How to Install TWRP and ROOT Moto X4

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    TWRP recovery download for Moto X4 (payton) is now available from an unofficial build and this post guides you how to install TWRP for Moto X4 and ROOT Moto X4 (using TWRP recovery).

    The TWRP build for Moto X4 is brought to you by developer(s) erfanoabdi

    DISCLAIMER:
    THIS IS AN INITIAL UNOFFICIALLY BUILD TWRP FOR Moto X4. FLASH AT YOUR OWN RISK.
    INSTALLING THE TWRP RECOVERY AND ROOT Moto X4 NEEDS AN UNLOCK BOOTLOADER ON Moto X4.
    DURING THE BOOTLOADER UNLOCK PROCESS ALL THE PHONE DATA WILL BE ERASED.

     

    ROOTING Moto X4 MAY BRICK THE PHONE.
    MAKE SURE YOU READ THE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF ROOTING BEFORE YOU PROCEED FURTHER.

    Before proceeding further you may consider backup all data on the phone.
    You are the only person making changes to your phone and I cannot be held responsible for the mistakes done by you.

     

    How to Install TWRP and ROOT Moto X4
     

    TWRP RECOVERY DOWNLOAD FOR Moto X4, OTHER DOWNLOADS AND REQUIRED GUIDES:

     

    STEP BY STEP GUIDE OF HOW TO INSTALL TWRP RECOVERY ON Moto X4:

     

    1. Connect the Moto X4 to the PC using the USB cable and install required USB driver
    2. Install ADB and fastboot utility on Windows PC or Linux or MAC as per the PC you have
    3. Unlock bootloader of Moto X4
    4. Then, on your PC, go to the directory where you have downloaded the TWRP recovery for Moto X4 and then open the command console or terminal on this directory on your PC.

      – To open a command window on Windows OS in the current directory, press shift + Right Click anywhere on Windows explorer, or some folder. Then on the menu opened, just press the “w” key on the keyboard or select “Open command window here” to open a command window.

    5. Now connect your phone to the PC using a USB cable, if not connected yet.
    6. Enter the following command on the opened command window:
      adb reboot bootloader

      to put your phone into bootloader mode where you can flash/install TWRP recovery on Moto X4.
      If your phone asks for permission; such as “Allow USB debugging” then just tap on OK to proceed.

    7. Now when your phone is on the bootloader mode just execute the following command on the console:
      fastboot flash recovery twrp-3.2.x.x-xxx.img

      While executing this command make sure to replace the twrp-3.2.x.x-xxx.img with the actual filename of the TWRP recovery for Moto X4

    8. Wait for the fastboot command to install TWRP on Moto X4.
      Once it is done, execute the below command:

      fastboot reboot recovery

      on the command console to start the phone in TWRP recovery mode.

    That’s all. You should have the TWRP installed on your Moto X4. You may now want to ROOT Moto X4 or may want to install some custom ROM or want to explore what else can you do with this TWRP? Head over to the following section to know more.

    What to do after you install TWRP for Moto X4:

    Well, this isn’t it. You can install customized themes, sound mods, Xposed modules etc. after installing the TWRP on Moto X4.
    TWRP recovery is the gateway to many goodies for your phone.

    Now, if you want to ROOT Moto X4 then below is a step-by-step by guide for the same.

    REQUIRED DOWNLOADS OR GUIDES FOR Moto X4 ROOTING:

    • Make sure you have already unlocked the bootloader and installed TWRP recovery on Moto X4
       

      – Well, this is a very important aspect of this SuperSU ROOT process. The SuperSU zip file is developed in a way to be installed via a TWRP recovery or other custom recovery. Stock recovery may not be able install this SuperSU or Magisk ROOT zip file.

    • Download the latest SuprSU ROOT for Moto X4 or one of the following:

     

    IMPORTANT NOTE:
    • Your phone will not be rooted just by installing the SuperSU APK file on your Android phone.
    • SuperSU APK Free or Pro version is just a SuperSU ROOT management application.
    • The SuperSU APK Free or Pro app will ONLY work if you have already ROOTED your Android Phone.

     

    Step-by-Step guide on how to ROOT Moto X4 using SuperSU or Magisk zip file:

     

    1. Download and copy the SuperSU or Magisk ROOT zip file to Moto X4. (I hope you have already downloaded the SuperSU zip file from the above downloads section)
    2. Now restart the Moto X4 to boot into TWRP recovery.
    3. Then, Select the Install from TWRP home screen, then select the SuperSU ROOT zip file from the file browser.
    4. Flash or install the SuperSU or Magisk zip file for Moto X4, by Sliding the Swipe to Confirm Flash on TWRP screen.
    5. Wait for TWRP to flash the SuperSU or the Magisk. Once the flashing is done just reboot your device.
    6. Profit!!! You should now have ROOT on Moto X4.

    How to check if ROOT is enabled on Moto X4 or NOT?

    Install the ROOT checker app from the Play Store and verify if your phone is ROOTED or not.

    Here is a screenshot how to flash the SU ROOT binary via TWRP:
     
    Flash SuperSU ROOT zip via TWRP and ROOT Android

    If you face any problems on this guide to install TWRP for Moto X4 then, you can login and reply here. Either me or some other user on this forum will revert back to your query as soon as possible.

    Stay tuned or Subscribe to the Moto X4 (payton) forum For other Android Custom ROMs, Lineage OS ROMs, and all other device specific topics.

     

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