How to Install Android 4.4.4 KitKat based CM11 ROM on Xiaomi Redmi 1S
Recently, we shared a guide on “How to install AOSP ROM on Mi 3” following which several users asked similar thing for Redmi 1S. Fortunately, an unofficial CyanogenMod ROM (CM11) based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat is now available for Xiaomi Redmi 1S. A lot a users have been complaining about Redmi 1S heating issues and available RAM being too less, varying between 290-300MB. This is a known issue with Redmi 1S phones and might be fixed in future update. Perhaps, if you’re concerned and at the same time interested in trying out a custom Android ROM on Redmi 1S, then you can do so using the procedure stated below. This CM ROM offers multiple languages, supports Dual-SIM, has Superuser Root enabled by default, and extends the available space up to 5.40GB as compared to 4.72GB with MIUI.
Other features include:
– Android 4.4.4 KitKat based ROM
– Stable and Smooth
– Optimized for balanced battery usage
– Cyanogenmod features and themes
– Built-in Superuser option
– Built-in DSP manager
– Includes Privacy settings
– SE Linux enabled kernel
NOTE: This procedure won’t delete your media such as files, photos, music, etc. All other settings, apps and data will be deleted. It’s recommended to backup all your important data.
Guide to Update Redmi 1S to Android 4.4.4 with CyanogenMod 11 ROM –
Step 1 – Install TWRP recovery (For Redmi 1S Indian version). Refer our post: How to Install Official TWRP 2.8 Touch Recovery on Redmi 1S
Step 2 – Download the required files:
- cm-11-20150115-UNOFFICIAL-armani.zip (CM11 R16 based on 4.4.4) – 228 MB
- gapps-kk-20140105-signed.zip (micro GAPPS) – 83 MB
- Or gapps-kk-20140606-signed.zip (Full GAPPS) – 150 MB
Then transfer both the above files to the root directory of your internal sdcard.
Step 3 – Flashing CM11 ROM on Redmi 1S using TWRP Recovery
Reboot into TWRP Recovery (Go to Tools > Updater > press Menu key and select ‘Reboot to Recovery mode’)
Select ‘Wipe’ and swipe to factory reset. This wipes the userdata, cache and dalvik cache.
Go back and select ‘Install’. Choose the ‘cm-11-20150115-UNOFFICIAL-armani.zip’ file from internal storage and swipe to install it.
Go to Home, select install and now install the gapps.zip. (Make sure to flash the CM11 ROM file first).
Now go back and reboot into System. That’s it!
Your phone should now boot up running CyanogenMod custom ROM. 🙂
Note: Be patient after reboot as the device might take a few minutes to boot up.
P.S. We’ve tried this procedure on Redmi 1S (Indian version) and the CM11 ROM is working perfectly without any major issues. Let us know if you’ve any questions!
Source: MIUI Forum