CyanogenMod Installer finally comes to the Mac

by: Shawn IngramJanuary 15, 2014

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The CyanogenMod installer is finally available for the Mac, giving Apple fans an easier way to install at least one custom ROM onto their Android devices.

CyanogenMod Installer for Mac is currently in beta, so it may still have a few bugs, but it beats having to borrow a friend’s Windows PC or using Boot Camp to easily install the ROM. The app makes installing CM relatively painless, condensing the whole process down to just a few button clicks.

The downside is that not every Android device is supported by the installer. The supported devices list contains Nexus devices like the Nexus 5, Samsung devices including the Galaxy S4, and the HTC One are all supported by the installer. Sadly, phones such as the LG G2 aren’t supported by the installer. Most phones that work with the Windows version of the installer will work on the Mac app. A few versions of the original Galaxy Note and Galaxy S2 won’t work on the Mac, but everything else should work just as well.

Also of note, CyanogenMod isn’t a recognized Mac developer, so you’ll need to turn off Gatekeeper to run the app the first time. Hopefully future versions won’t have the same requirement.

If you have a Mac and a supported device, have at it. If you’re device isn’t supported, there are other, more complicated ways to get custom ROMs on your phone from a Mac if you have the time.

Is this the release you’ve been waiting for? Or are you disappointed your phone isn’t supported?

  • Caleb Durant


  • jkuchtaofmi

    I am not happy because my device is still not supported, Windows or MAC. There is not a single LG phone supported.

    • Stelian – Razvan Ganea

      LG Nexus 5 for instance…

  • dodz

    i still cant find a way for my macbook to detect my note 3!

    • REAL6

      Android File Transfer

      • dodz

        nah I dont bother, i just use airdroid to transfer files

  • Hywel Davies

    Would have been very helpful when I had my S3.

  • Valtheus

    The installer is a step to the right direction, making the process newbie proof. It is nice the OS X platform got in the game, but would be better if even more devices were supported from the installer. I wonder though if the Cyanogenmod guys wanna do that in the long term, now that their plans involve their own “devices”.

    I cannot help but wonder if eventually they will drop support for more devices if their OS becomes popular with their own “devices”.

  • Brandon Miranda

    Who said you have to be an Apple fan to own a Mac?