How to install Android Lollipop 5.1 on Moto X 2014

Moto X 2014 is the second generation version with few upgrades to previous one. The device features a 5.2-inch HD display with Corning gorilla glass 3 protection. The internal memory comes in two variations of 16 GB and 32 GB with 2 GB supporting RAM. It packs Android Kitkat v4.4.4 which can be upgraded to Android Lollipop 5.1. The device runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset.

The Android Lollipop update of Moto X still continues the bugs and issues which were previously seen on Android Kitkat. So, if you are feel annoyed with the bugs, you can install Android 5.1 on Moto X 2014 version through CyanogenMod 12.1 based firmware.

The installation process erases the entire data on the device. So, follow the below list of prerequisites to safeguard your personal data and to ensure successful installation.


Check Device Model Number

It is vital to check device model number before flashing new firmware. This tutorial is for Motorola Moto X2/Motorola Moto 2014. So, do not try this tutorial on any other devices.

Steps To Be Considered

  • You must have a computer installed with Android SDK. The Android SDK installs ADB drivers which are required to recognize the device connected to computer.
  • Enable USB debugging on the Moto X which lets the device establish a stable connection with computer via USB. You can do it by following the below mentioned path. In latest versions of Android, the Enable Debugging option will be hidden in depth of settings category. You can follow our guide to enable USB debugging.
  • Make sure the phone’s battery is at least 80% charged at the start up of tutorial. If battery runs off during unlocking process, it may turn your phone into brick. So, charge the device before tutorial.
  • Rooting the device erase entire data on the device including internal SD card. So, make sure you create a backup of entire important data. If you are not familiar with Android backup process, you can refer our guide to Backup Android phone data.
  • The device must have unlocked bootloader.
  • Moto X should have rooted and installed with custom recovery like TWRP or CWM.

Are you sure you completed all the above steps? Yes, you can now get started with the Android 5.1 installation.

Guide to install Android Lollipop 5.1 on Moto X 2014

Disclaimer: Rooting/Unlocking/Installing custom ROMs and Kernels are not official methods. So, neither device manufacturer nor Droid Word team is responsible if anything goes wrong with your device during the process. This article is only for educational purpose. You can continue with the tutorial at your own risk.

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Steps to be followed

1. Download the latest CyanogenMod 12.1 package and Google apps to your PC.

2. Connect the Moto X to your PC and copy the downloaded zip files into the root folder of device.

3. Now turn off the device and boot into custom recovery mode. You can do this by following the below instructions:

Turn off the device and press Volume down button and press the power button for 1-2 seconds and release. Now a fastboot menu will be displayed with different options. In Android 4.4 kitkat version, Volume Up button acts as select whereas in Android 5.0 Power button acts as selector. So, move down to recovery option and select it depending on the Android version. The device displays Android logo.

In Android 4.4.4 kitkat version, press and hold the Volume down button for 15-20 seconds. Meanwhile press power button. The recovery options should be displayed now.

In Android 5.0 Lollipop version, press and hold power buttons for 2-5 seconds. Meanwhile press the Volume down button which displays the recovery options.

 4. If you have not done backup of the device previously, you can backup entire firmware from the recovery options.

5. In the recovery menu select wipe data factory reset and wipe cache partition.

6. Now head over to advanced options of recovery and choose wipe dalvik cache.

7. Once the wiping process is done, get back to main recovery menu and select install zip from SD card >> Choose zip from SD card and browse the previously copied CyanogenMod 12.1 custom ROM zip file.

8. After completion of ROM installation, repeat the step 7 again for installation of Google Apps.

9. Once done, reboot the device. The device now boots up running Android Lollipop 5.1 CyanongenMod 12.1 based firmware.

That’s all. You have successfully installed Android Lollipop 5.1 on Moto X 2014. If you got stuck between the steps, do let us know the issue through the comments section. We may solve your issue.


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