How to Restore Moto X to Stock Firmware (AT&T/ Sprint/ T-Mobile/ USC/ Verizon)

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However good phone one might buy, there are always a few things that we find ourselves unsatisfied with. Our natural tendency to expect more from the device we own makes us keep hunting for some effective third party solutions to address issues like  poor battery, slow performance, or a lacking feature. Fortunately, Android offers an alternative or way out for every problem if  you a device with root access. Personally, I think that an Android device is best when it is rooted and empowered by a good custom ROM, or at least enhanced by mods.

If you have a popular smartphone like the Moto X, you’ll find a lost of custom ROMs and mods that would tempt you try them on your phone. However, it happens sometimes that while performing such activities, you might get into some problem and to get out of it might be forced to install the stock firmware.

In the same way, people also feel nostalgic about stock features after using custom ROMs for some time and decide to return to the original software from the OEM. Installing the official firmware could prove a lifesaver if your Moto X is stuck on bootloop. Whatever the case, if you need to restore Moto X to stock firmware, you can follow the following guide to help you with the procedure.

Preparations:

  • Download and install the latest Motorola USB Drivers on your computer: Click Here
  • Download and setup the latest Android SDK on your computer: Click Here
  • Download and install RSD Lite on your computer (not compatible with Mac): RSDLite6.1.5.zip  —  Mirror
  • Grab the right firmware file for your Moto X, depending on its model number. Here is the list of  Moto X models:
    • T-Mobile Moto X XT1053
    • US Cellular Moto X XT1055
    • Sprint Moto X XT1056
    • AT&T Moto X XT1058
    • Rogers (Canada) Moto X
    • Verizon Moto X XT1060
  • Make sure that your phone has at least 60% battery juice.
  • Turn on USB Debugging mode on your device. You can do it by going to Settings> Developer Options. If you are not able to see Developer options under Settings, enable it using the steps given here.

Warning:

  • Follow the tutorial at your own risk.
  • Restoring your phone to stock firmware will wipe its data, so make sure to backup important data before proceeding.
  • If your device is rooted or has an unlocked bootloader, you will lose both after installing official firmware.

Restore Moto X to Stock:

  1. Unzip/extract the downloaded firmware and find a file with .XML extension. Right click on this file and select Open with.., and then open it using Notepad or any XML editor. Now find the following string and delete it:
     <step operation="getvar" var="max-download-size" />
  2. Save the changes and close the editor.
  3. Connect your phone to the computer.
  4. Open command/cmd window and type the following command:
    adb reboot bootloader
  5. Hit the Enter key. Doing this will reboot your device into Fastboot mode.
  6. Do not unplug the device and launch RSD Lite as administrator.
  7. Now click the three-dot browse file button and select the .XML file.
  8. When you feel satisfied with everything, click on Start button.moto-x-stock-firmware-rsdlite
  9. Wait till the firmware is flashed and when it is complete, your phone will reboot.

Done! Your Moto X should now boot into the newly install original firmware. When all is done, do not forget to leave us a few words about your experience with installing the stock firmware. Thanks for being with us!

  • Anas Solanki

    i also want to add stock rom to my moto x 2013 indian version please help me bro

  • Anas Solanki

    its giving me error for gtp update bin file what should i do sir

  • Anas Solanki

    i also want to add stock rom to my moto x 2013 indian version please help me bro

  • Anil Karkare

    Hi, I have an Asian version Moto X bought in India in 2013. IT is an XT 1052. After the Lollipop update, I had problems with Cellular connectivity , Wifi and Blue Tooth. I have been trying to flash a stock rom for my version, using RSD Lite without success. Can anyone please help? my phone does not qualify for boot-loader unlock from Motorola.

  • Rob Zion

    I have the same problem and couldn’t find any solution. I have the Verizon XT1060 Developer edition. I’ve been banging my head again a wall. This is insane! I can’t bring my phone back to stock without the XML file it seems. Nothing works.

  • Jason Wong

    The stock firmware link is dead.

    I have no xml file in any subfolder on my stock rom image that contains the word “step operation”. I searched using a text searching program. There are no xml files in the root of my stock rom either.

  • shree619

    Hi,
    Will I be able to follow this procedure on xt1053?
    I currently don’t have an unlocked bootloader or neither my phone is rooted.
    Running Lollipop on moto x and want to roll back…
    Should I follow this procedure rite away..? or any prerequisites are required?

  • Flashing the US firmware will not enable faster updates and it might cause serious issues on your phone. Don’t try doing that. If you got the AT&t model, install the AT&T firmware for your device manually. You’ll still get no OTA outside the US.

  • Irfan Zia

    I have Moto X 2013 XT1058 (AT&T). The phone is sim unlocked and I am using it in Pakistan. I want US Retail ROM so that I can get Android Lollipop update and doesn’t have to wait much longer for the AT&T to release the update. Please advise, what can I do?

