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Downgrade or Restore the Moto X (All Models) to official (stock) Android Jelly Bean firmware

Downgrade to the stock

Do you want to learn how to downgrade the Moto X device to stock Android Jelly Bean OS? It is quite easy. This process is required when you want to reinstall a stock Firmware, which was an unofficial OS and it couldn’t give the desired result.

This process is also required if the device was rooted and the warranty was been voided and now you want the warranty back. So, in order to resolve the issues, bugs, and other problems related to a custom Firmware you’ll have to restore the device with an official (stock) Android Jelly Bean OS.

Pre-requisites:

  • This guide is compatible with all Moto X models (including AT&T, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Sprint, Rogers and Verizon).
  • The guide doesn’t require having a rooted Moto X device.
  • A custom recovery image installed on the smartphone is not required.
  • The guide works for both rooted and no rooted devices.
  • Don’t forget that this is a manual installation methodology of Firmware and that’s why considered as a complex and risky operation. Knowing that, you have to be an advanced Android user and also need to be careful.
  • All the instructions listed here are provided only for educational and instructional purposes. So, we cannot be held responsible or liable for any data lose or damage to your device.
  • Back-up all your important data stored into Moto X device’ internal memory. Unfortunately, all your data stored into device’ internal memory will be wiped out.
  • To get a full back-up you can use suitable back-up and restore applications from Google Play Store.
  • If you have a custom recovery image such as CWM or TWRP installed on the device, get a full Nandroid back-up for your actual ROM.
  • A windows PC, the Moto X device and the USB cord have to be near you.
  • Disable or uninstall the security protection programs such as Antivirus, Firewall, antimalware programs, from both PC and Android device. These kinds of programs can interfere with the flashing process.
  • Enable the USB debugging option from “settings>applications>development.
  • Ensure that the device’ battery is charged enough. The battery must be charged 70% to finish this process.
  • On the PC, install the Android SDK and set up ADB on MAC OS X or Linux.
  • Download and install the Moto X drivers to the PC.

 How to Downgrade or Restore Moto X to Stock (Official) Android Jelly Bean OS (compatible with all models)

  1. Firstly, download the RDSLite app from here and save it in the PC.
  2. Install the downloaded application.
  3. Now, download the stock Moto X Android firmware from here.
  4. Unzip the downloaded file on the PC.
  5. Now, open the created folder when you’ve extracted the above zip file.
  6. Right click on the file with .XML extension.
  7. Now from the right click menu, select “open with” followed by “Notepad”. ( you can also use any XML editor from your PC.
  8. Now, browse and find the following string and delete it: “step operation=”getvar” var=”max-download-size”.
  9. Now, save the file (CTRL+S) and close the notepad window.
  10. Next, open the RSDLite program on your PC.
  11. Connect the Moto X device with the PC by using the USB cord.
  12. Open a CMD (command prompt window) on the computer. (To do this open Start from your PC then RUN and then write CMD and press Enter.
  13. On the new opened CMD window type: adb reboot bootloader.
  14. The Moto X smartphone will be rebooted into fastboot mode.
  15. Now, from the RDSLite application, click on the three-dot browse file button and then select the .XML file.
  16. Next, click on “START” button.
  17. Wait until the flashing process is complete and do not press anything else.
  18.  When the installation process is successfully done, you can to disconnect the device from the PC, by removing the USB cable from PC.
  19. Next, reboot the Moto X device.

Congratulations, the MOTO X device has been restored to the stock (official) Android Jelly Bean firmware.For any other supplementary questions regarding with this step by step guide, please don’t hesitate to use our comment section below.

 

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