How to Update Motorola Defy with Cyanogen Mod 10 Jellybean 4.1.1 Firmware

Jellybean LogoMotorola Defy too joins the Jellybean 4.1 party as developers kick in to make the most out of the Jellybean 4.1 dump. Though this development is still in the initial builds, it’s claimed to receive soon a full fledge working update. In the process of this article we have mentioned a list of things which work in tis build. Also, for your convenience, we have mentioned the screen captures on how this firmware looks like in your Motorola Defy. In the last few days we saw on what are the various custom ROM firmwares for your Motorola Defy and also in the future we will continue to see the same. Unfortunately, Motorola won’t be coming up with any of the official Jellybean 4.1 release or even the Official ICS release.

Disclaimer: Follow all the instructions carefully mentioned in this article, we should not be held responsible in any manner if your Motorola Defy doesn’t boot up or gets bricked due to not following the instructions.

This firmware can only be applied to the devices which are rooted and are installed with the recovery image like Clock Work mod recovery. To check on whether your device is rooted or not, download “Root Checker” app from Google PLAY Store and check the same. All thanks to the Cyanogen Mod 10 team who has made this update possible. The best part is that it’s the latest Jellybean 4.1.1 firmware. Once the device is rooted, the warranty will get void, to get back the lost warranty you need to re apply with the original firmware. So, note down all the data like baseband and other details from the path “Settings > About Phone”.

Things which Work:

  • Phone
  • Mobile Data
  • USB
  • Mass storage
  • Sensors
  • Camera(Photo)
  • Audio (thanks to maniac103)
  • Video rec/play
  • Panorama
  • FM-Radio


All the data in your Motorola Defy is precious, so ensure that you are backing up the same using the below mentioned steps. After backing up the data, copy all the target files to your computer or Laptop so that they are safe.

SMS – Use “SMS Backup & Restore app”,
Contacts – Sync with the Gmail application,
Call Log – Call Log and Restore
Images, 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

This update is strictly for Motorola Defy and not for Defy +. Disable all the security suites in your phone. Minimum battery left in your device should be at least 60% so as to make sure that One V doesn’t get turned Off. From Settings and Development, you need to enable the USB Debugging Mode in your device.

Let’s head to the next page where we have summed up a detailed guide on how to apply this firmware update in your Motorola Defy. We hope that you have followed all the above mentioned essentials.

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  1. Siyasnga

    October 29, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    I rooted my defy, installed a custom bootmenu and CWM, flashed CyanogenMod 9 (ICS 4.0.4) and rebooted the phone and now i’m proudly running ICS on my moto defy. It was the first time i did this but I accomplished it in less than 30 minutes. So what’s next now ? Jellybean here i come, yeah baby.

  2. karthik

    September 18, 2012 at 3:05 am

    which gaps file do i download the like shows soo many

  3. Justin Zimmer

    September 13, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Just an FYI, one thing that I’ve noticed when flashing with an Android 4.0+ Cyanogenmod release on several phones now is that if you get stuck at the Cyanogenmod boot animation then you probably need to wipe the data partition and reboot. I don’t often see that step in the tutorials.

  4. KK

    August 27, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    My defy have 2.2.2 firmware , can i directly jump to 4.1.1 using above process ?

    • KK

      September 4, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      Hello Pradeep …. Any reply?


    August 24, 2012 at 8:01 am

    I guys what about the apn and wifi, works with this cm10 on defy? thanks

    • Pradeep Neela

      August 24, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      it works on the defy model itself

  6. bcrawf68

    August 13, 2012 at 12:06 am

    Thanks for the update guys. After installing the update and GAPPS for JB, it won’t save any settings. Everything goes back to defaults. Also, nothing from play store will download. Since there doesn’t seem to be a file manager, I can’t check the sd card.

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