How to Run Android Ice Cream Sandwich on the Nokia N9 (PR 1.3)

Being a Nokia smartphone doesn’t mean that the Nokia N9 can’t run Android Ice Cream Sandwich. Thanks to the hard work of the developers, we now have a working port of Android ICS for the Nokia N9, that just works smoothly as supposed. If you’ve this Nokia device and are interested in trying out Android ICS, then follow our guide below. It contains all the steps you should follow as well as required files’ links. Here you go:

I. Before You Begin:

1. Please backup any important data you’ve stored on your device, it’s to be in safe-side.

2. The following procedure works on Windows based PCs only.

3. You must have PR 1.3 software version on your smartphone.

II. Downloading Required Files:

1. NITDROID ROOTFS (Scroll half-way down and you should see the link)

III. Installing Android Ice Cream Sandwich on the Nokia N9:

1. Place the file you downloaded to your Desktop.

2. Remove the NITDroid if you have installed it. To remove it, open Terminal on your N9 and type in following commands. The password is rootme.

rm -rf /home/nitdroid

3. Connect your Nokia N9 to your PC using the cable that came with it.

4. Copy the file you downloaded earlier over to the MyDocs folder on your device.

5. You may disconnect the device from your PC after the file has been copied.

6. Open Terminal on your N9 and type in following commands. Press ENTER after each line you type. If it asks for the password, type in rootme.

mkdir /home/nitdroid
tar xjvf /home/user/MyDocs/nitdroid_n9_jellybean_alpha5.tar.bz2 -C /home/nitdroid/

7. Once you’re done with the commands, turn OFF your device.

8. Turn ON your device and you should see a prompt saying Press VolUp to boot alternative OS. Hit the Volume UP button.

9. The Android ICS should boot on your device!

10. You’re all set!

Awesome! With a great OS like Android on your Nokia N9, you now have tens of thousands of apps to try out on it!

If this procedure helped you please thank/donate to the original developers here.

If you need help with this procedure, please ask in the comments below or in the forum.

  • Diaanaa

    i did everythng right but my phone still looks the same

  • bharat

    hi,once the commands install is done completely then i restart the phone, i am unable to see any option asking for press vol up button… help me out

  • meramerameez

    It’s pityful when some noob people cursing the post starter when they didn’t succeed. In development or modification the main key is TRY AND ERROR. So once you fcked up, try again and again. There must be any mistake you don’t realize .

  • beautus

    the phone doesnt prompt anything when turned on….why?

  • Yomama

    Not sure if you need to use Flasher and Sillyboot anymore. Tried without but it doesn’t seem to work. Nitroid downloads as a .tar file so Ive tried unpacking it in MYDocs and that doesn’t seem to work either. Seeing as this is a year and a half old, maybe it is outdated?

  • Abdul KJ

    hi anybody help me please. i did all the steps are perfectly but when i switch on my phone its running meego os please help me

  • Abdul KJ

    i did well but still my phone running on old os only please help me

    • Hello Abdul,

      It’s been a while since we did the procedure and the developer may have made some changed in it, so I’d suggest you to take a look at the original thread and see what it says.


  • jhon ned

    i did it normal nokia become android. but he dont read my sim card dosnt show anything just the bare with a x

  • Miguel

    links off, help

  • Suad Hamdan

    where the link?

  • Jéssica ⚡

    Can you help me? I have N9 and I want to change to android. How can I do it?