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How to root Motorola Moto X on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean [Guide]

MotoX-512x460 [1]Have a Motorola Moto X that you want to get a little more out of? This guide will teach you exactly how you can root your device! In no time at all you’ll have root access on your Motorola Moto X, which will open the door to endless possibilities.

Disclaimer: This guide is intended as a helpful “how to”. dotTech and its writers are not responsible for any gain or loss (including but not limited to bricked devices) incurred as a result of following this guide. Root your device at your own risk. Rooting may void your warranty. Unlock bootloader at your own risk. Unlocking the bootloader may void your warranty. Proceed further at your own risk.


This root guide is for the Motorola Moto X running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. This may or may not work with the Moto X on other versions of Android.

Take note this will wipe all your files and data on your phone. Proceed at your own risk.

Before We Begin

You need to unlock the bootloader on your Moto X. Since this process is extremely detailed on Motorola’s website (and requires your Motorola ID to proceed), it is advisable that you follow the guide to unlock your bootloader from this link [2]. Once you’ve followed Motorola’s guide to unlocking the bootloader, return to this guide to root your Motorola Moto X.

You’ll need a micro USB cable handy.

Install the Motorola Android USB drivers to your PC (if you haven’t done so already). You can download the drivers from this link [3].

To perform this root we’ll need to flash CWM Recovery to your Moto X.  You should know that formatting /data is not yet supported so please don’t format /data using CWM Recovery.

To perform the root we’ll need to download fastboot. Download the fastboot files by following this link [4]. Once you’ve gotten fastboot downloaded, extract it to a folder on the desktop of your PC called ‘fastboot’. To open fastboot, open the fastboot folder on your desktop, hold the ‘shift key’ and right click with your mouse. After you’ve right clicked, the Windows context menu will come up and you’ll see an option that says ‘open a command window here’. After doing that you’ll be able to use fastboot directly inside this command propt window. Keep this window open! You’ll need it in the guide.

Download the custom CWM Recover image to your desktop on your PC and save it to the ‘fastboot’ folder. Download the CWM Recovery image  by following this link [5].

How To Root Device

Part One: Flashing Clockworkmod Recovery

fastboot flash recovery cwm6.0.3.6.img

Part Two: Rooting Motorola Moto X



Enjoy a rooted Motorola Moto X.

[via addictivetips [7]]