April 20th, 2015
RELEASE for S3 Mini
CyanogenMod 12.1

New stable release (20150420) of CM12.1 for S3 Mini is available!

Please, test it and report any bugs!

For flashing Lollipop, we recommend you to install our TWRP recovery (available on Download page)!

If you want to say thanks by donating us using PayPal, feel free 😉

Do full backup before installation and wipe data/cache (factory reset) after installation if you don’t updating from older CM12.0 release.

You need to perform a wipe if you’re migrating from software different than CM12.0!

You can get it on our DOWNLOAD page.


  • CM12.1 sources update
  • (experimental) fixed VPN connections
  • reimplemented multimedia patches
  • Odin package updated


  • RIL (phone/SMS/3G)
  • audio (both speakers/headphones/microphone)
  • Wi-fi
  • Bluetooth 4.0 with LE support A2DP
  • GPS/Glonass/A-GPS
  • sensors
  • compass
  • camera (taking photos and videos)
  • video playing
  • 2D/3D HW Acceleration
  • all native tethers (Wifi/BT/USB)
  • Google Play
  • CPU sleep mode
  • MTP
  • ADB
  • no tearing
  • tripple buffering
  • external storage
  • f2fs filesystem support
  • offline charging


  • video taken by stock camera app is green, but some apps like Camu taking correct videos without any issues
  • less than 2% of users are reporting issues with mobile data – just add new APN manually with settings proper for your provider and apply it to make 3G working

I’d be glad, if you shared links to our download page, instead of direct links to download.
Also would be great, if you wouldn’t create the mirrors 😉

If you want to say thanks by donating us using PayPal, feel free 😉

If somehow you’ll find a bug, use our bugtracker if you want to report it.

154 Responses
  • pentaqon says:

    video taken by stock camera app is green, but some apps like Camu taking correct videos without any issues
    less than 2% of users are reporting issues with mobile data – just add new APN manually with settings proper for your provider and apply it to make 3G working

    fixed? ?

  • Mrlool.Exe says:

    first Comment O:) xD 😀 + Tnx … Respect 🙂

  • flo says:

    Please Fix the Camera

  • webwiller says:

    !!! On the main download page the last version of CM12.1 is still “20150412” and needs to be changed into 20150420″. If anyone gets confused…cliccking the 20150412 you’ll get the last (20150420) right download. Thx for the great job buddies!!! Keep up the excellence!!!

  • smtkc says:

    Is better than the omniROM?

  • Hugo says:

    I still cant use psiphon in whole device mode. It worked on cm 11. Here is a screenshot of the problem: http://pt-br.tinypic.com/view.php?pic=6hug3s&s=8#.VTVvYyO5dAg

  • virus says:

    will yourfreedoom app work???

  • rzkaf30 says:

    so, where i can download this update?
    btw good job novafusion

  • igordashaar says:

    google play store still doesn’t work for me. also music app is keeps crashing. for now i will go back to cm12.0

  • ibrahim says:

    best room ever Thanks

  • samado says:

    woooow im waiting the update for CM 12.1 a long tile thaaaank youuuuuuuu *_* ( i will report if i find any bugs)

  • Matt CG says:

    Is anyone else having problems changing the profile pictures of your phone address book? or it’s only me?

  • ibrahim says:

    im now using cm 12.1 when i install this update i need to reinstall Gapps or not

  • gh0stzk says:

    Bad release, with this release, apps like instagram, youtube, vine, forcé close.. With the release from 12 i dont have any issues

  • anzharip says:

    Guys, anybody having inbound call drop/Dialer crash issue?

  • Cristhian says:

    Please I hope that in the next update put the capacitive buttons light up when we have a missed call or notice of any application message … very good upgrade increasingly improve more and that’s good because …

  • melisa says:

    everytime i charging my phone at 98% battery, its start continous reboot
    but thats not happen when the phone are not charging or charge from 0% to 98%
    i have calibrated my battery but the problem still happen

  • how are you charging?
    how many hours of battery life?

