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Photon 4G Jelly Bean Update: Unofficial CM10 ROM Based on Android 4.1 [Guide]


Gather around folks, there’s more jelly beans to be had. The Motorola Photon 4G has received an unofficial CyanogenMod 10 (CM10) ROM which brings the latest version of Android aka Jelly Bean to the device with features such as a smooth as butter interface, voice recognition like Apple’s Siri, smarter keyboard etc, along with the proven performance of CyanogenMod as well as its customization options, thanks to XDA Recognized Developer jokersax11.

NOTE: The ROM is a work in progress and still in the early stages of development, so expect bugs and issues to be present as well as things that don’t work properly. Also, since CM10 is still under development, not many CyanogenMod customization features are currently present in the ROM.

Let’s see how CM10 can be installed on the Motorola Photon 4G.


This ROM and the guide below is compatible only and only with the Motorola Photon 4G. It’s not compatible with any other device. Check your device model in Settings » About phone.


The methods and procedures discussed here are considered risky and you should not attempt anything if you don’t know completely what it is. If any damage occurs to your device, we won’t be held liable.

How to Install Jelly Bean AOKP ROM on Motorola Photon 4G


  1. This procedure will wipe all your apps, data and settings (but it will NOT touch your SD cards, so don’t worry about those). Backup your Apps and important data — bookmarks, contacts, SMS, APNs (internet settings), etc. This Android backup guide would help you.
    NOTE: Don’t forget to at least make a backup of your APN settings, which you can restore later if your data connection does not work after installing the ROM. Use the backup guide to find out how.
  2. Make sure the bootloader is unlocked and ClockworkMod recovery is installed on your phone.
  3. Download the latest version of the ROM from the official downloads page.
  4. Download the Google Apps package. This will install apps like Play Store, Gmail, etc. which are not present in the ROM by default.
    Download Gapps  |  Filename:
  5. Also download the Superuser file, which is necessary to make root work.
    Download Superuser  |  Filename:
  6. Download the custom recovery that needs to be flashed in order to flash this ROM.
    Download Link  |  Filename:
  7. Copy the downloaded zip files from step 3, 4, 5 and 6 to the internal SD card (not the micro SD).
  8. Turn off the phone and boot into CWM recovery. Use Volume buttons to navigate and Power button to select options in recovery.
  9. Perform a Nandroid Backup of your existing ROM, so that you can always restore it from recovery if something does not work out with this rom. To perform a backup, select backup and restore –> On the next screen, select backup again. Go back to main recovery menu after backup is complete.
  10. Select install zip from sdcard, then select choose zip from sdcard. Scroll to the file on the SD card and select it. Confirm installation by selecting Yes on the next screen. The custom recovery will start installing.
  11. After the installation is complete, the phone should automatically reboot. If it doesn’t, go back to the main recovery menu, select advanced then select reboot recovery to reboot into the custom recovery flashed in step 10.
  12. After the phone reboots into recovery, select wipe data/factory reset, then select Yes on next screen to confirm. Wait a while till the data wipe is complete.
  13. Now select install zip from sdcard, then select choose zip from sdcard. Scroll to the ROM file on the sdcard and select it. Confirm installation by selecting Yes – Install on the next screen. The ROM will start installing.
  14. After ROM installation completes, select choose zip from sdcard again, then select the file to install the Google apps package.
  15. After Gapps installation completes, select choose zip from sdcard again, then select the file to install Superuser for root access..
  16. After the installation is complete, select go back and then select reboot system now to reboot your phone.
    NOTE: In order to go back to your previous ROM, boot into recovery, select backup and restore, then select restore to restore your previous ROM.

CM10, based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is now installed and running on your Motorola Photon 4G. Visit the official development page for more info and to get the latest updates on the ROM. Share your thoughts on the ROM in the comments.

  • arie meiman

    does 4G still works? :-/ I heard some ROM upgrades do not support sprint’s 4G, so you end up stuck with 3G only mode :-p

    • BigW

      arie meirman…unlocking the bootloader on the phonton WILL break 4G! If you want 4G, do not do this.

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