The Motorola Moto Maxx is the third smartphone under the “Maxx” name. It comes with Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box, and its initial release was during November of 2014. It’s a great phone with long battery life.

You likely know all that already since you are looking for the guide on how to open it up away from the manufacturer’s restrictions. We’ll show you how to install a custom recovery image and gain root access below.

REQUIREMENTS

The Motorola Moto Maxx by Verizon is running Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box. Therefore, only use this guide on any version of Android 4.4.X KitKat. We do not know if this same method will work or by patched by Google when Android 5.0 Lollipop is available for installing.

BEFORE WE BEGIN

  • You must have the Motorola Moto Maxx by Verizon. Do not apply the following files on a different device or you risk bricking the handset.
  • Enable USB Debugging mode by navigating to Settings > Developer Option > USB Debugging.
  • Have the Motorola USB drivers for mobile phones working on your computer for the phone.
  • You must have a computer for following the guide. Our fastboot guide is for Windows; therefore you want a Windows PC.
  • The Windows computer can run any operating system from Windows XP and above.
  • Understand that applying the following steps on your device voids the warranty. That means you cannot send it away for repairs if something goes wrong.
  • Bricking the device or losing data is not our fault. You follow the guide at your own risk.

HOW TO ROOT THE MOTOROLA MOTO MAXX RUNNING ANDROID 4.4.X KITKAT

  1. Download ADB and fastboot (you want the fastboot on the computer)
  2. Download the TWRP recovery zip file here.
  3. Download the DatRoot tool here.
  4. Extract the fastboot on the desktop and have the file open.
  5. Extract the TWRP recovery on the desktop.
  6. Connect the device to the computer using the USB cable.
  7. Right-click the empty white space and hold down Shift from the fastboot folder.
  8. Launch the command prompt window.
  9. Type: “adb reboot bootloader” to get in bootloader mode.
  10. Type “fastboot flash recovery recovery.img” (change the recovery.img extension with the real .img name)
    The custom recovery is now flashing.
  11. Type fastboot reboot.

Now it’s time for the rooting procedure:

  1. Transfer the DatRoot file to the internal SD card store on the phone.
  2. Open the command line once more.
  3. Type “adb reboot recovery” for recovery mode.
  4. Find the “install’ option from the recovery menu.
  5. Upload the DatRoot zip file.
  6. Wait until it finishes flashing.
  7. Reboot the phone in normal mode.

That’s it . . . your device is ready for installing a custom ROM or installing extra apps from Google Play. You can verify it worked by installing the root checker application from Google Play. It doesn’t matter what way you choose to root your device or what rooting tool you use, they all equal the same thing which is the chance to begin installing all of the available root applications out there. When you get root access, you are always allowing the applications to get full admin rights to the more in-depth levels, so there’s no difference to what each app is requesting. What’s more, you can still install all the same old applications that don’t require root access to run as well; those apps are not affected in any way. Just be sure to check you are installing an official application when you go looking for your apps, whether it is a root app or not, because there is malware out there that would love the chance to run on a rooted device because that’s what malware needs to harm your device. A device without full admin rights can actually handle having malware installed on it because there’s nothing the malware can do. It’s a whole other story with root access, however.