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How-to Motorola Droid RAZR (XT912): Install CM 11 Android 4.4 KitKat (Unofficial CM Release)

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  1. DustenRust

    DustenRust Member

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    Motorola has recently launched the Android 4.4 KitKat update on the Moto X, but until the manufacturer expands the update's reaches to other devices, it may take a while. More so, the devices that have priority right now are probably Verizon's new Droid Ultra line-up. Then, there's the Droid RAZR HD. As such, it may take even longer for the Droid RAZR to receive the KitKat update. Or, it's possible that the older RAZR line-up will never make it to version 4.4 officially.

    Fortunately, there are ways to experience KitKat on the Droid RAZR (XT912), with the help of custom ROMs. This guide will show you how you can install the recently released CM 11 custom ROM on the aforementioned devices. CM 11 is based on Android 4.4, and includes several extra features as well, including performance optimizations, battery optimizations, an upgraded web browsing experience and much more.

    NOTE: This particular CM 11 ROM for the Droid RAZR is not an official CyanogenMod release. It's a port developed by XDA members and developers, so you may run into certain bugs with this build. Nevertheless, new updates will be released in the future.

    IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ FIRST
    • This guide is meant only for the Motorola Droid RAZR XT912. Do not attempt to apply this guide on other smartphones
    • In order to apply this guide, your RAZR needs to be rooted and it needs to run the latest CWM (or TWRP) recovery image. If these prerequisites are missing, do not proceed any further
    • This process requires you to perform a full wipe / factory reset. Create backups if necessary
    • Use the "Helium" application if you wish to backup app data
    • You can use the "SMS backup & restore" app in order to backup messages
    • To backup APN settings, you can use "APN Settings Backup & Restore"
    • To backup your contacts, use your Gmail account
    • This guide includes instructions for creating a NANDROID backup
    • Before proceeding, you need to enable "USB debugging". To do so, go to "Menu" > "Settings" > "Developer options" and mark the "USB debugging option"
    • Before proceeding, make sure that your smartphone has at least 60-70% battery life. It's crucial that your smartphone does not run out of battery during the flashing process
    • This is an advanced guide. In case you brick or damage your phone, you can't hold the developers or anyone else responsible
    • Don't skip any of the steps
    Entering Recovery Mode:

    IMPORTANT: you should not follow this guide right now. This is a set of instruction that you will need a bit later, in order to enter recovery mode. (Remember that you need to already nave CWM or TWRP installed)
    1. Go to the Play Store and download the "Quick Boot" application
    2. Once the app is installed, open it
    3. From the menu, select "recovery". This will boot your smartphone in recovery mode

    Installing CM 11 Android 4.4 KitKat Custom ROM (Unofficial) on the Motorola Droid RAZR (XT912):

    1. Download the necessary CM 11 ROM for the XT912 by visiting this link
    2. The ROM does not include Google apps. You need to download the Gapps package from this link
    3. Save both files on your computer, but don't unzip them
    4. Connect your Droid RAZR to your computer using the USB cable. (Remember that "USB debugging" should be enabled)
    5. Copy the downloaded files and paste them onto your phone's SD storage
    6. After the transfer is complete, unplug your smartphone from your PC
    7. Now, boot your smartphone in recovery mode
    8. At this point, you should create a NANDROID backup of your current ROM. This will allow you to rollback to your current ROM, should you choose to do so. To create a backup, select "backup and restore", give a name to the file and then save it
    9. After the backup has been created, select "wipe data / factory reset"; "wipe cache partition" and "wipe dalvick cache"
    10. Once you have wiped your device's memory and cache, return to the main recovery menu
    11. Select "Install zip from SD card" and then select "choose zip from SD card"
    12. Browse for the CM 11 archive and select it. This will start the ROM's flashing process
    13. After the CM 11 ROM has been flashed, select "install zip from SD card" > "choose zip from SD card" again, but this time, select the Google apps zip and flash it
    14. Once both packages have been flashed, select "+++go back+++" and then "reboot system now". NOTE: after the flash, this first reboot may take a while to complete. Be patient and don't press any buttons.
    15. Congratulations! You can now add your Google account and perform restores from Helium, SMS Backup & Restore etc.
    NOTE: If your smartphone takes too long to reboot after the flashing process (more than 10 minutes), or if the handset is stuck in a boot loop, then you will need to repeat the entire guide without skipping any steps

    NOTE: If you wish to the previous ROM, you can use the NANDROID backup in order to do so. Reboot your handset in recovery mode (as instructed above), and select "backup / restore" and then follow the on-screen instructions
     



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    I have an XT912 that I have rooted via RAZRBlade with CM11 installed using Safestrap 3.65. My problem is that after installing CM11 it will boot up just fine the first time, sometimes the second time even, but then it goes to the cyanogenmod animated screen but never further. I have let it sit as long as 1 hour and still no change. I have re installed CM11 several times and even factory reset the phone but always the same thing. Please help before my phone becomes the victim of a hate crime towards not-so-smart phones.

    -Ryan
     

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