The latest version of TWRP recovery is finally out and available for various Android based devices. Well, among these devices we also have the first gen of Motorola Moto X listed, which means that you should update your phone with this custom recovery image if you want to enjoy a proper Android experience. Thus, in that respect, I am here to help you out – during the following guidelines I will show you how to safely install TWRP recovery v3.0.0 on the 2013 edition of Motorola Moto X.
If you are already using an older version of the TWRP recovery software, this tutorial is only optional for you as you should flash the new v3.0.0 release only if you can’t complete your favorite custom operations through the existing custom recovery environment. Of course, you can apply the software even if you just want to check what’s new and what features have been added to the classic TWRP recovery system.
On the other hand, if on your Moto X you are still running on stock recovery, then now it is the perfect moment to spice things up. As usual, if you want to tweak your Moto X, or if you want to test a new Android firmware or new features that cannot be found on the default version of the Android platform, a custom recovery image must be installed on your phone. And since the latest custom ROMs and other third party patches are being compatible only with the latest TWRP recovery built, I recommend you to apply the v3.0.0 release of the same software.
Like always TWRP recovery v3.0.0 comes with the same intuitive touch based interface but with improved functionality. You will get dedicated features and in built settings through which to access and then modify, customize and optimize the internal system of your first gen. of Motorola Moto X – as after all, this is the purpose of using a custom recovery image: having unlimited access towards the Android system so that you can improve the performances of your Android device.
Thus, through this new release of TWRP recovery you can perform various tweaking procedures such as the following ones: flashing root exploits for gaining root access and unlocking your smartphone, adding custom kernels, installing custom ROMs like CM 13, AOKP or ParanoidAndroid, removing bloatware for increasing general speeds, overclock or undervolt CPU frequencies for upgrading the battery life and saving the current Android OS through a Nandroid backup process.
As you can see, using TWRP recovery on the 2013 Moto X comes with great advantages especially since your phone will no longer receive official updates from Motorola. Anyway, don’t forget that the v3.0.0 of TWRP recovery is still an unofficial software developed by third party devs which have nothing to do with Google or with Motorola. Therefore, you will still lose your phone’s warranty if you will choose to resume the steps from down below. Yes, that’s true, starting from now the best will be to learn how to manually fix software related issues (such as boot loops, lags, bugs, force close errors, battery drain, heating problems, screen freeze, total blackouts and so on) or otherwise you will have to pay for any other official technical assistance.
Since we are disqusing about the risks implied by this operation, you should know that your data might get corrupted while you install the custom recovery image. That’s why I recommend you to make a general backup before heading towards the following guidelines. Don’t worry, saving your data is easy as you can sync your data with your account, you can use other cloud storage services and you can even download various backup and restore apps through Google Play. By using these tools you can then easily save all sort of data such as images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, IMEI / NVRAM, EFS, calendar info, saved passwords, contacts, call logs, text messages and further more.
TWRP recovery can be installed only manually, which means that a computer is required for the following operation. Moreover, on the computer you are using you must first install Android SDK and the proper Moto X USB drivers. You can learn how to flash the Android SDK utility by following our dedicated tutorials: install Android SDK on Windows or set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux. Do note that if you have problems while trying to perform these operations, you should temporarily deactivate the security protection that runs by default on your computer.
On your 2013 Motorola Moto X you have to perform a few changes: from “menu – settings – about phone” you have to tap on Built Number until you become a developer; then, from “menu – settings – developer options” you need to check the USB Debugging field. Finally, you must charge your smartphone before doing anything else, if the power left is currently lower than 60% - otherwise your phone might get bricked during the TWRP recovery installation process.
Keep in mind that this step by step guide and the TWRP recovery v3.0.0 software file provided below are compatible only with the first gen. of Motorola Moto X. Try not to mess things up.
Howw to Install TWRP Recovery v3.0.0 on Motorola Moto X (2013 edition)
- Your Moto X should run on an unlocked bootloader; if not, ensure that process before resuming the steps from below.
- Download the latest TWRP recovery file from here.
- Save it on your computer – rename the file into something that’s easy to remember: for example, “recovery.img”.
- Power off your Moto X – press the Power key and select “power off” or press and hold the Power button for a few moments.
- Next, enter fastboot mode on your Android device and ensure a connection between your phone and your computer – with the help of the USB cable.
- On your computer, from where you have placed the TWRP recovery file, open a command prompt window: press and hold the Shift keyboard key while right clicking on any blank space.
- In the cmd window type “fastboot devices” – if your handset isn’t listed, reinstall its USB drivers before repeating the steps from above.
- Up next, in the same cmd window enter the following command: “fastboot flash recovery recovery.img”.
- Wait while the custom recovery image is being added; when done, unplug the USB cord and reboot your phone.
- If you want to access the TWRP recovery environment, follow this dedicated tutorial.
There you have it; you have managed to install the latest TWRP recovery built (v3.0.0) on the first gen. of Motorola Moto X. Enjoy.