How to Update Motorola Defy with Super Stable ICS 4.0.4 Firmware

Motorola Defy LogoMotorola Defy users now have a reason to smile as in the due course of this article, we will be checking out on how you can easily update your phone with the latest Cyanogen Mod 9 ICS 4.0.4 like update based on the Froyo kernel. This update brings in the huge respite for all those who wanted to make the most out of the ICS release. This version of firmware is not an official firmware released by Motorola and also we don’t have any ETA on by when there will be an official ICS Update.

Note: This procedure will only work on the phones which are rooted and also just in case if you are still on non-rooted phones, we will be coming out with the rooting procedure very soon of which we will be updating the links here.

Stand Out Features of ICS 4.0.4 for Motorola Defy:

  • Camera Panorama
  • Chrome
  • Face Detection
  • Network Usage Stats

Disclaimer: Neither we, nor developer should be held responsible for any damage happened to your device in the process of following the instructions mentioned in this article. It’s very unlikely that there will be any issues but just in case if at all there are any issues then we are committed to help you in solving the same.

Screen Captures of ICS 4.0.4 on Motorola Defy:

ICS 1 Defy ICS 2 Defy

Essential Pre Requisites:

  • There is a probability that, the data in your Motorola Defy might get lost or corrupted in the process of firmware update. We recommend you to back up all the data with the help of below mentioned instructions.

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

  • Enable the USB debugging in your Motorola Defy phone from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”. The USB Debugging option should be ticked as shown in the below screen capture. (Phone should be disconnected from computer while enabling the USB Debugging Mode).
  • Disable all the antivirus suites in your computer and uninstall the same in your device as these tools generally tend to interrupt the process of firmware update.
  • Minimum charge left in the device should be at least 60% so as to ensure that device doesn’t get turned Off in the middle of firmware update.

Assuming that you have followed all the above mentioned instructions, you can now proceed to the next page where we have summed up the detailed instructions on how to apply this update in your phone.

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  1. Sajid

    October 15, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    I followed the mentioned steps…after installing the zip packages from clockworkmod i selected ‘reboot system now’ but on the first attempt even after 30 minutes it was just showing Motorola logo. Then i removed the battery and entered into stock recovery mode and then selected wipe data and cache partition and automatically it went to rebbot itself. And still it not working….PLEASE HELP

  2. Hartej

    September 15, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Will like to try this for sure.
    Please clarify, can I revert back to the standard official 2.2 already updated on my defy over the air.
    Is there a way to revert back, just in case it is not impressive, because I am quite happy with the UI at present and want to upgrade for better performance and new experience only.

    • Pradeep Neela

      September 15, 2012 at 10:22 pm

      yes you can revert back to the stock firmware

  3. Achal

    September 14, 2012 at 1:03 am

    I have a question, if i upgrade my Defy + with ICS 4.0.4 (super stable),
    Will the following thing work in my phone :
    1. Wifi
    2. Play Store (Android Market)
    3. Watsapp Messanger
    4. Camera (Photo and video with flash)

  4. Raja

    August 16, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    hi, the boot option in my defy does not show the ‘install from sd card’ option. Instead ‘update from sd card’ is showing. So I cannot select or choose the downloaded zip files. Is this an issue with my phone? I have rooted the device already. Thanks in advance for your help in this matter.

    • Kikorras

      August 17, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      I have the same problem. how did you solve it?

    • MikeF

      October 6, 2012 at 3:05 am

      I have the same problem. Have you found a way to select the downloaded zip file?

  5. Dinkar Maske

    June 8, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Link not working bro for ics 4.0.4
    plz give another link for same

  6. Getonlypranay

    June 7, 2012 at 12:18 am

    Do we have flash support.
    please provide flash support on ICS 4.0.4

  7. Barba

    May 24, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Whats the firmware file?

    • Pradeep Neela

      May 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm

      it is there in the procedure section…

    • Pradeep Neela

      May 25, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      it is there in the procedure section……

  8. Kaustav Kundu

    May 22, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    hey , i got the defy plus with 2.3.6 gingerbread by default. So, can I root my phone with the above mentioned ICS update.

  9. Jordan

    May 21, 2012 at 2:53 am

    Can I flash my rooted Android 2.1.1 (Eclair) device straight to ICS 4.0.4? Or do need to first flash to Froyo, before jumping to ICS 4.0.4?

    • Pradeep Neela

      May 21, 2012 at 9:13 am

      yes you can buit you need to have rooted and custom recovery image installed in your phone!

  10. suraj

    May 16, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Hi. Thankfully i had been able to download this package and it was smooth enough and excellent. The new graphics looked impressive and a indeed a gift to defy owners to install ice cream sandwich on their phone.

    But couple of problems listed below :
    – the clock application crashes and doesn’t allow you to operate. But the time is shown correctly.
    – In the performance settings the min and max operating frequency isn’t editable anymore 🙁
    – In reboot mode the phone goes into an infinite loop and never turns up.
    – The UI operation is a little bit glitchy.

    These things being fixed shall go on to make the package indeed perfect.

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