How to Update Motorola Defy with Cyanogen Mod 9 ICS 4.0.3 Firmware

Motorola Defy users can now stop bothering about the ICS as in the due course of this article we will be checking out on how you can update your phone with the latest ICS Android 4.0.3 firmware. Though this update is not an official update from the house of Motorola, this update is one of the stable updates of the lot as this not only comes with better enhancements but also comes with the host of other improvements like better features and overall stability. Since its still in the beta stages, there may be some bugs but all these will be addressed in the coming days to come as in when there are the new updates.
Note: This procedure will only work on the phones which are rooted and also just in case if you are still on non-rooted phones, we will be coming out with the rooting procedure very soon of which we will be updating the links here.
Disclaimer: Neither we, nor developer should be held responsible for any damage happened to your device in the process of following the instructions mentioned in this article. It’s very unlikely that there will be any issues but just in case if at all there are any issues then we are committed to help you in solving the same.
Essential Pre Requisites:
  • Data like SMS, Contacts, APN Settings and Call Log is very important and in the process of firmware update, the data may get corrupted or may even et erased. So it’s highly important that you backup all the data using the below mentioned data
SMS – Use “SMS Backup & Restore app”,
Contacts – Sync with the Gmail application,
Call Log - Call Log and Restore
Songs, Videos, Files – Copy to internal / External SD Card,
APN and MMS Settings – Note down from the path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names
  • Minimum battery left in the device should be 60% so as to avoid device from getting turned Off in the middle of firmware update. Also, you need to ensure that all the antivirus suites in your phone and PC are completely disabled.
  • Enable the USB debugging in your Motorola Defy phone from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”. The USB Debugging option should be ticked as shown in the below screen capture. (Phone should be disconnected from computer while enabling the USB Debugging Mode).
USB Debugging Procedure to Update Motorola Defy with ICS Android 4.0.3 Firmware:
  • Download the ICS Package for Motorola Defy along with the Google Apps package from here to your computer. Once you do so, you now need to connect the phone to the computer with the help of original USB Cable.
  • Copy both the files in your phone, ensure that you are not placing these two files deep into the device. Once copied, remove the phone connected from computer.
  • Turn Off the device so that the device in the recovery mode. The recovery mode in Motorola Defy can be entered by Pressing and holding the Volume Down button and press the Power button to turn ON the device.
  • Up next, select “install zip from sd card” > “choose zip from sd card” > ICS Firmware Package and then Google Apps in the same order.
  • It will take around 3 – 5 minutes for the update to be applied and once it’s applied successfully, the device will land back to the recovery mode screen.
  • Now, in recovery mode select “Wipe data/factory reset” & “Wipe Cache partition” so that this will clear the cache after which select “++++ Go Back ++++” and select “reboot system now” which will restart the Motorola Defy.
Note: Just in a rare event just In case if the Motorola Defy gets in the boot loop mode, you need to re insert the battery and then re-apply the whole steps from start so as to apply the firmware again.
So that’s it you have now successfully applied the latest ICS Android 4.0.3 firmware in your Motorola Defy smartphone.
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