Motorola recently launched the much awaited Moto X smartphone. It is one of the few devices to use nano SIM card format and allows users to customize their own smartphone by offering the options to select the back cover and their own personalized text. This article aims at achieving root access to your Moto X. We have already seen what is rooting and the purpose behind it.
The Moto X comes equipped with Android 4.2.2 which will be distributed by America’s “big four” carriers. The developers at XDA have been busy and have already come out with the necessary tools to root the AT&T and Rogers versions of the Moto X. The rooting process requires that your device be already bootloader unlocked. If you haven’t yet unlocked your device’s bootloader, you can go to Motorola’s website and have it unlocked from there. However, once you have unlocked the phone’s bootloader, your phone’s warranty is void so choose wisely whether you wish to proceed or not.
Disclaimer: Follow the instructions at your own risk. If the device gets damaged, the writer or the owner of the site must not be held responsible.
Pre-requisites and Backing up your Moto X:
- Backup and Restore your Android smartphone via Desktop PC
- Backup/Sync and Restore contacts on Android smartphone
- Backup WhatsApp messages on Android Smartphone and Email
- Rogers or AT&T Motorola Moto X with unlocked bootloader and running on Android 4.2.2
- Motorola Moto X drivers installed on your computer
- USB debugging enabled
- Android SDK
- Rogers Moto X image file or AT&T Moto X image file
- Make sure USB debugging has been enabled on your phone. If not, go to Settings > About Phone > Build Number. Tap on Build Number 7 times to go to Developer Options. Now go back to Settings and you will find “Developer Option” there. Tap on it and tick the “USB Debugging” option.
- Unlock your Moto X’s bootloader. You can do it from here.
- Download the Android SDK and fastboot file and install it on your computer.
- Copy the adb.exe, AdbWinApi.dll from the “android-sdk-windows\platform tools” folder and fastboot.exe from “android-sdk-windows\tools” folder that can be found in the drive in which you installed the SDK. Create a new folder and paste those files in it.
- Download the appropriate image file based on your carrier and place it in the same folder as above.
- Turn off the device and boot into fastboot mode. To do so, press and hold Volume Down, then press and hold Power.
- Now connect your device to your computer via USB.
- Next open the command window (CMD) in your computer and navigate to the folder that you previously created.
- Type the following code :
fasboot flash boot <image file name>
eg. If you are an AT&T user, type fasboot flash boot boot-ghost-att.img
If you are a Rogers user, type fasboot flash boot ghost-boot-new.img
- Finally reboot your device.
Congratulations! You have successfully rooted your Motorola Moto X.