How to Upgrade Motorola Droid 3 to Android 4.0 ICS Using CyanogenMod 9

December 31, 2011
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    We’ve already heard a lot of stuff about how great Ice Cream Sandwich is. This has been proven further when the Samsung Galaxy Nexus came out. True enough, the latest version of Android is indeed one of the best, if not the best.

    Many of us are already waiting for the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for our devices. There are even those who are already saving up for brand-new Android devices, hoping to get ICS out of the box. A lot of us are really itching to get hold of this latest iteration of Google’s famous mobile OS.

    Sadly though, a lot of the makers are not yet certain on when updates for ICS will be delivered to their respective devices. Many of them are targeting the first quarter of 2012, but even then, the schedule is not yet sure. Good thing we have the Android community. Thanks to these guys, some of us can now enjoy Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. People who own the Motorola Droid 3 are one of the lucky ones. The developers behind CyanogenMod just recently released the latest alpha version of the popular aftermarket ROM and it’s pretty much built around ICS. The latest CyanogenMod 9 just made it to the Motorola Droid 3. It is not yet a perfect match, but for sure it will get there.

    For those Motorola Droid 3 owners who would like a taste of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, read on and check out the steps on how to install CyanogenMod 9 into your Droid 3.

    Prerequisites

    • The Motorola Droid 3 should be rooted. For the rooting process, you can check out this link.
    • There should be no Bootstrap apps installed on the device. Please uninstall the apps if there are any.
    • You need a PC that runs Windows Vista or Windows 7.
    • You also need at least 170 MB of free storage space in the device’s SD card storage.
    • The Droid 3 battery has to be fully charged to avoid interruptions.

    Installing CyanogenMod 9

    1. Download and install the SafeStrap app to your phone. You can download it here.
    2. Run the SafeStrap app and then choose the “Install Recovery” option. A number will appear at the bottom of the screen after you tap “Install Recovery”. Make sure it is 0.92. If not, you should abort the process.
    3. Download the latest build of the CyanogenMod 9 ROM to your PC. Use this link to download.
    4. Connect the Droid 3 to your PC using the USB cable. Copy the ROM that you just downloaded into the root directory of the device’s SD card.
    5. Disconnect the phone from your PC and turn off the phone.
    6. Turn on the phone again and while it is booting up, you will see a splash screen. While the splash screen is still displayed, press the Menu key. This will put the device into recovery mode.
    7. Create a backup of your Droid 3 by choosing the appropriate options found under the recovery mode menu.
    8. Enable the “Safe System” option in the Safestrap menu.
    9. Then, go to the “Mount” menu and choose “Format system.”
    10. Install the CyanogenMod ROM. To do that, choose “Install ZIP from SD card” option, then choose the ZIP file containing the CyanogenMod ROM.
    11. After the installation completes, choose “Wipe data/factory reset” from the menu.
    12. Reboot your phone. It will now be running on CyanogenMod 9.

    Since this is the alpha version of CyanogenMod 9 for Motorola Droid 3, there are some features that are not working properly yet and some don’t even work at all. One of the issues of this build is the device’s losing audio once Bluetooth is turned on. And, for now the camera is not yet working. All the rest seem to work quite well.

    Now you have a way to tinker with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on your Motorola Droid 3. Having ICS on the Droid 3 is already a wish come true for many. It needs more improvements, but if you’re backed with an awesome community of developers, definitely things will always get better.

    How’s ICS on your Motorola Droid 3?

    Comments

    • Hillbilliegreg

      If ineed a widows pc to install a linux rom to a linux phone, i will pass.

      • http://androidauthority.com Alexander Maxham

        As long as your already rooted you shouldn’t need a pc other then to download the rom and put it on your SD Card.

      • http://twitter.com/schmob West Coast Transprtr

        dont be gay like linux

        • cmfbrock

          Linux is in no way “gay”.

      • Anonymous

        If you are installing a rom, or running linux… You should already be smart enough to know that your comment was one of complete idiocy….

