Unfortunately there isn’t any official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for the Motorola Droid 2, so if you really want ICS you will have to go for a custom ROM. This can be easily achieved by rooting your phone and then flashing the desired ROM. Rooting your phone also brings more customization opportunities, more apps and better performance.
Until now Motorola only updated the Droid 2 to Android 2.3 Gingerbread and we don’t know when we will be able to get a taste of the official Ice Cream Sandwich.
The most popular custom ROM for android smartphones is CyanogenMod and fortunately there is a CM9 version for the Motorola Droid 2. The build isn’t stable though, being unofficial and unsupported, so you can assume that it will have bugs, force closes and some things not working. But if you want to give it a try, please follow our guide.
Please note that we can not be held responsible of any damage caused by rooting your phone or flashing the update. Also this may void your smartphone’s warranty, so only do this if you are sure about what you’re doing. Also you have to take care and follow all the steps carefully, or otherwise you might damage or brick your Motorola Droid 2. And do not try to install this CyanogenMod 9 on any other device, because it only works on the Motorola Droid 2.
Backup your smartphone
While updating your smartphone you will lose all the data you have on it, so you may have to backup your contacts, sms messages, call logs, images, videos, and any other files. Here is how you can do it:
- For SMS messages download SMS backup and restore.
- For Calls logs download Call Logs Backup and Restore.
- To backup your contacts read our guide to sync them with Gmail.
- You should copy all your images, videos and other files you don’t want to lose on your internal or external SD card.
Preparing the update
Before you start the update, you need to check the following:
- Your device must be rooted. Here you have a guide to root Motorola Droid 2.
- You need ClockworkMod Recovery ( CWM ).
- Install the Motorola Droid 2 Recovery Bootstrap.
- Download the latest CyanogenMod 9 package here.
- Download the Google Apps for CyanogenMod 9 here.
Update Motorola Droid 2 to CyanogenMod 9
Here are the steps to install CyanogenMod 9 on your Motorola Droid 2:
- First you need to copy both the downloaded CyanogenMod 9 and Google Apps package on your device.
- Enter the Motorola Droid 2 Recovery Bootstrap.
- Tap on “Bootstrap Recovery”, grant permission to the Superuser and then tap the “Reboot Recovery.”
- After your phone reboots into ClockworkMod Recovery ( CWM ), go to Backup and restore > backup and create a nandroid backup. This is only if you want to backup your entire device and the backup done earlier is not enough for you.
- If you backed up your phone, return to the recovery menu. Otherwise go to Wipe data / factory reset.
- Then go to “Install zip from sd card > Choose zip” and select the downloaded CyanogenMod 9 package for your Motorola Droid 2.
- Confirm that you want to install CyanogenMod 9.
- Go to ”Install zip from sd card > Choose zip” and select the Google Apps package.
- Return to the recovery menu and select “Reboot system”.
Once your device boots, you should be running the latest CyanogenMod 9 for the Motorola Droid 2. If anything goes wrong during the update, pull your battery and boot into ClockworkMod Recovery, then continue from the 5th step.
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