The Moto X is the first non Nexus handset that has received the official Android 4.4 firmware and while everyone is still surprised by this aspect, those of xda-developers (we should thanks them for this step by step guide) had already developed a suitable root method for the new KitKat software. Therefore, if you have updated your Moto X to Android 4.4 and now you are looking into a root solution for the same firmware, this tutorial will be more than helpful for you. The advantages of having a rooted smartphone are many, but we will talk about this and about lot more, during the lines from below.
In order to learn how to root your Moto X that is running Android 4.4 KitKat OS you will have to use this method as for now this is the only root solution that has been successfully tested on the mentioned device. As you will see, the tutorial is quite complex, so you will have to be patience and more important careful on what you are applying on your handset. Since this guide is somehow recommended only for those who are used with these types of operations, you need to ensure that you are not messing things up. If something goes wrong and if you don’t stick to the steps from below, you can even end up in bricking your Moto X.
As you know, gaining root access is extremely important especially if you are advanced Android users who are using its devices for more than just a regular phone. Basically, rooting is referring to an unofficial operation used for unchaining the internal system of a smartphone or tablet. But how can you “unchain” your Moto X? Well, if you choose to follow this root solution then you will be able to remove the factory and carrier restrictions that are implemented on the stock Android 4.4 KitKat firmware. Therefore, after rooting you will be able to “play” with the in built programs, apps and features, being able to remove, add or change everything you want.
Because of that, on a rooted Moto X you will be able to install a custom recovery image, like CWM or TWRP recovery, update with a custom ROM (which represents a custom port of Android OS, modified in order to obtain better performances), flash a custom kernel, overclock the CPU, undervolt the CPU and lot more. The mentioned operations are being used for customizing the performances, improving the speeds and web browsing experience, change the looks and the default Android interface, upgrade the battery life and so on. Also, don’t forget that on rooted systems you can install powerful apps that are requiring root access in order to run properly.
Those are the benefits of rooting your Moto X that is running on stock Android 4.4 firmware. But where are so many good reasons for applying this operation, it should be at least one negative aspect too. In our case, or let’s say generally, when you are trying to gain root access on an Android based device, the warranty will get void. This is happening because this is an unofficial task that has nothing to do with Motorola or with Google.
Now, each device comes with a binary flash counter. This counter is default set to 0. But when you are performing custom operations, such as gaining root access, the binary flash gets increased. That’s how the carrier will know that your Moto X has been rooted, therefore the warranty has been lost. Of course, you can anytime choose to reset the binary flash for restoring the warranty but then the root access will also be revoked. In order to regain the warranty on your Moto X you will have to downgrade the official Android OS, or update with an official release of the same firmware – manually because on rooted devices the OTA releases can’t be spotted.
Now, for being able to complete this tutorial you will first have to ensure that you can use a computer or notebook, your Moto X and its official USB cable. On the computer you should deactivate (only temporarily) the security protection, whether we are talking about antivirus or antimalware programs. Also, on your handset you need to enable, or check the USB debugging option from path “menu -> settings -> developer options”. Rooting your Moto X will take a few minutes, so if your smartphone has less than 60% power left, before starting the proper guide, plug in the charger.
This root solution has been tested only on the Moto X that is running on stock or official Android 4.4 KitKat firmware. Therefore, the steps from below are compatible only with the mentioned Android based device; rooting another handset with this method will probably brick your gadget.
It will be a good idea (or I recommend it) to backup the Moto X data. While gaining root access, the data which is saved on the internal storage of your smartphone might be erased or might get corrupted. So, if you have something important saved on your Moto X, use suitable backup and restore apps from Google Play and save what you think that you might need afterwards.
- First of all, on your computer you need to download the Android SDK; in order to do so, use our suitable tutorials: “how to install Android SDK on Windows” or “Set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux”.
- Also, from here download the Cydia Impactor file, while from here download the latest version of Slap My Moto.
- Now, connect your Moto X with your computer via USB cable.
- On your computer open a command prompt window (go to “start -> run -> type cmd”).
- On the cmd window type the following command: “adb push SlapMyMoto.jar /sdcard/SlapMyMoto.jar”.
- Also, on the same cmd window enter “adb shell getprop dhcp.wlan0.ipaddress” (the ip address of your phone will be displayed).
- Good, now from your computer open the Cydia Impactor program and select the “”# start telnetd as system on port 2222? option.
- Click on start.
- Return to the cmd window and enter the following commands (replace IPADDRESS with your phone’s own IP address that has been provided before): „telnet IPADDRESS 2222”; „dalvikvm -cp /sdcard/SlapMyMoto.jar SlapMyMoto”.
- When the system will prompt you to reboot your phone, in cmd enter “adb reboot”.
- Now reboot your handset in bootloader mode by typing in cmd “adb reboot bootloader”.
- Once your Moto X has been entered the bootloader mode, on the cmd window you need to enter: “fastboot flash partition gpt.bin”; “fastboot flash motoboot motoboot.img”; “fastboot flash logo logo.bin”; “fastboot reboot”.
- Up next, your handset will reboot; then you will have to type the command (again on the same cmd window): “adb push su /data/local/tmp/su”; “adb push install.sh /data/local/tmp/install.sh”; “adb push rec.sh /data/local/tmp/rec.sh”; “adb push install-recovery.sh /data/local/tmp/install-recovery.sh”; “adb push setup.sh /data/local/tmp/setup.sh”; “adb reboot”.
- Good, once your phone reboots type in cmd: “adb shell”; “echo “/data/local/tmp/rec.sh” > /sys/kernel/uevent_helper”.
- Perfect; in the end you will just have to go to Google Play for installing the Super SU app.
- Do note that if during the process from above your Moto X gets stuck in a boot loop, you will have to restart your handset and repeat the root operation from step 1.
So, that was all; I know that this root method is quite complex and requires some basic knowledge about Android and Android SDK, but if you apply the steps from above everything should work as explained. Anyhow, if you have experienced issues while performing the root operation, try to use this dedicated step by step guide for resolving the same, or use the comments area from below and we will try to assist you as soon as possible.
Congratulations, you now know how to root your Moto X on official Android 4.4 KitKat firmware. Stay close as more tutorial will be developed for your device. The best is that now you can easily flash a custom recovery image on your Moto X, update with a custom ROM and so on. Anyway, if you have something to share, don’t hesitate and talk with us and with other users during the comments field from below.