How to Install CyanogenMod 7 on Motorola Defy

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If you want to install CyanogenMod 7 in your Motorola Defy then follow this tutorial. Before start to proceed just make sure your phone is running Froyo (2.2).

Motorola Defy

Disclaimer: Best Android Blog should not be held responsible for any damages that might occur to your device while following this rooting procedure. So, do everything at your own risk.


  • First backup the apps with titanium backup (optional).
  • Then download the Superoneclick from here.
  • In your mobile Settings > Applications > development (Check USB Debugging on).
  • Next connect your phone to PC. Then Right Click Superoneclick  -> open as admin ->Click ROOT. Thats it your phone is rooted.
  • Then restart your mobile.
  • Download the second init from android market. Install the second init recovery. It will ask the superuser permission and accept it.
  • Uncheck the USB Debugging from Settings ->Applications->Development and restart the phone now.
  • It will go to the Bootmenu select normal boot at now.
  • After mobile booted copy the Gapps zip and CM7 stable or nightly zip file to root of your SD card.
  • Then restart the phone it will go in to boot menu or you can press volume button when you see the blue LED light.
  • Now go to recovery -> Custom recovery -> Wipe data/factory and Wipe cache -> Install zip file from sd card(select the cm7 zip, repeat with the gapps zip)
  • Reboot. Go to the app drawer and start up the defy baseband switcher. Select the appropriate Baseband to achieve optimal reception.
  • You can do a CWM backup here [(Backup and restore -> Backup).

NOTE : When restoring backup you must first flash a stock from (2.2/2.1 if the back up was done on either, and 2.3 if it was done on 2.3) as it doesnt backup the kernel]

If you want to upgrade to nightly or from rc1 to rc1.5:

  • First download the nightly and copy to SD.
  • Go to boot menu -> recovery -> Custom recovery -> wipe cache and dalvik cache (in advanced) Install zip file from sd card(select the zip file you copied to sd card) thats it. 

If you want to downgrade to Stock ROM:

  • Download RSD lite first and Motorola USB drivers to flash SBF file
  • Then again download stock froyo SBF for your region 
  • Check USB debugging on your phone and connect to PC and wait until all motorola drivers installed.
  • Open RSD lite (right click and open as a administrator). It will show connected. Now select the sbf file you located on the system and click start and wait till it completes 100% process. Thats it. It will flash your phone to stock froyo and it will automatically restart and boot.

NOTE : Sometimes when rebooting after RSD lite flash your phone stuck in bootloop (M logo or it continously loading in Android menu). It is better to go to stock recovery(Hold the vol – button and then power button and then release it. You will get android logo with exclamatory symbol. Press vol – and vol + button at the same time to get in to stock recovery). Select wipe data/factory and wipe cache.

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