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Update Motorola Milestone XT720 to CyanogenMod 9 Android 4.0 ICS

Motorola Milestone XT720 can now be updated to Android 4.0 ICS, which is based on CyanogenMod 9’s work – all thanks to the developers community. Almost everything works great on this ROM and you can update to it like any other custom ROM on your phone.

In this tutorial, we will tell you how to install Android 4.0 ICS (based on CyanogenMod 9 – CM9) firmware on Milestone XT720 with complete steps. Backup all your data as this tutorial will wipe your personal settings and apps. Let’s proceed with the tutorial now.

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What works and have been tested:

  • Install
  • Touchscreen.
  • Phone
  • Gallery
  • SMS
  • Gps
  • Camera
  • CamCorder
  • HWA

Make sure you have installed all your USB drivers for the Motorola Milestone to connect it with the computer.Apart from just the USB drivers, there are a few more things that you need to take care of.

1. You need to enable USB debugging mode. This helps to connect your Android phone with the PC. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging.

2. Your phone battery should be 80-85% charged. If your phone goes off suddenly because of battery, during flashing ROMs or installing mods and updates — your phone might go dead permanently. See here: How to Check Battery Percentage.

3. Backup all your important data that you might need as soon as your flash a new ROM, or make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below on how to backup data:

4. Your phone should be factory unlocked. Additional instructions for locked Android devices will be added in the tutorial for unlocking devices.

Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial below and update your Milestone XT720 to CM9 Android 4.0 ICS.

How to Install CM9 Android 4.0 ICS on Motorola Milestone XT720

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to install CM9 Android 4.0 ICS on Milestone XT720. Please read every line carefully below. We suggest, read the tutorial once before actually performing it on your phone.

To Remember:

  • This tutorial is only for Milestone XT720. Please don’t try this on any other variants of the phone.
  • Make sure you backup all your data in your phone before proceeding.
  • Make sure ClockworkMod Recovery is installed and your Milestone XT720 is ROOTED.

If you have fulfilled all the requirements above, then proceed to the actual tutorial.

Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1 – Download CM9 Android 4.0 ICS and Google Apps for Milestone XT720 to your computer.

Step 2 – Connect and mount your Milestone XT720 USB (mass) memory on your computer using the USB cable.

Step 3 – Now copy/paste the ICS ROM zip and Google Apps zip files to your SD card. Make sure the files are in the SD card root.

Step 4 – Then turn off your phone.

Step 5 – Now to get in the bootloader mode. Turn on the phone while pressing and holding the Volume Up + Media Gallery + Power buttons.

Step 6 – Follow the navigation instructions on the screen. Select BOOTLOADER and then go to RECOVERY.

Step 7 – In ClockworkMod recovery, wipe data first. Then scroll down to “flash zip from SD card” and press the power button to select it.

Step 8 – Press the power button again and select “choose zip from sdcard”.

Step 9 –Now using your volume keys, navigate to ICS ROM zip file and select it using the power button. Confirm the installation on the next screen and the installation procedure should start now.

NOTE: Repeat this step for the Google Apps file as well.

Step 10 – After the installation completes, go to “+++++Go Back” and reboot the phone by selecting “reboot system now” from the recovery menu. The phone will boot now and it might take about 5 minutes to boot on your first time. So, please wait.

That’s it! Your Milestone XT720 should now have CM9 Android 4.0 ICS installed on your phone! Go to Settings >About phone to verify.

Have fun playing with it! If you have any issues, please fire them up in the comments below!