[FAQ] Frequently Asked Questions For Moto X (2014) [UPDATED-05/10]

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Lucas Eugene

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Frequently Asked Questions
Motorola Moto X(2014)





Guys this is a FAQ for Moto X(2014). Please read this here before posting it in the developmental section or creating a thread anywhere.
I am sure it will help.

Thank You


A big thanks goes to @matmutant for providing FAQ templates and his own FAQ from I have copied some things.Here is the original guide
 
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Lucas Eugene

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[SIZE=+1]Q1: How to access Fastboot?[/SIZE]
Hold PowerButton and VolDown during boot.

[SIZE=+1]Q2: How to unlock Bootloader?[/SIZE]
Boot to Fastboot and follow my guide
or Motorola guide on Motorola's website

[SIZE=+1]Q2: How to relock Bootloader?[/SIZE]
Boot to Fastboot and give the command "fastboot oem lock"

[SIZE=+1]Q3: How do i get adb and fastboot drivers ?[/SIZE]
For windows, follow this guide or this one
although, it seems Motorola Device Manager works ok for win7x86-32 (but not for win7x64-64?) i cannot answer this i'm under linux
other USB drivers if first method failed, source
For Linux, get fastboot files here also, adb and fastboot can be installed using repos for ubuntu-based distros packages needed are : android-tools-adb and android-tools-fastboot (android-tools-fsutils may be useful too)
eg:
Code:
sudo apt-get install android-tools-fastboot

[SIZE=+1]Q4: How to flash Stock Firmware?[/SIZE]
Please Follow this Guidehere.​

[SIZE=+1]Q5: How to Root my device ?[/SIZE]
First you'll need to unlock your bootloader,
then follow this [TO BE UPDATED] guide[/URL]
[/URL]



[SIZE=+1]Q6: Where can i find a Custom recovery ?[/SIZE]
[TO BE UPDATED]

[SIZE=+1]Q7: How to access bootloader?[/SIZE]
- Via ADB :
Code:
adb reboot bootloader

- The hard(ware) way :
  1. With the phone powered off, press the VOL DOWN KEY for 2-3 seconds then POWER key then release.
  2. The device will display different BOOT OPTIONS
  3. Use the VOL DOWN Key to SCROLL to Recovery and VOL UP Key to select

[SIZE=+1]Q8: How to access recovery?[/SIZE]
  1. using terminal, if the device is already rooted
    Code:
    su
    reboot recovery
  2. via adb
    Code:
    adb reboot recovery
  3. via bootloader
    boot to bootloader (see Q11) and select recovery (use Use the VOL DOWN Key to SCROLL to Recovery and VOL UP Key to select)

[SIZE=+1]Q9: How to force reboot my frozen device?[/SIZE]
  • Press and hold the Power button for 10 - 20 seconds, the device will restart and go through the boot-up sequence [source]
  • (VOL DOWN hold + a quick tap on POWER should force reboot when in bootloader) [source]

[SIZE=+1]Q10: How to charge my device and extend battery life?[/SIZE]
[SIZE=+1]Q11: Does rooting/unlocking your phone invalidate its warranty? (In EU)[/SIZE]
In short: No. Just the fact that you modified or changed the software of your device, is not a sufficient reason to void your statutory warranty. As long as you have bought the device as a consumer in the European Union.

For Indian customers, The warranty is void if you unlock/root your device. Motorola also reserves the right to maintain the records of unlocked bootloader devices. So you may not even get the warranty by relocking the device
[source]​

[SIZE=+1]Q12: What to do if my battery is fully discharged and not re-charging?[/SIZE]
[source]​

[SIZE=+1]Q13: Lost IMEI ? : How to backup / restore PDS partition and why?[/SIZE]
On Motorola devices the 'pds' partition contains information specific to your machine: IMEI, MAC address, serial number, etc. This partition can be lost by accidental format or over time due to filesystem corruption. If you have made a backup, there is a good chance you can bring your handset back to life.

==> PDS backup will help to restore lost IMEI. It is a situation when the phone reports that the IMEI is unknown. ; This works like a vaccine, apply before having issue with IMEI, after it will be too late !

