How to root Moto E 2015 XT1528 on Android 5.1 (Verizon Wireless) [Guide]

Motorola Moto EHow to root Motorola Moto E  2015 XT1528 on Android 5.1 Lollipop for Verizon Wireless subscribers.


  • The following guides is made for the Motorola Moto E smartphone with the XT1528 model number.


  • Make sure you have at least 40% battery charge on the Moto E handset before you begin the steps so it doesn’t turn off during the guide.
  • The KingRoot universal one click rooting application is available to use directly from your devices, so there is no need prepare the drivers. Those of you choosing to go with the SD card method will not need the drivers either.
  • You should backup your device data before you start the guide. KingRoot is a one click rooting tool that will almost always fail without ever bricking your device due to the nature of how the tool works. However, still take a backup anytime you are choosing to customize your device.


  1. Download the KingRoot APK from this link.
    – you can install the APK either directly from your web browser app on the Moto E or by putting it on your SD card. You’ll want a File Manager if you are going with the SD card method so you can get it appearing in your app drawer.
  2. Enable the Unknown Sources on your Motorola Moto E smartphone by tapping the Menu > Settings > Security > Device Administration > Unknown Sources.
  3. Once installed, tap on the KingRoot application icon that is now on your device where you normally find your new apps appearing.
  4. Tap on the button on the main page of the application that says there is a root status error to fix.
  5. The rooting will begin and the progress bar will show on the display; wait until the progress bar reaches 100% and you get the “success!” message on the display.
  6. Close the KingRoot application and reboot your Motorola Moto E.

That’s how you root the Motorola Moto E for Verizon Wireless subscribers running on Android 5.1 Lollipop. You should find the root sticks when rebooting and your root-requiring apps now working.

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  • wowoasta

    Thanks hp79, just saw this. Thanks for your reply.

  • hp79

    I tried that too but it didn’t work. If I remember correctly it either just froze or appeared to be deleted when it was not. For disabling Verizon crap you can use bloatware removal tool (bloat remover or something like that) that some people created. It doesn’t require root and you can disable a lot of stuff.

  • wowoasta

    Do you think you would’ve had a chance to delete the bundled bloatware (Verizon stuff, NFL app) in those few minutes, or was the system too unstable, or not enough time?

    (Wondering if the root is worth trying just for this… thanks.)

  • John Sun

    it only temporary roots the device, and the device soon will be hung and reboot.
    then “root” will be gone

  • Luis Rueda

    It did NOT work…

  • hp79

    Last time I tried (two months ago) it didn’t work. It said I got root, but that was for couple minutes, and then system starts falling apart followed by a reboot with root removed. It wasn’t even a real root while I had it. So it’s better to post your source instead of saying you read it somewhere that it works.

  • Mathew

    Hi Curt,

    Apologies it’s not working for your device.

    The source for this post was XDA — a new thread by a senior member. I can see that it is working for some and not for others. I’ll update the post when I find out why that is.

  • Curt S

    XDA says Kingroot does not work on XT1528 moto e . Have you actually done this on a 1528?