January 23rd, 2016
RELEASE for S3 Mini
CyanogenMod 12.1

New stable release (20160123) 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)!

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.


  • CM sources updated to latest version
  • better A2DP Bluetooth audio quality
  • toolchains update
  • Odin package update


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

116 Responses
  • Jeffrey says:

    Screen Record?

  • Fran says:

    Fix the camera! Please!

  • moeedqurishi says:

    what about snapchat cant really use that without video fix! or i can work around this problem?
    secondly i updated to this vrsion and im stuck on checking info of Cyanogen Setup wizard

  • Agust says:

    Always again and again ” video taken by stock camera app is green ” when you will fixed this issue ????

  • rarrola says:


  • Jonathan says:

    Has some one encounter this issue, i try to move an app from the internal storage to the SD card an recive an error message that says there is not space to move the app

    sorry about my english,

    thanks nova for the hard work

  • Gonçalo Forte says:

    What about the issue with the capacitive buttons on some baseband versions. I’m using CM12.1 without any problems on my S3 Mini, but on my wife’s S3 Mini the capacitive buttons don’t work.

  • Mike says:

    So, I take it OTG has been abandoned? Doesn’t matter anyway I might be getting the S4 at some stage. But thanks for all the continued support.

  • Bastos PT says:

    Not move app to SD Card

  • Çetin says:

    Hey maclaw! Ty fo your work. I used since cm10.1 aaaaand everything is awesome!
    U r best of all times.
    Feedback from me: İn issues, change Camu. İts so slow and 5 fps. I tried VivaVideoPro. İts ok. And cool. Works fine bro

    Sorry fo my english. Please love us and dont stop!

  • invarizr says:

    fix charging animation please

  • Elvitek says:

    I can’t install the Facebook app, fix it please.

    • Forget FB app bro, it’s a battery drainer for no stupid reason and u authorizing the app to dowhatever the heck it wants with ur contact. Log on to facebook with a browser it’s better 😉

  • Andri says:

    Please fix the camera issue

  • Andri says:

    Can not upload videos to Instagram (from the gallery)

  • Oliv Cofer says:

    what is the problem with the camera???? pls fix it

    • Ryan says:

      if you the rom developer you would understand the problem
      I can tell you the problem but most words are pretty technical

      I understand exactly what is causing the problem and I know what needs to be fixed and how to fix it but
      the how to fix it part requires a really experienced developer

  • mejme says:

    This ROM er developed over one year but it still has issues: Bad bad bad ROM . Drop it. BYE BYE


    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

  • lebrnno says:

    Hello, I used the Factory Reset on my S3 Mini and now my phone is in Boot Loop flashes “teamwin”. How do I fix this?

  • merfakos says:

    Seems to me this Rom is dying. But then again so is the S3 mini. Sure there is the s3 mini plus but had a different soc and so needs an entirely new Rom. It’s a pity of course but I ‘ll be upgrading to a newer device after all these years. Thanks for giving the s3 mini a very very good run for its money

  • Devrim says:

    hi, After installation of network problems occurred. How can I solve the problem?

  • Eduardo Díaz says:

    The only problem that remain is the video recorder from the camera, so fix it, please; and keep up that good work you all do!

    • Sky says:

      Unfortunately there is nothing that can be done about the camera, the S3 Mini hardware is simply no longer supported in Lollipop. There are tons of ROMs around for the S3 Mini with plenty of talented developers working on them. The camera issue is present in all of these ROMs. You should give Vivavideo a try if you want to record video.

    • Ryan says:

      they know what needs to be fixed and how to fix it
      but only a really experienced developer which knows how to port
      jellybean dalvik code to lollipop ART code

      converting dalvik to art is easy with an app
      but when it in the kernel level
      it is extremely difficult and risky

      mess up the kernel and bye bye phone

  • paola says:

    Hello, I installed the version 12.1 on my gt-I8190, I cannot read the contacts on my SIM card. How can I do? I dont want to put them via google or something. Just that it read it on my simCARD. Do you have a solution? Please!
    Or do you know another rom if I cant fix it?
    Thank you very much!

