Update Droid Razr M with CM 11 Android 4.4 KitKat Custom ROM

Do you want to update your Motorola Droid Razr M to latest Android OS – Android 4.4 KitKat firmware? Even though the OTA Android 4.4 update for Droid Razr M is expected only during February or March next year, you can choose to flash the KitKat firmware right away, without waiting for the official release to be rolled out. How can it be possible? Well, during the guidelines from below I will be showing you how to update the Motorola Droid Razr M to Android 4.4 software with CM 11 custom ROM.

CM 11 is the latest version of Cyanogenmod, the same custom ROM that is used by many, many Android users. Actually Cyanogenmod is the most popular custom Android OS, the firmware being suitable with almost all the handsets out there, whether we are talking about high end, mid range or low range smartphones or tablets. Now, CM 11 is being based on Android 4.4 KitKat platform, representing a free aftermarket distribution of the same. Now, even though we are not dealing with the official CM11 firmware, you can still use this port for updating your Razr M to Android 4.4 KitKat OS.

But keep in mind that this is not the official Android 4.4 update that has been released by Motorola for your Droid Razr M. As stated before CM 11 has been developed by third party devs so this software has nothing to do with Motorola or with Google. Therefore, a custom ROM that comes with custom and stock features, apps and capabilities will be flashed on your smartphone. Furthermore CM 11 is bringing a custom Android 4.4 user interface so don’t expect to receive the stock KitKat experience on your Razr M.

The best is that CM11 firmware is installing new and great features and capabilities on your handset, capabilities that can be used for improving the web browsing experience, for customizing and personalizing the looks, for bumping the speeds, upgrading the battery life or for powering up the performances of your Motorola Droid Razr M. Therefore if you want to improve the performances of your phone and also install Android 4.4 KitKat at the same time, then you need to try the CM 11 custom ROM firmware.

As mentioned above, this is not the official release of CM11; therefore, in this ported version of the Android 4.4 OS you might find some minor bugs or issues. Don’t worry as you can safely update your Droid Razr M with CM11 for daily use as according to those who have already tried the software, the same is smoothly running. Anyway, for completing this guide without experiencing any kind of problems, first take a look and complete the guidelines from below.

  • Root your Motorola Droid Razr M.
  • Install the latest version of CWM or TWRP custom recovery image on your smartphone.
  • Backup the Razr M data, including the current ROM.
  • Make sure that you can use a computer or notebook.
  • Apply this tutorial only if you own the mentioned handsets or else you might end up in bricking your device.
  • Read the lines from below for obtaining extra info related to the steps from this list.

First of all, start with the root process because you can’t perform anything else unless root access is granted. Be careful, as by rooting the default and factory restrictions will be removed meaning that this operation isn’t official. Furthermore, when gaining root access the binary flash counter will be increased, which means that the warranty will get void. Anyway, you can reset the flash counter by downgrading the stock Android OS or by updating with an official variant of Android firmware – manually because on a rooted system the OTA releases can’t be applied.

Now, CM 11 Android 4.4 for Motorola Droid Razr M has been installed only via the latest releases of CWM or TWRP recovery images. Because of that I am recommending the same apps. The custom recovery is the only way in which you can apply a custom ROM so don’t skip this section. Basically, the custom recovery is a user friendly interface that is providing “access” to the internal system of your Android device. Take note that this operation can be performed only on rooted handsets.

The backup is being required because a wipe will be applied – you cannot flash CM 11 if you don’t wipe the system and clear the cache. So, before going any further take your time and use backup and restore apps (you can download the same for free from Google Play store) for saving everything that’s important for you – save only the data that is there on the internal storage memory. Of course, don’t forget about the Nandroid backup as it is strongly recommended too.

Now, on the computer you will use, make sure that the security tools are being temporarily disabled. Then, on your Droid Razr M go to “menu -> settings -> developer options” and check the USB debugging option. Up next, check the battery status; if there is less than 60% power left you have to plug in the charger. If your phone gets turned off in the middle of the update procedure, it might get bricked out. Good; now proceed to the next and final section of this step by step guide.

How to Update Droid Razr M with CM 11 Android 4.4 KitKat Custom ROM Firmware

  1. Download the Android 4.4 KitKat based CM 11 update file from here.
  2. Save it on your computer; don’t unzip the software package.
  3. Do the same thing for the Google Apps package which can be downloaded from here.
  4. Connect your Droid Razr M with your computer by using its USB cable.
  5. Once the connection is established copy-paste or drag and drop the downloaded files from your computer to your phone’s SD card.
  6. Then, unplug the USB cable; the computer is no longer useful.
  7. You now need to reboot your handset in recovery mode.
  8. If you don’t know how to do it, use our detailed and dedicated step by step guide.
  9. Then, from recovery select “wipe data factory reset”.
  10. Also, pick “wipe cache partition”.
  11. Return to recovery select “advance” and choose “wipe dalvick cache”.
  12. Once more return to recovery; this time select “install zip from SD card” and “choose zip from SD card”.
  13. First select the CM11 update file.
  14. Install the Android 4.4 KitKat OS on your Motorola Droid Razr M.
  15. Then, repeat the process and install the Google Apps package.
  16. When the installation procedure is over, from recovery choose to go to main menu and from there select “reboot system now”.

That was all for today, so there you have it: that was the how to guide that can be used when trying to update the Motorola Droid Razr M to Android 4.4 KitKat OS with CM 11 custom ROM firmware. Now, all you have to do is to test the new software in order to see if there are bugs or issues in the system. Either way, in the end, don’t forget about us and share your thoughts and your experience with us by using the comments area from below. If you have problems we will try to assist you as soon as possible.

  • flashymike

    Must you have an unlocked bootloader?