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.
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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