Update Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE XT897 To Android 5.0.2 Lollipop With CM12 (Nightly)

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Official CM12 nightly build is now available for Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE XT897. The latest build is based on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. Flashing CM12 ROM on your Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE XT897 not only allow you all features of Android 5.0.2 Lollipop but also various customization that you can expect from CyanogenMod ROM. To enjoy bloatware free, fast, smooth using experience you must flash this AOSP based CM12 nightly build. Good thing about nightly build is, it not only fixes existing issue regularly but also introduce new features that may not be present earlier. To learn necessary steps to flash or install CM12 (nightly) on Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE XT897 continue reading this article.

Few cool Android 5.0.2 Lollipop features are – Material Design, a new lock screen, Lock screen notifications, Hide sensitive content in notifications, battery-saver mode, Priority Mode, Guest Mode, Pin Apps, Ambient Display, Double tap to wake, Trusted Device for Bluetooth and NFC, improved Quick Settings and many more.

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Warning!

This tutorial is only for Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE XT897. Don’t try this guide on any other Android device. Also, we (PrimeHowTo) 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. It’s advisable to backup your data prior flashing. I recommend app Helium for this purpose, however you can use any other preferred backup app. [General Guide]

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2. Make sure your device have enough battery power (at least 50% battery power) to avoid any accidental brick. You can install an app like Battery Notifier BT Free on your Android device to check it easily.

3. You must have USB Driver Installed for Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE XT897 in your PC. If you manage to access your phone data after connecting to your computer then you already have USB driver installed. [Download Driver Manually]

4. Make sure USB Debugging is enabled otherwise it’s won’t be possible to transfer file between PC and Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE XT897. By default its enabled, so you don’t have to worry. [General Guide]

5. Your device must have latest available custom recovery installed. [General Guide]

Hope, you already checked all pre-requisites. It’s time to follow the step-by-step guide on how to install Android 5.0.2 Lollipop based CM12 (nightly) ROM on Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE XT897.

File Required(Download by clicking on it)

  1. CM12 (nightly) For Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE XT897 [Filename: cm-12-20150528-NIGHTLY-moto_msm8960.zip]
  2. Google Apps [Filename: gapps-510-base-20150327-1-signed.zip]

How to Install Android 5.0.2 Lollipop based CM12 (nightly) ROM on Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE XT897

  1. Transfer downloaded file to your Android device by connecting to PC. Make sure you copied all files on SD Card (avoid coping within folder). Important: Don’t extract any files.
  2. Disconnect your device from computer and then turn off your Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE XT897.
  3. Now, boot into recovery mode. To do so, press and hold Volume Down and Power button together until recovery menu come up. In recovery use Volume Keys to navigate between option and Power button to select an option.
    1. You can also try: How To Boot Into Recovery Without Key Combination
  4. First of all create an image of your existing OS by performing Nandroid backup of your existing ROM which you can restore later if this new ROM don’t perform the way you want or if there any glitch. To do so, 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 perform this, 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. Perform this step 3 times to avoid any bootloop issue.
  6. Select install zip from sdcard, then select choose zip from sdcard. Now, locate the CM12 (nightly) 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-510-base-20150327-1-signed.zip file instead of ROM zip to install the Google apps package.
  8. When installation is completed, perform the Step 4 one more time and then go back to the main recovery menu and select reboot system now to reboot your Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE XT897 and boot into Android 5.0.2 Lollipop ROM CM12 (nightly).
  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.

Tutorial For TWRP Recovery Users:

  1. Transfer downloaded file to your Android device by connecting to PC. Make sure you copied all files on SD Card (avoid coping within folder). Important: Don’t extract any files.
  2. Disconnect your device from computer and then turn off your Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE XT897.
  3. Now, boot into recovery mode. To do so, press and hold Volume Down and Power button together until recovery menu come up.
    1. You can also try: How To Boot Into Recovery Without Key Combination
  4. Create a Backup using TWRP Backup Option.
  5. Perform a Factory Reset (this will delete all apps and their settings and game progress). To do this, Tap on Wipe, then at the bottom of the screen do a Swipe on the ‘Swipe to factory reset‘ option.
  6. Now add zip file for flashing. to do so, tap on Install, then browse to the location where you saved the files and tap on the CM12 (nightly) Zip file. Then tap on Add More Zips, and add gapps-510-base-20150327-1-signed.zip. Now at the bottom of the screen, do a swipe on the Swipe to confirm flash option to begin flashing.
  7. When installation is completed, go back to the main recovery menu and tap on Reboot and then, tap on System to reboot your Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE XT897 and boot into Android 5.0.2 Lollipop ROM CM12 (nightly).
  8. Returning to Previous ROM: To go back to your previous ROM, boot into recovery, select Backup then through Restore option, restore your previous ROM by selecting it from the list.

That’s it! You just learned how to update your Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE XT897 to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop custom firmware using CM12 (nightly). Explore the latest Android 5.0.2 Lollipop based CM12 (nightly) ROM.

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