Install TWRP Recovery on Moto X that runs of Android 4.4 KitKat OS

Motorola did a great job with the Moto X. Even though the smartphone is not the most powerful one, or even though most of the users are considering in getting different handsets, those who have the Moto X are the only ones that can test and enjoy the official Android 4.4 KitKat OS. Of course, here we are not including the Google Nexus devices. So, the Moto X had already received the Android 4.4 KitKat OTA update. Well, if you have flashed the official software but you are now thinking in trying a custom ROM, you will first have to get a custom recovery image.

If so, I will try to help you out as during the present tutorial I will teach you how to install the latest version of TWRP recovery on your Moto X. The best is that this method is working on the Moto X that is running stock Android 4.4 KitKat OS. Furthermore this guide is presenting a one-click method, so installing TWRP recovery has never been easier. Good, but for being able to complete this one click install method you first have to prepare your handset and you should also learn more about TWRP recovery and how to use the same.

What is TWRP recovery? In a few words, TWRP recovery is just another custom recovery image that works on the Android system. In order to detail things up, TWRP recovery is actually the touch version of CWM recovery, which by the way is one of the most used and appreciated custom recovery tool. Basically, TWRP recovery is also an improved version of CWM recovery as the program comes with extra features and capabilities. Now, in order to make things clear, a custom recovery represents an intuitive user interface that connects the user with the internal system of his Android device, in our case you and your Moto X.

But how is that possible? Well, first of all, for being able to use TWRP recovery on your Moto X you will first have to unlock the bootloder of your handset. The bootloader is a small program that runs each time when you turn on your phone. If you want you can compare the bootloader with the program that is loading on your computer or notebook. Basically, the bootloader loads the OS and other in build programs from the ROM memory into the RAM memory. Now, by unlocking the bootloader you will remove some factory and default restrictions from your Moto X. And that’s why, you will be able to access the internal system via TWRP recovery.

With TWRP recovery you can do a lot of stuffs such as: installing a custom ROM, wiping the data, clearing the cache, making a Nandroid backup, optimize the system, flash a custom kernel for overclocking your Android device and lot more. As you can see, especially if you are an advanced Android user you need to use and install TWRP recovery on your Moto X by using this one click method. Do note that this step by step guide is compatible only with the Moto X that is running on official Android 4.4 KitKat firmware.

As I have mentioned before, you need to unlock the bootloader first. Well, by doing so the warranty of your smartphone will get voided. These are unofficial procedures and if you mess things up you can easily end up in bricking your handset. Anyway as a final note, you can downgrade to stock Android OS, or you can update with an official release of the firmware for restoring the warranty on your device.

Furthermore, you can avoid the unpleasant situations by backing up the Moto X data. In some cases, by installing TWRP recovery the data might get corrupted or even wiped out. So, before going any further take your time, use suitable backup and restore apps and save everything that’s there on your phone’s internal storage. Consider in backing up the text messages, call logs, market apps, personal data, accounts and info and everything you might need afterwards.

As usual, when dealing with these types of procedures a computer is being required. Also, your Moto X and its USB cable must be near you. Now, on the computer the Moto X drivers must be installed. And on your phone from path “Settings » select About phone » Scroll to the bottom and tap on “Build number” seven times to enable developer options”. Then, go to “Settings -> Developer options -> USB debugging” and check the last box for enabling USB debugging option. Charge the battery of your handset especially if the battery power is less than 60%; else you can skip this step. On the computer it will be a good idea to temporarily deactivate the security programs, like antivirus and antimalware.

How to Install TWRP Recovery on Moto X that runs of Android 4.4 KitKat OS

  1. First of all download the one-click installer on your computer.
  2. You can get the file by using the link from here.
  3. On your computer unzip the downloaded file preferable on desktop.
  4. A folder will be then displayed and on the same you will have several files like adb.exe, fastboot.exe and so on.
  5. Good; now you have to connect your Moto X with your computer.
  6. Use the USB cable for establishing the connection between your devices.
  7. Now, go to the extracted folder.
  8. From there run the 1-click-TWRP-recovery-installer.bat executable file.
  9. From the window that will be displayed follow the on screen prompts as TWRP recovery will be installed on your Moto X.
  10. In the end, unplug the USB cable and reboot your handset; also go to the next section of the guide for learning how to enter the recovery mode.

How to Enter TWRP recovery on Moto X

  1. First of all you need to turn off your handset.
  2. Do that and then wait a few seconds before heading to the next step.
  3. Press the volume down and power buttons at the same time for a few seconds.
  4. The bootloader / fastboot mode will be displayed.
  5. Select “recovery” from the same.
  6. Finally press on volume up button in order to access the recovery mode menu.
  7. You can reboot into Android by selecting “reboot system now”.

Congratulations, you now know how to install TWRP recovery on your Moto X. Remember that this guide is compatible only with the Moto X that is running on official Android 4.4 KitKat OS. Be careful in what you do and always follow all the directions from the above explained tutorial. Well, that was all for today; do share your thoughts and results with us by using the comments area from below.

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  • Nate Talbert

    what do you do when you finish all of this and reboot to fast mode, go to recovery and the little dead android pops up and says no command? Im on a moto x dev edition with the bootloader unlocked. running 4.4

  • Don

    You might also need to have Root permissions, of which I HAD to use ADB commands to get there.
    I ran into the distressed android too.

  • dsstrainer

    FYI, you’ll want to edit the batch file to remove the reboot step at the end, otherwise moto x will overwrite the recovery when it boots up. You need to go directly into recovery immediately after flash, before rebooting to get twrp to root and prevent auto-recovery restore.