How to root and install Cyanogenmod 10 (Jelly Bean) – Motorola Defy Plus (MB526) with bootloader7 (ver.9.1)

This guide will show you my way to root and install Cyanogenmod 10 (Jelly Bean) on a Motorola Defy Plus (MB526) with Bootloader 7 (version 9.1). The guide has 2 parts, rooting the device and installing the custom ROM.

DISCLAIMER: I and all developers of those tools will not be held responsible for any damage you will do to your device and i strongly advise you to read all the internet regarding this, and decide if you will go or not this way. Rooting WILL VOID THE WARRANTY of your device. So DO IT ON YOUR OWN RISK!!!

NOTE 1: ROMs newer than CM10 will not work unless you have Clockworkmod 6 and up and this guide is not for that!!! No need for details so trust me on that one! ^-^


The device (Motorola Defy+ MB526) stock stats:

System version: 45.0.2310.MB526.AsiaRetail.en.03

Android version: 2.3.6

Kernel version: hudsoncm@il93lnxdroid54#1

Build number:



  1. On your device go to Settings>Applications>Development>Enable USB Debugging;
  2. On your device go to Settings>Applications> Enable Unknown sources;
  3. Download FRAMAROOT to your phone directly and install the apk;
  4. Open FRAMAROOT and just tap Ghimli;
  5. Your Defy+ is rooted!


Now you can install Hiuninstaller and uninstall the system apps (bloatware) you don’t want.

At this point, you can stay pretty happy with the cleaned stock ROM and stop here, but hey, we don’t want that don’t we, we’re hacking and here we go to part 2.


PART 2 – Flashing Cyanogenmod 10:

  1. Download and install on your phone 2nd init – ver.2.3; This version has the Clockworkmod 5.x version (now you understand the NOTE 1 at the beginning of the post);
  2. Open 2ndinit and press Install bootmenu – the red text will become green after successful install;
  3. Download and put on the root of you SD card Quarx CM10 mod and GoogleApps ; NOTE 2: Here i made some mistakes and downloaded the latest CM10 mod (around july-sep 2012) and the GoogleApps (august 2013) and things went pretty bad: nu keyboard, no network, nu USB recognition. What i did was to flash a prior CM10 version and Google Apps around the date of the CM10 ROM. The links on step 3 are the ones that are as much as posibble new and are working together!
  4. Power Off your phone (when you Power On, be prepared when the phone LED turns Blue);
  5. Power On the device and the LED turns Blue, press the Volume Down button;
  6. Navigate through the menu with the Volume buttons and accept with the Power button and use the Back or Go Back links to go back up one level of the menu;
  7. Go to Recovery, create a nandroid backup of your current ROM, if things will go bad you will restore your old ROM. So go to “Backup and Restore”, and then select “Backup” again, backup all;
  8. Select the wipe data/factory reset;
  9. Select wipe cache;
  10. From the main menu, select Advance and wipe Delvik cache;
  11. Select “Install Zip from SD Card” > “Choose Zip from SD Card” and select the ROM zip file you put on the root of your SD card;
  12. Wait! ^-^
  13. Repeat step 11 to install the Google Apps package also on the root of your SD card;
  14. Go Back and select “Reboot System Now.”
  15. Waaaaaaaaiiit!!! The first boot will take tones of time to load so be patient O.o; If you think you are waiting way to long: take off the battery, put it back, go in Recovery (when the LED goes Blue, press the Down Volume button) and do steps 8, 9, 10, after that Reboot.

New device stats:

Android version: 4.1.1

Enjoy JellyBean! ^-^

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46 Responses to How to root and install Cyanogenmod 10 (Jelly Bean) – Motorola Defy Plus (MB526) with bootloader7 (ver.9.1)

  1. Jiten pratap singh says:

    how much time does phone takes to start after been rooted with new android system.?

    • If the phone don’t start by the time your kids graduate college, something went wrong. ^-^
      I would give it 10-15 minutes, at least.

  2. Adam says:

    Thanks for this, very easy… except I got to step 7, wen to “Recovery” and there was only two options “[Stock recovery]” and “[Custom recovery]”… How do I create a nandroid backup?

    • Go to Custom Recovery. We want to use the new tools, not the stock one.

  3. Shanti says:

    im new to this. is this a completely working mod for MB526? i hear about CM11 having problems such as no Wi Fi, or the phone lights don’t work..etc.

