The premiere flagship of this year, Motorola’s Moto X (2014) can now be rooted for full file system access on the new Android 5.0 Lollipop software update. Motorola has once again proved to provide a viable flagship phone with decent specs and unlimited exterior color/material combinations. Good thing is, you can have root running easily on this awesome hardware. Why would you root? Read: Benefits of rooting an Android device. Rooting not only unlocks you access to numerous apps but allows you to install themes and custom ROMs in order to experiment with your phone. You can now easily root Moto X (2014) while running the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop firmware. Before heading further, your phone’s bootloader should be unlocked – How to Unlock Bootloader on Moto X (2014).
As you continue reading, we will guide you through the process of how to root Android 5.0 on Moto X (2014) with all the instructions and files needed. The tool which we will be using is known as CF-Auto-Root. Rooting will allow you to install root apps on your phone, i.e Titanium Backup. Make sure you go through all the tips given below and keep them in mind before performing the tutorial. Also make a backup of your data. Let’s continue with the tutorial now!
Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We (TeamAndroid.com) or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉
Moto X (2014) CF-Auto-Root Details:
CF-Auto-Root is a quick and easy tool maintained by Chainfire to root various Android devices. Recently, the Moto X (2014) was made compatible whilst running latest Android Lollipop firmware. It proves to be one of the most easiest and simplest method compared to other tools.
There are tons of useful articles and how-to guides on Team Android for the Moto X (2014), but we think you might be interested in the following posts:
- Root Apps: You should check out our list of essential root apps that you should install.
- Unlock Bootloader: How to Unlock Bootloader on Moto X (2014).
- Root Moto G (2014): How to Root Moto G (2014) on Android 5.0 Lollipop – Complete Guide.
- Try Lollipop on Computer: How to Try and Install Android 4.4.2 Lollipop on Computer – Complete Guide.
- Custom ROMs: For a complete collection of Moto X (2014) custom ROMs, click here!
Moto X (2014) USB Drivers
You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for Moto X (2014) properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:
Backup and Other Important Tips
Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps:
Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below for some tips on how to backup data:
- Backup your Apps. How? –> How to Backup Android Apps.
- Backup your SMS messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore SMS Messages.
- Backup Contacts, Gmail and Google Data. How? –> Sync with Google Sync.
- Backup Call History. How? –> How to Backup Call History.
- Backup WhatsApp Messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore WhatsApp Messages.
- Backup APN Settings: GPRS, 3G, MMS Settings. How? Note down everything from: Settings > Wireless & Networks (More…) > Mobile networks > Access Point Names.
Samsung users can also back up data using Samsung KIES. If you backup data manually, you get more options what to choose from and it is very easy to move data across Android devices from different manufacturers, i.e moving Samsung Galaxy Note 3 backup data to HTC One (E8).
If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up.
A few more optional tips that you should remember:
1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean.
2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?
4. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.
5. Your bootloader should be unlocked. See here: How to Unlock Bootloader of Motorola Phones.
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All set and ready? Good. You can now head over to the next page and root HTC One (E8) with the original/stock Android firmware.