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How-to Motorola Droid RAZR M: Updating Using CM 11 Android 4.4 KitKat Custom ROM

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    The official Android 4.4 KitKat update is expected to become available on the Droid RAZR M sometime in February-March 2014, so in case you don't want to wait until the in order to take advantage of Android 4.4, then here's a guide on how to install the CM 11 custom ROM.

    CM 11 is the latest version of CyanogenMod, and is being based on the Android 4.4 KitKat OS. You can port this ROM over to the RAZR M, but remember that this is not an official Android 4.4 KitKat release by Motorola.

    Additionally, CM 11 does not offer the entirely stock KitKat user interface, so this may not be the right choice for you if you're looking for vanilla Android experience.

    Now, on to the point, before proceeding, read the bullet points below.

    • In order for this guide to work, your Droid RAZR M needs to be Rooted
    • You need to install the latest version of CWM or TWRP custom recovery image
    • WARNING! You will need to perform a factory reset in order to complete this tutorial. You should back up your data on the RAZR M before proceeding
    • Do not apply this tutorial to any other smartphone or variation of the Droid RAZR M
    • Make sure that the handset's battery is at least 60% full
    • Enable "USB Debugging" on your RAZR M before proceeding. To do so, go to "Menu" > "Settings" > "Developer options"
    • Since this is not an official ROM, you may encounter various bugs
    • Proceeding with this guide at your own risk. If you brick / damage your phone, you can't hold the CyanogenMOD developers, or anyone else responsible
    • In order to apply CM 11 Android 4.4 KitKat, you need to know how to reboot the RAZR M in recovery mode. Read below for details
    Entering Recovery Mode

    IMPORTANT – Do not follow this guide yet. This guide shows you how to enter recovery mode on the RAZR M, but you do not need to enter recovery mode at this point. You will need to enter recovery mode at a later time, so refer to this guide when the next guide will point you to it.

    NOTE: I assume that your RAZR M is already rooted. As such, this guide teaches you how to enter recovery mode ONLY on rooted devices.
    1. On your smartphone, go to the "Play Store"
    2. Browse for the "Quick Boot" tool. Download, and install the tool.
    3. Alternatively, you can get the app by visiting this link
    4. After the app has been installed, run it
    5. From the menu that displays "Recovery", Reboot", Bootloader" etc. select "Recovery"
    6. Your smartphone is now going to reboot in recovery mode
    Backup and Restore Your Android Device Using ClockWorkMod (CWM) Recovery

    IMPORTANT – This guide is not part of the CM 11 Android 4.4 KitKat tutorial. This guide will only teach you how to backup your current ROM, so that you can restore it in case you don't wish to keep CM 11 Android 4.4 KitKat.

    This is an optional step, and it is not required in order to apply CM 11. However, it is highly recommended that you backup your current ROM.

    Once again, using this method requires a ROOTED device. I assume that your RAZR M is already rooted, so let's proceed with the recovery.
    1. Access the "Google Play Store" and search for the "ROM Manager" application. You can visit this link. Before installing, you should also check the system requirements
    2. Install the ROM Manager app
    3. Open the tool and select "flash ClockWorkMod Recovery"
    4. Select "Backup Current ROM" and follow the on-screen instructions
    5. When you will reboot your smartphone, the backup will be completed
    6. In order to restore your ROM, open the app again and select "Manage and Restore Backup" > "Restore". This will bring back the old OS

    Updating the Motorola Droid RAZR M With CM 11 Android 4.4 KitKat

    Now, on to the exciting stuff. We're done with the prerequisites, so this is the guide that will allow you to update your Droid RAZR M using the CM 11 Android 4.4 KitKat custom ROM. Do not skip any steps!
    1. Download the CM 11 Android 4.4 KitKat ROM by visiting this link
    2. Save the archive on your computer but don't unzip it
    3. Download the Google Apps package by visiting this link. Once again, don't unzip the archive
    4. Connect your Droid RAZR M to your computer using the USB cable
    5. Now, copy the files that you have downloaded, and paste them on your phone's SD card
    6. Unplug your Droid RAZR M from your computer
    7. You will now need to reboot your smartphone in recovery mode. Refer to the guide above in order to do so
    8. From the recovery mode screen, select "wipe data factory reset"
    9. In addition, pick "wipe cache partition" as well
    10. Go back to the recovery screen and select "Advance" > "wipe dalvick cache"
    11. Return to recovery once again, and select "install zip from SD card" > "choose zip from SD card"
    12. Now select the CM 11 package that you have downloaded first
    13. Install the custom Android 4.4 KitKat ROM
    14. Then, repeat the process but choose to install the "Google Apps" package
    15. After the installation is complete, select to go to the main menu from recovery, and then select "reboot system now"

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