Instructions:
**Root Required**

Using ADB you can make a copy of the partition and move it to a safe place (Google Drive?):
adb shell
su
dd if=/dev/block/platform/msm_sdcc.1/by-name/pds of=/sdcard/pds.img​

To restore in the event of corruption or loss:
adb shell
su
dd if=/sdcard/pds.img of=/dev/block/platform/msm_sdcc.1/by-name/pds​
(assuming you've pushed pds.img to internal SDcard storage first)

If for some reason this doesn't work, maybe your IMEI isn't destroyed but only not "readable" by system (file system issue? misread cluster reading frame ? no idea), in that case you may read the following story : http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=52648789



[SIZE=+1]Q14: How to disable/enable auto On/Off screen with Flip Shell?[/SIZE]

  • for stock rom : (disabling, since it's enabled by default)

Follow this FAQ

[SIZE=+1]Q15: How to remove the 'unlocked warning' message?[/SIZE]
Follow this Method and default Motorola logo will be back :).​

[SIZE=+1]Q16: How to reboot into 'safe mode'?[/SIZE]

Press power button, on the pop up, either keep pressing 'shut down' [stock] or 'reboot' [AOSP based]
more infos about this feature


[SIZE=+1]Q17: What are the Moto X(2014) tech specs[/SIZE]

XT1092 [SINGLE SIM, GSM]

[SIZE=+1]Q18: How to get OTA updates even after Rooting and Flashing a custom Recovery[/SIZE]
  • Use the full unroot option from the Super Su
  • Flash the stock recovery Use Code : mfastboot flash recovery recovery.img
  • Now you'll be able to get OTA updates as before

[SIZE=+1]Q1: How to Unlock Advanced Camera Settings?[/SIZE]

Refer to this thread

 
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tyea

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Can I use Googles android SDK version of adb to make a complete backup of my phone (all partitions)? I followed Motorola instructions to unlock the boot loader successfully, but I'm not feeling confident going any further like I did with Nexus phones, because Nexus devices had complete support with the factory images, custom recoveries, and active custom ROM community. I miss the full immersive screen mode, but have reservations about corrupting a sensor driver and not being able to get the phone back to stock. Maybe I'm out of my league, and should just sit on the bench for this tweak.

Sent from my XT1095 using Tapatalk
 
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germania

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Dec 6, 2011
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What's the latest / recommended baseband version to use? I upgraded my XT1095 to 5.0 from TWRP backup and my baseband in settings is MSM8974BP_2147.127.04.57R,VICTARA_TMO_CUST . If I had to guess I think this is the 4.4.4 baseband without the additional LTE freqs. If I'm on an old baseband, is there a thread I've missed that explains upgrading it?

Thanks!
 

Mnemoch

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From this it looks like it should be possible to unroot on Lollipop and apply an OTA; hoping this is correct! I am on .11 right now and rooted but stock recovery. Would hate to have to wipe to apply the next OTA whenever it comes out.
 

Pilz

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Is there a way to reduce the sensitivity of the Moto display? It turns on with the slightest movement (in a bag or pocket its always on) I switched it to ambient display so it won't keep going off. I like the moto display but its draining the battery with the erratic behavior.
 
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Is there a way to reduce the sensitivity of the Moto display? It turns on with the slightest movement (in a bag or pocket its always on) I switched it to ambient display so it won't keep going off. I like the moto display but its draining the battery with the erratic behavior.

Same here, started a thread though.
 

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    Frequently Asked Questions
    Motorola Moto X(2014)





    Guys this is a FAQ for Moto X(2014). Please read this here before posting it in the developmental section or creating a thread anywhere.
    I am sure it will help.

    Thank You


    A big thanks goes to @matmutant for providing FAQ templates and his own FAQ from I have copied some things.Here is the original guide
    3
    [SIZE=+1]Q1: How to access Fastboot?[/SIZE]
    Hold PowerButton and VolDown during boot.

    [SIZE=+1]Q2: How to unlock Bootloader?[/SIZE]
    Boot to Fastboot and follow my guide
    or Motorola guide on Motorola's website

    [SIZE=+1]Q2: How to relock Bootloader?[/SIZE]
    Boot to Fastboot and give the command "fastboot oem lock"

    [SIZE=+1]Q3: How do i get adb and fastboot drivers ?[/SIZE]
    For windows, follow this guide or this one
    although, it seems Motorola Device Manager works ok for win7x86-32 (but not for win7x64-64?) i cannot answer this i'm under linux
    other USB drivers if first method failed, source
    For Linux, get fastboot files here also, adb and fastboot can be installed using repos for ubuntu-based distros packages needed are : android-tools-adb and android-tools-fastboot (android-tools-fsutils may be useful too)
    eg:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install android-tools-fastboot

    [SIZE=+1]Q4: How to flash Stock Firmware?[/SIZE]
    Please Follow this Guidehere.​

    [SIZE=+1]Q5: How to Root my device ?[/SIZE]
    First you'll need to unlock your bootloader,
    then follow this [TO BE UPDATED] guide[/URL]
    [/URL]



    [SIZE=+1]Q6: Where can i find a Custom recovery ?[/SIZE]
    [TO BE UPDATED]

