Update Motorola Photon to Android 2.3.7 via CM7.2–How To

You can now download and install Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread based custom firmware CM7.2 on your Motorola Photon. CynogenMod Team started to roll out nightly version of CM7.2 that enable Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread on your Motorola Photon. The good thing about nightly version is, it updated daily, hence existing issues are fixed much faster. Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread comes with various new feature over previous Gingerbread release, hence you may always love to try it. CM7.2 builds also comes with so many customization that you won't see in a stock firmware and can't just avoid. We summed up a detail installation tutorial of Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread based CM7.2 custom ROM on Motorola Photon below.


This tutorial is only for Motorola Photon. Don’t try this guide on any other Android device. Also, we are not responsible for any damage caused due to the instruction given in this page. Try this at your own risk. However, it is very unlikely that your device will be damaged if you follow all the instructions as it is which are mentioned in procedure.


Pre Requisites:

1. Backup your device data. You can follow our ultimate backup guide.

2.  Make sure your device have at least 60% battery power. You can install an app like Battery Notifier BT Free on your Android device to check it easily.

3. You already have USB Driver Installed for Motorola Photon in your PC. [Download USB Drivers]

4. Make sure USB Debugging is enabled otherwise you won’t able to transfer file between PC and Motorola Photon. [Guide].

5. Your device have ClockworkMod Recovery Installed. [Guide]

6. Your device is rooted already.

If you done everything that we mentioned above then you are ready to follow step-by-step guide on how to install Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread based CM7.2 ROM on Motorola Photon.

File Required(Download by clicking on it)

  1. CM7.2 Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread ROM For Motorola Photon [Filename: cm-7-20120930-NIGHTLY-sunfire.zip]
  2. Google Apps [Filename: gapps-gb-20110828-signed.zip]

How to Install Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread based CM7.2 ROM on Motorola Photon

  1. Connect your device to PC using USB cable and then copy downloaded files to the SD card of your device. Important: Don’t extract any files.
  2. Disconnect USB and then turn off your Motorola Photon.
  3. Boot into recovery mode. To do so,press and hold Volume down button and switch on phone while keeping Volume Down button pressed. Phone will enter in fast boot. Using volume down button to shuffle through boot options find android recovery and use volume up button to enter start CWM recovery mode. [in recovery use volume buttons to scroll and Home button to select]. Alternatively try this: Recovery Mode without Key Combination.
  4. Perform a Nandroid backup of your existing ROM that you can restore later if this new ROM not work or you want to go back into your previous ROM. To perform a backup, select Backup and Restore, then on the next screen, select Backup again. Go back to main recovery menu after backup is complete.
  5. Now, perform data wiping task. To do so, select wipe data/factory reset, then select Yes on next screen to confirm your action. Wait few minutes till the data wipe is complete. Now come back to CWM recovery main menu. Select wipe cache partition and after wiping process done, select Wipe Dalvik Cache under advance option to perform Dalvik cache wiping.
  6. Select install zip from sdcard, then select choose zip from sdcard. Now, locate the cm-7-20120930-NIGHTLY-sunfire.zip file that you copied earlier in Step 1 and select it by pressing Power button. Confirm installation by selecting Yes – Install _____.zip on the next screen. The ROM installation will begin.
  7. Once the ROM installation process end, repeat the step 6 but choose the gapps-gb-20110828-signed.zip file instead of ROM zip to install the Google apps package.
  8. When installation is completed, go back to the main recovery menu and select reboot system now to reboot your Motorola Photon and boot up into customized Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread ROM CM7.2. The first boot will take time, so be patient!
  9. Returning to Previous ROM: To go back to your previous ROM, boot into recovery, select backup and restore then restore your previous ROM by selecting it from the list.

Congrats! Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread firmware based custom ROM CM7.2 is now installed and running on your Motorola Photon.