How to Root Motorola Moto X Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean Official Firmware

Motorola Moto X is officially unveiled on August 2013 and only released in US region on the same month. Being the first device released by Motorola after group under Google, much anticipation given on the Motorola Moto X. Unlike other Nexus series devices, Moto X running slightly-modified Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean user interface (UI) as compared to stock Jelly Bean on Nexus series. Nevertheless, Motorola Moto X do have advantages over other smartphone model such as Samsung, HTC, Sony as in receiving Jelly Bean update faster since it is directly under Google Company.

While waiting for the release of Motorola Moto X in the international market, XDA developers was first unveiled the root method for Rogers and AT&T carriers’ Motorola Moto X device. It is done by flashing a pre-rooted stock kernel to the Moto X device. By flashing this kernel, SuperSU application will be installed on your devices and to gain root access to the system files. SuperSU also allows the installation and activation of third party applications or apps that required root access on your device. If you still doubt on root, kindly refer to How to Root page to learn more on Android Rooting, Why to root and How to Root Your Android Devices.

In this tutorial, we are going to root Rogers or AT&T Motorola Moto X running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean stock firmware. In order to root Motorola Moto X, you might need to unlock bootloader of your device .Unlock bootloader in other words means your warranty is now void. Once you make up the decision. kindly refer to the post here to unlock bootloader of your Moto X. Afterward, follow the steps in the guide below to start rooting.

Motorola Moto X is the first product of Motorola after group under Google. Moto X equipped with a Dual core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor which is a major drawback as compared to other flagship model from Samsung, HTC and Sony. Moto X also featuring a 4.7 inch AMOLED display with 1280×720 pixels and 312 ppi pixel density, makes another drawback for Moto X device as flagship of Motorola. Other hardware specification of Moto X includes 2GB RAM memory, 16/32GB internal storage without microSD expansion capability, 10MP rear camera and 2MP front camare with 1080p feature. Worth to mention that Moto X is running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean out of the box and foresee Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update in the near future.

Moto X Tips & Tricks

Some of the Moto X tips and tricks revealed by Marques Brownlee based on his daily usage of Moto X that may be useful to you too. Cross Finger!

How To Root Motorola Moto X with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean Official Firmware

Disclaimer: It’s always a risk to modify your device. We, Android Teen are not responsible for any damage or bricks on your device. Your device warranty may void with any mod. Check your devices warranty’s term & conditions before start.(HTC,Samsung,LG, Sony, Motorola). Use this guide on your own risk, contact us for help if you face problem.

Pre-requisites & Requirements

  1. Rogers or AT&T Motorola Moto X –  Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean Firmware (Ensure correct device model and firmware; Check device model – Go to Settings -> About Device -> Model Number)
  2. Windows-based computer or laptop
  3. Download Motorola Moto X USB driver for Windows and install in your computer.
  4. Connect device to computer with USB cable to complete installation.
  5. Skip this step if you have installed the USB driver.
  6. Enable USB Debugging on your device. How to Enable USB Debugging Mode on Android Devices.
  7. Make sure your phone is charged to 60% 80% to avoid battery blackout and interruption during this tutorial.
  8. We recommend you make a backup on your data and media files before the tutorial. You may restore the data and files if necessary.

Reminder: Ensure you make a backup before proceed. Besides that, ensure you meet the requirements before proceed. Contact us if you face problem.

Download

  1. Rogers Moto X pre-rooted kernel (ghost-boot-new.img | 7.85MB) – Source
  2. AT&T Moto X pre-rooted kernel (boot-ghost-att.img | 7.85MB)

Instructions

  1. Unlock Motorola Moto X bootloader. Proceed to official Motorola website and unlock your device.
  2. Proceed after you have successfully unlocked the bootloader.
  3. Setup fastboot in your computer if you do not have it. (How to setup ADB and Fastboot driver with Android SDK). Skip if you have done in Step 1.
  4. Once you have completed the setup, copy adb.exe, AdbWinApi.dll from C:\\android-sdk-windows\platform-tools and fastboot.exe in C:\\android-sdk-windows\tools to a new folder at the desktop, renamed it as fastboot.
  5. Download the correct kernel based on the carriers. ghost-boot-new.img for Rogers Moto X or boot-ghost-att.img for AT&T Moto X. Make sure you have downloaded correct kernel.img file before proceed. Renamed to kernel.img.
  6. Copy and paste the kernel.img to the fastboot folder at desktop.
  7. With your device turned on, enter Fastboot Mode by press and hold Volume Down and Power button, leaving then to turn off the screen, then release Power button and wait the reboot, by pressing the volume button down. If you having difficulty to boot into fastboot mode, refer to video here. (please approach us if you fail to enter fastboot mode)
  8. Once your device in fastboot mode, connect to the computer via micro USB cable.
  9. In computer, open Command Prompt windows. (To Open Command Prompt –>Windows Logo–> Type CMD in search box –>Enter)
  10. Type cd C:\fastboot in the command prompt windows to navigate to your fastboot folder.
  11. Type fastboot flash boot kernel.img to flash the kernel file to your device.
  12. Press and hold Power button to turn off your device.
  13. Download root checker to check your root status.

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