Install Android 4.2 CyanogenMod 10.1 on Motorola Defy/Defy Plus

How-To

Install Android 4.2 CyanogenMod 10.1 on Motorola Defy/Defy Plus

The Android development community can’t forget the Motorola Defy and Motorola Defy+ (Plus) as the CyanogenMod 10.1 has been arrived for them unofficially, the CyanogenMod 10.1 is AOSP custom ROM and it’s based on latest Android version – Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean, thanks to recognized XDA developer Quarx.

For unfamiliar, the CyanogenMod 10.1 is well-known custom ROM that is packed with wonderful customizable features that allow you to optimize the interface while offering Android 4.2 features such as gesture-based keyboard, improved Google Now app, expandable notification bar, panorama mode for photography and more.

The CyanogenMod 10.1 for Motorola Defy is still under heavy development and contains many bugs, however the camera, Wi-Fi (partial), audio RIL, swipe around, calls and texts are working.

The below guide will walk you through how to install CyanogenMod 10.1 on Motorola Defy and Defy Plus. The ClockworkMod recovery must be installed on the phone and be sure to make a backup of your device data such as SMS, internet setting, contacts music files etc because the below procedure may wipe data, you can sync your contacts with Gmail account and for messages use SMS apps, lastly use file expert app to backup apps.

Instructions

Step #1: Download the latest version of CyanogenMod 10.1 from here [XDA Link] and Google Apps package.

Step #2: Transfer both zip files to the SD card of device.

Step #3: Turn the device off and reboot the device into recovery mode by holding down the Volume down button and then press power button to turn the device ON into recovery mode.

Step #4: In recovery mode, create a nandroid backup of your current ROM, it’s important because if anything not work out that you expect from this ROM, you’ll be able to easily revert back to your current state. To create backup select “Backup and Restore”, and then select “Backup” again.

Step #5: Perform full wipe, first select the wipe data/factory reset, and confirm on the next screen then select wipe cache and confirm on the next screen. Lastly from the main menu, select Advance and wipe delvik.

Step #6: Select “Install Zip from SD Card” then “Choose Zip from SD Card” and locate the downloaded ROM zip file that you’ve transferred in above step and confirm installation.

Step #7: Once again repeat the previous step and install the Google Apps package in the same manner.

Step #8: Once the installation is completed, select “Go Back” after that select “Reboot System Now.”

That’s it, the CyanogenMod 10.1 is now installed on your Motorola defy, enjoy! If you experience error, do comment below. You can also visit the original thread of XDA link is given in the first step.

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38 comments

  1. Vinod

    December 9th, 2012

    I did as said. N the first boot ws giving me problems….it shows “Unfortunately, the process com.google.process.gapps has stopped” and then “Unfortunately, Setup Wizard has stopped” message. So, now my fone is good for nothing. I went back to my Old 4.1.1 n my system doesnt show the 2gb internal memory defy+ has. I cant do anything. Phone reboots all the time….

    Reply
    • Abdur Rehman

      December 10th, 2012

      if you’ve made nandroid back in step 4, restore it to go back….

      Reply
  2. luan

    December 20th, 2012

    bom dia …estou com um proplema…o meu defy plus esta com a cyanogenmod 9 coloquei ontem…e ele so fica sem serviço ,de vez em quando ele fica com sinal,,,isso é um bug? o q fazer? aguardo resposta

    Reply
    • luan

      December 20th, 2012

      Good day … I have a proplema … my defy plus with this put CyanogenMod 9 yesterday … and so he gets no service, once in a while he gets signal,,, is this a bug? what to do? I await response

      Reply
      • Abdur Rehman

        December 21st, 2012

        yup…but this signal strenght bug has been fixed now…install the latest version to fix this bug….to do so, download latest version zip file, put into SD card, reboot into recovery and install it….don’t wipe anything or install Google apps…

        Reply
  3. Pinna

    February 11th, 2013

    I’ve got a problem, the ROM doesn’t mount the SD, if I plug the USB on my pc I can copy files normally and I can install from sd through the recovery. So the SD is good! how to fix it??

    thanks

    Pinna

    Reply
  4. Angelo

    March 6th, 2013

    En mi Defy Plus No me agarra wifi, ni señal. eso se va a solucionar en un tiempo? que hay que hacer? La rom esta muy buena pero con esos errores no me queda otra que volver a la anterior. solucionen eso rapidooo!

    Reply
    • Abdur Rehman

      March 6th, 2013

      ask in English plzzzzzzzzzzzz

      Reply
    • Juan Pablo

      March 31st, 2013

      He’s saying that his Defy Plus can’t get any Wi-Fi or 3G signal and if it’s gonna be fixed later, what does he has to do. Also that this ROM is awesome but with those bugs he has to go back to his old ROM and algo is asking to fix that ASAP.

