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How to root Moto X on Android 4.4 KitKat [Guide]

The Moto X by Motorola is one of the first non-Nexus devices to get upgraded to Android 4.4 KitKat, the latest iteration of Google’s Android OS. Users who may have rooted the device on an earlier version may have realized after accepting the 4.4 update that they have lost root access. If you happen to be one those unfortunate souls, here’s a detailed guide which will help you root your Moto X on Android 4.4 in no time. The guide works for all versions of the Moto X which come with an unlocked or user-unlockable bootloader [1], read – will not work for the standard Verizon Moto X, AT&T, Republic Wireless variants (but will work with the Developer Editions). Read on to know how.

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 Standard edition, or Developer Edition, running Android 4.4. It may or may not work with the Moto X running other versions of Android. The process involves unlocking your bootloader, hence will only work with Moto X variants which come with an unlocked bootloader or user-unlockable bootloader. Bootloader unlocking will wipe your phone clean. So please take a backup of all the important data and media on your device before you proceed.

Before We Begin

Download the Following files to your PC and save them to your desktop. Extract the Modified TWRP Recovery zip file. Leave the Superuser zip as it is.

How To Root Motorola Moto X on Android 4.4 KitKat

Unlock the Bootloader

Motorola Official Bootloader Unlock Page [1]

Moto X Official Bootloader Unlock Page [5]

Once you have unlocked the bootloader, your device will reboot. Once it has rebooted fully, repeat Step 2 of this guide to make sure that USB debugging is enabled. Also, don’t bother setting up your Google account at this point, we can always do it later.

Install TWRP Recovery on the Moto X

Open Command WIndow [6]

fastboot flash [7]

fastboot reboot [8]

Root The Motorola Moto X

That’s it. Your Moto X running Android 4.4 Kit Kat is now rooted along with a custom recovery installed, and you are all set to explore the world of root apps, or try out various custom ROMs on your device. Cheers!!