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Moto X Receives Safestrap Alpha, Verizon and AT&T Models Supported

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With root access available for the Moto X, ROM flashers have patiently been awaiting the arrival of the next big step – Safestrap. Safestrap master Hashcode, released an alpha build of for the Moto X on Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile this weekend, giving tinkerers an early look at their life with a bit more freedom in it. 

For those not familiar, Safestrap allows you to work around all of the locked-down, secure portions of a device with a locked bootloader. With Safestrap on a phone, you essentially create secondary (or virtual) ROM slots that you flash ROMs to, so that you can avoid breaking something in the system or “stock” slot of the phone. You can create multiple slots to load multiple ROMs on, choose which you’d like to have “Active” at the moment, and generally use your phone as if it were unlocked.

The full instructions for diving head first into Safestrap, along with files and background, can be found at the link below.

Via:  Rootzwiki

Cheers Daniel!

  • bboyairwreck

    Safestrap for Droid Maxx anyone?

    • Casey Maines

      Would love to see this!

  • Greg Barrett

    If I can talk to my phone, that’s going to reduce me actually looking at it by 90%. 90% of the time I just want to create reminders and check the weather or sports team scores. No need for custom rom here, unless the bloatware gets out of control.

    • Michael Vernon

      Bingo! That’s exactly why I want the Moto X. I am one of those that held out for the MotoMaker.

  • beng8686

    Please post if you get a method for Droid Ultra/Maxx.

  • greyhulk

    Too bad we can no longer root it after receiving the camera update. I wanted the better camera quality and I had to give up Root to get it. Now I miss root. Why do Moto phones have to be so hard to root?

    • kixofmyg0t

      Because root is still considered a vulnerability. It has to be patched because the carriers demand it.

      Also, its not just Moto devices. IIRC the bounty for the root got pretty high, GS4 took a bit to root too. CM is even trying to develop API’s so root isn’t neeeded anymore.

      • greyhulk

        I wish Adblock Plus was a little better. The main reason I root is to block ads (second is for tethering). I could almost live without tethering if I could just block ads. Unfortunately, Adblock Plus is even buggier on the Moto X than it is on other phones.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    This all matters only if Verizon takes 6 months to bring me kitkat

    • Blue Sun

      6 months is a pipe dream.

  • Ryan B

    So after I do this, what ROMs will be available? Because that factors in if its worth it.

    • hoodieNation

      Head over to XDA or RootzWiki and have a look around.

  • I actually prefer the Safestrap system. I have a Nexus 10 and I feel like using Safestrap is actually easier than trying to flash a Nexus.

    • AndroidUser00110001

      A nexus device is the safest device to tinker with… All your restore images van be downloaded from Google and with a couple of ADV/fastboot commands you are back to stock in a heartbeat.

      • kixofmyg0t

        But SafeStrap is even easier and safer than that. You can completely bork your phone and just reboot to recovery and go back to the stock ROM just as you left it with one click. You don’t even need a PC to hook it up to.

        In my experience working with Safestrap on my old Bionic was easier than dealing with trying to tinker with my Nexus 7.

  • rphillipps16

    So does this make the Dev edition pointless? I don’t plan to flash a rom yet, Xposed is good enough for now, but I’d like the option to later

    • kixofmyg0t

      No, nothing beats a unlocked device. This isn’t anything new. Safestrap has been around since the Droid X days. You still can’t flash custom kernels of radios, but radios are pretty pointless nowadays. The X/Ultra kernels are pretty complicated and I don’t really trust anyone outside Moto to have figured it out by now. It will take time.

  • KleenDroid

    I would love nothing better than to have another fully unlocked Motorola phone.


    • moelsen8

      get a dev edition. it’s refreshing. i forgot how much i’ve missed moto’s quality.

      • KleenDroid

        Yes but unless the phone is unlocked for everyone there will be limited development.

        I’m talking like a Nexus or D1.

        • Big_EZ

          That’s what really makes the dev editions pointless (unless your a dev who does your own work)

          • moelsen8

            well in this case the unlocked off-contract 32gb version = the dev edition so it all works out on my end. although a community like the D1 had would have been amazing.

  • Derek Duncan

    Root access isn’t available for the latest AT&T update though I don’t think?

    • Adam Emshwiller

      not true… i maintained root through the latest camera update. ATT moto X running build X-17-54

      • Frogskins

        I think he meant that they closed the exploit to gain root on the newest release, not that the update would take root away.

      • Jordan B.

        Impressive. During the soak test those who were rooted (including myself) all had boot loop problems and had to go back to stock

        • Adam Emshwiller

          Interesting… i didn’t receive the soak test…went straight to the OTA update. Wonder how my phone was able to keep it?

    • SchwannyT

      That is probably what is holding up the Verizon version. Trying to figure out how to make it unroot the phones

    • greyhulk

      Yeah, I haven’t seen a root method that works post update and I never had root before (I was waiting for the camera update), so I couldn’t go the OTA Rootkeeper route.

      Given the track record with Moto phones, we may never see another root exploit for this phone.

      • Big_EZ

        I’m sure you will. Motorola has a good track record for gaining root access, just not a good record for unlockable bootloader.

  • Kevin B

    I got my Moto X in last weekends bonanza. I can honestly say that I have no desire to put a rom on it.

    • Frogskins

      I can agree. Got mine at the same time. However what I did realize is I never knew apps had so many ads in them. I might root just to get rid of them.

      • hoodieNation

        That’s exactly why I root. Well the main reason anyways.

        • Jordan B.

          Be careful if you root. I rooted (PwnMyMoto) and it caused all kinds of problems for the AT&T soak test. Getting back to stock wasn’t that easy either

          • hoodieNation

            I wish I had the X to even have those problems. I’m still rocking my S3.

      • Futbolrunner

        Nice, I didnt know rooting could get rid of them.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      I agree. While there are several “nice to have” ROM features that I’d be mildly interested in (PIE being #1), over the last two weeks I haven’t even really found a reason to root it, let alone install a ROM.

      Don’t get me wrong, it has its issues (impatiently awaiting the Verizon soak test for the camera update, its not bad but improvements are always welcome), but they are mostly bugs that will hopefully be addressed over time, and that custom ROMs are unlikely to fix.

    • decidedtochangename

      My X arrives today, but based on comments like this I’m going to give it a couple weeks first before doing anything. Though root would be nice to restore my game data via TB.

      • SchwannyT

        I’ve rooted mine and this (restoring my old stuff) is the only root thing I’ve done on it. I haven’t even changed my tethering entitlement yet.

      • Jordan B.

        Be careful rooting if you want to be involved in soak tests or other ota’s. I rooted mine (AT&T) with PwnMyMoto and the update soft-bricked my phone. Pain in the butt, but finally got it back to stock

        • decidedtochangename

          I’m in no rush, it’s just for games. I’m more annoyed game devs aren’t utilizing Google’s cloud backup and I probably wouldn’t even bother rooting.

        • richard rustin

          I rooted mine too and I tried the ATT update and my phone went crazy. How did you get it back to stock?