It’s now possible to root the Verizon Moto X (2014) running Android 5.1

Although it has released more than a year ago, the Verizon Moto X (2014) still has quite a lot of active users. Besides being equipped with not too obsolete hardware (5.2 inches display, 2.5 GHz quad-core processors and 2 GB of RAM), the OS version has also received an official update to Android 5.1 (Lollipop), and perhaps in the near future, it will also experience the Android 6.0 Marshmallow, as it has been received by the Pure Edition model (XT1095).


Some advanced users may be a little disappointed with the Verizon models as the bootloader was locked tight, they feels limited to get the most out of the phone. In the past, acquiring root could be painful and not free, as we have to purchase a license to use a root tool called MoFo.

Fortunately, at the beginning of this year, Verizon delivers a surprise. They allow its Moto X 2nd Gen device to be unlocked, which means the XT1096 now officially supported by Motorola unlock program. This is very good news because, once the phone’s bootloader is unlocked, we can easily get a root even flash the custom ROMs, and it’s free of charge, there’s no need to purchase a license.

vzw moto x 2014 android 5.1 root

Device image: Motorola

After successfully unlocked via the official unlock the program, the next step is to install the custom recovery. There is some recovery available for this smartphone, but the most widely used is TWRP recovery, which is now starting to become a standard custom recovery for lots of Android devices. It’s easy to use, familiar UI, and it’s also supported by many devs.


If you want to get root on the Verizon Moto X 2nd Gen (2014) running Android 5.1 Lollipop, here are the prerequisites:

  1. Unlock the bootloader, officially via Motorola unlock support page.
  2. A custom recovery, download the TWRP from official site, then flash it img via fastboot. When it’s keep overwritten by stock recovery, you could temp boot it by using fastboot boot command.
  3. Flashable SuperSU package, grab the latest stable SuperSU zip and flash it via recovery.


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