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Moto X Rooted After Camera Update, Get Your adb Ready

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After receiving the latest camera-improving OTA update for the Moto X, almost everyone lost root access and has not been able to get it back no matter which carrier version you own. If you had been waiting patiently for a new root method, the good news is that your time has come. Thanks to his latest work called RockMyMoto, Justin Case has given you the opportunity to your root your Moto X once again, as long as you are willing to download a new root package and hammer out a couple of adb commands. But you are, right? 

The first two steps involve downloading the root.zip file and installing Cydia Impactor. Once you have those ready to “rock,” you have about 8 adb commands to complete in order to root your Moto X. So you’ll need the Android SDK and adb setup if you haven’t done so already. If you are rooting a phone, I’d recommend familiarizing yourself with both going forward.

The adb commands and full instructions can be found at the source link. We’ve also embedded a video of the process as well. Good luck!


Via:  RootzWiki

Cheers Jack3D!

  • UncagedChipmunk

    Try several time with different routers with no resolution : / Oh well, I’ll just wait for 4.4 to be exploited

  • Scott

    This is really tempting. All I want is the ability to run Greenify.

  • GentlemanScholar

    Good news. I just ordered a Moto X to compare with the Nexus 5 I ordered last week (which should be getting here today and I’m working from home in anticipation). Not sure which one I’ll keep. Perhaps both.

    • Sean

      If you get the time, could you reply to this when you have made a comparison?

      I am in the market for a new phone and am gonna choose between one of those.



      • GentlemanScholar

        I’m back. So I’ve been using both the Nexus 5 and Moto X for about a week and a half. There are things I like about both phones and, to be honest, I don’t think you could go wrong with either one; however, I find myself using the N5 as my daily phone.

        Initially I thought the screen on the N5 would be too big and was sure the max screen size that I would be comfortable with would be a 4.7″, which is what I said after getting a GNex. The cool thing is that with the N5 bezels being relatively slim, the N5 is not much different in size than the GNex and the additional screen real estate is nice. I find myself using my N5 more than my iPad now. I generally use the Moto X when traveling if I won’t have the ability to charge my phone, while taking long road trips (great for hands free operation), when I simply want a change in the phone I’m using, or when I want a quicker camera experience. Below are what I think are the pros and cons of each device.

        Nexus 5 Pros: (i) nice screen; (ii) blazing fast (especially coming from the dreaded GNex); (iii) KitKat 4.4 along with fast future updates; (iv) wireless charging (which somewhat makes up for the battery not being as long as the Moto X as it’s easy to leave on a charging pad while not using); (v) lightweight (almost feels empty, but with a solid, non-cheap feeling build); (vi) nice feel (particularly the black version); and (vii) pretty decent quality pictures (especially in HDR+ despite what some reviews are saying, much better than GNex and even better quality pics than Moto X).

        Moto X Pros: (i) good battery life; (ii) nice and peppy (even though people rag on its processor specs, much faster than my GNex); (iii) Active Notifications; (iv) always listening touchless control; (v) Motorola Assist (particularly when driving the phone will read texts to you); (vi) great form factor (compact and feels really good to hold); (vii) fast camera access and slow-mo video (even though they should’ve used higher fps); and (viii) decent screen (despite “only” being 720P).

        Nexus 5 Cons: (i) battery life could be better; (ii) camera should be faster and take a little better quality pics with HDR+ off; (iii) no Active Notifications (Dynamic Notifications app decent substitute, but not as good as the real thing); (iv) touchless controls only when on home screen, and (v) speaker not as good as Moto X (but not particularly problematic for me as I rarely use the speaker for music or movies).

        Moto X Cons: (i) not sure if processor is future proof enough (my GNex was fast when I got it, but it appears that newer versions of Android will need less system requirements, so might not be an issue); (ii) screen could be a little better (only notice the lower resolution when side-by-side with the N5, otherwise it is good); (iii) camera still has a pinkish hue in pics with white images even with update and camera could generally be better overall; and (iv) won’t receive updates as fast as N5 (but will receive them faster than Samsung, HTC and other OEMs).

