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How to root Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE XT897 (CWM Recovery installation guide included)

The Motorola Photon Q is easy to root and you should read the instructions that I have listed in this post in order to learn how to do it. This is a guide for advanced Android users which means that you shouldn’t attempt to use the rooting tools in case you’re a novice. If you’re having problems completing the install, then you should post a detailed comment at the end of this article and we will try to help you.

Rooting your device will offer you multiple customization opportunities  such as installing Custom ROMs, mods, kernels, aftermarket APKs and multiple other files and tools that will improve the overall Android experience for your Motorola Photon Q. The tools for rooting your device have been released by ‘shabbypenguin’, an XDA member and developer. Installing the ClockworkMod Recovery will allow you to flash customization files, wipe data, partition, back up data and restore, etc.

Using this guide is easy and you will first have to root the device and then you will have to install the CWM Recovery mode also. In order to make sure that you complete the root and the installation then you will first need to take a look over the guidelines below:

  • use the tutorial only with the Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE model number XT897. Do not attempt to use this guide with any other smartphone as it won’t work and you might brick it.
  • The smartphone should be on an unlocked bootloader. If yours doesn’t meet these requirements, then you should use the Motorola web site and learn how to unlock its bootloader. Link here. Make sure that you complete that guide first, as otherwise you can’t use any files listed in this post. That guide should be easy to complete. NOTE: That will void the warranty of your device.
  • Enable the USB debugging option from your Photon Q Android Developer options menu.
  • Your computer should have the Android SDK installed on it. You will need the ‘fastboot’ folder, which is where you will place the Custom Recovery img file.
  • Make sure that you backup all your data before moving to the tutorial guide. You can also move the data files on your device’s internal SDcard.
  • Disable all antivirus applications that are currently running on your PC so that no program will interfere with the rooting process.
  • It is a guide for advanced Android users and you shouldn’t blame us in case something goes wrong and you brick the phone or you lose any important files in the process.
  • Use the comments section to ask for more help in case you cannot complete the tutorial.
  • Also, your phone’s battery should be charged so that its power level will show at least 50%. It will prevent the device from powering off during the root.
  • After you root the phone, you will also have to flash the CWM Recovery file so that you’ll get a custom recovery image. It can be used afterwards to flash new custom ROMs and other custom tools that should improve your Android experience.
  • Read the entire post and don’t skip any of the steps listed below.

Now that you know all of the above, you can get to the next part of this post.

How to root Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE XT897:

  1. Download the SuperSU zip from HERE. Place the file on your computer and don’t unzip.
  2. Download the CWM Recovery img file from HERE. Move this file to ‘fastboot’ folder.
  3. Connect your smartphone to your computer.
  4. Now, copy the SuperSU zip and place it on your device’s internal SDcard. Disconnect the device from PC when the files are copied.
  5. Power off the Photon Q.
  6. Boot it into Bootloader mode by pressing Volume Down, Volume Up and Power buttons.
  7. Select ‘AP fastboot’ option.
  8. Connect your device to your PC using the USB cable once again.
  9. Go to Android SDK platform tools folder and launch the command prompt window there.
  10. You need to enter the following command lines in the Command Prompt:
    > fastboot devices – this will show the serial number of your device. If it is the correct one, get to the next step.
  11. Install the CWM Recovery file using the command below:
    fastboot flash recovery cwmrecovery.img – this will push the custom recovery to your device.
  12. Now, after the install is complete you will need to power off the device and boot again in Bootloader Mode.
  13. This time you have to select ‘Recovery’ option. The CWM Recovery mode should launch now on your device.
  14. Select ‘install zip from sdcard’ and then ‘choose zip from sdcard’. Find the ‘SuperSU’ zip and confirm its installation.
  15. After the SuperSU root zip has been installed, return to the main ClockworkMod Recovery menu.
  16. Select ‘reboot system now’.
  17. When the phone completes the reboot, you will have to open the App drawer. Check for the ‘SuperSU’ app icon which will confirm that your device has been successfully rooted.

These were all the steps that you had to take. Hopefully you’ve managed to root your smartphone and install CWM Recovery mode.

NOTE: if the root doesn’t apply at your first attempt, then you will need to re-read the guidelines and then repeat the entire tutorial guide. You will eventually manage to flash the CWM Recovery img file and then install the SuperSU app.

In case you cannot complete the installation, then you should ask for more help in comments. Make sure to leave a detailed comment so that we will manage to come up with the best solution for all your problems.

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