  • Yeshua Flores says:

    who knows about “the contact doesn’t exist” message wen you click on the top right pic?
    it is an account issue or gapps bug ?

    great work NF : )

  • Wie says:

    Is there any chance for other device(galaxy s advance) to get any update?Since they share a same SoC.

  • Leo1234 says:

    My CPU Load is permanently 100 % so CPU Speed is all the time at 1000 Mhz on both Cores

    Anyone else ?

  • ionutL says:

    i wanna get radio how to? pls)P(

  • Alejandro says:

    Excellent! Very great job Nova!

    What are the steps to update the previous version?

    Thank you!

  • Carlos says:

    Hello Novafusion Team!
    Can you add an option to disable the proximity sensor?
    Maybe, this option is the solution to inbound call dialer crash.

    Thank you for your work.

    • BlackList says:

      Have you tried Google it yet? There are some apps can do this but havent test on this rom. You should give them a trial

    • AlbertoDR says:

      Man.. they don’t read these comments; so asking for stuff here is pretty much useless i guess

    • Karim Horch says:

      Hey man, my proximity sensor is broken, so i can’t make a phone call without bugs. So i installed Xposed module: disable proximity sensor. Works like a charm.

  • Victor Rivas says:

    There is a problem with Whatsapp and Telegram voice notes recording. It won’t work at all. Also when I was downloading GAPS in download page, I found that the gapps xda post was closed. For those who cannot find them, here is the link for Android 5.0.1 https://github.com/jrizzoli/vendor_google/releases/tag/2015-04-20

  • garusdominik says:

    How take the HD videos on S3 mini without grenn screen on standard camera and lags in Camu?

  • yasin says:

    We are waiting for a milestone release with wide changelog like the old times on cm11. I remember, this team was working hard on cm11, we were receiving a new release with increased chanelog, sometimes every night. It wish we would get more enhanced releases more often. Even all that, always thank you novateam. I know that, If you would not be there, we would be using stock rom..

    • AlbertoDR says:

      Hahaha man i remember.. I updated my phone every single day when using cm11
      good days
      that’s why, at least from my experience, it was a perfect daily rom; no bugs, smooth as it was supposed to be.. everything was great and everyday was better

  • how to root my s3 mini with lollipop 5.1?

  • 2laky says:

    I can’t find the Developer Options in Settings, therefore i can’t use the root-option in CM.
    I actually looked through every bit of the menu. Why do you delete my posts on this?

    • AlbertoDR says:

      Guys seriously.. why don’t you google this stuff?
      Everything’s already there

      ” Go to the settings menu, and scroll down to “About phone.” Tap it.
      Scroll down to the bottom again, where you see “Build number.”
      Tap it seven times. After the third tap, you’ll see a playful dialog that says you’re four taps away from being a developer. Keep on tapping. “

  • BlackList says:

    Fix FC dialer while calling. It is the BASIC function of a phone. It should get top priority. And the low volume in call sound patch didnt work well, it just a little bit louder than before. I expect this issuse will be fix soon.
    Anyway, great rom guys.

  • Gonzalo says:


    • hfr says:

      maybe you can ask so a little bit friendly 🙂

    • omri says:

      Also facebook videos are causing the app to crash. please check this bug.

    • rbgm says:

      stay a little more polite please
      nobody forces you to use this rom and novafusion is doing this in leisure time
      if you want to get your problem fixed, why don’t you try to check what YOU can do to reach it instead of demanding someone else to do it for you – that’s how FOSS works
      or if you don’t know how ask somebody in a polite way whether he/she could do anything about it and invest his/her free time in your problem
      yelling doesn’t help anybody

  • sasuke says:

    Can I use init.d on this ROM ?

  • aforama says:

    working wifi direct?

  • roibard says:

    Very stable, few bugs here and there but nothing worth bitching about.
    Keep up the good work.

