If you have Motorola Droid Razr M XT907 and want to update it on Android 5.0 Lollipop then you are at the right place. I’ll give you a step to step tutorial with which you can install this custom ROM on your phone easily. So stay tuned and read all the parts of this article and then continue with the tutorial to install this custom ROM on your phone.

Android 5.0 Lollipop is the latest version released by Google last year. This version of android is totally different from the previous one, Google changed the app drawer, notification bar, included smart notifications, tap and go NFC payments,  material design and the new Easter egg. This ROM is so lite and fast. If you are going to use this OS for the first time, then you will definitely get in love with this OS.

Cyanogen (mod)

CyanogenMod (CM) is a team of developers which make custom ROMs for devices don’t get a whole version update so that they can also install latest versions of android on their phone. CyanogenMod makes custom ROM with stock android versions interface and features, but with some extra features added to it. These features can be used to tweak your device’s performance and interface the way you like.

First you should know that installation of custom ROM using this process is illegal as well as risky because it can brick your device if you don’t apply the steps carefully. Google or Motorola don’t recommend these type of actions with your device. Also, rooting or installing custom ROMs to your Android device may void your device’s warranty, and in some devices warranty will be gone forever.

Root your phone and install a custom recovery (latest TWRP recommended) on your phone. Recovery is a mode on your Android device that is used for many things like hard reset your device and install updates, when you factory reset your device from settings then your phone reboot into this recovery mode and perform a factory reset for you but this process is hidden from you (you just see your phone reboots). Custom Recovery will give you some more features to customize your phone your way. You can also install flash-able zip files to your android device using this custom recovery.

Backup all of your important data before installing his custom ROM on your phone because all the data stored in internal memory will be erased. Backup your contacts by syncing them to your Google account and backup all of your SMS and MMS using Helium app available on Google Play Store. Move your media files like photos, videos and music to your phone’s SD card, PC or any other SD card so you won’t lose them. You can also backup your important apps using the Titanium Backup app available on Google Play Store.

Always enable USB debugging while rooting or installing custom ROMs on your device by going to settings > security > check USB debugging option. Also charge your phone’s battery to at least 75% otherwise if your phone shutdown itself accidentally then your phone might get bricked.

Do not apply this update process to any other android device or it can brick your device seriously.

Steps to update your Droid Razr M to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop with CM 12 Custom ROM

  1. Download the CM 12 custom ROM zip file from here.
  2. Download Google Apps zip file from here.
  3. Transfer both zip files to your phone via USB cable, do not unzip the file; transfer them as they are. Unplug your phone when its done.
  4. Now reboot your phone to Recovery mode by completely turning off your phone then turn it back on by pressing the volume up and power key together.
  5. When you rebooted to recovery mode. Tap on “backup” and then confirm the step.
  6. When it’s done, come to the main menu and tap on “wipe” and then confirm this step.
  7. Now tap on “install” then “choose zip from SD card”, now browse through the phone’s SD card, select the CM 12 zip file and confirm this step.
  8. Now install the Google apps zip file using the same way as you installed the CM 12 ROM zip file (as in step 7).
  9. Come to main menu and tap on “Reboot” then “System”.

Now your phone will reboot normally and after 12 minutes you will be on welcome screen, now finish the setup and takeover your phone with your Google account again. If your phone stuck on a boot loop then force shut down you phone (remove battery) then boot it to recovery mode. Now from recovery mode you can restore back your previous ROM or you can repeat this process again.

Do share your experience with this ROM. Like and share this article so others will also get benefited with this. If you have any queries about this tutorial, you can post them in the comment section below.