Root and install TWRP v3.1.1-0 custom recovery on Moto X 2013 (ghost) smartphone. Today we’ll discuss on rooting and TWRP custom recovery flashing process for the mid end Moto X smartphone. Launched in 2013, this handset from Motorola had some decent specs and features which made the company to close its final update to Android 5.1 Lollipop OS. After that Moto X stopped getting official updates and the users had to rely on the third party custom ROM. This was the only way they can enjoy the newly launched update on their aging device.

Root and install TWRP recovery on Moto X 2013

But flashing a custom ROM is an unofficial process and requires root access as well as custom recovery. And that’s why in today’s tutorial we’ll discuss on how to root and install TWRP v3.1.1-0 recovery on Moto X 2013 (ghost) smartphone. Flashing a custom recovery like TWRP (Team win recovery project) gives various opportunities like flashing a custom firmware, custom kernel, doing a nandroid backup or restore, flashing mods, removing bloatwares, increasing internal memory, doing factory reset and much more. Let’s have a look at the new features of TWRP recovery v3.1.1-0 given below.

Features:

  • Fixed an adb restore issue (bigbiff)
  • Updated TWRP source code to AOSP 7.1.2 (Dees_Troy)
  • Backups will now include adopted storage keys (Dees_Troy)
  • Fixed rebooting when no OS is present (Dees_Troy)
  • Fixed line wrapping in the GUI terminal (_that)

Read on further to learn the rooting and TWRP flashing process for Motorola Moto X 2013 (ghost) smartphone.

Disclaimer:

This process will not only void warranty, but also there’s a big chance that if things go wrong then it might damage your device permanently. Although it is very rare but still we strongly recommend you to read and follow all the instructions correctly without implementing any mistake.

Compatibility:

This tutorial is applicable only for Motorola Moto X 2013 (ghost). Do not implement this process on any other device or variant as it may increase the chances of damaging your device permanently. So make sure you are using the same device as mentioned.

Downloads:

  1. Download ADB and Fastboot setup.
  1. Download TWRP.img for Moto X 2013.
  1. Download Super SU for Moto X 2013.

Pre-Requisites:

  • Rooting will void your phones warranty. But if you want to regain it back then you can do that by un-rooting your Moto X 2013.
  • It is essential to charge your Moto X up to 60% battery level so that there won’t be any interruption.
  • Backup your contacts, apps, messages, notes, call logs etc. for safety. You can use any backup app from Play Store for doing so.
  • Make sure your computer has Motorola mobile specific USB drivers installed in it. This is essential so as to detect your Moto X when connected to PC. You can manually install the drivers from the link given below.
  1. Download Motorola USB drivers (Windows)
  1. Download Motorola USB drivers (Mac OSX)
  • Your phones bootloader must be unlocked before going further. Refer our simple guide on how to unlock bootloader:
  1. How to Unlock Bootloader of any Motorola Android Smartphone.
  • Enable the USB Debugging mode on your device by following the path: Menu->Settings->Developer options->USB Debugging. If you can’t see Developer option then go to Settings->About Phone and tap 7 times on the Build number. This will make the Developers option appear in the Settings menu.
  • Also enable the OEM Unlock mode on your phone by following the path Menu->Settings->Developer options ->OEM Unlock.

Root and install TWRP recovery on Moto X 2013 oem unlock

After doing as mentioned above, let’s move to the TWRP recovery flashing process.

Procedure to Install latest TWRP v3.1.1-0 on Moto X 2013:

Step 1: On your computer, download and install the ADB and Fastboot setup.

Step 2: Also download the TWRP.img file on your computer. Copy this .img file to the location C:\Program Files\Minimal ADB and Fastboot folder (where you’ve installed the adb and fastboot).

Step 3: So you’ll have these files in the Minimal ADB and Fastboot folder:

Root and install TWRP recovery on Moto X 2013 adb files

Step 4: Connect your Moto X to computer using the USB cable.

Step 5: Then go to the C:\Program Files\Minimal ADB and Fastboot folder, hold Shift button and right mouse click on an empty space. You’ll see a list of options from which select Open command window here option. This will launch the command prompt window on your computer. Refer screenshot.

