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Install CM11 on Motorola Milestone 2 and Update to Android 4.4 KitKat ROM

Motorola Milestone 2 has been released in 2010, so there are only few users who are still using the Android based smartphone. But, if you have the Milestone 2 and aren’t interested in buying a new Android device, then we have something important for you and for your phone: Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware. So, what do you say, do you want to update your handset to latest Android OS? Of course you do and because of that during the present tutorial I will show you how to install CM11 Android 4.4.2 KitKat custom ROM on your Motorola Milestone 2.

So, even though this QWERTY slider Android smartphone will no longer receive official Android updates due to hardware limitations, you can still enjoy the latest features, apps and capabilities on your Milestone 2. In case you are asking, yes, this update is stable and works without lags. Even if it might sound surprising, the CM11 OS is fast and can be used for improving the performances of your Motorola Milestone 2, but we will talk more about this in a minute. What it should be clear for you by now is that CM11 is not an official Android update, so installing this custom ROM has nothing to do with Motorola or with Google.

Because of that CM11 has been developed by third party devs – those of xda-developers and we should thank them for the present step by step guide, and can be flashed only manually on your Milestone 2. In fact, CM11 represents an unofficial port of Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware that is only based on stock software. The ROM is a free aftermarket distribution of Android 4.4 platform that can now be safely installed on the Motorola Milestone 2. This tutorial is complex and risky which means you must read all the lines from the same for avoiding the unpleasant situations – don’t perform things by yourselves because you can end up in bricking your Android smartphone.

As for the CM 11 software, as mentioned it is stable and can be safely flashed for a daily use on your Milestone 2 – according to those who have already installed the Android 4.4.2 firmware. Moreover, the custom ROM can be used for improving the performances of your Android device. With CM 11 you will be able to remove bloatware, to access the internal system, to remove in built programs, add new features, custom apps, bump the speeds, overclock the CPU, customize the looks, optimize the performances, gain more power, update the web browsing experience and lot more. So, if you want to obtain all that, don’t hesitate and apply the guidelines from below.

First of all, start by rooting your Motorola Milestone 2 – this if your phone isn’t already rooted. As you know, gaining root access means removing factory and default restrictions, so the same operation isn’t official. But you need to complete it or else CM11 can’t be updated on your device. Up next, after taking care of the root access you need to replace the stock recovery with a custom one. Use the latest version of CWM or TWRP recovery as the Android 4.4.2 ROM has been tested only by using the same. Do apply this task as the custom recovery image will be used on the flashing process, so you can’t complete the update operation without it.

Make a backup for saving everything that’s important for you – save the data which is there on the internal storage of your Motorola Milestone 2. Do that because a wipe will be required and because all of your personal data, info and accounts will be erased when doing the same. Also make a Nandroid backup too as in this way you can go back to stock Android OS in case something isn’t working properly or if you don’t like the Android 4.4.2 KitKat CM11 custom ROM firmware.

Finally, make sure you can use a computer, your smartphone and its USB cable. Ensure that on your computer all the security tools are temporarily disabled and that on your phone the USB debugging option is enabled – in order to do so go to “menu – settings – developer options”. Good, then check the battery status of your phone: if there is less than 50% power left charge your Milestone 2 before going any further. Also, in the end, remember that this variant of CM11 Android 4.4.2 KitKat custom ROM is compatible only with the Motorola Milestone 2; thus apply the steps from below only if you own the mentioned Android based device.

How to Install CM11 on Motorola Milestone 2 and Update to Android 4.4 KitKat ROM Firmware

  1. Download the CM11 firmware file from here.
  2. Then from here download Google apps package.
  3. Save these files on your computer; don’t unzip the files, save the same on desktop and complete the procedure from below.
  4. Connect your Milestone 2 with your computer by using the phone’s USB cable in that matter; then transfer the downloaded files from desktop on your phone’s SD card.
  5. Unplug the USB cable and turn off your phone; wait a few seconds before going any further.
  6. Enter your Android device in recovery mode.
  7. From there first of all select “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvick cache”.
  8. Return to main menu of recovery and pick “install zip from SD card” followed by “choose zip from SD card.
  9. Select the Android 4.4.2 KK update file and flash the same.
  10. Repeat the last step and pick and install Google Apps package.
  11. Finally, go back to recovery mode menu and select “reboot system now”.

Good job; you have successfully installed CM11 Android 4.4.2 KitKat custom ROM firmware on your Motorola Milestone 2. Now, just try the new software and check if there are any bugs, issues or other things that aren’t working properly. Use the comments field from below if you want to share something with us or with other users that might want to use this dedicated step by step guide.