Overclock your Motorola Backflip 2.1 Eclair and increase its performance

by Keshav Gupta · 18 comments

in Android, Tutorials and Solutions

In this tutorial I will show you how to overclock your Motorola Backflip to get the most performance out of it. Stock maximum speed of Backflip’s CPU is 528 MHz after overclock you will get 748 MHz!

Note: Don’t try this patch with Froyo 2.2.1 for Backflip


  1. Download the overclocked kernel for your Motorola Backflip here signed-bf.MT.kernel.2.13.11.zip.
  2. Update your Motorola Backflip to the custom 2.1 Eclair Rom, it has Multitouch capability and other great features like Ext4, JIT, tethering etc. too

Steps to Flash the Motorola Backflip Overclock Kernel:

  1. Copy the zip file downloaded in Req. 1 to the SD Card of your phone as you did for the zip file in Eclair update process.
  2. Reboot the phone in recovery mode :
    1. Turn Off your Backflip.
    2. Press the camera button and while you hold it, press the power button.
    3. Fast boot screen appears, press volume down key, and Recovery Menu appears.
  3. Navigate to Update with Zip file, with the help of volume up and down button, Press Power button to select it.
  4. Now select “signed.BF.MT.patch.v1.5.x.zip” and push power to select and again to confirm.
  5. Flashing will start after completion Reboot the phone. And now enjoy your overclocked speedy Backflip.

You might also want to read 11 Tips to Increase the performance (speed) and battery life of your Android phone

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Vijay December 23, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Hi Keshav,

My Backflip is now running Eclair thanks to you. I’m considering overclocking the phone too, but will this significantly degrade my phone’s battery life?


2 Dhiraj December 25, 2010 at 5:13 pm

i do not have to do the wipe all step right..
does this do any damages??
is there any way to reverse this process.
looking forward to do it…


3 Keshav Gupta December 25, 2010 at 11:49 am

flashing the 84 mb zip file would reverse it.
No wipe needed
If Phone processor gets heat up, then it can cause damage


4 Vijay December 27, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Hi Keshav,
I’ve installed the overclock mod and bought Setcpu from the Market. I’m using Setcpu at the Autodetect settings (Min 245 MHz and max 245 MHz), but my phone’s become very slow and laggy. Can you please suggest some optimum settings for Setcpu for the Backflip?


5 Keshav Gupta December 27, 2010 at 3:52 pm

open setcpu -> press menu->device selection->scroll down and select autodetect speeds
now set the maximum speed using slider to 691MHz and check sliding further if your phone remains stable(I have mine at 748MHz)
select the minimum to 128MHz(will drain your battery less)
check this ->11 Tips to Increase the performance (speed) and battery life of your Android phone and Top 7 Must Have Applications after you Root your Android phone


6 Vijay December 27, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Awesome. Thanks a ton. BTW any chance u’ll be putting up the updated Motonav files somewhere?


7 Vijay December 31, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Hi Keshav,

Thanks a ton once more. I’ve changed the settings around and my phone now freezes a lot less. I’m also having another strange problem. Whenever I connect my phone to any computer in USB drive mode and try to transfer files, my phone freezes after sometime and has to be rebooted by removing the battery. Any idea what could be causing that to happen? BTW here’s wishing u a rocking 2011 in advance. Cheers!


8 jon January 8, 2011 at 5:41 am

I installed the overclocked zip file then installed it to the sd card then turned the cell off then got to recovery mode, installed the zip file from the sd rebooted the phone and now all i get is black screen after the white boot screen, any help?


9 Keshav Gupta January 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm

do a wipe all in recovery


10 Naga January 14, 2011 at 8:49 am

I’ve partitioned my SD card to ext2 (768mb) and swap (256mb) but how can i use this to install apps? My phone memory is full and its getting slow.


11 Keshav Gupta January 14, 2011 at 1:15 pm

open GscriptMod and tap “repair app2sd” and check these tips to improve android speed


12 Matt Fink January 20, 2011 at 10:29 am

Sorry don’t answer the other question that was just dumb…
You just have to click the screen.

Now with 2.1 I try to install from sd card and I got an error such as directory not found along those lines.

I am sure I am on 2.1 and they I copied the file to my phone’s sd card.
It reads it as the correct file, but neither my phone or computer can read it?

Thank you soo much!


13 Keshav Gupta January 20, 2011 at 12:22 pm

I suppose your memory card is corrupted… so try recopying the overclock zip again to your sd card. Then flash


14 Jordan January 21, 2011 at 9:30 am

Everytime i turn off my phone to go Reboot the phone in recovery mode i press down and it takes me to an error triangle with a phone next to it and it wont do anything and i have to take out the battery to start it over anything i can do about it i have 2.1 and i put the zip file on the sd card


15 faiz January 22, 2011 at 1:03 pm

hello keshav …i successfully installed the patch…but processeor speed is stil showing same…..122-528…plz help


16 Backflipping Noob February 27, 2011 at 10:05 am

Does this overclock work for the new Froyo update?


17 Keshav Gupta February 27, 2011 at 1:13 pm

nopes, dont try it also, else the phone won’t boot!


18 Randy March 4, 2011 at 7:39 am

Ok, the triangle warning comes up and I cant go farther. when I tap down in the lower right corner I get an option to update or wipe but it is looking for a specific update file. Any further clue?


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