How to root Moto X Play

Motorola has just launched Moto X Play, which is the third generation Moto X smartphone. The device comes with powerful hardware and is available only for Rs 18,500. Moto X Play comes with a 5.5-inch display screen. If you like watching movies on big screens, you can put the 5.5-inch display of the Moto X to good use. Moto X Play has a 1.7 GHz octa-core processor and 2 GB RAM. This hardware configuration makes sure that one can get the best Android experience on the Moto X Play, and also all operations can be performed easily.


If you want to install custom ROMs on your Moto X Play smartphone, you need to root your device. Today, in this guide we will teach you how to install TWRP recovery and root Moto X Play smartphone.

WARNING: We are not responsible for any damages –if done- to your smartphone while rooting, flashing. Your device might get bricked; SD cards might get corrupted if you have not followed the proper steps. You are following this tutorial at your risk.


  • Your Moto X Play smartphone should have more than 80% of battery present in it.
  • Create a backup of all the data which is present in your Moto X Play smartphone to be on a safer side.
  • Install Fastboot and ADB Tools on your PC. If Fastboot and ADB Tools are not installed on your PC, you can download them from here.
  • Download and install drivers or Moto X Play from here.
  • USB Debugging should be enabled. To enable USB debugging to go to Settings > About Phone. Now you have to tap build number 5-7 times. Return to Developer Options and open it. Now select USB debugging from there.
  • The bootloader of your Moto X Play should be unlocked. Follow the guide to unlock the bootloader of Moto X Play.

Once you have fulfilled all the pre requisites, you are ready to install TWRP Recovery and root Moto X Play.


How to flash TWRP Recovery on Moto X Play

  1. Copy the TWRP recovery file and paste in Fastboot and ADB tools directory. Replace the filename with name “img
  2. Put your Moto X Play in bootloader menu. Press Power + Volume up button to enter bootloader menu of Moto X Play.
  3. Once you have entered bootloader menu, connect your Moto X Play with your Pc using USB cable.
  4. The drivers of your Moto X Play will get installed.
  5. Now go to the folder where you have copied the Moto X Play recovery that we renamed to img earlier. Open a command window by pressing Shift Key + right mouse button and then selecting Open command window here.
  6. Now enter the command to check if your device is connected in fastboot mode.

Fastboot devices

You should see your Moto X Play here.

  1. Now to flash recovery enter the command mentioned below.

fastboot flash recovery recovery.img


TWRP recovery will be flashed on Moto X Play.

How to root Moto X Play

Now you have to root Moto X Play smartphone. You can follow the steps shared below to root the device.

  1. Enter recovery mode by pressing Volume Down + Power
  2. When you see TWRP recovery, tap on Install Now browse for the SuperSU file that you downloaded before.
  3. Flash SuperSU on your Moto X Play smartphone.
  4. It will take a couple of minutes to complete flashing of SuperSU file. Once completed, reboot your Moto X Play.

This is how you can install TWRP recovery and root Moto X Play smartphone.



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