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How to root Motorola XT502 and install custom ROM

Motorola XT502, a.k.a Motorola XT3/XT5 is based on the Commtiva Z71 chipset, and it’s highly moddable. Modding the XT502 from Android v2.1 to 2.2.1 is as easy as typing 1, 2, 3…

Motorola-Quench-xt3-xt5 How to root Motorola XT502 and install custom ROM

Concise steps (ping me if you want elaborate ones):

  1. Install Universal Androot and root your phone (you’ll now have super user access)download here
  2. Download ROM Manager (free version will do) from the market place
  3. Open ROM Manager, and Flash Clockwork Recovery (choose Commtiva z71, Boston from the menu)
  4. Backup the current ROM
  5. Download the most famous Cyanogen ROM from here (download the latest stable release) – it’s a zip file
  6. Transfer the zip file to the root of your phone’s SD Card
  7. Reboot in recovery mode – you can do this directly from ROM Manager or shutdown the phone and press and hold camera button + Volume up + power button
  8. Use trackball, scroll down and click on Wipe data/factory reset – click yes to confirm
  9. Use trackball, scroll down and click wipe cache partition – click yes to confirm
  10. Use trackball, scroll down and click install zip from SD card – scroll down to choose the zip file you’d transferred
  11. Click yes
  12. Keep staring at the screen displaying the verbose
  13. Reboot phone

Your Motorola XT502 will now be powered by Android 2.2.1.

Also note, the steps and the ROM mentioned above work flawlessly on other Commtiva Z71 variants (Spice MI-300, Boston, Apanda A60, etc)

Disclaimer: I’m not responsible if you end up messing up your phone. Rooting and installation of custom ROMs voids your phone’s warranty.