Install Android 5.1 AOSP ROM on Moto G 2013 (1st Gen)

The Motorola Moto G released in 2013, often referred as the 1st Gen of this device, has received stable and fully working Android 5.1 Lollipop custom ROM. The ROM is AOSP-based so it has only the most basic functions and no extra added features like you would find on other custom ROMs like CyanogenMod 12 or Paranoid ROM.

The Moto G (2013 variant) is often considered as the best smartphone for the price. It packs a lot for a very low price. For just $100, you get a smartphone with an HD display, quad-core processor, 5 MP camera and excellent build quality. On top of that, it receives frequent software updates directly from Motorola.

When the phone got released back in 2013, it came with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Just a few months later, Motorola rolled the first update out, updating the phone to Android 4.4 KitKat. Then just a few months later, the Android 5.0 Lollipop was already out for the phone.

Now, Google has announced another version, Android 5.1 and Motorola has yet to seed an update for the Moto G 1st Gen. The update will come in the following days or weeks. If you are too impatient, you can get a glimpse of Android 5.1 Lollipop on your Moto G (2013) by installing an AOSP ROM, created and developed by Alberto97.

How To Install Android 5.1 Lollipop AOSP ROM on Moto G 1st Gen (2013)

The ROM is mostly stable, with most of the things working. However, there are a few bugs.


  • RIL
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • Audio
  • Mobile Data
  • Offline Charge
  • MTP

Not Working:

  • Stock SMS app doesn’t work. Third-party apps do work.
  • No support for CDMA variants.
  • No Dual SIM support.

How To Install

First of all, make sure that the bootloader is unlocked and you are running on a custom recovery.

  1. Download Android 5.1 AOSP ROM and Lollipop Gapps.
  2. Put both of the files in the root memory of your phone.
  3. Turn the phone off and boot into bootloader mode.
  4. There, select recovery mode.
  5. Wipe cache and make a factory reset.
  6. Flash the ROM, then flash gapps.
  7. Reboot your phone.

As stated above, the ROM is not fully stable. If you have installed it, share your experience with us.



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