A Sony Experia Z3 Compact Smartphone Is Pictured At The IFA Consumer Technology Fair In Berlin
A Sony Experia Z3 Compact smartphone is pictured at the IFA consumer technology fair in Berlin, September 5, 2014. Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch

The Sony Xperia Z5, Z5 Premium, Z3 series, Z5 Compact Z3 Tablet Compact, Z3+, etc., are among the few phones in the Sony Xperia series to get the update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. However, Sony hasn’t confirmed any timeline as to when the phones will start receiving the update.

If you own a Sony Xperia Z3 then install the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update now through CyanogenMod CM13 custom ROM in the phone, says Gospel Herald. Here is what you need to know before you install.

Things you should know before installing CM13 custom ROM

You should check your device model number before installing the software custom firmware on your phone. For this, you can go to Settings, then to About Phone and model number.

You should ensure backup of all data in your phone via TWRP or Clockwork Mod Recovery before installing CM13 custom ROM in your phone. This is because the installation of the firmware will require clearing everything in the memory of your phone.

Connect your phone with your home PC with a USB driver, otherwise, your smartphone won’t be recognized by the computer. When you start the installation process, charge your phone’s battery to full capacity.

The installation procedure

You should first connect your Z3 device with your PC via USB driver. Copy the Android 6.0 Marshmallow.zip file and Google Apps.zip file from the PC and paste it in the phone’s memory. You should then turn off your phone and disconnect it from the PC.

Your next step is to press hold the ‘Volume (up)’, ‘Power’ and ‘Home’ buttons so that you can perform the Recovery Mode sortie. You can then enter the Recovery Mode and select ‘wipe data/factory reset’ to clear off phone’s memory and ‘wipe cache partition’ to delete cache memory.

After this, get back to the main recovery screen where you gently tap ‘install zip from SD card’. You can then have access to the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop ROM.zip file, which is stored in the SD card, reports IBTimes.co.in.

After the installation process, select ‘reboot system now’ in the recovery menu. Once you have rebooted your device, go to Setting, then About Phone so as to confirm that the installation is complete.