The Motorola Moto X 2014 is a sweet smartphone and part of the most successful trio of devices the “Hello Moto” company has ever made. Of course, the other two in the range I speak of include the Moto G and the Moto E.  While the other two are cheaper, all three won’t break the bank and that makes them great choices of unlocking the bootloader and cracking the system internals away from the factory restrictions put in place by the manufacturer.

Furthermore, these devices are highly customizable, with a bevy of custom ROMS, custom firmware and root-requiring apps available to install. However, before you can enjoy all that goodness you must have root access. Likewise, you can’t have the root access without installing a custom recovery system where you will enter to flash the future ROMs. Check after the jump how you can flash a custom recovery image on your device.

BEFORE WE BEGIN 

  • You should head to our guide here and root your smartphone first.
  • You don’t need a computer to follow the guide below. However, because there’s no computer, that means there’s no USB charging to take over your device and make sure it doesn’t shut down. That means you want to double check you have enough battery life left before starting the guide.
  • Check your battery levels by turning on the Moto X and looking at the battery icon available from the status bar menu at the top of the home screen.

HOW TO ADD A CUSTOM RECOVERY TO YOUR MOTOROLA MOTO X 2014 

1. Head to the Google Play Store on your smartphone and log in to your personal account.

2. Download the TWRP Manager application. You can only do that by logging in first.

3. Wait for the app to finish installing.

4. Navigate back out of Google Play and tap on the icon available from the app drawer. You will need to wait until it finishes downloading.

5. Scroll down the list and select the device of your choice that matches up with the device in your hands.

6. The app now takes over and automatically flashes the recovery.

7. Now that you have the recovery taken care of, you can start flashing custom ROMs made by third-party developers.

It’s certainly not what I would call uncommon not to know the difference between what a custom recovery does for a smartphone and what having root access does, so I’ll give you a brief, yet official run down.

The custom recovery image is going to allow you to upload and flash the custom ROM files directly from the custom recovery image itself. What’s more, you can also find the right version of the SuperSU application and get root access on your device by simply flashing it from the custom recovery image as well.

That is in fact what the custom recovery is all about: you can now flash stuff that you wouldn’t have been able to do from the stock recovery image. With that being said though there are also root applications out there that make custom ROM installing easy for you such as the ROM manager. So you should try installing a root app that specializes in knowing custom ROMs for your device and then just flash them that way as well–the root applications like ROM Manager can flash them for you without you needing to do anything else apart from following what it tells you on the screen.