If you need to learn how to easily update Motorola Moto X then you are in the right place. By following the guidelines from below you will be able to check which are the easiest way in which you can flash an official firmware on your Moto X and you will also be able to check how to install a custom ROM software on your Moto X. The present tutorial is complex and describes all the update methods that are compatible with the mentioned Android smartphone, so if you are a newbie or if you just need extra info on the flashing process, don’t hesitate and use this dedicated tutorial.
Updating your Moto X with an official Android release implies in using the OTA roll out, or in manually flashing the firmware by using a dedicated tool. In both cases we will be using the stock Android OS and not a custom firmware, so the update operation will be an official one. Thus, because of that the warranty of your phone will not get void. Furthermore, by applying the official Android update you can restore the warranty of your phone (if the warranty has been previously voided) and you can also unbrick the Motorola Moto X.
On the other hand, if you want to install a custom ROM update on Moto X, you should know that you are about to complete an unofficial and risky procedure. For being able to flash the custom ROM first you will have to root your device and install a custom recovery image, such as CWM or TWRP recovery on it. Because of that, the warranty of your Moto X will be void. Don’t worry though, as I have mentioned before, you can easily restore the warranty by updating your Android smartphone with an official / stock Android OS and you have it all explained during the present step by step guide.
Anyway, even though when updating the Moto X with official Android software a backup isn’t necessarily, we are still recommending the same. For example, if you are flashing the OS manually, in the end, your phone might get stuck in a boot loop. In that case you will have to hard reset the Moto X which means that all of your data will be wiped out. Due to similar reasons you should complete the backup – it is a must have in case you are applying a custom ROM – by using compatible apps from Google Play. Don’t forget to save at least your contacts list, text messages, market apps and personal info, data and accounts.
Also, if you will choose to manually update your Motorola Moto X, then a computer will be required. The best will be to deactivate the antivirus and security protection from your PC. Furthermore, on your phone you should enable USB debugging option by going to “menu – settings – developer options”. Moreover it is a must to charge your handset before doing anything else – plug in the charger especially if there is less than 50% power left. Of course, your Moto X and its USB cable must be near you as you will have to connect your phone with your computer.
Do note that this step by step guide is compatible only with the Motorola Moto X. So, don’t use the steps from below for updating any other Android based device as you can easily end up in bricking your smartphone or tablet.
How to Update Motorola Moto X
Update to Android OS via OTA
- Most of the updates are big and if you use your Mobile Data Plan in order to apply the firmware you might have to pay some services. Because of that it is more than recommended to use a WiFi connection for completing this operation.
- Now, after enabling the WiFi connection, take your Moto X and go to “menu – settings – about phone”.
- Tap on software updates and check to see if there is an OTA available for your Android smartphone.
- Download the firmware and wait while the same is being automatically installed on your Moto X.
- In the end, you device will reboot automatically into Android software.
- Now, go to menu – settings – about phone and check the firmware version of your handset.
Update to Android OS manually
Usually the OTA releases are being offered in phases or gradually. So, some users will receive the Android update sooner than others. Because of that, you might want to update your Motorola Moto X manually.
- On your computer get the firmware file and unzip the update file preferable on desktop.
- From the unzipped folder open the .xml file using notepad.
- Find the files that contains the word getvar (step operation = “getvar”) in it and delete the same lines. Save the file and exit.
- From here on your computer download RSD Lite; then install the program by following the on screen prompts.
- Run the program and load the update file by clicking on the symbol that is next to “filename”.
- Enter Moto X in fastboot mode and connect the phone with your computer.
- Click start on RSD Lite and wait while the firmware is being flashed.
Update using a custom ROM firmware
- For installing an Android based custom ROM your Moto X should be rooted and installed with a custom recovery image.
- Now, on your computer download the custom ROM file – don’t unzip the same.
- Connect your handset with the PC and transfer the downloaded file from your computer to your phone’s SD card.
- Then enter recovery mode on Moto X.
- From recovery first select “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvick cache”.
- Up next, from main menu of recovery select “install zip from SD card” followed by “choose zip from SD card”.
- Pick the Android ROM and flash the same.
That was all; now you know how to update the Motorola Moto X with ease. Use the steps from below each time you want to install a new version of Android OS on your smartphone and use the comments field from below if you have problems in flashing the ROM on your device – we will try to assist you with new advices and update methods.