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How to unlock bootloader, install TWRP and root Moto X Play

Moto X Play is a mid-Ranged smartphone having 5.5 Full HD display , 2GB of RAM , and a Snapdragon 615 chipset. It comes in two variant , 16 GB and 32 GB internal. However, the memory could be expanded to 128Gb via MicroSD Card. The main part of this phone is it’s whopping 21 MP Rear camera. While the front camera stands at 5MP. It has a 3630 MaH battery which supports fast charging.

However, capabilities of Moto X Play can be enhanced via rooting it. So in this article you’ll get to know, how to root Moto X Play, unlock bootloader and install a custom recovery , TWRP to be precise.

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Pre-Requisites

  1. A good PC with Windows
  2. A stable Internet connection
  3. Motorola USB Drivers
  4. A good amount of charge in your phone’s battery I;e >70%

 

REQUIRED FILES

  1. Download FASTBOOT File and save it to your Computer.
  1. Download TWRP image of Moto X Play and save it on your desktop.
  1. Finally, download SUPERSU ZIP and save it on the desktop too.

After downloading all the file Here is what we’re going to do serially So that we don’t face any problem in this whole procedure of Moto X Play root.

 

  1. Unlocking the bootloader
  2. Installing custom recovery
  3. Rooting the device by flashing SUPERSU.

Note:- Unlocking bootloader of Moto X Play can void its warranty, We will be not responsible for any harm and damage happens with your smartphone.

 

How to unlock bootloader of Moto X Play

  1. Go to the Fastboot Files you downloaded in the first place. You can see , the file is in ZIP format. So extract the ZIP file On the desktop.
  2. Now turn off your device.
  3. Now go to the Fastboot mode in the phone, By pressing Volume Down+ Power button simultaneously for 2-3 seconds. Your device stays in fastboot mode then.
  4. Plug in your device to your PC using a USB cable.
  5. Now launch a Command Prompt window on your desktop by pressing Shift and right clicking anywhere on the Desktop. And then click on “Open command window here”
  6. Type in the following command into the Command Prompt Window and hit Enter
  7.  Code: “fastboot oem get_unlock_data” (Without the Quotes)
  8. Now you’ll get a Set of text right in front of you on the screen. Copy it your clipboard.
  9. Now open Chrome ( or your preferable browser) and go to https://motorola-global-portal.custhelp.com/app/standalone/bootloader/unlock-your-device-a . Then make an account there , if you don’t have one.
  10. Then you’ll find that the site is asking for the TEXTS you copied from Command Prompt. So now all you’ve to do is to Paste those Texts over there .
  11.  After you’re done with this , You’ll get a KEY TEXT , which will unlock your bootloader in your registered Email ID on that Website.
  12. Now, type in the following command replacing KEY with the actual unlock key that you’ve copied to your clipboard and hit Enter:
  13. “fastboot oem unlock KEY” (without Quotes)
  14. Now, wait , for the bootloader to be unlocked.
  15. When it’s done, type the following command In order to reboot your device.
  16. “fastboot reboot
  17. Now your device should reboot . And you get your bootloader unlocked.

 

How to install TWRP recovery on Moto X Play

Now turn off your device.

Now go to the Fastboot mode in the phone, By pressing Volume Down+ Power button simultaneously for 2-3 seconds. Your device stays in fastboot mode then.

  1. Plug in your device to your PC using a USB cable.
  2.  Now launch a Command Prompt window on your desktop by pressing Shift and right clicking anywhere on the Desktop. And then click on “Open command window here”
  3.  Type the following command over the Command Prompt Window and hit Enter. Make sure to replace recovery.img with the actual name of the recovery image that you have downloaded. Or you can just drag the Recovery.img file and place it on the command prompt where you had to write the name of the recovery.img
  4. “fastboot flash recovery.img” (Without quotes)
  5.  Now wait for it to flash TWRP Recovery .
  6. When it’s done, type the following command In order to reboot your device.
  7. “fastboot reboot”
  8. Now your device should reboot . And you get a Custom recovery Flashed  on your device.

How to root Moto X Play

  1. Connect Your device to PC and Copy the SUPERSU ZIP to the internal memory of the device.
  2. Now unplug the phone from PC.
  3. Now turn off your device.
  4. Turn your device back on in recovery mode. To do that, hold down Volume DOWN and Power buttons together.
  5. Your device should reboot into bootloader mode.
  6.  Now select the recovery and then select INSTALL in the recovery menu.
  7. Now choose SUPERSU ZIP by navigating to the place where you placed it before.
  8. Tap on swipe to confirm flash.
  9. After its done flashing , Reboot your device By choosing reboot and Than System.
  10. Your device should reboot. And you’re Done. Your Moto X Play is rooted.

After all of that, you can verify your ”Moto X Play Root” status via downloading an app named root checker.

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Motorola Moto series is a budget to high-end smartphone series and this blog is dedicated to all Moto series smartphones including Moto X and Moto Z.

7 Comments

  • In the third step, post TWRP installation, does the recovery mode mean, TWRP recovery mode because I am going into plain android recovery mode despite installing TWRP. thanks

  • In the second step of TWRP recovery installation, there is a gross blunder, I would say.
    The twrp recovery command should be “fastboot flash recovery twrp-lux-x.y.z.rx.img” and not just “fastboot flash”.
    I kept on trying and finally got the right command on another website. Otherwise it is a great guide. Thanks a lot

  • Hi,
    While installing TWRP recovery the code you mentioned ..
    “fastboot flash recovery.img” (Without quotes)
    should be
    “fastboot flash recovery recovery.img” (Without quotes)
    else it wont work.
    Please check if you can correct it

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