  • Emirhan says:

    Hi android 6.0 marshmallow to s3 mini install ? android marsmallow rom build please /my English bad\ marshmallow to s3 mini please. Thanks novafushion team

    • Ryan says:

      marshmallow is not that much different from lollipop

      Biggest changes are
      doze and quick settings editor

      other hidden changes are
      build.prop edit to enable experimental multi-windows
      theme engine which apparently works with layer themes

      these were present in the developer work in progress build
      it is likely that they are still in marshmallow

      marshmallow should of been android 5.2 =)

  • paola says:

    I tried yet to publish this comment… Can anyone help me please? I cannot read the contacts on my SIM card. I dont want to put them in google stuff or something. How can I do? Do someone have the same problem?

  • Emirhan says:

    Cyanogenmod 13 please nova team

  • Emilio Martinez says:

    HI! I have a question…. Why i don’t to receive OTA updates?? And what about of CM13?? Thanks and sorry for my bad english

  • Jimmy says:

    Thank you for always giving us better better and better update and ROM.
    But could you please fix the facebook issue? We can’t install facebook.
    And for the camera it for me it can catch up later (for me. But maybe for other people it very useful).
    My suggestion is, no problem for us to take longer update, but if the update is to fix facebook issue and camera issue, maybe it is very worth and for us no problem 😀

    Thank you 😀 ^_^

  • Ravi says:

    hii guys having some problem with usb connection,
    i can’t connect my phone with pc any more, setting>storae>usb computer connection says ” Usb is now disconnected”

    plz need help on it….

  • fratzicu says:

    I tested the CM12.1 and it works pretty well except the offline charge.

  • Cadi_de says:

    Battery drain/CPU usage issue from 20160117 seems to be fixed in that ROM (at least for me)
    Thxs Nova for the hard work …

    My current (minor) issues are so far:
    * offline charging
    * could not select CPU governor

    Please continue the great work on that …

  • Alexander says:

    Do not see the SD. Recovery also does not specify the SD. Everything else works .

  • tataw says:

    please forget cm13. CM12 still is not finish after over 1 year. it still has so many bugs

  • Nicolás Núñez says:


  • Asdf says:

    People are whining about camera issue for every release. In my opinion it would have been fixed if Samsung had been Møre helpful and now it’s likely imbossible. For me the biggest issue with every release is random crashes/reboots and I would happily help debug it if someone could told me what to do

  • Jade Rivera says:

    Is this ok with my Samsung SIII mini from Qatar? Please someone respond to this because my Rom cyanogen installed at my phone is broken i cant use my menu and back touchpad after installing the Rom.

  • Mike says:

    Thanks for all the support NovaFusion but I have the S4 now so I’m outta here! Good luck with future development!

  • Juliano says:

    Oi, posso instalar essa rom direto da rom stock? Ou tem algum procedimento?

    Hi, I can set up a direct rom the rom stock? Or have some procedure?

  • John Solano says:

    Hello, i’ve some problem with usb connection… I can’t connect my phone with pc any more!

  • Matti K says:

    camera doesn’t work… hope that you can fix it soon.

  • Katman says:

    Thank ‘s a lot for your effort. I’d like to add two things in your future to do list:
    1. Offline charging
    2. A way to get better reception of GSM signal if possible.

  • erickchef says:

    the battery life is very bad…. facebook app not function

    • Katman says:

      F@ck Facebook app. Use Facebook lite it a light browser and the m.facebook.com URL instead. That will definitely save your battery drain and your divorce will work faster.

      • yasin says:

        agreed. developers has showed us that facebook app is a bad choice for battery life and performance. it seems 15% faster phone and 20% longer battery lifetime without app!

  • corvex says:

    Are there any info how to use f2fs on external SD card?

    I successfully formatted external_sd partition to f2fs using advansed wipe TWRP. After rebooting to system this partition is not mounted. I think the problem is in mount options or ownership and access rights. How to fix this?