      Reply
      • Abdur Rehman

        March 31st, 2013

        Dear I hope it’ll happen but I really don’t know when developer will fix it….however check the XDA thread for changelog (the link is given in first step)……………….

        Reply
  5. Osama

    March 10th, 2013

    Hi
    First of all i really thank you for your work and for your endless support.

    I installed CM 10.1 about 3 months ago but sometimes it suddenly reboots with the 1st ring while recievnig a call.

    Can anyone help with this problem.

    Thanks in advance

    Reply
  6. Osama

    March 10th, 2013

    Forgot to tell that I’m using DEFY+ MB526

    Thanks

    Reply
    • Abdur Rehman

      March 11th, 2013

      it can be a bug…you should try the latest version that may contain fix for you

      Reply
  7. Ryan Bargewell

    March 11th, 2013

    The Link for the Google Apps package sadly does not work. :(

    Reply
  8. Steven Fittro

    March 26th, 2013

    I installed CM10 and so far so good. With the exception that I receive the following error:The application Android keyboard (process com.android.inputmethod.latin) has stopped unexpectedly. Please try again.

    Reply
    • Nikos

      April 12th, 2013

      I had this problem, too.
      It disappeared when I installed the correct version of google apps.
      For CM10, gapps-jb-20121011-signed

      Reply
  9. Sasidharan

    March 29th, 2013

    I would like to know whether this ROM can be installed in my Milestone A853.At present it is running with Kabldan’s CM10 94.1.2).Waiting for an advice with thanks……
    pnsdhrn

    Reply
    • Abdur Rehman

      March 30th, 2013

      sadly no as it’s well-matched with Defy and Defy plus……

      Reply
      • Sasidharan

        March 30th, 2013

        Thanks for your prompt response.But alas!I really miss you.

        Reply
  10. Parthi

    April 4th, 2013

    Will the defy+ build work on Defy? Can’t seem to find a 10.1 build for defy.

    Reply
    • Abdur Rehman

      April 5th, 2013

      yes….it may happen but just for a few builds like CM10.1 i’m sharing…………..

      Reply
  11. ashish

    May 15th, 2013

    Every one is having some or other problem thinking to install it or not or wait for more stable version

    Reply
  12. sancee

    June 4th, 2013

    my pc dont see the internal storoge.how to trasfer rom file to internal sd card,,,,,,
    pls help….

    Reply
    • Abdur Rehman

      June 4th, 2013

      you may use any wireless connection like Bluetooth….or copy files to external SD card and from there move them to internal storage….

      Reply
  13. Patrick Tony

    June 19th, 2013

    I tried installing CM 10.1 on DEFY+ MB526 everything but i am not able to recieve calls it gives a busy tone
    Kindly help !!!

    Reply
  14. Ross

    June 20th, 2013

    Hi,

    Radio don’t work…
    Ie start, the stations are tunes but there is no sound out, even if the bars on the side of the station operate as if it were receiving optimal…

    Reply
    • Abdur Rehman

      June 21st, 2013

      try any third part radio from Play Store…..

      Reply
      • Patrick

        March 6th, 2014

        Bro i tried base band also even that is not helping ….
        can someone come up with a patch which will be gratefull for all users in INDIA

        Reply
  15. vishwa

    August 20th, 2013

    please help to root my MB526 i tried so many ways. but i’m failed. because i want to install 4.2.2 ……………………

    viswa.sloyd@gmail.com

    Reply
  16. Raj

    October 14th, 2013

    I have installed cm-10.1-20130331-NIGHTLY-mb526 along with gapps-jb-20130301-signed on my Motorola defy plus mobile. There is a problem with incoming calls i am not able to receive calls and caller is getting a busy tone.

    Thanks in advance.

    Help me.

    Reply
    • Abdur Rehman

      October 14th, 2013

      try any third party app from the play store or anywhere else

      Reply
  17. dan

    December 27th, 2013

    Hi, thank you for your howto!
    I did all the 8 steps you said and it seems that all ended good, but when i rebooted, the CyanogenMod logo is still rotating and the led is red…. no other feedbask is sent… what do you think i have to do?
    thank you!

    Reply
    • Abdur Rehman

      December 30th, 2013

      boot in recovery, do wipe and try to reboot again

      Reply
  18. Amol

    January 6th, 2014

    I did all the things mentioned. While installinh the zip file it gives an error saying ” status 0 installation aborted “. Please help me resolving this.

    Reply
    • Mars

      February 16th, 2014

      Same story here. Everything going fine until ROM installation. Any ideas?

      Reply
  19. Amol

    January 6th, 2014

    I have tried downloading the zip file 5 to 6 times, but still the same error.

    Reply

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