  • Tommy says:

    Hello – i need help.

    after factory reset (maybe was a stupid idea) now i am hanging in a TWRP Bootloop.

    looks like this here on youtube

    what can i do with ODIN to solve the topic?
    i´d be happy enough if i´d have the TWRP Menue again, that i need to install the cyanogenmod rom

    • KiwiTEC says:

      Enter download mode by pressing same buttons as in recovery, only change vol+ to vol-. Now youre able to connect your phone to Odin. Try to reinstall TWRP. 😀 Hope, I could help.

    • GerardoHD says:

      Reinstall the original ROM from SamMobile with ODIN and your phone will work again.

    • I spend the same, what you do is reinstall the original recovery of google from odin, after that it will be reset and will return to start normally, then come back to install TWRP recovery.

      I hope I helped

  • Fix instagram facebook and YouTube videos !!!!!

  • T0mAs says:

    Thanks, great job!!
    What about “ringtone change to default” when reboot ?

  • nsiecofld says:

    Very stable. Great work.
    Only problem- the volume of calls is very low, how can i fix it?

  • The phone says charging but it’s without the charger, the icon is crazy, anyone has this problem?

  • salvador says:

    call audio is very low, please fix it.

  • Carlos says:

    i cant install apk´s

  • 2laky says:

    so the missing Developer Setting isn’t something you wan’t public?? Great, making a free Android Rom rooted without reason and not even willing to stand for it!

  • samado says:

    Plz i nées help , when i want change vpn by an app l’île globusvpn it still un the really vpn it dont change .
    Anyone have idea for that ??

  • Chinedu says:

    Please release for New S3 mini GT-I8200

  • vladimir says:

    Where is USB OTG? Please add it to ROM

  • Very great job Nova! as things stand there with the charge of the battery? how many hours of battery life? Video green?

  • jsa says:

    Last time I tried cyanogenmod, I think it was version cm10 or 11 I did not get the physical buttons to work. Are those working in this release? Since I did not like to use the virtual buttons on a phone that has real buttons…

  • ridvan says:

    F2fs system problem

  • Jaime says:

    Thanks nova for great rom, i just have a minor problem and its that the volume is much quieter compared to stock rom. I’ve tried finding a file called mixer_paths.xml so i could increase the volume but no luck. Is there a similar file that does the same thing? Thanks 🙂 keep up the good work.

  • Ryan says:

    Used the phone until the battery died. When i plugged in the charger, the phone restarted, and it optimized the apps again just like the first boot after flash. Could someone explain why?

    I also noticed when browsing using Chrome, the display becomes distorted for a while, then becomes ok afterwards. I updated the Chrome and it lessened but its still there.

    Is it also possible to change how the capacitive button backlight responds? They light up even if the screen is touched, compared to stock ROM wherein the backlight lights up only when you touch the capacitive buttons. It may help conserve battery juice.

    Calculator. Ehhh I’m having second thoughts when I’m using it haha.
    Video Camera. Still green but I’m not using it. But better if its working well.

    I upgraded from stock to CM12 to CM12.1. No wipe from CM12 to CM12.1

    Your instructions on how to upgrade are very clear. I was worried I may brick my phone but it didn’t.
    Transitions and animations are buttery smooth compared to CM12.

    Thanks a lot Nova! Keep up the good work!

  • Karoox16 says:

    What about video recording problems?

  • karoox says:

    What about camera recording problems?

  • vope says:

    Great work !

    As requested in the topic, here are my bugs

    – Bad French layouts
    – BLN Control doesn’t work, due to Novafusion kernel, apparently
    – Flashlight Long on-time.
    – No EAP-SIM
    – Random reboots, and when it reboots, i have to reboot again because SIM card is not activated

    To Nova Team: could you update the link to download GAPPS, please ?
    It is broken…

  • sasuke says:

    Dose otg works for you guys?

  • mustafa says:

    Can I use L speed mod on this release?