        Conclusion: If I had to chose one, I’d be hard pressed to make a decision. Might come down to a coin flip, but while the coin was in the air, I’d probably be hoping that it would land on the side corresponding to the N5. Additionally, I find myself using the N5 more. Nonetheless, you couldn’t go wrong with either one. Not sure if, after all these words, this was much help in the end.

  • Ant

    Kellen I like the hero shots of the phones you post in your articles but why face down? LOL. You live dangerously my friend.

  • A.Miller

    Great for Moto X users. But this is exactly why I am switching from VZW to ATT Prepaid for the Nexus5. I just don’t want to go through all this hassle anymore.

    Props to those who do, though. I just don’t have time anymore.

  • Clift

    Stuck on Verizon. Debating between moto X and LG G2 with CM or “Nexus 5” rom. Any thoughts?

    • Raven

      Both great phones. I think it mainly comes down to what size of phone you want. I personally wouldn’t want anything bigger than the X. Go play with them at a store and see which one is the best fit for you.

      • Clift

        I did check them out. Here are my reasoning highlights:
        Moto X:
        -Good stock out of the box experience.
        -Mid range specs, so I don;t want to get stuck with a crap phone 2 years from now
        -Camera so-so (maybe better after the update?)
        -Smaller battery. I get a TON of email from work… Good for Enterprise

        LG G2:
        -Beast mode
        -Huge battery
        -Crappy LG Skin… So I would have to ROM it, but those always have a bug here or there and are never perfect
        -Not exactly a Nexus 5 clone like the Optimus G/Nexus 4, so Roms may or may not be AOSP perfect
        -Back buttons, especially for VZW version are crappy(ish)

        Samsung Galaxy S4:
        -I could put the GPE rom on it and call it a day
        -Capacitive buttons, yuck!
        -Crappy Samsung reception… My GNex drops 4G connection ALL the time
        -I actually would rather support another Android manufacturer
        -Not a fan of the looks and the “me too” stigma

        Galaxy Nexus
        -My USB connector is failing
        -Crappy CRAPPY CRAPPY battery life
        -I could get a KitKat 4.4 rom on it and be happy? Don;t know if they will be stable since the new kernel source will never be released.

        LG G2 is my first choice but I can;t live with the LG skin and I’m afraid custom roms will never be bug free enough. Moto X I don’t want to get stuck with a phone that’s too slow a year from now and the battery is not huge like the LG.

        • Jacwhite22

          The battery life on the Motox is very good……It has about the same battery life as the LG…Less “specs” means less hard on batteries. Any phone is slower after a while……..do a factory reset and it clears stuff up remarkable quick……The MotoX is much more close to stock than LG and will likely get OTAs much more quickly. Both are good devices. I opted to go for the X.

        • Suralin

          Your perceived “cons” for the Moto X are moot. The phone isn’t going to be slow at all. Every one that has it claims that it’s more responsive than the high-end phones and this is due to the optimization and close-to-stock nature of the phone. The battery life is fantastic. A smaller screen and an optimized, but powerful CPU keeps this phone running. Under heavy use, you’ll get all day. This phone under light use is capable of lasting you 2 days. It has plenty of battery to go around.

          You can no longer just slap more cores on the phone anymore and expect to get noticeable returns on performance. We’re reaching a point with mobile devices where it’s all about efficiency with the hardware and software. If there’s anything to gripe about with the Moto X, it’s the camera, but it’s still pretty decent.

        • Nate

          I’ve been using the MotoX for a week now–battery life is insanity compared to the GNexus (which I was using for two years). I got an entire 24hrs of run-time, screen on for 5hrs. It’s lovely. I’ve rooted it an use Xposed for a lot of the customizations.

          Honestly, I was expecting it to be slow too. I haven’t had the MotoX stutter once with my entire week of use. It really is fast. I love it. 🙂

    • crazed_z06

      Note 3

      • Clift

        I ended up getting the Note 3. It’ll be here Thursday.
        The LG shiny slimy slippery back killed it. As well as the back buttons. Well not the back buttons by themselves but the Verizon version with the smaller shittier back buttons. Couldn’t talk myself into the Moto X. the specs, size and feel is too much like my gnex and I’m ready for a change/kind of mad with the no update thing and the crappy battery.

