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There are a ton of amazing themes The Best CM11 Themes For Your Android Device The Best CM11 Themes For Your Android Device Running CyanogenMod 11 and want to customize your device? These themes make it easy and super fun. Read More out there that utilize the CyanogenMod Theme Engine, but it can be hard to sift through all the bad ones. We’ve done the sifting for you with this list of the best free CyanogenMod themes.

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L-Ready Dark

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For those craving a Lollipop-esque design, L-Ready Dark certainly deserves a chance. There’s also a light version that inverts certain dark colors, making the quick settings panel and settings app both white.

The best part of this theme might just be the large navigation buttons. Though several other custom themes offer the Lollipop triangle, circle, and square, L-Ready has them sized significantly bigger, which looks much better.

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The quick settings panel and notification tray both have mostly transparent backgrounds to give the illusion that they are hovering over your screen, like the notification tray does in the Android 5.0 Lollipop update. The colors are a perfect Material Design Exploring Android L: What Exactly Is Material Design? Exploring Android L: What Exactly Is Material Design? You may have heard about Android L and Material Design, but what exactly is this new design philosophy and how will it affect Android and other Google products? Read More muted green, and this theme does the best job of giving you that updated feel.

LG G3

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For a design with a bit more skeuomorphism (notice the physical-looking switches above in the Settings app) that still retains a modern feel, the LG G3 theme is right up your alley.

The biggest annoyance I had with it was that the notification bar wasn’t shaded the proper shade of grey to match the buttons, resulting in a patchy look, as shown above, but for the most part it did a solid job of remaking that G3 feel.

HoloGlass

HoloGlass goes in a direction that no other theme does – it allows you to set a picture that will be the background of several of your apps. With a focus on transparency, any picture can be not only the wallpaper on your homescreen, but also in your Settings app, Phone app, and Messaging app.

Aside from the transparency, it keeps a very standard, Jelly Bean-like interface, as noted by the light blue switches shown above and plain black and white notification shade shown below.

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The transparency is really a nice touch, though, and makes HoloGlass stand out in a very crowded arena.

Hazy Smooth White

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For the color-crazed, look no further than Hazy Smooth White. These theme has color and creativity flowing out of every nook and crevice. It’s certainly a niche theme, but if bright colors are your thing, you’ll love it.

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My favorite aspect has to be the unique navigation bar buttons. The back arrow and multitasking circle with the half circle on the side are nice touches that manage to find a nice balance of Lollipop design and its own flair.

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It’s a love it or hate it theme, but it can really jazz up your boring black or white smartphone.

Material Teal

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Another simple, Lollipop-inspired theme, Material Teal differs from L-Ready in that the Settings app is more blacked out, and the notification shade is more black and white. Otherwise, you’re looking at similar fonts, navigation bar icons, and general feel.

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If you were unsatisfied with L-Ready but still want a theme that makes your Android feel newer Get The Best Of Android L Right Now Get The Best Of Android L Right Now Itching for the best of Android L right now? We've got you covered. Read More , try out Material Teal.

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It’s also got some different icons, wallpapers, and boot animations thrown in for good measure. To get the most Lollipop-like experience, check out these apps that have been decked out in Material Design Craving Some Material Design? Download These Great Android Apps Craving Some Material Design? Download These Great Android Apps Android 5.0 Lollipop is here, but to get the full effect, you need apps that stay true to the Material Design philosophy. We can help you find the best of them. Read More goodness.

Obsidian

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For a blacked out, colorless design, choose Obsidian. While most black-and-white themes sacrifice design along with color, Obsidian actually improves upon the standard interface, offering nice navigation buttons, tweaks in the notification shade, and nice fonts in the status bar.

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The notification shade is semi-transparent, but for the most part, this theme sticks to the black-out motto. The icons in the Quick Settings panel are switched up a bit, but they’re all creative, nice-looking changes.

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One L+ Grey

One L+ Grey takes the Material Design/Lollipop idea and combines it with what makes KitKat feel familiar, resulting in a theme that will feel similar, yet more modern.

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Colors are pretty muted or non-existent, and the notification shade doesn’t attempt to hover over your screen like some of the other themes. It accepts that it’s not running Lollipop, but it does it beautifully.

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My biggest issue was wrestling with the tiny navigation buttons, but if you can tolerate those, you’ll probably enjoy this theme.

Pressor

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Sick of all the darkness in these themes? Pressor is here to help, with a theme that’s mostly white backgrounds accented by grey and orange. It’s different, but not to the point of being bizarre.

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The navigation buttons are also quite cool, managing to find their own unique design that doesn’t look tacky at all.

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The notification shade and Quick Settings panel, without any transparency, feel very heavy-handed, but it does go well with the light theme.

Simplicity Pine

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Simplicity Pine is mostly a blacked out theme, but with a tint of dark green to make it feel a bit more modern.

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The navigation bar keys are very HTC-like, which could make it or break it for some people. In general, though, the theme feels very much like a stock KitKat build.

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Combining modern design with a blacked out theme, Simplicity Pine is ideal for those who don’t like all the changes made in Obsidian but still prefer a darker design.

What’s Your Favorite CM11 Theme?

There are a crazy number of themes available right now, and more popping up every day — not to mention all the fantastic paid themes.

Which CM11 theme are you currently rocking?

  1. Richard
    April 16, 2015 at 8:56 am

    I'm using "Flux" it's a paid theme, but I'm so glad I got it! Absolutly love it!

  2. Benny
    March 27, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    What is the icon pack shown in the pictures?

  3. Mr.T
    December 21, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    sony z3 is the best

    • Justin Dennis
      February 17, 2015 at 10:48 pm

      i mean, you're not wrong; it's a great phone. :)

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