    Thanks for this guide, btw.

    • Yes! Absolutely everything works. If you follow my tutorial and everything will go as planned, you will have a completely working MB526 with Jelly Bean.

      I avoid the latest mods (like CM11), because, as you say, not everything works.

      • Shanti says:

        thanks, its now working on my phone. it feels very new! :)

      • Glad you did it man! I was surprised myself with the very fast rooting. ^-^
        And thanks for the coffee!!! ^-^

  4. mohammad says:

    my device (Motorola Defy+ MB526) stock stats is a little different with yours in system version and kernel version as:

    System version: 45.0.2310.MB526.MERetail.en.06

    Android version: 2.3.6

    Kernel version: hudsoncm@il93lnxdroid80#1

    Build number:

    Is it important???

    • I don’t think so! I think the most important thing is the build number (linked with the boot loader) and yours is like mine.
      I think you should go for it and it will work like a charm.
      Read carefully and BACKUP first…if things will turn bad.
      Good luck and let me know if you did it. ^-^

      • Nice! hmm, could you be more specific, what do u mean backup. I mean, titanium-style backup and messages, calls app data or whole phone system backup? Is it possible? If so, how? Thank you for your time :)

  5. misstwihard says:

    followed this and it worked a treat. phone seems much improved. not had to remove battery and reboot once in two days!
    one issue though, I like to use video camera and it’s set at something like 900 by 500 and can manage about 12 frames per second. which doesn’t look good. can’t see any way to drop resolution.
    also, should hear be on for every app?
    would playing with processor clock speed give me a better frame rate?

    many thanks though, great work!

    • I’m using another phone at the moment but:
      1. 900×500 is the only setting for resolution on your phone. I didn’t have problems like that.
      2. I’m not sure about frame rate but you can install a benchmark app, overklock the processor(I used 1200mhz) and do a benchmark with the stock 1000mhz and another with 1200. I suggest a reboot between tests.

      Glad you like it! Have fun with your brand new device! ^-^

  6. misstwihard says:

    sorry, meant to say should hwa be on for every app

    • What does it means hwa be on for every app?! ;)

  7. misstwihard says:

    hwa hardware acceleration! did you get a choice of resolutions for video. I feel there should be some settings for but maybe I just can’t find em?

    • Leave hwa on, test it, play with it and see how the device behaves. I think I had choices and for sure I recorded videos with no problem. Go to the camera settings, do you have any choices for resolution?

  8. misstwihard says:

    no, doesn’t seem to be any setting on up video resolution

    • Do you have lower resolutions to chose from?

      • misstwihard says:

        no. have different resolutions for still camera but not video?
        thought I might try cm7

  9. big bob says:

    Hi, (you may or may not notice have changed name from misstwihard – that/this is/was my daughter’s account (mine actualy))

    was getting lots of issues with video – and this is an important aspect for me. the sound kept dropping out. I tried lgcamera but same issue on sound and still low framerate, even when 30 fps selected. also 720 didn’t work. I have a green lens defy +.. so i flashed cm 7. so far all seems good – will update when know more.

    not sure whats going off with battery meter, its not moved in a day so either the battery running is a lot better or its not working!

    video record more stable, youtube hd 15m (840 * 480) runs at 24 fps, and 720 runs at 12 fps. any idea what the 15m stands for. some settings labeled as 30m ?

    many thanks

    • As I said, I am using a different device right now because YouTube app on the defy plus with CM10 stopped working (lots of people with different devices reported that problem). I also remember now I did a video recording and the sound stopped and it skipped frames. I didn’t researched the problem.
      About the battery, search for how to do calibration on battery, like fully discharging and recharging with phone off. Boot and reboot.
      I don’t know what 15m or 30m means.
      Try searching if other people reported the video problem…xda-developers it’s the best place.
      When I will have a little time, I will boot my defy and test the video recording.
      I think you will be good with CM7…older mods are more stable. That is why I put CM10 and not 10.1 or 10.2.
      Also, if you made a backup of your stock Rom, restore it…the phone will work great but you won’t have the goodies of JellyBean. ;))
      See you later and I hope you will enjoy a fully functional device.

