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How to Update Motorola Droid X2 to CM9 Custom ROM

The Ice Cream Sandwich OS can be updated to the Motorola Droid X2 devices as the alpha build of CM9 custom ROM firmware can now be ported to the mentioned handset. All this thanks to those of xda-developers who had managed to develop and test the software on the Droid X2. Anyway, we will be checking in how to flash the CM9 update on your smartphone, so for the proper tutorial you should read the next few lines. Don’t worry, because completing the steps will only take a couple of minutes from your time, so you will be back on track in the shortest time possible.

Even though we are talking about the alpha release of the CM9 ROM, there are still some minor bugs in the system, so I recommend you to take a look over the image from below (you have the features list there) before installing the update on your Droid X2. Now, for those who don’t know, CyanogenMod is one of the most popular ROMs worldwide due to the numerous features and capabilities that are included in the platform. Many of these features cannot be found in the default version of the Android system, so by flashing the firmware you can easily improve the performances of your handset.

In a few words, CM9 will bring the ICS OS to your Droid X2. Furthermore, it will optimize the system, customize it and power the same up. You will gain more control over the internal system, the battery life will be improved, you will be able to install apps from outside the Google Play market and you will not have to worry about future updates, as the CM team will take care of that for you. Of course the classic Android interface will be replaced by a new one, so for those who want the basic Android experience this ROM is not for you. Anyway, leaving the chat aside, here is the main features that will be installed on your phone once you are done with this step by step gudie:

CM9 features for Droid X2

CM9 features for Droid X2

Now, if I have convinced you to install the ICS based CM9 custom ROM on your Motorola Droid X2, then you should know that you cannot complete the tutorial unless your phone was previously rooted. Therefore, go root the handset and then return back here. Take note that once you unchain the system the warranty will get void; be careful in what you do as you don’t want to brick your device. The warranty can be restored if you decide to downgrade to the stock ROM or if you will update to an official software in the future. Then the root access will be revoked and the factory restrictions reinstalled.

After rooting, you should also install a custom recovery image on your smartphone (preferable CWM recovery); this tool will be used for the flashing process (more about this during the steps). Now, before installing CM9 you should also backup the data. You can save the data even before rooting as these processes might erase it without you noticing it. So, complete the backup before going any further. For a proper backup I recommend you to check our suitable guides by searching through our how to section. You have all the info needed there.

Then, just before the proper steps you should take care of the basic pre requisites. Without completing them you will not be able to flash the ICS CM9 file on your X2. First, make sure you can download some files on a Windows running computer. You must connect the phone to it so the USB cable should be there too. Next, on your device enable the USB debugging option. On the PC and handset there shouldn’t be installed any security tools; also deactivate the Firewall and antivirus protection. Finally, charge the battery for ensuring that the phone will not turn off in the middle of the installation process.

Don’t perform the following procedure if you own a similar device with the Motorola Droid X2. The steps will work only for the mentioned phone. Also, apply the CM update only for the network unlocked versions of the Droid X2. If you make it different, then you can end up in bricking your smartphones.

How to Update Motorola Droid X2 with CM9 Custom ROM

  1. As mentioned, first download the update file from here to your computer.
  2. Then, connect the handset with the PC.
  3. Copy and paste the update file from the computer to your Droid X2.
  4. Unplug the USB cable.
  5. Turn off your phone.
  6. Reboot in recovery via bootloader mode.
  7. The bootloader mode can be reached by pressing on the Volume Down, the Camera and the Power buttons.
  8. Now, once in recovery select “wipe data factory reset” followed by “wipe cache partition”.
  9. Then, choose “+++go back+++”.
  10. You should be back on recovery, from where you must select “install zip from sd card” and “choose zip from sd card”.
  11. Pick the update file.
  12. Install the same.
  13. In the end, when everything is over, select “+++go back+++” and “reboot system now”.

So, there you have it guys. That was how to update the Motorola Droid X2 with the alpha release of CM9 custom ROM firmware. Now, your phone is being running the Ice Cream Sandwich OS and until further updates enjoy the new software. Test the ROM and see how it performs; share the possible problems with us and with other users by using the comments area. Also, stay close as we will soon bring tutorials from which you will learn how to update your X2 to other custom ROMs.