  • Yes.

  • Hasham Akhter Faridy

    Hi I am using moto x first gen (xt1060) and i have a question my mobile current firmware kitkat 4.4.4 can i replace with 4.2.2 jellybean using this method you mentioned above ???

  • Motorola has discontinued that site. You can google for the firmware.

  • nilesh shelar

    when i click on that link (Grab the right firmware file for your Moto X) then it show me (file not found)

  • No, you can do that.

  • Pervez

    Hi
    I recently purchased Moto X developer edition (XT1060) of Verizon. I dont like extra apps & Verizon logo at time of boot-time so i was thinking if it is possible to flash my current Android ROM with Indian OEM ROM or any US retail official ROM from motorola (GSM Dev Edition: KK-4.4.4-KXA21.12-L1.29.1-2 (Retail) MR4) without brick(ing) by phone. I currently use Airtel GSM sim in it and its working fine. Plz suggest if its possible and how to do it

  • Yes, others would. Moto is now a similar to Nexus, which means it avoids any such carrier related material. Good luck 🙂

  • Tom

    Yes thank you for your effort, I talked to Motorola nd they said non of their devices has WiFi Calling as now ;( I’m looking for HTC M8 which I know it has Wifi Calling for sure nd rep. said all new HTC phones support that feature .. thank you..

  • After doing a bit of research, I would have to sadly conclude that Wi-Fi calling isn’t available on Moto X. Check your model number, if it is XT1053, then I’m pretty sure its T-Mobile variant with the correct firmware installed.

  • Tom

    Thank you, Would you please confirm there is WIFI CALLING feature in this formware, also how can I know if I already have the TMOBILE firmware or not!?
    Thank you so much

  • You can use this guide to restore your Moto X back to T-Mobile firmware.

  • Tom

    I’ve got a Motox F 4.4.4 , it’s unlcoked but not rooted, I need Tmobile firmware to use the Wifi Calling, it doesn’t hv tis feature now, any help will appreciated..I need this future cuz I travel int…tnx

  • The 4.4.4 firmware is not available officially despite the fact the Motorola rolled out the update back in August. If you have an unrooted device, try to request OTA from Settings> About device> Software update.

    In case you have rooted your phone, install the 4.4.2 firmware and then get the 4.4.4 OTA.

  • Angel Macias

    Firmware for Sprint 4.4.4. Isn’t available. Can I get some help please?

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  • Glad to know! Thanks for sharing your experience!

  • Meinhart

    Man, Thank you so much!!!! I unlocked and installed TWRP then couldnt update my new moto x… reboot loop.. THANKS SO MUCH!!!! Worked perfectly..

  • No, you can’t do that. Try to get your phone SIM unlocked so that you can use any SIM on your device.

  • Julio

    Hi, I’m outside of U.S. I have a Sprint Moto X, is possible use the att firmware instead the sprint firmware?

  • Thanks for reporting and sharing your experience!

  • Blitzkrieg

    This worked great! I got an OTA update to my *rooted* Republic Wireless Moto X, which set off an infinite boot loop. I was able to stop it eventually, but I couldn’t enter recovery mode or do a factory reset, and the update kept trying to come down again, so I tried your tutorial. It worked, although now I have to reinstall a lot of apps. Oh well!

  • Christopher Patrick Urias

    mine say getvar

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  • No problem.

  • Michael Smiyun

    thank you got it

  • Michael Smiyun

    dead link for getting correct firmware

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  • DroidViews

    Have you edited the XML correctly.

  • templarvisonz

    yes. still failing going to 139.9.51 with same errors from original post

  • DroidViews

    templarvisonz DroidViews So, you are tryiyg to downgrade firmware on your Moto X?

  • templarvisonz

    DroidViews  thanks first of all for replying!
    I have the ATT Moto X with system version 140.44.5.ghost_att.ATT.en.US My goal is to get to 139.9.51. I downloaded drivers with the (Latest) on it, and rebooted PC
    It failed to go to 139.9.51 from 140.44.5, but it did go to 139.12.54.

  • DroidViews

    templarvisonz Make sure you have the correct firmware. If it is fine, you can also try restarting the computer and reinstalling the USB drivers.

  • templarvisonz

    Got error in RSD Lite, Status says:  “Failed flashing process. 2/17 flash partition “gbt.bin” -> Phone retruned FAIL” 

    On the Moto X it says in red font:

    downgraded security version 
    update gpt_main version failed
    preflash validation failed for GPT

  • DroidViews

    AMoreiraS No, it doesn’t.

  • AMoreiraS

    Does it compromise the Warranty?

  • We are so glad we could help you with recovering your phone. 🙂 Enjoy and keep visiting!

  • Rod Raymond Albarico

    Awesom! I’m using my resurrected RAZR HD now and running pacman ROM on it!
    Thank you so much I really appreciated your help!