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Install CyanogenMod 7 Nightly ROM on HTC Desire Z / T-Mobile G2

CyanogenMod 7 nightly builds for several Android devices have been made available in the past few weeks and amongst them is one for the HTC Desire Z / T-Mobile G2 that you can grab for your phone right away. Detailed installation procedure and download links after the break.

CyanogenMod is our most favorite Android ROM here at AddictiveTips for all the enhancements to the Android OS that it provides. The latest nightly builds for Android 2.3 Gingerbread based CyanogenMod 7 that have been rolling out lately are quite stable so far and we have been running them on our phones without any glitch. To learn more, you can check out our review of CyanogenMod 7 nightly builds.

Coming to this particular version for the Desire Z / T-Mobile G2, installing it on our phone didn’t initially go as planned because of the restrictions in the device by HTC that make it difficult to root this phone or install a custom recovery to it with the conventional method. However, we eventually managed permanently rooting the device and figured a trick to install ClockworkMod Recovery 3+ on it which is required to flash any CyanogenMod 7 ROM on a phone.

In our experience with the device so far, everything seems to be working but Wi-Fi, though that might be broken just for the particular nightly build that we downloaded and as the nightly releases update each day, the issue might not be there when you download it.

Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.

To install the latest CyanogenMod 7 nightly build on your phone:

  1. If you haven’t permanently rooted your phone yet, do so by following our guide on how to permanently root HTC Desire Z / G2.
  2. Download ClockworkMod Recovery from the link given below and install it to your phone using our guide on how to install ClockworkMod 3+ via ROM Manager. Update: You can now directly install the latest version through ROM Manager.
  3. Download the latest version of CyanogenMod 7 nightly build for your device from the link given below and simply flash it to your phone from recovery after wiping data, cache and Dalvik cache. Don’t forget to take a nandroid backup first. If you don’t know how to perform any of these steps, refer to our detailed guide on installing a ROM from recovery.
  4. Optionally, download Google Apps for Gingerbread from the link given below and flash it to your phone from recovery. There is no need to wipe data for this step but wiping cache and dalvik cache is a good idea.
  5. Reboot your device from recovery and you’re done!

CyanogenMod 7 Latest Nightly build for HTC Desire Z / T-Mobile G2
Google Apps for CM


  1. have you received help with your above query? are you still running cynogen? i am running stable cyanogen 7.0.3 for my desire…too scared to run nightlies……

  2. ok I’m new to alll this, but I have so far followed all the directions on your pages and have successfully rooted my HTC G2. I have also installed ROM manager and flashed it, I also downloaded the clockworkmod for my device, when I go to open it and extract the .img file to finish the process as per instructed from the method, it just asks me to burn a CD? There is nothing for me to put on my SD card. I also have the cyanogen mod 7 nightly build 25 downloaded and waiting to complete the process and I see no link to download the google apps for this build?
    Yes I am a newbie but I am pretty good at following the directions thus far. I have also read that the CWM is not needed to install the cyanogen mod 7, is this true? So any help or tips for my G2 would be greatly appreciated.


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