Install CyanogenMod 9 Android 4.0.4 ICS Firmware on Motorola Defy/Motorola Defy Plus


Install CyanogenMod 9 Android 4.0.4 ICS Firmware on Motorola Defy/Motorola Defy Plus

CyanogenMod 9 finally has been released for Motorola Defy and Motorola Defy Plus, it based on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, it’s stable for daily use and has so many new features, thanks to recognized XDA developer member “Epsylon3” who released this firmware for your Motorola  smartphone.

But it’s not official firmware and includes some bugs like developer mentioned that Camera Panorama, Chrome, Face Detection and By-App Network Usage Stats are not working. You should not be worried about these minor bugs, it’s stable for daily use, so read on how to install CyanogenMod 9 Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich on your Motorola Defy or Motorola Defy Plus.

Before you start installation first keep in mind that your device battery should be charged and 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.

DISCLAIMER: Please proceed the below guide at your own risk, Android Egis will not be held responsible if your device lost data or get damaged following this guide.


Step #1: Download the Android 4.0.4 ICS Firmware for Motorola Defy and Motorola Defy Plus from XDA.

Step #2: Plug the device to PC using USB cable.

Step #3: Transfer the downloaded file to SD card of device.

Step #4: Disconnect the device from PC.

Step #5: Turn the device off.

Step #6: 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 #7: Select “Install Zip from SD Card” then “Choose Zip from SD Card” and locate the downloaded file that you’ve transferred in above step and confirm installation. Wait till installation complete.

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

That’s it, you’re done, enjoy Ice Cream Sandwich on your Motorola smartphone. You can also visit the original thread to donate the developer for this effort here.

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  1. Ned

    May 17th, 2012


    the last phone on which I changed ROM, about a year ago, was an HTC Magic (G2), on which changing ROM was easy, but needed much more steps.
    I’m suprised that your howto does not mention SPL, Radio and/or Recovery version : all these make no sense with the Defy ? there are no initial conditions to check on my Defy before trying your tutorial ?

    TIA for answering

  2. T-man

    August 2nd, 2012

    Didn’t work for me 9Defy +). I was running Cm7 RC2 no problems. After installing ICS and rebooting, it hung after the LED flashed blue then green. I rebooted about 6 times before I gave up. Loaded CM7 back on and it works again.

    Tried downloading the CM9 ICS file again and copying it to another mSD card, same thing. I am not sure what I am doing wrong as I can get CM7 to work fine.

    • Abdur Rehman

      August 3rd, 2012

      Dear…after sure to wipe perform wipe, select the wipe data/factory reset, and confirm on the next screen…then reboot again….

  3. Narender

    February 24th, 2013

    Hi, I could succesfully load ICS on to my Defy+.
    Everythings works fine except. Gmaps app always says “No Connection …Retry” when I sync it. It does not sync after it did when i installed it for the first time.

    Same issue with VIBER.

    But my WIFI is UP and running and other apps like android market, whats app etc are working fine.

    Can anyone help me whats wrong with my gmaps and viber.

    • Abdur Rehman

      February 24th, 2013

      please install Google Apps package in recovery mode, download it from the following link….


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