  • Sergio says:

    My bugs:
    –VPN conection don’t work
    — WiFi connection is lost randomly and not automatically reactivated
    –Random reboots,
    — offline charging

    Tanks Nova Team, good work.

  • Alejandro says:

    Hello! First, sorry for my English. 😛

    Here are my bugs:

    – Google search crash when i search sometings…
    – Twitter: The video playback sometimes fails
    – Whatsapp: When you call me, I hear nothing.

    I keep trying …

    Thank You Nova! Great job!!

    • samado says:

      For the whatsapp calls it just when someone call you you should be active speaker or put kits , when you call it work normal

      • mike says:

        I have the same issue but nothing work, whatsapp, Skype, line and fb call and app crash, and call drop still there any idea? Plz, thx novafussion this release have some issues but still a great job

  • Arun says:

    Anyone please Say about call drop issue is it cleared??

  • CodeLenz says:

    There is no way I can use 5.1 with my phone, since com.android.phone keeps crashing all the time. I tried every single tip from the internet an neither works. Is there someone else with this issue ? Thanks.

    • samado says:

      Hello , i have this issue in my first work on the ROM , you should be go to settings , app , all , phone , clear data and cash after that reboot phone , if see this again do that even it fix .

  • McBoobies says:

    Version I8190N. Installed yesterday from recovery. Been using rooted orig firmware but I bought BLE HR belt and had to upgrade. Seems to work fine. FM radio missing –> Spirit1 works, not Spirit2. Had to find gapps –> pa_gapps-modular-micro-5.1-20150315-signed.zip worked. UPDATE-SuperSU-v2.46 needed to be installed from recovery.

    Noticed only two problems so far
    1. Didn’t charge when connected to computer usb3 –> battery went to 0% – it said that it was charging but obviously it wasn’t. Orig fw could charge from usb3 while using it.
    2. F-Secure Freedome vpn blocks all connections, it even blocks itself. It connects ok but after that nothing gets through. Orig fw Freedome & AFWall+ worked together fine.

    Any suggestions should I downgrade – more stable/working version that supports BLE? Haven’t really find any comparisons what is the “best version” – usually it’s not the latest.

  • John huxtable says:

    Please can someone tell me if the new s3 mini Gt-I8200n still classed as the golden so will up date the same? Simple question

  • Martin Lechner says:

    I have an issue with charging. When charged fully, the phone will shut down.

  • Avicii says:

    Anyone know how to install external applications , not the play store ? sorry for my English , Thanks Team Nova Fusion

  • shez951 says:

    please fix the stock camera app

  • benjiairtime says:

    Still having APN issues (both on the reases on the 12th and 20th).
    What happens is I’m unable to add them (even using the recommended APN changing apps).

    Phone just returns “Access Point Names are not available for this user”.

    In dev.options I have apps set to Root but not ADB. I’m going to play with other users/profiles…

  • Radim says:

    Crashes incoming calls.
    Call volume is still low.
    Others still ok.
    Thanks NOVA

  • smtkc says:

    Instagram video crashed

  • Robert says:

    When I try to add a new APN I get this error:

    “APN Settings are not available for this user” 🙁 what I have to do?

    Cuando intento agregar un nuevo APN obtengo este error:

    “La configuración del nombre de punto de acceso no está disponible para este usuario” 🙁 qué tengo que hacer?

  • JM says:

    Any idea for CM11 or CM12 for i8200L release?

  • liu chan says:

    Ya i found the same bug here, instagram crashed when it was play the videos

  • adam says:

    I’ve just made a factory reset after installing this ROM – when I updated the google apps started crashing like crazy.

    Now I saw that the links were deleted – does any of you have a link to the nano/pico google apps package?

  • Hugo Hallomann says:

    “less than 2% of users are reporting issues with mobile data – just add new APN manually with settings proper for your provider and apply it to make 3G working”

    How ? When entering APN Menu point it says something like “This User is not allowed to change APN Settings”

    Also, the Alarm Clock is muted … volume is at maximum.

  • rikoninja says:

    Great job as always!

