How to restore Photon Q 4G LTE to stock using RSD Lite

Photon Q (XT897) could possibly be the most fortunate device from Motorola, not only it unlockable bootloader, the development for this device will be very active since the kernel source was out.


The source is required by developers to build custom ROMs and custom kernels, and also this phone has gained root access. If someday you want to restore your Sprint Photon Q 4G LTE to its stock condition as when you first take it out of the box, you can flash your phone with the stock firmware files (which commonly has *.zip; *.sbf; *.xml file extension) using RSD Lite applications.

We must appreciate to devs from xda with username Shabbypenguin and Mattlgroff, since they have provided fastboot files that compatible with RSD Lite. Their firmware files compressed in ZIP format and consists of two XML’s, the one is an standard XML that will rewrite stock bootloader and another one will not rewrite the stock bootloader when you flash it. If you aren’t familiar using RSD Lite you can head to this guide.

restore photon q to stock software

Image Credit : Motorola / Sprint

Update (10/6/2012): The firmware file that’s available at xda seems to have a problem, I recommend not to use the file, we should wait for devs to fix it. Go to xda-developers, download the necessary ZIP files only when the devs confirms it will work with Photon Q. Make sure you are utilizing RSD Lite v5.7 or later.



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3 Responses

  1. james
    October 7, 2012 at 7:23 AMReply

    How to restore Photon Q 4G LTE to stock

    • Fridza
      October 7, 2012 at 11:29 AMReply

      Your Photon Q’ bootloader unlocked?
      Look at the last sentences above, you’ll be able to find links to download the stock firmware from xda as well as a guide to using the file with RSD Lite.

  2. AL-AMIN
    January 27, 2016 at 7:15 PMReply

    What a useless article, wasted my valuable time, where is the “how to”? the title is totally misleading.

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