Motorola Droid 2 – Steps to Install ICS Android 4.0.3 Firmware

Ice Cream Sandwich LogoSeems like Droid Revolution has arised, recently we saw on how you can Upgrade Droid to ICS Android 4.0 Firmware, the probable Droid 4 Leaked Images and now it’s time for Motorola Droid 2 for which the latest ICS Android 4.0.3 firmware has leaked. This new firmware of ICS Android 4.0.3 is not an Official version of firmware which is launched by Motorola, we are also not sure of whether Motorola will Officially be launching this ICS firmware or not. So, keeping it simple, in the due course of the article we will first check out on what are the list of pre Requisites you need to follow and after which we will check out on how to proceed with the update with the help of Procedure in the next page.

Disclaimer: Please note that we should not be held responsible in any manner in whole or in parts if any damage is done to your device caused by updating the firmware which is a very unlikely event if you follow the instructions as mentioned in the article including the pre requisites and the procedure to update the phone.

Screen Captures of ICS on Motorola Droid 2:

Rooting Information:
In the process of updating this firmware, the device will have to be rooted and once you root the device, the warranty will get void. The only way with which you can reclaim the warranty is by applying the default / current firmware again. So, please ensure that you have noted down the current firmware version.

Quick Pre Requisites:
Ensure that you have backed up all the data present in your device so as to ensure that just in case if the data gets lost or corrupted, the same can be easily restored with the help of below mentioned tips. Please ensure that you should not backup using the PC Suites as after the update it may / may not detect the device.

Notes – Backup in the mail so that you can then restore manually
SMS Messages – Use “SMS Backup & Restore app”,
Contacts Stored in Phone Memory – Sync with the Gmail application,
Call Log – Call Log and Restore
Videos, Images, Videos & Files etc.– Copy to internal / External SD Card,
Internet & MMS Settings – Backup all the settings from “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names

  • Last but not the least, ensure that the device is not a network locked device and has a minimum charge of 60% left so as to make sure that it doesn’t end up turning Off in the process of Upgrading.

Let’s head to the next page where we will see on what is the procedure to upgrade the Motorola DROID 2 with the ICS Android 4.0.3 firmware.

Procedure to update Motorola Droid 2 with ICS Android 4.0.3 Firmware:

  • First and foremost, Download ICS Android 4.0.3 Package as well as Google Apps in your computer and connect your Droid 2 device with the computer using the Original USB cable. This procedure only works on the Rooted phones of Motorola Droid 2. If you haven’t rooted your phone then we will soon be coming up with the same in the coming days.
  • After this, enable the USB Debugging in your phone from the path Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging as shown in the below image. Also, if at all there are any Antivirus suites installed in your phone then remove or disable the same.

USB Debugging

  • Now, you need to boot the Motorola Droid 2 in the boot loader mode. The boot loader mode can be entered by holding down the Up Arrow on the keyboard & Power button.
  • After entering into the recovery mode, select “Clear storage” which will clear all the data which is there in your phone. After this, select “install zip from SD Card” > “Choose zip from SD Card” to select the zip file of ICS 4.0.3 after which you also need to select the Google Apps Zip file which you have placed in the phone.
  • It will take around 5 – 10 minutes for the firmware update process to get completed and once it’s done, the device will be returning back to the recovery mode.
  • Select “++++ Go Back ++++” and choose “reboot system now” to restart the device normally. It may take more than usual time to turn the device ON as it’s a first boot. Just in an unfortunate event if the process gets interrupted then you will have to repeat the whole procedure from the start and also if the device gets into the continuous reboot cycle then too you need to reapply the update.

So there you go, the device is successfully updated with the latest firmware of Android 4.0.3 ICS firmware. Do let us know in the comments section just in case if there are any issues in the process of updating the device as we will try our level best to address them at the earliest.




  1. Yem

    October 19, 2012 at 8:20 am

    I also have a D2G with Gingerbread 2.3.4 with the update .629. I really want to evolve to Ice cream but also have a couple of concerns:
    – First you said that the phone shouldn’t be network locked. Mine is a Verizon’s. Can I unlock it in some way, after rooting it?
    – I tried to install CM7 and it got stuck on the M logo screen and I had a hard time to get it back to work.

  2. Andrew

    July 30, 2012 at 4:54 am

    link to download ICS does not work

  3. Joseph

    March 9, 2012 at 5:58 am

    This is for the droid 2 global.
    when you download, the file name is ‘[d2g][cm9] … ‘ which means droid 2 global cyanogen mod 9 …

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