Install Android 4.0 ICS AOSP ROM On Motorola Defy [How To]

The Ice Cream Sandwich, Androids latest offering, has found it’s way onto the Motorola Defy, and the wheels have been set in motion. This comes in from XDA-Developers forum member Epsylon, and while the ROM is a categorized as a test ROM by the developer, it is only natural that a lot of bugs do exist. However, the fact that ICS for the Defy is under development is worth getting exciting over. Read on for more on the ROM and how – if you dare to – you can get it up and running on your Motorola Defy.

According to the developer, stuff like Startup, bootmenu and recovery, touchscreen and keypad (multi-touch too), USB, new network (netfilter) kernel modules (quota2, and fake qtaguid) and Wi-Fi are all working.


That said, things like, Force closes, sound, 3G, orientation sensors, HW acceleration, camera and more seem to be broken. However, if you still feel like giving this ROM a go, here’s what you need to do.

Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.



  1. To begin, download the ROM from the link above and copy it to the root of your SD card.
  2. Boot your device into recovery mode.
  3. Make a Nandroid backup.
  4. Select wipe data/factory resest, wipe cache and wipe dalvick cache.
  5. Navigate to install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard and select the ROM you copied to your device.
  6. Once the ROM is flashed, simply reboot your device and cross your fingers!

For updates and queries, related to this ROM, head over to the forum thread at XDA-Developers.

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