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Root Moto X on Android 5.0 Lollipop

Have you update your Moto X (first generation, model number of XT1052) with Android 5.0 Lollipop? Whether you manually installed factory Lollipop image, or if you applied the OTA roll out (depending on when you are reading this step by step guide) now you are probably thinking in rooting the new Android OS. In that matter, I will show you how to easily unlock the new firmware by using CF-Auto-Root, this being one of the most appreciated root method available out there – and now compatible with your first gen Moto X on Android 5.0 Lollipop.
As you might know, Android 5.0 is the latest Google update, a major OS improvement in that matter. There are numerous features added, a new UI and also various security features pre installed on Lollipop platform. The security features will protect your smartphone from malware attack, but will also prevent unauthorized access. Thus, gaining root access will now be harder since the new protection will prevent from unlocking the Android 5.0 system that runs on your Moto X. Anyway, thanks to Chainfire, now you can use CF-Auto-Root exploit for safely and easily rooting your smartphone and its new Android firmware.
Of course rooting comes with the same advantages on both KitKat and Lollipop. Thus, once you ensure root access on your Motorola Moto X, you will be able to consider in completing further custom operations for tweaking your smartphone and its new Android 5.0 system. Ensuring root will imply in removing factory and default system protection, so in the end you will be capable of accessing the Lollipop system that is installed on your Moto X. In addition you can then use a custom recovery image for easily changing and adding new stuffs on the OS.
In a few words, here is what you can do on a rooted Android 5.0 Lollipop OS: you can replace the stock recovery with a custom recovery (like CWM or TWRP recovery), you can install custom ROMs (such as the recently spotted CM12, AOKP or ParanoidAndroid platforms), flash custom kernels for overclocking your Android devices, remove bloatware for speeding up your Moto X, upgrade the battery life, improve the Android UI and lot more similar procedures. So, should you complete this tutorial? Definitely yes, especially if you are an advanced Android user who is trying to improve the performances of first gen Motorola Moto X.
Do note that if you are on your first root experience, you will lose the warranty of your phone while completing this guide. CF-Auto-Root, like any other root solutions, represents an unofficial tool developed by third party devs so we can’t relate anything from here with Google or with Motorola. Moreover, since you will make important changes within Android 5.0 internal system it is quite obvious why the warranty will get void. Therefore, after applying the guidelines from below you will no longer be able to reclaim your Moto X warranty.
Because root access is complex and risky and since you might have saved important info on your Moto X, before using CF-Auto-Root exploit, backup your data. Make sure you save everything that you might use afterwards, since during the root process all of your data, info and accounts might get corrupted or even wiped out. So, you better use compatible backup and restore apps from Google Play in order to save stuffs like contacts list, call logs, internet settings, market apps, images, videos, audio files and lot more.
How to Root Moto X on Android 5.0 Lollipop
1. Since this is a one click root method, things can be completed within a minute or two.
3. Save the file on your computer and unzip the same on desktop.
4. Now, take your phone and turn it off.
Do that because it must be rebooted in bootloader mode.
6. With your Moto X entered in bootloader mode, ensure a connection between your phone and your computer – via USB cable.
7. Now, from desktop just run the root-windows.bat executable file.
8. From there follow the on screen prompts and wait while Android 5.0 Lollipop is rooted on your Moto X.
In the end, remove the USB cord and reboot your phone.

Note: if after the last reboot you will be issued with a boot loop situation, try to enter Moto X in recover mode. From recovery select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”. Finally, from main menu of recovery pick “reboot system now” and you are done.
So there you have it. That’s how you can anytime use CF-Auto-Root, a one click root solution, on your first gen of Motorola Moto X. Ensuring root access is easy, so don’t hesitate and complete the lines from above.

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Rohit Salve

Hi I am Rupesh Salve. I am the owner and editor of this blog. I love tech and like to write about it.

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