Bigger isn’t always better and newer isn’t always better than older — these are two common phrases in the world we live in. One of them — the latter — is also many peoples opinions when it comes to firmware for mobiles. As so often is the case, sometimes a user will upgrade only to soon find out they wish they hadn’t; they don’t like it and want to go backwards in time. If you are the owner of a Motorola Moto X, luckily for you that is now possible to do and we’ll walk you through how to get it done.

The Moto X has seen a few firmware upgrades. The latest is the Android 4.3 which is now doing the rounds to all of the big U.S carriers as we speak. It originally only came to T-Mobile, but the Motorola rep confirmed it will be heading over the air to all of them. This was a few days ago now and we can confirm the rollout has already begun.

Motorola Moto X


1. Download the RDSLite app from the Play store.

2. Install it.

3. To go back to stock firmware firstly you have to get your hands on it. You can do that here.

4. The old firmware will come in zip file form. Open it on the desktop.

5. Open the folder after extraction.

6. Look for a XML extension file. Once located, right click on it.

7. Select open with and notepad.

8. Look for and delete: step operation=”getvar” var=”max-download-size”.

9. Save it and close notepad.

10. Open the app we installed in step 1.

11. Connect the Moto X to the computer and open up the command line.

12. From the prompt, type: adb reboot bootloader. Confirm it.

13. Watch the Moto X now reboot itself in fastboot mode.

14. Inside RDSLite click on the browse file button and choose the XML file.

15. Click start.

16. Wait for completion.