We all know that Verizon has its own set of rules when it comes to the Android privacy and security. Thus, as a result it is quite impossible to tweak Verizon branded devices and the 2013 model of the Motorola Moto X is no exception from this rule. Well, that was up until now as those of xda-developers finally managed to bring a working root solution that can now be applied on the Verizon Moto X. The root process, which is explained below, is compatible with both locked and unlocked bootloader so you should be able to unlock your phone’s internal system without further problems.
Therefore this is the first custom operation that has been made available for the Verizon model of the 2013 Moto X. Unfortunately for now a custom recovery image isn’t available though, so customizing and optimizing your device is still pretty hard to achieve. But, at least you will remove all built-in factory and default restrictions through the root process. Bottom line, what you will obtain is more access to the Android system meaning that after resuming this tutorial you will be able to remove bloatware, start up programs and you can consider in installing complex apps from Google Play or from other sources.
Afterwards, when a custom recovery will be made available for your rooted Verizon Motorola Moto X, you will also be able to perform other dedicated tweaking operations such as installing custom kernels, updating with custom ROMs, overclocking or undervolting CPU frequencies, making Nandroid backups and lot more.
As for the present root solution you have to know that it’s quite complex. That’s why, the steps from below are recommended only for advanced Android users who know what they are doing. Anyway, before applying anything to your phone, take your time and read all the lines from this step by step guide. Only after doing so decide whether to resume the actual root process or to skip everything in order to keep the default settings installed.
Of course, such a dedicated operation isn’t related in any matter with Verizon. The carrier isn’t supporting the root access, which means that you are on your own – you cannot take your phone back to service if something wrong happens during this tutorial (mainly because the warranty will get void). Thus, a good idea is to check how you can manually fix software related issues on the 2013 Motorola Moto X – otherwise you will have to pay the technical assistance.
Your data might also have to suffer during the unlock process – it can get corrupted or even wiped out. That’s why I recommend you to save what’s important for you before doing anything else. Only in this way you can be sure that everything will remain intact. I am talking about your contacts, call logs, text messages, market apps, internet settings, images, videos, audio files, calendar info, saved passwords, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and so on. This data can be easily stored as you can choose from different backup and restore solutions: you can sync your data with your account, you can use built in cloud storage platforms or download free distributed apps from Google Play.
You can root the Verizon Motorola Moto X only if you can use a computer – several files will have to be downloaded on your PC, so if you have security software installed on your device consider in temporarily turning them off (antivirus tools might interfere with the download process). Moreover, on your PC you must have the Moto X USB drivers installed, or else you won’t succeed in gaining root access.
Furthermore, on your smartphone you have to perform a few modifications: from “menu – setting – about phone” you need to tap several times on Built Number – in this way you can become a developer; then, from “menu – settings – developer options” you have to check the USB Debugging option – without doing so you might have problems while trying to establish a connection between your phone and your computer. Don’t forget that you should charge your handset before considering in doing anything else. Usually, the charger must be plugged in if the battery power left is lower than 50% - otherwise your phone might get turned off in the middle of the action, situation in which software related problems can be experienced.
This rooting process is compatible only with the Verizon model of the Motorola Moto X, the 2013 version. Moreover, your smartphone should run on Android 5.1 Lollipop OS. So, try not to mess things up in any matter.
How to Root the Verizon Motorola Moto X (2013)
- From this page download Python on your computer. Install the program by following on screen prompts.
- Next, download Pyserial from here. Also install this program on your computer by following on screen prompts.
- Get the root package from this page; place it over to the Python directory on your PC.
- Also, unzip the root package when done – at the same folder as Python.
- Connect your Moto X with your computer with the help of the USB cord.
- From the Python folder run the BLBROKE.batexecutable file.
- Your device should be now switched off.
- Download the DLOAD drivers from here. Unzip this package on your computer. Next, install these drivers manually.
- You can now run the root.bat executable file, which is located under the Python folder.
- It will take about 20 minutes to gain root access on your device.
- In the end your phone will reboot.
- Then, unplug the USB cord and perform another reboot.
- If a boot loop is issued, go to recovery mode and from there make a hard reset and clear app data cache – select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.
That’s it. You have successfully ensured root access on your own Verizon Motorola Moto X (2013). Enjoy and stay close for further step by step guides and other Android related tips and tricks.