  • chris_johns

    are there any custom roms for the moto x? im still debating on grabbing one if i cant have any custom rom goodness

    • Nate

      Then you lose the features. PAC makes a ROM, as well as CM. However, you need the Dev edition.

      I just use Xposed for custom stuff on the stock ROM. Lovin’ it.

  • Jeremy Wray

    I just followed the instructions to update and keep root when the update came OTA.

  • enigmaco

    Does this work on all models or just the developer editions?

    • moelsen8

      should be all. dev editions don’t need these workarounds.

      • enigmaco

        true just wanted to make sure, better safe than sorry.

  • ranlil

    Did mine yesterday… Worked like a charm

  • moelsen8


  • decidedtochangename

    Haven’t found a reason to root my X yet. Ti Backup for game saves was probably the only pain point. Maybe when the first 4.4 rom hits I’ll feel differently.

    • Jeremy Wray

      I rooted for Adfree and to remove bloat

      • enigmaco

        adfree is still available?

        • Qwerty

          I believe you obtain it through the developer’s website, download the APK onto your phone and install it.

          • enigmaco

            ok just did some searching looks like they have it on xda, just made my day miss having this on my phone.

          • Collin Chapin

            Be careful… I used it and for whatever reason it consumed over 300mb of data in a single day.

            I didn’t have time to find out why so I uninstalled it.

          • Trailblazer101

            That’s because the way it works, traffic gets forwarded through the app, so the system will report that it used the whole days worth of data…

          • Collin Chapin

            That’s good to know… I’ll have to give it another shot.

            Thank you for clarifying, for the first time in my life I am no longer on unlimited data so the second I saw 300mb in one day I uninstalled it.

        • Jeremy Wray
      • How did you do it? I am getting obstacles and denials at every turn. I am trying the above method but the Impactor provides an errors.

        I wanted to root for the same reasons.

  • Walter Partlo

    Couldn’t resist, rooted it last night.

    • tyguy829

      same. i kept root through the ota update, but i really wanted system write. xposed framwork, etc. is just too good to pass up.

      • moelsen8

        you could have just flashed the boot.img to the recovery partition to get system write back after the ota.

  • speraider430

    Still cringe thinking about that glass face resting on stone.

    • Tom Christopher

      was about to say

      • Architext

        Its not carpet. Its pretty clearly a CMU (concrete masonry unit) block. I wouldn’t put a phone face down on concrete myself.

    • Greyhame

      Pretty sure that’s carpet. If not, then yes indeed!

  • Robert Willis

    Silly question but if my Dev Edition has been unlocked is there an easier way of enabling root? I assume this method is required because of the locked bootloader on the regular edition.

    • moelsen8

      flash custom recovery. then in recovery flash the latest supersu zip (1.65 i believe). done.

      • Robert Willis

        Thanks! That’s kind of what I thought but was looking for confirmation. I knew DL would come through for me.

      • Albert

        What do I do if I want a future OTA while using a custom recovery?

        • moelsen8

          return to stock using the sbf. or take the recovery .img file out of it and flash that, and undo any changes you made to the system, and then take the OTA.

          also, flashable zips for custom recoveries are usually created for OTA’s, so that you can flash them like a ROM.. although you’d still want to flash the radio’s separately assuming you’d want them.

      • Weber


  • Tim Draper

    Never lost root with my Verizon X

    • Trent Callahan

      You lost enough with Verizon :p

      • Tim Draper

        Meh, haven’t really lost anything yet. Still on my unlimited data plan, even though I signed up for the new Edge Max + Hotspot plan. Kind of funny, they were supposed to roll out a software patch to their C/S and CRM applications to fix the issue where you could order the new Edge plans a week before they went live (as I did) but once that happened, they couldn’t activate those plans. So some poor customer service rep has a note to go into my account every month and give me a $30 credit for the tethering plan they had to add on to my account when the new plan didn’t activate.
        Reminds me, I should call and see how she’s doing this month and whether they’re ever going to fix my account…