Root and install TWRP recovery on Moto X 2013 shift button cmd window
Root and install TWRP recovery on Moto X 2013 cmd window 0

Step 6: Now to make sure that your Moto X 2013 is successfully connected to your computer or not, type the following commands in the command window and press enter:

adb devices

As soon as you press enter key, you’ll see a message saying ‘List of devices attached’ along with some random numbers. This will confirm that your Moto X 2013 has properly connected to your computer.

Root and install TWRP recovery on Moto X 2013 cmd window 1

Note: If such thing doesn’t happen, then re-install device drivers (link given in pre-requisites), enable USB debugging mode and try again. If the problem still persists, try changing USB cable or even the USB port.

Step 7: Now boot your Moto X 2013 into fastboot mode. For that type the following command in the command window and press enter:

adb reboot bootloader

Root and install TWRP recovery on Moto X 2013 cmd window 2

As soon as you press enter key, your Moto X 2013 will boot into fastboot mode as shown below:

Root and install TWRP recovery on Moto X 2013 bootloader

Step 8: You can check whether fastboot is functional or not by typing the following command in the command window and press enter:

fastboot devices

Some random number along with ‘List of devices attached’ message will prove that fastboot is functional.

Root and install TWRP recovery on Moto X 2013 cmd window 3

Step 9: Let’s install the TWRP v3.1.1-0 custom recovery now. For that type the following command and press enter key:

fastboot flash recovery twrp.img

As you press enter, the TWRP recovery will be installed on your Moto X 2013. Refer the screenshot:

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Root and install TWRP recovery on Moto X 2013 bootloader 2

Note: In fastboot mode, Volume down button is used for scrolling and Volume up for selecting a particular option.

Step 10: After successfully installing the TWRP v3.1.1-0 recovery, on your phone (which is still in fastboot mode) go to the Recovery option by pressing volume down button.

Step 11: And then press volume up button to select the Recovery option.

Root and install TWRP recovery on Moto X 2013 bootloader 3

As soon as you press the volume up key, your phone will automatically boot into the installed TWRP v3.1.1-0 recovery.

Root and install TWRP recovery on Moto X 2013 twrp first look

Note: As you enter the TWRP recovery you’ll be asked to modify the system partitions or not. So tick on never show this screen and just swipe to the right side to allow modifications.

Root and install TWRP recovery on Moto X 2013 twrp allow modification

Awesome! The latest TWRP v3.1.1-0 custom recovery has been successfully installed on your Moto X 2013 smartphone. Now we’ll proceed to the rooting process.

Procedure to Root Moto X 2013:

Step 1: Keeping the phone in TWRP recovery connect it to your computer.

Step 2: Then copy the downloaded Super SU zip file on your phones internal storage.

Note: Do not extract this zip file.

Step 3: After transferring the file, you may safely disconnect your phone from computer.

Step 4: Lets flash the Update Super SU zip file now. So click on the Install option present on the TWRP recovery.

Root and install TWRP recovery on Moto X 2013 twrp 1

Step 5: As you select the Install option, all the files and folders located on phones internal storage will be shown on the screen.

Root and install TWRP recovery on Moto X 2013 twrp 2

Step 6: Just select the Update Super SU zip file to install. On the next screen just swipe right to initiate the actual Rooting process.

Root and install TWRP recovery on Moto X 2013 twrp 3

Step 7: Be patient and wait until the process completes successfully. As soon as the process completes, you’ll see a successful message on the screen. This will confirm that you have rooted your Moto X 2013 smartphone. Just click on the Reboot System option to restart your mobile.

Root and install TWRP recovery on Moto X 2013 twrp 4

You can use Root Checker app to confirm whether your Moto X is successfully rooted or not. Also an app named Superuser installed on your phone will confirm that your Moto X is properly rooted. This Superuser app supervises each and every app that requires a root access.

Success

Awesome! 👊 You’ve successfully rooted and installed the latest TWRP v3.1.1-0 custom recovery on your Motorola Moto X 2013 (ghost) XT1052, XT1058, XT1053, XT1056, XT1060, XT1055 1st Generation smartphone. Now you can easily flash custom ROMs, custom kernels, mods, remove bloatwares, take backups or restore, wipe data, do factory reset, increase internal memory and do much more on your Moto X 2013. Also any app that requires root permissions will easily run now. Do let us know how it is working for you. If you have any doubt, feel free to ask in the comments mentioned below. It’ll be pleasure to help you guys. Till then Enjoy and Peace out! 😎✌