Install CM11 Android 4.4 KitKat Custom ROM on Motorola Defy and Defy+

Today we want to accommodate your Motorola Defy and Defy Plus with the likes of CM11 KitKat 4.4 custom ROM. The role which is played by this tool is the following: it will update your phone(s) to Android 4.4 operating system, which is something that should have been done earlier.

Your whole user experience has loads to achieve from an upgrade. With the custom firmware we have in plan for your device(s) you will be able to get new applications running on it, get a full taste of new features, work with an improved battery life, tweak your device and more.

If there’s any custom ROMs you’ve always desired to experience you can now. Moreover, your handset is going to run smoothly and there will be no bugs and no lags. However, we must tell you this: your phone’s bluetooth and WiFi will not work.


If the previous two cons don’t matter that much to you, you should now perform some pre-requisites. Which look like this:

  • work only with a rooted Motorola Defy or Motorola Defy+;
  • install your model of choice with a custom recovery from here to make the procedure go well;
  • open Menu, go to Settings, select Developer Options and turn on USB Debugging;
  • download the CyanogenMod 11 KitKat 4.4 ROM (file name: and Gapps (file name: on the laptop you work with;
  • charge the phone’s battery unit well;
  • create many backups (or just one, depending on what makes you comfortable; also, include a full NANDroid backup here);
  • turn off, on both your handset and your notebook, their security software.Motorola-Defy


  1. Our tutorial is now ready to start. So begin it by saving the two files from below on your laptop. Leave both of them unzipped and then do this: plug the handset to the laptop and then have the two files transferred from the notebook to the SD card root of either your Motorola Defy or your Defy+.
  2. When the end of this transfer is in sight, be sure to disconnect the two devices from each other, then boot your smartphone int Recovery Mode.
  3. Immediately after that mode is reached, we advise you to choose Factory Reset/Wipe Data and, after the system is erased, go on by opting for Wipe Cache Partition to also erase the phone’s cache. End this phase by going back to the Main Menu, choosing Advance and then opting for Wipe Dalvik Cache.
  4. Choose, next, Install zip from SD card (which can be found in the Recovery Menu) and Choose zip from SD card. Should you be done with this, install the update firmware by choosing the CM11 file from where it’s at and then confirming the installation.
  5. To install the other package, you need to repeat what you did for the flashing of the CM11. Both files are now part of your phone. So restart it to fully enjoy the update and its goodies.

If, somehow, you don’t necessarily enjoy the new file and your updated device, don’t be afraid. There is a way to get the old ROM back: use the NANDroid backup file you had to create for our requirements. The handset will then, thanks to this file, reclaim its previous ROM.

In case one of your phones ends up in a boot loop, you should consider booting it into the Recovery Mode, choosing Factory Reset/Wipe Data from there, opting for Wipe Cache Partition next and then going back to the Recovery Menu and doing this: choosing Reboot System Now.

The Motorola Defy or Defy Plus is now one updated device that you can boast about!

Posted In How To - By Mihai Mateescu

  • pramod

    i tried the zip. and it does not work with mb525 model.

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