Downgrade / Restore Moto X to Stock Android OS (compatible with all models)

Do you want or need to downgrade your Moto X to stock Android Jelly Bean OS? Well, if yes, then you need to follow and complete the present step by step guide. The reasons for completing such an operation are many, as since the Moto X is a high end smartphone, you might want to tweak it. Well, when applying unofficial procedures, you can damage or even brick your device. Also, if rooting and installing a custom ROM firmware on your phone, you might end up in running in a buggy software. In order to resolve the issues, you will have to restore the stock / official Android JB OS on your Moto X.

On a previous step by step guide I have showed you how to root your Moto X without unlocking the bootloader; well, now in order to revert – revoke root access – you will have to use the guidelines from below. As you know, when rooting, or performing other custom operations, the warranty of your handset gets void; well, if you need the warranty back, this tutorial will once more be more than helpful for you. As you see, downgrading the Moto X to stock Android Jelly Bean OS is something that you need to know; therefore the best will be to bookmark this step by step guide.

Good, now you know when it is recommended to restore to official Android firmware. The best is that this tutorial is compatible with all the Moto X models including the T-Mobile, US Cellular, Sprint, AT&T, Rogers and Verizon versions of the handset.

For being able to use this guide you don’t need to have a rooted device; also a custom recovery image isn’t required. Anyway, use this guide for both rooted and unrooted smartphones because the steps from below are compatible with both. Do note that this is a complex operation so you need to be careful in what you do; try not to mess things up and read all the lines from this guide, or else you can end up in bricking your Moto X.

The first thing to do before going any further is a backup. Unfortunately all of your personal info, data, accounts and so on, will be wiped out. Therefore you need to backup all of your data which is being saved on the internal storage memory of your device. You can use suitable backup and restore apps from Google Play for saving almost all you need; so take your time and apply a proper backup 9if possible make a Nandroid backup too).

Now, your Moto X is almost prepared for the installation procedure that will shortly follow. Just complete the pre requisites from below and then start the proper update operation.

  • Make sure you can use a computer or notebook, your Moto X and its USB cable.
  • On both computer and handset you need to uninstall / temporarily deactivate the security protection; programs like antivirus or antimalware might interfere or interrupt the flashing process.
  • On your phone go to “settings -> applications -> development”; from there enable the USB debugging option; do that if you want to safely connect your phone with the computer.
  • Since this is a complex operation, before starting to downgrade / restore your Moto X to stock Android Jelly Bean OS, you need to charge the battery of your handset – do that especially if you notice that there is less than 60% power left.
  • On your computer Android SDK must be installed: learn how to install Android SDK on Windows, or learn how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux.
  • Also, on the same computer the Moto X drivers must be installed.
  • Remember that this tutorial is compatible with all the models of Moto X; therefore you can safely use the steps from below if you have one of the following versions of the handset: Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, US Cellular, Rogers and Sprint.

How to Downgrade / Restore Moto X to Stock Android OS (compatible with all models)

  1. Download the RSDLite app from here.
  2. Save the file on your computer.
  3. Also, install the program.
  4. Get the Moto X stock Android OS from this page.
  5. On your computer, unzip the downloaded update file.
  6. Then, from the folder that will be created right click on the file with .XML extension.
  7. Select “open with” followed by “notepad” or any other XML editor from your computer.
  8. Find the following string and delete it: “step operation=”getvar” var=”max-download-size”.
  9. Save and close the notepad window.
  10. Open the RSDLite program on your computer.
  11. Take your Moto X and connect your phone with the PC via USB cord.
  12. On your PC now open a command prompt window (start -> run -> cmd).
  13. On the cmd window type: adb reboot bootloader.
  14. Your phone will be rebooted in fastboot mode.
  15. From RDSLite, click on the three-dot browse file button and select the .XML file.
  16. Up next, click on “start”.
  17. Wait while the process is running on don’t press anything else.
  18. When the firmware is successfully installed you will be able to unplug the USB cord.
  19. Good; now reboot your smartphone.

Good job, you have downgraded / restored your Moto X to stock / official Android Jelly Bean OS. Therefore, the step by step guide has been successfully completed. Stay close as more tutorials suitable with your Moto X will be soon developed. Anyway, in the end, don’t forget to use the comments area from below for sharing your impressions and thoughts with us.

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  • Kyle McMurphy

    Thanks for this guide. I was successfully able to downgrade my moto x from kit kat back to jelly bean.