Customize that Android 5.0 Lollipop! Here are some gorgeous themes for CyanogenMod 12

The looks of stock Android 5.0 Lollipop are truly a sight to behold, but still, there might be people who are not quite liking it. What if you hate teal, or, God forbid, the dominating white backgrounds. If this is the case and you'r aching to change certain aspects of the Material Design interface of your device, well, you can't do much if you're running vanilla Lollipop.

Delve into the land of custom ROMs, though, and the things will be quite different. Provided that you opt for one of the more popular and widespread aftermarket Android distributions - CyanogenMod 12 - then your theming endeavors will be crowned with success. It also works with other custom ROMs that have adopted the CM12 Theme Engine. Thanks to this, you can change the looks of Lollipop as easy as abc - just download one of the available themes on Google Play and... well, that's pretty much it!

Although CyanogenMod's Theme Engine has been implemented in the nightly builds for roughly a week now, there is already a large number of intriguing themes that change the way Lollipop looks like. However, have in mind that you will surely encounter an issue here or there, but for the most part, CM themes work as intended. Let's check them out right below. 

Elixium UI

Download (free)

This theme changes the looks of the following apps and tools: Dialer, Contacts, Calculator, Google Keep, Google Play Music, Google Play Store, SuperSU, Notifications, Dialogs, Fonts, Boot Animation, Wallpapers, Quick Settings, CyanogenMod Music, CyanogenMod Theme Manager, Cyanogenmod AudioFX, and others.


Download ($1.49)

This theme changes the design of Contacts, Settings, Dialer, Calculator, Google AOSP keyboard, as well as many core Google apps (Android framework, systemui, etc.). It also comes with a boot animation, wallpapers, lockscreen wallpaper, fonts, full system style, and sound pack (ringtone,alarm tone, notification tone).

Dark Material

Download (free)

This theme will paint black the majority of your interface, including AudioFX,, Browser, CyanogenMod Eleven (Music), CyanogenMod Theme Chooser, CyanogenMod Updater, Calculator, Camera2, CellBroadcastReceiver, Contacts, Dialer, DocumentsUI, Framework-res, Gallery3d, Gmail, Google+, Google Now Launcher (App Drawer), Hangouts + Hangouts Dialer, Keep, LatinIME (AOSP Keyboard), MediaProvider, Mms (Messages), Phone/Dialer (AOSP and Google), Play Store, Settings, Sound Recorder, SuperSU (In-Settings and seperate app), SystemUI, TeleService, YouTube, and others.

Blacked Out!

Download (free)

Own an AMOLED device with CM12 on it? This theme will probably save you some battery juice.


Download (free)

Teal CM12 Theme will change the following apps and interface aspects: Calculator, Contacts, most of the default Cyanogen Apps, Dialer, Downloads, Notification, Sound, SystemUI, ThemeChooser, and wallpapers.

Tigers Eye

Download (free)

This dark & orange theme will change the looks of your Calculator, Settings, SystemUI, Wallpapers, Analog Clock, as well as many system interfaces, such as as the notification/quick toggles drawer.


Download (free)

This CM12 theme will paint your whole interface rusty red (hence the name). It'll also change the looks of your Dialer, Contacts, notification drawer, and Quick Settings panel.

Zyxx UI

Download (free)

Unlike the previous themes, this one won't overhaul your Android Lollipop, but rather build upon the already-existing Material Design aesthetics.

CM12/RR/LS Blue

Download (free)

This theme changes your framework resources, SystemUI, Settings, Contacts, Dialer, and other aspects of your interface.


Download (free)

This theme comes with wallpapers, fonts, boot animation and changes the system UI, framework, the quick settings, and a slew of other system apps.


Download ($1.49)

PiazzA does not only change the most part of your interface, it also comes with a dedicated icon pack (~1400 icons).

Flat colors

Download (free)

Flat colors will change the looks of your: Framework, Quick Buttons, Settings, Calculator, Dialer, Contacts, Google AOSP Keyboard,WhatsApp, Fonts, Gallery, Cyanogen SMS, Cyanogen music player, Theme chooser, etc.

Done yet? Well, don't forget to check out some of our customization columns:



1. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

These are awesome Google should develop their own theme engine That would allow users to easily get Material Design without having to update OS

3. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

this would be great thing from googel to do ... but i think they will never do it unfortunately

2. Hashed unregistered

Looks great, good job done there, Hats off.

4. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

I have used Elixium UI for 3 days. It's excellent.

5. supersammyfans

Posts: 26; Member since: Nov 24, 2012

Am i the only one who prefer Holo theme than other theme? Somehow i feel that the current UI design for Google/Apple/Microsoft/BlackBerry/Samsung/HTC/Sony and many more are just too childish? Nevermind then, i will just wait for CyanogenMod 12 and use Holo based theme then.

6. askarian

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

I love the colors and everything then I buy a phone and install CM and install these themes then the whole thing starts lagging after 2 days then I get disappointed lol

7. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

I hated that white background in android 5.0, it realy makes no sense to me...If I wanted a white background, I could always just download a white wallpaper!!

8. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Tried cm 12 on my s3. Material design is good and all but still it lacks customisation compared to other 4.4.4 kitkat based roms available right now.

9. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

is CM12 staple enough for Oneplus One yet?

13. lallolu

Posts: 732; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

yes it is

10. maddy996

Posts: 126; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

this is why I luv Android

11. god996

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 27, 2013

And I just wish someone made a theme which would only change white backgrounds to black/dark grey and leave everything else like it is, like it was in Mahdi ROM's Dark UI theme..

12. Life_Engineer

Posts: 37; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Well I love Lollipop design to the extent where I feel that theming it is useless and bad! It will ruin it! It's already very beautiful!

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