Keep root on T-Mobile Moto X after official Android 4.4.3 update (212.44.21)

After being acquired by Google, Motorola always delivers better services to its users, including software updates to the devices they released. So we aren’t surprised if T-Mobile Moto X (XT1053) is one of the first devices to get the Android 4.4.3 KitKat (212.44.21) with other Motorola smartphones like Moto G and Moto E (unlocked models). But you need to know, when take an OTA update, there’s a chance that the root will be dropped as soon as your T-Mobile Moto X upgraded to Android 4.4.3 KitKat.


The following are some of the improvements and new features which can be obtained after a software update (212.44.21), including enhanced photo quality taken with Moto X camera and much better front photo quality taken in low light conditions, and also video recording now support pause and resume. New Motorola Alert feature which helps you give reassurance by delivering regular messages to the colleagues you decide on.

Also read: How to return Motorola Moto X back to stock.

For those who still want to have root access and not yet take the OTA, there is good news for you. You can upgrade T-Mobile Moto X to Android 4.4.3 while keeping the root with a flashable OTA packed in zip format. Here we provide a short guide for you:

  • Rooted T-Mobile Moto X (XT1053) running stock Android 4.4.2 firmware.
  • Stock recovery.
  • Reinstall, re-bloat or re-enable every app you’ve disabled before.
  • Disable Xposed framework and its modules.
  • Download stock Android 4.4.3 zip update for T-Mobile Moto X.
tmo moto x android 4.4.3 root

Image: Motorola

Keep root on T-Mobile Moto X after running official Android 4.4.3 (212.44.21)

  1. Move the stock update zip into the internal storage.
  2. We need to boot into stock recovery to flash it. Firstly, turn off your phone and wait for few seconds, hold Volume down and Volume up + Power button together for 4 seconds, then release it, you should boot into bootloader mode now. Use volume down key to highlight “Recovery” option, then press the volume up to select it, you’ll see an Android robot. Next, hold Vol up + Vol down for 5 seconds, then press power button once, you should enter Moto X stock recovery now.
  3. Now select an option to flash the zip, then point to where you save the Android 4.4.3 OTA update in zip format.
  4. After flashing done, reboot the device.
  5. Let it boot for the first time, it could take a little longer than normal boot, and the root in TMo Moto X should carry over new Android 4.4.3 without any difficulty.



Filled Under:Root and Unlock
Related Mods

One Response

  1. Alex
    June 6, 2014 at 2:14 PMReply

    So I’ll need to reflash the stock recovery if I have a custom recovery?

Leave a Reply