Galaxy S3 Mini Gets Android 5.1.1 with CyanogenMod 12.1 Custom ROM

Samsung will not release Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update for Galaxy S3 Mini, but tech savvy S3 Mini users can enjoy Android 5.1.1 Lollipop on their device by installing CyanogenMod 12.1 custom ROM. Lollipop brings new interface and features to the phone. Also, as CM12.1 is an AOSP based ROM it will give near stock interface to Galaxy S3 Mini.

The below guide lets you know the Android 5.1.1 installation procedure for Galaxy S3 Mini. This is an unofficial version of CyanogenMod 12.1 ROM developed by Novafusion that supports all variants of Galaxy S3 Mini such as i8190, i8190L and i8190N.


The ROM status is stable, but there are few minor issues. Video taken by camera is green that you can fix by installing an open camera app. In addition, few users are reporting issues with mobile data, which can be fixed by adding new APN manually with proper settings for your carrier. Interested users may read on to know how to install this ROM on Galaxy S3 mini.

Install Android 5.1.1 on Galaxy S3 Mini with CyanogenMod 12.1 ROM

Requirements: Galaxy S3 Mini must be rooted and newest version of custom TWRP recovery [Download HERE] installed.

Important: Back up everything on your phone – contacts, call logs, SMS, images, video, audio and EFS data. Also, DO NOT forget to make Nandroid back up from recovery.

Warning: Please follow this guide at your own risk. Though we are putting our level best to provide this tutorial at its maximum perfection and accuracy, we can’t take responsibility for anything that goes wrong. This guide is intended for technically talented users only.

1. Download CyanogenMod 12.1 zip file for S3 Mini [HERE] ( and Google Apps Package [HERE] and copy both the zip files to the device’s SD card.

2. Now, turn off Galaxy S3 Mini and reboot it into recovery mode. To do so, press and hold Volume Up, Home, and Power button few seconds.

3. From recovery, wipe cache partition, dalvik cache and wipe data/factory reset

4. Now, select Install, choose cm12.1 ROM zip file and then use slider on the bottom to let process begin. Do the same for Gapps zip file also.

5. When installation will finish, use Reboot to system option to boot your phone.

Enjoy Android 5.1.1 Lollipop on Galaxy S3 mini (source)

Kannan is a computer and Android enthusiast, a blogger by passion and a tech freak. His always ready-to-help attitude, knowledge and hard work is what drives him.


  1. theodore ekechukwu

    Sep 11, 2017 at 1:53 am

    I downloaded every other requirement for s3 mini upgrade of LOLLipop 5.1.1 but the ROM could not be downloaded…..message ‘404 not found’ Please what will I do to download the rom….please let me know the Proper LINK since links I found gave the same error message. Thanks

    • Kannan

      Sep 11, 2017 at 7:19 am

      CyanogenMod is no more, so you need to download LieageOS (former CyanogenMod) for your device and follow the instruction

  2. Elvis

    Nov 28, 2015 at 10:39 am

    I recently updated to Android 5.1.1 lollipop. it’s working pretty well but my sim tool kit seems not working.

  3. Param

    Sep 17, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Can I place the files in external SD card while doing so

    • Kannan

      Sep 17, 2015 at 7:57 pm

      You can try that too, but place into root of the SD card (not in a folder)

      • Param

        Sep 19, 2015 at 3:41 pm

        Thanks bro for the help because i tried it first and i bricked my phone maybe the package was wrong

  4. Param

    Sep 16, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    How to do it with cwm recovery

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