    Some little bug. I have only a great problem…Google Play and play service doesn’t work. Someone have the same problem?

  • drago1981 says:

    Same forma me, icoming calls crash and low volume. A parte of this excellent

  • Alan Pereira says:

    For those who are searching the google apps ‘ Gapps ‘ lollipop to 5.1 and earlier versions 5.0 and 4.4 I found the xda of the TKruzze here is the link http://dh.st/users/TKruzze sorry my English and I am from Brazil

  • raffael says:

    Is it possible to encrypt the device? Didn’t work for me. Cheers,

  • samado says:

    hello guys i want to know if the cyanogenmod screencast app it working in the CM12.1 or just on CM 11???

  • tommy says:

    APP Pin function (unpin app was not possible bevore) is fixed in the last cm12.1 – thanks Nova

  • Donato says:

    I have the previous version of CM12.1 installed. How do I update to this version? Will all my data be lost?

    • Alejandro says:

      Hello! Only you should do a clean cache and dalvik cache. Then install the ROM and the GAPS and again clean cache and dalvik cache. No data was lost!

  • john huxtable says:

    please help, i brought a s3 mini gt i 8200n i thought that the downloads from here would work the same. i tried to install usin odin but all it did was brick my phone {!!! i thought that as there was no warning i thought it would work the same. any thoughts ion what to do with this bricked phone please pass them on. thank u .#john

    • samado says:

      hello jhon, :/ yes that it should be brick ur phone because these ROMS it just for gt-i8190 versions it don’t for gt-i8200 so search the stock rom original for ur model and install it with odin ( search in Samsung firmware)

  • samado says:

    the really bugs i have in the rom and i can’t fixed is the screenCast ( recording screen) don’t work, I’ve tried many apps but no o e of thele work it just crach the phone and you need to reboot

  • Raymond says:

    The problem of the call crashes is the proximity sensor, so you can try the app “Auto Screen on off (Smart Cover” https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.danielkao.autoscreenonoff&hl=es_419

    Check the opción “Enable” Screen on/off automatically

    Then tap “which apps to exclude”
    Select all dialer app you use. In my case stock phone app and Hello app (the new facebook dialer app)

  • M.T {Request} pls says:

    we need you make us lollipop for janice S ADVANCE 9070 pls build android 5 roms for it . you are great team and people will be extreme happy . we hope you try . we R sure it will be a super surprise . Pls respod. pleeeaaaaasssseee. eh eh eh eh

  • Andry says:

    not fully charged battery,samsung galasy s 3 mini (JZ054K.I8190XXAMG1)

  • Quanter says:

    Volume of speech is very low and phone chashes when somebody calls me.

  • Metrin Slerba says:

    secril_fd-interface on on even fast dormancy disabled. Deep sleep only ~40% overnight and 60% 200 mhz –> battery drain

  • is there any one having problems with youtube ?

  • VLAD says:

    cast does not wrk, screen recorders do not work

  • Tommy says:

    Bug call drpp issue
    Dialer crashed
    Now i ppened the dealer, went into settings and deactivated phone number backward search.
    Lets See if it does not crash anymore now

  • Kevin says:

    Great Job only i have this bugs:
    -I cant capture the screen
    -I cant send “voice messages” WhatsApp and Messenger”
    -The icon battery not say the “true”
    -Sometimes it goes off without reason

    A hug guys! thanks for this <3

  • Dm Shurf says:

    Half-work screen. Sometimes don’t work touchscreen. Charging bug. Call bugs. Slow work light sensor. Slow work apps, such as maps, browser (sometimes crash) & games.
    (sorry for mistakes. my first bug-report)

  • facknas says:

    i think it’s time to start focusing on fixing the camera.

  • When i record video on snap chat is ok. But after that video become green…
    any help ? ty

  • HI i have problem with video on snapchat. i can record full 10 sec video but after that when it start auto replay video and sound become bugged ( video is green …)
    ty for any help

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