If you have updated your Motorola Moto X to Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS, then you are probably having issues when trying to gain root access. This is happening for carrier branded handsets, as the Android 4.4.2 firmware comes with some annoying root restrictions. Anyway, thanks to those of xda-developers now you can easily gain root access on your Moto X that runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS by using the Pie Root solution provided by jcase. Just read the guidelines from below for learning further info related to this new root solution that is compatible with the Motorola Moto X.
Now, this root procedure is dedicated to the entry level users, or for newbies who are on their first root experience. Why? Well basically because the Pie Root package offers only limited root access. Basically you will have root access as long as you don’t reboot your Moto X. So, each time you restart your Android smartphone the root access will be revoked and you will have to re-apply the steps from this guide for ensuring root once more. Don’t worry, as completing the root operation will only take a few minutes from your free time, so everything will work without any kinds of problems.
As you know, gaining root access is quite important especially if you are thinking in performing custom or complex operations on your Moto X. Root access will be required when trying to install a custom recovery image, flashing a custom ROM firmware, install apps that require root access, make Nandroid backups and lot more. Also, ensuring root access should be the first step to make when thinking in tweaking your Motorola Moto X. So, if you aren’t used with these kinds of operations, this tutorial will be perfect for you, as you can easily go from a rooted Moto X to a locked handset – within a reboot, so you can experience the root advantages with ease.
It is important to know that gaining root access represents an unofficial operation that has nothing to do with Google or with Motorola. So, by completing this guide you will lose your Moto X warranty. Also, if you mess things up while gaining root access, you can end up bricking or in damaging your device – that isn’t going to happen if you read, follow and apply the guidelines which are being explained during this step by step guide.
Now, before heading to the root steps, take your time and backup your data. This is a recommended operation, though it is unlikely to lose your data while completing this guide – when it comes to your data you can never be too sure. So, use compatible backup and restore apps (you can download the same from Google Play) and save your personal data, info and accounts along with your contacts list, call logs, market apps, text messages, or internet settings.
You need to make sure that you can use a computer, your device and its USB cable. Since a connection will have to be established between your computer and your Moto X, on your phone go to “menu – settings – developer options” and enable the USB debugging option. In some cases, the antivirus tools that are running on your computer might interfere with the root operation; due to same reasons before going any further deactivate (only temporarily) the security protection. It is important to charge your device first, especially if there is less than 50% power left – if your handset gets turned off, it might also get bricked.
Do note that this tutorial is compatible only with the Motorola Moto X that is running on stock Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS. So, apply the root operation only if you own the mentioned Android based smartphone and in no other conditions.
How to Easily Root Moto X on Android 4.4.2 KitKat using Pie Root
- On the computer you are using Android SDK and Fastboot must be installed; if not ensure the same: install Android SDK on Windows or set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux.
- Then, download the root package from here.
- Now, unzip the root package to the same folder as Fastboot.
- Navigate to the Fastboot folder and from there open a command prompt window: press and hold the shift keyboard key while right clicking on a blank space – just pick “Open command window here”.
- Connect your Moto X with your computer by plugging in the USB cord.
- Up next in the cmd window type the following commands (press enter after each line): “adb push pie.jar /data/local/atvc”, “adb push root.sh /data/local/atvc”, “adb shell chmod 755 data/local/atvc/root.sh”, “adb shell /data/local/atvc/root.sh”.
- That’s it; just remember that root access will be revoked once you reboot your Moto X.
Congratulations; you have now ensured root access on your Motorola Moto X that runs on official or stock Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware. So, now play with your phone and install apps that require root access and perform custom operations in order to power up and customize your Android device. Do use the comments field from below for sharing your experience and your thoughts with us and with our readers or with other Android users who might want to use the root method explained above – if there are problems we will assist you as soon as possible.