The QWERTY slide Motorola Photon Q 4G handset can now be easily overclocked as the first custom Kernel has been made available for your phone. So, by learning how to install this Kernel on your Photon Q 4G, you will be able to spice things up by overclocking the processor speed and by increasing the performances. The suitable step by step guide is being explained during the following lines therefore if you want to complete this operation read all the lines from below. This process is being considered risky, so don’t apply things by yourselves, just consult our tutorial.

We all know that the Photon Q 4G LTE smartphone was recently released by Motorola and it is a high end device with some interesting specs. What interest us today, is that it has a dual core 1.5 GHz processor which can now be overclocked to 1.89GHz and under, to 96MHz. This means that you will be able to obtain more power and speed from your handset and this only by flashing a custom Kernel into its internal system. For that you will have to use a custom recovery image, but more about this will be discussed a little bit later.

Now, for being able to perform this operation you will have to do the following tasks. First, your Photon Q must be rooted and updated with a custom ROM firmware. The overclock process can be applied only on these conditions. By installing the custom Kernel, the current ROM will not be changed or affected, so you have nothing to worry about. Gaining root access must be completed anyway, as a custom recovery image can be applied only on an unchained system. Then, the custom ROM upgrade shouldn’t be something strange for you as I bet that you had considered in updating to Jelly Bean OS, since the Photon comes with ICS on board.

You must be aware though as by rooting and performing the up-mentioned procedures, the warranty of your phone will be void. Also, by overclocking the CPU, you can easily brick your Motorola Photon Q 4G (if you add to much power) because your device will heat more than usual and this is not good for the processor. Anyway, the warranty can be restored by downgrading to the stock ROM or by updating with an official software released by Motorola; then the root access will be revoked, the bootloader relocked and the factory restrictions re-installed.

Another thing that you must “prepare” before you actually install the Kernel is the backup. Saving your data is being necessarily, as the flashing operation might wipe all of your personal info which is being stored on the phone internal storage memory. Because of that, you must backup the contacts, messages, market apps, internet settings, call logs and everything else you need to. For more aspects about the backup procedure, you can anytime search for suitable guides and tutorials through our how to section. Then, you should also take care of the following pre requisites:

  • On your phone the USB debugging option (go here “Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging”) must be enabled.
  • You should deactivate the security options (antivirus protection) from your smartphone.
  • You should check the battery status; if there is less than 60% power left you must charge the battery.
  • You must have USB ports with full read / write access on your computer (a Windows running computer with internet connection is being required).
  • And you shouldn’t apply the next steps on different smartphone from the Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE, as you will brick it.

You now know everything about the overclocking process, so you can safely head to the next section of this guide. Read all carefully and stick to the steps, don’t do things by yourselves.

How to Overclock Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE

  1. First of all, you need to download the custom kernel on your computer.
  2. Download link here.
  3. Then, you must use the USB cord for connecting the phone with the PC.
  4. Once connected, select the downloaded file, copy and then paste it from the PC to your device.
  5. When done, remove the USB cable.
  6. Turn off the handset.
  7. Enter in recovery mode.
  8. For recovery mode you must turn on the phone and when you see the Red colored Motorola Logo you need to keep pressing the Volume Down button till the device enters in the mentioned mode.
  9. From recovery the first thing to do is to wipe the data; for this select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.
  10. Then, return to the main menu by choosing “+++go back+++”.
  11. Now, select “install zip from sd card” followed by “choose zip from sd card”.
  12. Pick the downloaded custom kernel from the phone.
  13. Install the same.
  14. Wait until the press is done and select “+++go back+++” and “reboot system now”.
  15. You can now overclock the Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE by going to settings and choose from the new options which were added.

So, there you have it guys. Now you can easily overclock your Motorola Photon Q as the custom Kernel has been successfully installed. Be careful as by overclocking the phone will heat more than it used to and this is not good for the processor (especially if you add too much power). If you are not being careful you can even end up in bricking your device and we aren’t responsible of that. Those of xda-developers were the first to develop this method so we have them to thanks for the present guide. Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions with us and with other users and stay close for further tutorials suitable for your Photon Q 4g.

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