        • Mandroid

          I’ll go with that one wired…

    • DDeGonge888

      My number in safe strap is 1.08…what does that mean? Is there any way I can still do this?

      • Anonymous

        Actually that is the most up today Safestrap for the Droid 3, read http://hash-of-codes.blogspot.com/p/android-downloads.html for more information on the process. Hashcode is the creator of all this. All the information on his blog should help you out if you have any questions. I have a Droid 3 currently running ICS on it, so I will help you the best I can. I used Hashcodes boot strap to install it, which also works, but not as safe :O

        • Ddegonge888

          Ohh okay thanks, now I’m just waiting until they get the camera working on it…then I’ll install

    • Someone

      The two things that I use my phone for besides making phone calls is taking pictures and playing music in my car via bluetooth. This alpha sucks for me.

      • Mandroid

        If you installed without reading the above, you should take the battery out of your phone. Place the phone under any automobile’s tire and wait for it to be driven over. Obviously, the phone needs put out of it’s misery for having an owner (MUCH!) less intelligent than itself.

    • http://htcwildfireapps.blogspot.com/ HTC Wildfire Apps

      have to say it the droid looks a sweet phone !!

    • John J Hagan

      I sucessfully used safestrap following the instructions above. I decided to go ahead even though the number at the left lower corner said 1.08, not 0.92. Of course, your milage may vary.good luck to all!

    • Duvy59

      I’m trying to use this with a sim card- i don’t see a way to switch from CDMA to GSM- anyone?

    • Jesus Jackson

      I did everything but in the end it keeps rebooting! Someone please help me!

    • Drewf96

      I cant find my .root folder

      • Jacob Schooley

        the root directory is the top one, the one that you can’t go back further in the file hierarchy.

    • Phillip Veira

      So there is no way to take pictures at all?

    • Joshdaniels25

      On more time tell me why I need a windows 7pc

    • James

      Why do you need Windows Vista or 7?

    • Chib32394

      I gpt it on my phone but it wont e e get past the cm9 startup screen? Soeone help me please.

    • ss492

      Wow that was painless. ICS is great so far (all of 30 minutes lol). And the camera seems to be the ICS one (it certainly isn’t a stock Moto camera, I was able to snap 5 pictures in under 10 seconds). My stock D3 camera would have taken 5 minutes to do that.

    • F551420

      Link to C9 build not working.. :(

    • Toddsmith1

      Walkthrough is great. Works fine on my droid 3, occasional bugs, but it still a beta.
      My biggest problem is switching back to your old OS isn’t as easy as restoring a single backup, as it only affects a single drive, many of the app databases on other drives will be corrupted (possibly due to OS incompatibles). It took me a few months to notice this, but it also has no HDMI support. Finally, Skype doesn’t work for video calling… I’m not too concerned about it, because it didn’t work for video calling with the stock OS either.

    • mcgee130

      how do uninstall the mod? I no longer want it on my phone

    • Th3Gr3atW01f

      I have installed this ROM on my Droid 3. Everything is working except for the panoramic camera, the keyboard backlight, and youtube in the internet browser. I did have to install the google apps and the VCAST app store again but everything except for those 3 things are working for me. The normal camera/video camera is working fine, no audio problems. I use this as my everyday ROM. I love ICS!
      If you know how to fix those 3 errors please leave a reply!

    • FuckTheDroid3

      Download link for CM9 on Droid 3 broken. CM’s site says, “CM on a Droid 3?! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!”

      Looking around the Internet tells me that there was once a release of CM9 for Droid 3 (or there were a lot of untimely April Fool’s jokes), but no one who references it has a functional link to it.

      So I say, “Hey, I’ll just hop over to XDA and see what…” No. Just no. Nothing there works on the Droid 3 either. This phone was just born to be fucking worthless.

    • Android Tablet PC

      Is it a tablet PC or a phablet… it look nice..

    • Maxtouuch

      It it very good post and steps for Installing CyanogenMod 9.

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    • Alilo Juba

      Give Me the URLs on my email : vetsteps2014@gmail.com

      Because they aren’t work now I waiting you please

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