    [SIZE=+1]Q7: How to access bootloader?[/SIZE]
    - Via ADB :
    Code:
    adb reboot bootloader

    - The hard(ware) way :
    1. With the phone powered off, press the VOL DOWN KEY for 2-3 seconds then POWER key then release.
    2. The device will display different BOOT OPTIONS
    3. Use the VOL DOWN Key to SCROLL to Recovery and VOL UP Key to select

    [SIZE=+1]Q8: How to access recovery?[/SIZE]
    1. using terminal, if the device is already rooted
      Code:
      su
      reboot recovery
    2. via adb
      Code:
      adb reboot recovery
    3. via bootloader
      boot to bootloader (see Q11) and select recovery (use Use the VOL DOWN Key to SCROLL to Recovery and VOL UP Key to select)

    [SIZE=+1]Q9: How to force reboot my frozen device?[/SIZE]
    • Press and hold the Power button for 10 - 20 seconds, the device will restart and go through the boot-up sequence [source]
    • (VOL DOWN hold + a quick tap on POWER should force reboot when in bootloader) [source]

    [SIZE=+1]Q10: How to charge my device and extend battery life?[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=+1]Q11: Does rooting/unlocking your phone invalidate its warranty? (In EU)[/SIZE]
    In short: No. Just the fact that you modified or changed the software of your device, is not a sufficient reason to void your statutory warranty. As long as you have bought the device as a consumer in the European Union.

    For Indian customers, The warranty is void if you unlock/root your device. Motorola also reserves the right to maintain the records of unlocked bootloader devices. So you may not even get the warranty by relocking the device
    [source]​

    [SIZE=+1]Q12: What to do if my battery is fully discharged and not re-charging?[/SIZE]
    [source]​

    [SIZE=+1]Q13: Lost IMEI ? : How to backup / restore PDS partition and why?[/SIZE]
    On Motorola devices the 'pds' partition contains information specific to your machine: IMEI, MAC address, serial number, etc. This partition can be lost by accidental format or over time due to filesystem corruption. If you have made a backup, there is a good chance you can bring your handset back to life.

    ==> PDS backup will help to restore lost IMEI. It is a situation when the phone reports that the IMEI is unknown. ; This works like a vaccine, apply before having issue with IMEI, after it will be too late !

    Instructions:
    **Root Required**

    Using ADB you can make a copy of the partition and move it to a safe place (Google Drive?):
    adb shell
    su
    dd if=/dev/block/platform/msm_sdcc.1/by-name/pds of=/sdcard/pds.img​

    To restore in the event of corruption or loss:
    adb shell
    su
    dd if=/sdcard/pds.img of=/dev/block/platform/msm_sdcc.1/by-name/pds​
    (assuming you've pushed pds.img to internal SDcard storage first)

    If for some reason this doesn't work, maybe your IMEI isn't destroyed but only not "readable" by system (file system issue? misread cluster reading frame ? no idea), in that case you may read the following story : http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=52648789



    [SIZE=+1]Q14: How to disable/enable auto On/Off screen with Flip Shell?[/SIZE]

    • for stock rom : (disabling, since it's enabled by default)

    Follow this FAQ

    [SIZE=+1]Q15: How to remove the 'unlocked warning' message?[/SIZE]
    Follow this Method and default Motorola logo will be back :).​

    [SIZE=+1]Q16: How to reboot into 'safe mode'?[/SIZE]

    Press power button, on the pop up, either keep pressing 'shut down' [stock] or 'reboot' [AOSP based]
    more infos about this feature


    [SIZE=+1]Q17: What are the Moto X(2014) tech specs[/SIZE]

    XT1092 [SINGLE SIM, GSM]

    [SIZE=+1]Q18: How to get OTA updates even after Rooting and Flashing a custom Recovery[/SIZE]
    • Use the full unroot option from the Super Su
    • Flash the stock recovery Use Code : mfastboot flash recovery recovery.img
    • Now you'll be able to get OTA updates as before

    [SIZE=+1]Q1: How to Unlock Advanced Camera Settings?[/SIZE]

    Refer to this thread

    1
    Do all these apply to all versions of the 2014 Moto X? Specifically can I unlock the bootloader / root my Verizon Moto X (regular edition)?
    1
    Does this mean there is no way to unlock the regular (Verizon) version (and as such, no way to root on 4.4.4/new purchase)?

    Correct Verizon is locked down. Don't know about root.

    Sent from my XT1095 using XDA Free mobile app
    1
    Does this mean there is no way to unlock the regular (Verizon) version (and as such, no way to root on 4.4.4/new purchase)?
    Not as of now
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