tool too. There are a few available. Is it really necessary? If yes, the steps would be: root, recovery tool, full backup, CMUpdater, install ROM, reboot ?

  • Lovato

    Before anything, my manners… Thanks a lot.

  • Maneby

    I am pretty sure you have to install an update “manually” the first time. Search the xda-developers forum, that’s where the “techy guys” are hanging out :D

  • Lovato

    Maneby, thanks. I already did that, 2 days ago. Engineers SPL + AmonRA Recovery + Cyanogen + KernelMods. Faster and better. Tks. Once Cyanogen release a new version, will do my first update!

  • Paul

    So when I went to download the cm updater onine via the browser, it downloads just fine but when it goes to open it says it didnt download properly.. this happens on the ryebrye download as well. When I search the market for the app it doesnt show up. Any suggestions?

  • Nelson Wolf

    Y My HTC G1 said unable to reboot into recovery went i press Apply Now, can somebody tell me what is the problem send me a email: djnelson_13@hotmail.com let me know how to do it

  • anwaya

    So what does this do? If I use this to manage my ROM, do I still need to backup all my apps and data before I start? Do I need to boot the Recover image? If I want to use the Google apps, do I still have to apply them after the new kernel’s installed?

  • fritz218

    Ok till step 16, in step 17 it take a real while.. is 15 min not enough? or is it frozen??
    plz help me..

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  • https://dreamtrack.dnsalias.com/ Fatman

    Default ROM update server doesn’t show any of the 5.x ROMs. Is there a more up to date update server?

    Thanks.

  • http://www.akuaristika.com Agron

    Updaterd osnt show any updated room…I saw already Version 7 in the net but in updater doesnt list anything!??

  • Josh

    The CM updater json file is doesn’t have the updated list of roms.

  • ante

    Is there a way to update Cyanogmenmod from 7.0.2. to 7.0.3 but keeping all my setting and apps on the phone?

  • Tame

    @ante – you can also use Rom Manager to do so.
    1. Download the v7.0.3 installer.
    2. Tell Rom Manager to install the rom you’ve just downloaded.
    3. Keep the default selection of clearing only the Dalvik cache (clearing the data and system cache will actually do a full delete of the current installation, so don’t select it.
    4. For some reason after running this procedure I had 30mb less available on the phone local storage?!

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  • David

    The updater says there’s no roms found, but I’m running CyanogenMod-6.0.0-ds and the latest version is 7.x.x…… can anyone help me please ?

  • Han

    y i cant check for update??