    • Ok, I dug out my defy+ with CM10 and I confirm there are no settings for resolution on video recording. You are stuck with 848×480.
      I also checked that I did 2 video recordings: one with the problems and the other one working perfectly, no frame skip and perfect sound. So the recording is not entirely bad, you can do perfect video recordings….maybe not all of them. ;)
      Although the stock defy+ couldn’t record 720p.
      You can try CM9 (I think it is available) with corresponding gapps (that is with the date of the gapps similar to the date of the CM9 Rom).
      If it doesn’t work, try CM7.
      You know, this rooting and flashing a new Rom involves lots of searching and reading to be sure the things you care most are working. Not all roms are fully stable, so be sure to do your homework first. ;))
      Hope it helps! Good luck! ;)

      • big bob says:

        cheers! think I’m gonna stick with cm 7. its all good so far. battery is back to being awesome. can record video 840 * 480 at 24fps. everything works. I think, realistically, this is as good as this phones gonna get. many thanks again – I was thinking of new phone but I can live with this!

      • If it works and you are happy, enjoy your phone and have fun. All phones have some ups and downs so investing in a new one will not necessarily get free of problems. I am using a HTC Sensation right now and although it is an awesome phone it has problems. I received it for use for free but trust me, when I will have to return it, I will go back happily to my good old CM10 defy plus. ^-^
        Have fun!

  10. Mohamed says:

    Thanks just made it Thanks

    • Have fun and thank you! ;)

  11. Jaka Sari says:

    can u give link download for cm9 ?


  12. Dale says:

    After installation everything seems to work except phone is enable to connect to my mobile network. Is this fixable

    Regards Dale

    • Try another Rom. I didn’t had problems with mobile network and no one reported such an issue. Do you have the same specs on the phone?

    • But first, did you check the internet for your error and a possible fix?

    • Possible fix:
      Try to flash the cm10 Rom from 11/5 (may).

  13. Dale says:

    So I have found that my phone does connect but not inside my house or in some locations where it worked well prior to Rom upgrade. I’m on Australian Telstra next-g network (850 MHz frequency) Does flashing Rom change any of these network frequency settings?

    • I really don’t know. But I don’t think so.

    • Andrew_M says:

      Hi Dale. I am on Telstra Next G as well – did you resolve this?

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  15. hello there. I was looking for some reliable Moto defy plus rooting, and yours seems to be very convincing! I think i’ll give it a try… But i have one question. Is it possible to back up the whole phone firmware, software anything like that, so that i will be able to restore my phone back to it’s stock situation? And will i have any troubles using your rooting method? my phone has the following stats:

    System version: 45.0.2310.MB526.NonEFIGSRetail.en.EU
    Android version: 2.3.6
    Kernel version: hudsoncm@il93lnxdroid51 #1
    Build number: 4.5.1-134_DFP-231

    The build number is the same as yours…

    • Hello,

      Thanks for the confidence. :)

      1. It should work with your stats. The only difference is the System version. I think this is important if you brick your phone, you will have to search a stock firmware version based on the system version you have and flash that with RSD Lite.

      But let’s pretend it will never happen and i have a feeling it will not happen. :) For precaution, read first how to unbrick your motorola defy plus.

      2. On PART 2, step 7 you will make a system backup so if things went wrong, you will restore your system to the previous state. I don’t think it will backup SMS, apps or any other things, try separate apps before flashing anything and make sure you backed up all of your stuff.

      I didn’t go deep into the backup phase because i don’t have important things on SMS, i don’t care about call logs and i don’t bother spending 30-45 min installing back the apps i use.

      For apps backup try Helium.

      Let’s sumarize: Do a system backup and separately do apps, SMS, call logs etc. backups. Just to make surewe’re safe.

      Good luck and have fun!

  16. Simply Superb! worked for me!
    I took ROM – from
    Thanks a lot :)

    • Glad it worked! Have fun! ;)

    • big bob says:

      hi, anything not working in this rom? video record? bluetooth? cheers

      • As far as I tested this ROMs, everything worked just fine. Have fun!

    • big bob says:

      what resolution video recording. is the sound all there? frames dropping? tempted to give it a go. cm7 good but getting bored. anyone got anything good to say re; cm9?

      • I didn’t tried cm9. Cm10 records video like 834 or something and I get some sound dropping in 1 movie. Other movie recorded just fine. Defy by default it is not very good at video recording and I don’t use it for that. You can make a backup of your working Rom and install a new one. If you are not satisfied, go back to the working Rom.

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