A month ago Motorola has announced that Moto X (2nd Gen.) along with some other smartphones, will get the official update to Android 5.0 Lollipop. To realize it, started 8th November 2014, Motorola has launched Lollipop soak test to find out how the new Android OS behaves under sustained use. The soak test is only published to a limited group of users, but apparently it got leaked, so that all the Moto X (2014) owner has the opportunity to give it a try.
Everything becomes more interesting when Chainfire – a root guru from xda – unveiled a root method for devices running Android 5.0, including the Moto X 2nd Gen Pure Edition (XT1095). So when the official Lollipop updates released later on, we will immediately get superuser access, unless Motorola patch it, but we hope it does not happen in the future.
The procedure to root Moto X (2nd Gen.) running Android Lollipop requires you to unlock its bootloader, for that reason the CF-Auto-Root method can only be done on the T-Mobile Pure Edition variants (XT1095) and another unbranded/unlocked models (XT1092 and XT1097). Regrettably, still no solution for AT&T or Verizon Moto X (2nd Gen.) owner, since there’s no way to unlock the bootloader on these variants.
The method to root Moto X (2nd Gen.) running Android 5.0
We just need to boot the device with modified boot.img using fastboot command. Chainfire also includes a one-click executable files, so no need to manually type fastboot command.
Here we summarize the guide:
- Unlock your Moto X bootloader, it’s required.
- Download the CF-Auto-Root (CF-Auto-Root-victara-victaratmo-xt1095.zip), the links for Motorola devices are located at the bottom of the page.
- Extract the zip file into a new folder with 7-zip or WinZip.
- Put the Moto X (2014) into bootloader/fastboot mode.
- Double click the *.bat file if you’re on Windows, for Mac or Linux run the *.sh file via terminal.
- You can also do it manually by moving the *.img file inside image folder into the tool folder then type the following command:
fastboot boot CF-Auto-Root-victara-victaratmo-xt1095.img
- The phone will reboot several times, once boot up you’ll notice new SuperSU app installed. Run it to setup the superuser for the first time.