Android 6.0 Marshmallow has been available since October 2015 and is the latest full version of Google’s mobile operating system at the time of this writing (Nougat is currently in preview). But you may not have it on your phone or tablet.

The reason for this will no doubt be related to your wireless carrier or device manufacturer, but if you really want Marshmallow installed on your device, you can get it by flashing a custom ROM. This means you have to download the version of Marshmallow meant to be used on your phone and install it the same way you can switch from Windows to Linux on a desktop PC.

But where to find the right version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow to flash on a phone or tablet? How many are there and do they offer a good Marshmallow experience?

Let’s find out.

But first: what is blinking?

If you came to this article without having installed a custom version of Android on your phone or tablet, you will need a little explanation. In short, flashing is the process of writing a new version of Android to your phone. This is usually done using a special recovery utility. and requires the phone or tablet to be rooted

Finding the right ROM to fit your phone also requires you to know its manufacturer’s codename, which can be found by typing «manufacturer’s code for…» followed by the device name, or simply looking it up on Wikipedia or GSM Arena.

If you’ve ever installed Ubuntu or Windows from a USB stick, or burned the Raspberry Pi OS to an SD card you will be able to flash the ROM on your phone. A similar principle underlies each of them, and it’s really quite simple once you get used to the recovery software.

Cyanogen Mod 13

Probably an unofficial ROM, CyanogenMod has been in development since 2008 and by 2012 had 1 million active users. CyanogenMod works up to 50 million devices during its expiration date.

Based on AOSP CyanogenMod — also known as CM — is currently at version 13, and while it won’t bring you privacy from the Google element About the Android subsystem, it offers a completely different Android experience, with custom icons, custom launcher, built-in apps, and other settings.

To find a ROM for your device, scroll down the menu on the right side of their website to find the right manufacturer, then click the link to select the option that matches your phone or tablet, and then download latest version .

Resurrection Remix

One thing you will notice about Resurrection Remix is ​​that it has an absolutely amazing website. But does the ROM live up to this presentation? then you can bet it’s the best rom there.

Visually, it’s sleek, but owes a lot to stock Android. As you might expect, it’s Resurrection Remix that adds something special, like notification drawer settings, lock screen, quick settings, and more.

You will find download links for Resurrection Remix ROMs at [Broken URL Removed] — again, watch carefully and find the code name of the device manufacturer; For example, the Nexus 5 is known as «Hammerhead» so look for that.

Dirty unicorns

One of the most popular custom ROMs (maybe second only to CyanogenMod), Dirty Unicorns has a wide selection of supported devices (including the Google Pixel C), and the latest release of Marshmallow comes with three great features.

Fling is a customizable gesture-based navigation feature; SmartBar is a customizable navigation bar overlay by default; Themes Tile is a tool for changing the appearance of an application based on a pre-selected theme.

To find the correct version for your device, go to the Dirty Unicorns link above, click on the «All Devices» drop-down menu, and select your device name; You will find the public name listed along with the manufacturer’s code name.


Originally created by a group of developers frustrated with CyanogenMod’s venture funding in 2013, OmniROM is arguably the most private Android ROM variant available for multiple devices.

We have previously described OmniROM as the «spiritual successor» to CyanogenMod, and the choice of available Google Apps (gApps) packages means you can get a full or minimal Google-influenced experience. Running OmniROM on my Nexus 5 (2013) For six months or so, I can confirm that this is a solid, fast, and stable ROM that comes with various pre-configured customization packages.

The official list of devices for older versions of OmniROM is long, but Marshmallow is limited to a small group of devices for now, mostly Nexus.

crDROID [больше не доступен]

Offering broad device support, crDROID is based on CyanogenMod and uses features from other ROMs such as OmniROM, SlimROM, and more.

Customizable as you’d expect, crDROID includes these common features, providing rare flexibility. Among the features is the ability to instantly resize the crDROID, which is useful as it potentially eliminates the key reason to ever flash another ROM. You’ll find a lot more on crDROID, but keep in mind that it hasn’t been updated since 2015.

To flash a copy, go to the download page and click on the link corresponding to your Android phone.


Cataclysm brings a range of exciting new features, from enhanced screen lock options to quick system statistics.

The Smart Radio feature automatically changes the power mode of the radio depending on the available connection, while settings are available for the navigation bar, clock style, battery icon, and NFC mode. Plenty of other options are also available, from power menu settings to fine-grained control over app permissions.

While this ROM is only available for a handful of Nexus devices, if you own one of the compatible phones you’ll find it’s a great experience with plenty of built-in customizations. Get your copy by clicking on the link corresponding to your phone model and then start download .

No ROM for your device? Look elsewhere!

Although the ROMs described here are released for several different models, they require a lot of work to be compatible and as a result require the development team to contribute to each project. None is bigger than CyanogenMod and very little money is spent on ads clicked on websites and donations made on the XDA developer forums.

If you have an Android device and want to upgrade to Marshmallow before the official update is available, or just want to try it differently, then is the place to go. Here you will find a page for your Android device (with very few exceptions) where you can find the marshmallow ROM you like. Check out the features and screenshots before downloading and enjoy your new Android experience!

Have you tried any of these custom «Marshmallow» ROMs? Do you have a favorite that we missed? Tell us about it in the comments.

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