There are lots of articles everywhere about custom ROM benefits and also rooting. We have a Motorola Moto X Force with us bought from India. The model is XT1580 and in USA it is also known as Droid Turbo 2. There were lots of videos in YouTube and other sites but many of them were confusing. There are lots of threads in XDA developers and with help of those posts and expert advice we are covering this article. This post contains all details on process of unlocking Bootloader of Moto X Force, installing TWRP, flashing custom ROM, rooting and also flashing stock firmware. We also have video showing proof of new ROM and root with dual SIM working.
We always do such experiments with our devices and learn a lot. Last time it was our AllWinner Tablet experiment. We bought the Motorola Moto X Force at Flipkart sale last year at huge discount with help of our friend. The motto is to get best output from least price. This work of modifying a mobile is a bit scary for beginners. Please read this article very carefully and lets us state that only you are responsible for any harm that occurs to your device. Be very careful before performing these work and make sure you have full backup of all your data.
Motorola allows unlocking bootloader very easily. To root, flash custom ROM or TWRP you need to unlock the bootloader first. Follow these steps to get your unlock code from site but before that install ADB on your computer with fastboot. We will be teaching every step from first because we know the problems that arise due to less information. Go to Google Android Site and download platform tools and extract the folder and put it inside C: Drive in a new folder named “adb”. You can place the folder in other location as well but this is for ease.
Unlocking the Bootloader
- Enable Developer Options on your phone by tapping on Build Number in your settings. Then enable USB Debugging and OEM unlocking in the settings.
- Read the instructions from Motorola’s site, and download the latest USB Drivers.
- The method of getting your unlock code is given in the company’s website. Copy the code in safe location and save it. If you are confused how to open adb console than just open Command in your PC and type:
5. Put your phone in fastboot mode again and connect to your PC and open adb by above mentioned process. Now type:
fastboot devices (See for a response)
fastboot oem unlock UNLOCK CODE
6. The UNLOCK CODE is the one you got from Motorola. They send it by email as well when requested. After this your phone will always show message that your phone is unlocked. Now you can continue to other works you like.
Installing TWRP: TeamWin Recovery Project is the most popular custom recovery in Android world. Please follow the below mentioned steps for flashing TWRP to your phone. Don not ever attempt to flash custom ROM without having custom recovery and make backup before proceeding. This process also includes steps to create backup using TWRP and resorting it.
- Download the TWRP image and name it twrp.img.
- Copy this file to your adb folder and inside platform-tools folder.
- Open adb console as mentioned in third step on unlocking process and put your phone in fastboot mode. You can do this just after unlocking the bootloader as well.
- Type the command:
fastboot flash recovery twrp.img
- Be very careful after this and DO NOT START or REBOOT. Directly go to RECOVERY from your fastboot screen on your phone.
- We recommend that you create a Backup and keep it in your Memory card by selecting storage while creating backup. Create backup of Boot, System and Data.
- Turn off your phone from the interface and open it again.
Flashing Custom ROM: Actually we learnt all these just to flash a new ROM to improve battery and enable Camera 2 API. This detailed steps were followed to flash ROM named “Moto X Force L!te” which is available in XDA Developers site. This is stock firmware with lots of additional features, new changes and removed bloatware. The best thing is that now Moto X Force supports two SIM cards at same time and with 4G in primary and 3G in secondary. In stock ROM only one SIM works even though it is has two SIM slots. The below mentioned rooting process works for this ROM and we don’t guarantee that will work for other ROM.
- Go to XDA Developers Moto X Force L!te Thread and download any firmware your like. We recommend the Extended version because we have tested it and it is better with lots of improvements.
- Copy the files in your memory card and open recovery by restarting your phone.
- Now Go to Wipe and clear the System, Data, Cache, Dalvik and Internal Storage.
- Go back, click on Install and select the Zip file in your memory card.
- Wait for the installing to complete. First boot takes a lot of time so let it happen. If it happens for more than 30 minutes then there may be issue.
Rooting (SuperSU/Magisk): We have successfully rooted Moto X Force using both SuperSU and Magisk with the above mentioned ROM. They both work flawlessly. The Magisk works on both stock firmware and custom ROM as well. You can use any approach you like.
- Now to get Root Access using SuperSU download the any Zip File from site and put it in your memory card again. We used filed ending with name v2.82 SR5.
- Again open custom recovery and click on Install and select the Root file (zip file).
- The install will take some time and while opening your phone again it might reboot few times and may take longer period so let it happen.
- If there is no SuperSU in your phone than download it from Play Store and you must see root access.
- If you want to use Magisk then just flash the file in the clean installed ROM.
- Download the Latest Magisk file and put it in the SD card.
- Open TWRP click on Install and flash the zip.
Flashing Stock Firmware: This is to return your phone to original state with stock software or ROM. Some people may not like custom ROM or want to re-lock the Bootloader again. Also it is for rescue purpose also because sometimes experiment Llike flashing don’t go as intended. We also tried to install Magisk and we got a Soft Brick thus we learnt this process. The TWRP kept showing “No OS Installed” and kept looping back to the recovery. Our backup restore was also not working so we flashed the stock firmware back again. Follow the below mentioned steps to flash stock firmware on your Moto X Force.
- Download the stock firmware version fit for your XT1580. We recommend using UK firmware from XDA Thread.
- Extract all the files inside the compressed file and copy them to your platform-tools folder.
- Download mFastboot and extract the content to your platform-tools folder.
- Now open adb put your phone in fastboot mode and test the device connection using command fastboot devices and use below mentioned commands serially. Make sure there are below mentioned files in the zip files.
mfastboot flash bootloader bootloader.img
mfastboot flash boot boot.img
mfastboot flash recovery recovery.img
mfastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.0
mfastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.1
mfastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.2
mfastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.3
mfastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.4
mfastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.5
mfastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.6
mfastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.7
mfastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.8
mfastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.9
mfastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.10
mfastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.11
mfastboot flash modem NON-HLOS.bin
mfastboot erase modemst1
mfastboot erase modemst2
mfastboot flash bluetooth BTFM.bin
mfastboot flash fsg fsg.mbn
mfastboot erase cache
mfastboot erase userdata
mfastboot erase customize
mfastboot oem fb_mode_clear
5. If the Sparcechunk files in your zip is larger than also add them before going to NON-HLOS.bin line. Now you can get your phone to sock software again.
So this is our extraction of research on Moto X Force software modding and development. We hope this helps you because we have tried to collect and present every possible thing required by uses. If there is any broken link or file missing then do tell us. Also if you have any good ROM then suggest to us and also tell us about Came 2 API. When we enable Came 2 API by editing build.prop in Moto X Force, neither modified Google Camera, Camera FV-5 nor the stock camera app worked. We are working on this and we also expect help from you guys. Tell us anything if there is anything to add or update. Thanks to all the developers and contributors for their hard work.