    Thank you in asvance!

  • UncleAgent says:

    Hellow NovaFusion developers, thanks for this amazing ROM, iam using it like three month for now. Thanks for all the support by the way, but there are several things that are bothering several users as me.

    -Battery life is going down since i updated to the latest version of your rom, also
    too brutal peak discharge in the battery , such as 40% occur in 3 minutes goes to 15% and the charging of the phone when its offline, doesn’t work.
    -Facebook app is not updating or installing, i figured out how to solve it, no problem.
    -And the common issue, the recording of the camara in green.

    Plese solve this, i will be updating as soon as you post!

    Thanks anyway.

  • Rod Gonzales says:

    Quick question: Is CM11 still alive?

  • David Polly says:

    I have a questions:

    Can I install Xposed Framework?

    What about mod the keyboard to add the option to put the interracial emojis by long press jus like whatsapp?

  • Atakan says:

    am I unable to overclock the CPU?

  • Is CM-13 planned or is it at least able to build it on my own?

  • Aaron says:

    i switched to this latest build cm12.1 and ive got no problem when it comes to its performance but i noticed everytime im switching my mobile data to connect to internet the SIGN-IN TO NETWORK notification pops up and i do need to click USE THIS NETWORK AS IT IS before H sign appears in my network indicator.. another thing is that when im charging my phone in switch off mode, the charging indicator or the animated battery icon that shows my phone is charging wont appear.

    hope to hear some answer to fix this, thanks a lot

  • Piggeh says:

    It’s great to see that you haven’t abandoned CM12.1, even though official CM13 nightlies are out. While it would be nice to have 6.0.1, I’d much rather have stable Lollipop than Marshmallow with nothing working.

  • del says:

    Have some problem with last build. My phone shutdown when I have incoming call and phone connected to PC.

  • Luciver says:

    Can´t find the bug tragger…. does any one else has the problem to move apps to SD card?

  • Luciver says:

    Still got the issue that I can´t move APPs to SD Card. Any else got that?

  • Gabor says:

    Last night I installed this version. Before that I made a backup with Kies. After installing the CM12.1 I installed the Google Apps and then the photo gallery disappeared. Now Kies can not connect to phone and I would like to restore my data on the phone. I tried to convert the contacts to vfc and copied them to the SD card, but when I try to import them the system says “no vcard file found on the sd card”. When I try to open the clock, it says “unfortunately, clock has stopped”. Could somebody give suggestions how to solve these problems, please?
    Or if they can not be solved, how can I get back to the stock version?

  • Gabor says:

    why did my comment disappear?

  • kosiem says:

    This rom still has bugs

  • emre says:

    Cyanogenmod 13 build please ??

  • Does anybody know any WORKING fm radio app and if – put the link? thx

  • Frank says:

    Great battery lofe, but lock screen is not working anymore as well as music control in locked state.

  • damasin says:

    with spirit fm unlock 2014_11_30 the radio work fine….. you have to done root access.

  • Jack says:

    Good evening, guys… Thanks for the amazing work you’re doing. But I have an issue… Yesterday, i was going to unlock my phone normally, and then the screen got freeze… Well, I thought: “nah, it’s just a freeze”… Later, I realized that the phone was (and is) in a infinite loop… Didn’t start… I was using this ROM and now I’m trying to do a Factory Reset for Odin, and it doesn’t work. Before of that, I tried to access to the recovery, and it was useless, didn’t start too

    Need some serious help… Please, if someone knows how to solve this, I’ll appreciate it T_T

    P.D.: When Download Mode screen is on:

    ODIN MODE (red)

    While flashing Stock ROM says this:

    ODIN MODE (red)
    movi_write card_status: 2 (numbers) start_blk: (numbers)

    “movi_write card_status: 2 (numbers) start_blk: (numbers)” I REALLY NEED TO KNOW WHAT’S THIS!


