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How to: Root the Moto X for Verizon, US Cellular, Sprint, Rogers, and AT&T

How to: Root the Moto X for Verizon, US Cellular, Sprint, Rogers, and AT&T
As it turns out, not only can you root the Motorola DROID MAXX, Ultra, and Mini, but the same developer over on XDA Forums has a similar rooting method that will work the Motorola Moto X.

It is pretty much the same process, and will work with the Verizon, US Cellular, Sprint, Rogers, and AT&T versions of the Moto X.

Now you should be aware that you will need some knowledge of using the ADB Shell, so if you aren't comfortable with that, you may want to hold off. But other than that, it is a pretty easy process.

Here are the instructions, as provided by "jcase". And at always, use at your own risk.


Update 9/13/2013 - Version 1.1

Download the carrier specific version of MotoRoot1.1 that you need:
Verizon, US Cellular, Sprint, Rogers, AT&T

Run ADB

Install the downloaded file by typing "adb install -r (carrier specific file you downloaded)"
[such as adb install -r MotoRoot1.1-Verizon.apk]

Then run the MotoRoot app on the phone, and click on the Setup button.

Phone will reboot, and will now be rooted.

Download and Install the modified SuperSU version 1.66 from here, as the one from the Google Play store is not compatible.

Limitations:
Uninstalling the app will disable root until reinstalled
supersu is not able to update su yet, this will be fixed in an update shortly.
su is maintained in a ext4 img at /data/xbin.img and mounted over /system/xbin at BOOT_COMPLETE.
su is not available for the first few seconds of boot, im working on this.
/system is write protected, even with unlocked bootloaders you can not write to it while booted in Android.

Unroot:
Two choices, factory reset, or press the unroot menu option in the app.


How to: Root the Moto X for Verizon, US Cellular, Sprint, Rogers, and AT&T
How to: Root the Moto X for Verizon, US Cellular, Sprint, Rogers, and AT&T


Here is a YouTube video showing the process:



For even more in-depth tech details of how this rooting process came to be, check out the Android Police link below.

source: XDA, Android Police, YouTube

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posted on 14 Sep 2013, 17:19

1. MartyK (Posts: 717; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, these guys are the best!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 23:34

2. sprockkets (Posts: 1264; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


"/system is write protected, even with unlocked bootloaders you can not write to it while booted in Android."

This might be frustrating for people who want to install a different ROM, but look at it this way - it means any stupid malware that takes advantage of a unknown vulnerability with the kernel can't mess up your phone.

Same with HTC phones - the system partition is heavily protected from attack.

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 13:45

3. housry23 (Posts: 79; Member since: 03 Jun 2012)


There's a new root method by the same developer that is full root with su loaded on system partition.

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