How to restore Moto X to stock software with RSD Lite and stock firmware

After a successfully gained root then do some modifications like removing bloatware/pre-installed apps or flashing ROMs/kernels, possibly sooner or later you wish to restore your Moto X to stock using the factory firmware, as a result our smartphone’s software will be like new from the box just like when you buy it from the store. In addition this approach could be useful to recover (unbrick) our Moto X from soft brick, bootloops or when you stuck at the boot screen. So before you bring your device to Motorola repair service, it never hurts to try to restore it with the stock firmware.


As we know, the new Motorola’s Android smartphone flagship – Moto X is the device which is eagerly awaited by many Android enthusiasts, in the U.S. it will be available on-contract with several cell phone carriers, including Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and U.S. Cellular, while in Canada is currently only available exclusively on Rogers. With the increasing number of users, will make this device might become shot to popularity, this is a positive effect for their users since there will be a lot of developers who want to work for this device, so that the development will be very activate and we will find a lot of mods or custom ROMs are available to try.

Moto X restore to stock software

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Easy way to restore Motorola Moto X, back to stock ROM with RSD Lite

With the number of custom ROMs or mods, make us tempted to try it on our device. But when you run into problems when you perform customizing or might be change your mind and want to return it to the default software, then restore the firmware to stock Moto X could be the perfect alternative. The following are the steps to restore (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Rogers) Motorola Moto X to stock ROM and RSD Lite desktop apps.

  1. Get and install Moto X driver first, so that your PC recognize the device, just set up a Motorola Device Manager.
  2. Download and set up RSD Lite, unfortunately at this time this app is only able to operate on Windows OS, so if you only have Mac OS is better to borrow your friend’s PC.
  3. Grab the stock Moto X firmware that matches with your device model number. Then extract the firmware (zip) using 7zip or other app.
  4. Open the extracted folder and find a file with an XML extension. Open it with notepad, find any line that has the word getvar (step operation = “getvar”) and delete the line then save it.
  5. Launch RSD Lite from the PC, press the button next to Filename, a new window will open and point to where you save the edited XML file.
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    RSD Lite loading Moto X’s firmware

  7. Now take the Moto X and enter fastboot mode.
  8. After successfully getting into fastboot mode next plug our device into a PC via USB cable, and pay attention to Device Properties section, RSD Lite should recognize your device.
  9. If you believe all things are good, now press the “Start” button to start flashing.


The process to restore our Moto X to stock ROM using RSD Lite takes about 10-20 minutes depending on some circumstances, so please be patient and look at the log messages in RSD Lite. When the flashing is successful then your device will reboot on its own and our Sprint/T-Mobile/AT&T/Verizon Moto X should back to original software.


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5 Responses

  1. Scorpion667
    September 7, 2013 at 12:25 AMReply

    Didn’t work on my rooted Rogers Moto X. Followed instructions to the T. RSD Lite says “Failed flashing process. Unknown fastboot command. (getvar). I have removed the line with getvar from the XML as instructed. Also tried with RSDlite 6.14 and 6.15. Device still works fine, but it’s a disappointment.

  2. Scorpion667
    September 7, 2013 at 12:34 AMReply

    Never mind I unplugged it and plugged it back in a few times and it worked. I can confirm this method does a full wipe of sdcard and removes root.

  3. hal10001
    October 7, 2013 at 11:28 AMReply

    This did not work for AT&T. It RSD fails saying that the updated version on the phone can’t be replaced by the older version. Any options now or am I screwed?

  4. Penny
    January 31, 2014 at 8:05 AMReply

    Trying on at&t and get the error Failed flashing process. 3/17 flash motoboot.img phone returned fail

  5. Leonardo
    December 13, 2014 at 7:48 AMReply

    Funciono!!!!!!!!!! perfecto!!!!!!! un abrazo desde Colombia.


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