  • Amine says:

    Thanks I really appreciate the support just keep making new roms please we will wait the release of CM 13, and for any camera issues just use Wondershare PowerCam you will find it on play store and please novafusion keep supporting the s3 mini :), I recently got a gaming PC so I didn’t get a new phone so please fix the camera or make CM 13 if possible cause everyone will appreciate it ^-^ you are awesome people from novafusion

  • Jesus Da Silva says:

    I installed this rom & the issues that I saw were:
    – Error on phone dialer
    – Video cam (snapchat & instagram too)
    – when it reboots, always it optimize all the apps
    – The apps like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat don’t work correctly.
    – On a call, the app stops when there network changes, example: when you are in H+, & it changes to 3G the phone call falls.
    – When you press turn off, the phone reboots by self.

  • walter says:

    Hi, sorry about my bad english, i´d donwloded the last version for s3 mini, android 5.1 20160123, but i can´t move the aplications to the sd card, help me.

  • clara says:

    can you help me I cannot see my contacts on the SIMCARD? Please help!!! thanks

  • Fix camera please i want to download but i cant because dont want to any prblem my camera im waiting for it

  • rami says:

    in omnirom already fixed the bug is on the video camera and apak q did not open as it is facebook left yesterday if I’m not mistaken excuse my bad English in xda More information

  • Andre Jaques says:

    Omnirom just fixed video recording for the S3 mini in their latest 5.1.1 version! great news!

  • Nacho says:

    Death project…

  • yasin says:

    might the developers would be died or killed?

  • SloCompTech says:

    Wi-fi not working when screen is locked, green video after recording,facebook can’t post photos

  • Fernando Acosta says:

    ANYONE KNOWS THIS ERROR FLASHING ROMS WITH ODIN? “movi_write card_status: 2 (numbers) start_blk: numbers”? I’ve got a serious brick T_T

  • Juan Arreaza says:

    Hello This ROM works for i8200?

  • Fluffen says:

    Does any of those works fur my GT-I8200?

  • Does somebody know any working FM Radio app?
    Spirit UL shows http://iv.pl/images/99507268258988327598.png

  • kolAflash says:

    Wasn’t able to encrypt my phone (GT-I8190) with CyanogenMod 12.1 (tried 20160123 and 20160210 builds). Neither with EXT4 on Data+Cache nor with F2FS on Data+Cache. First thing I tried was a factory reset, but that didn’t helped.
    With EXT4 I got a message “Encryption unsuccessful”, telling me my data is now lost (but it wasn’t – after a reboot I was just back where I started). Didn’t took much more than 3 minutes after starting the encryption process. So looks like the encryption process didn’t started at all.
    With F2FS the phone just rebooted once and nothing else happened.

    So I switched to the CyanogenMod 11.0 (20151017 build). Encryption with EXT4 wasn’t working too (nothing happened on reboot).
    After switching Data+Cache to F2FS I was finally able to start the encryption process. It took about half an hour for completing the encryption. Sadly after reboot it didn’t accepted my password (did a factory reset and repeated the whole process, just to be sure my password wasn’t wrong). Also in TWRP I wasn’t able to access my data partition anymore.

    Finally went back to CyanogenMod 12.1 (20160210) and now using it without encryption now :-/

  • Solve that problems aq says:

    plz solve charge issue. ı dont my tel on charging.

  • xego says:

    20160210 great works, thanks, but bln mod very very requeired special feature
    the last version the not use but nothing?

  • luis says:

    good job, but please do not neglect KitKat 4.4.4 ( CyanogenMod 11.0) , continue to bring issues , players , backgrounds, sounds, launchers , renew it is the best rom 100% novafusion , congratulations

  • no-bird says:

    just did not want to bore you – but is there a way to get NFC activated?
    thx so much

  • Rocket says:

    Which is the best camera alternativ?

  • Aro says:

    Viber profile photos are not shown. In some forum found an advise – move Viber to SD card to fix the issue. Can’t move apps to FAT SD Card-no space error appears. ext4 SD card not recognizable.

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