Rooting the Motorola Moto X Style is how you run those root-requiring apps from the Google Play Store. The guide we are using installs SuperSU via a custom recovery and therefore, you must have installed a custom recovery before getting root access.
We have the guide you need to install the recovery. Before you install a custom recovery or get root access, you must unlock the bootloader. Without the bootloader unlocked, we cannot perform any of these custom operations.
What Is Rooting the Android Operating System?
When you buy a new smartphone, you might not know it, but the Android operating system is in a “locked” state. For the most part, it will not make much difference to you: most apps are still available to use, and there are benefits to this locked state such as better security. When you root the Android operating system, you are gaining full administrative rights over the OS.
Why Would You Want to Root Android?
Gaining full administrative rights over the operating system has some perks to some people. For example, out of the millions of applications available on Google Play, some of them will not be able to run on your device unless it has root access. Until you have a specific need for wanting Android rooted, you probably want to leave Android as it comes out of the box. But if you need to unlock an app, then that is when you want to look into rooting methods. Using more apps is only one example of why you may want root access, here is the full list of benefits:
- Unlock more applications. Some of the apps available for Android cannot run unless you have root access. This is because the app’s features cannot run without the root permissions because the features require the full system access before they can be useful.
- Better battery life. Smartphones are great, but they have one caveat, which is each time you recharge the battery, it loses some of its overall lifespan. That means smartphones, in general, do not make great investments, and if your weekly paycheck is low, you will want to limit the number of smartphones you go through. One of the ways you can do that is by removing bloatware and creating a better battery life.
- Bolster performance. If you are the budget-conscious shopper, you may want to increase the device’s performance. This can be done by removing the bloatware as well. The more processes you have running, the more memory that is used. By removing some of the apps, it can help lighten the load on your hardware.
- Customize Android with themes. With root access, you can download and install any theme that’s at your disposal. That includes any customized theme you can find.
What Are the Risks of Rooting?
If you are buying a smartphone that is not running iOS, then it is probably the Android operating system that you want running as the ideal software to pair with your shiny new hardware. It is, in fact, the Android OS that offers you the chance to customize the OS considerably more than iOS: custom themes, run any app you know about, the works. For many users, the “openness” of an operating system is important, because it offers them more freedom which means running into fewer problems with their investments. But there is a reason iOS likes a far more locked approach: the ability to customize is not for everyone, and if you do not know what you are doing it can lead to a lot of problems which can define your time with the OS rather than freedom.
With power (full admin permissions) comes greater responsibility. Here are some of the main risk factors when it comes to rooting:
- Malware becomes a larger threat. You might read the occasional news article about how new malware is wreaking havoc in parts of the world on Android. But the Android operating system with root access becomes considerably more vulnerable to exploits because applications are no longer prisoned off in their own sandbox environments. This means if you accidentally download malware, it can do more damage because it can spread throughout the operating system and even jump into other applications and potentially view sensitive data.
- You can accidentally brick the smartphone. There is always a chance that you end up bricking the smartphone before you had the opportunity to use it with root access. That is because if you are going to brick it, it is going to happen during the rooting process.
- You may void the warranty. Most manufacturers do not allow you to root the Android operating system and still get to bring it in for repairs under warranty. Whether they are legally meant to do that or not is another question, but it is now common knowledge that most do not want to help you if they find out you have unlocked the OS with root access.
The Files You Need
- You must first install a custom recovery on the Motorola Moto X Style.
- Download the SuperSU from this page.
- Take a NANDroid backup from the custom recovery menu by tapping the ‘backup’ button. Store the data, cache, system and all other files with the backup. Now if you need to restore the device through the recovery mode, you can. That makes the rooting guide less critical.
- You can use any computer to complete this guide; it doesn’t need to be a Windows PC. However, you do need to start the transfer using a computer.
Rooting The Motorola Moto X Style
- Download the SuperSU to the computer.
- After the file finishes downloading above the taskbar, click the right side of the file where you can see a small arrow.
- Choose the ‘show in folder’ option.
- Now click and drag that SuperSU file from the folder over to the desktop.
- Do not extract the folder. Leave the SuperSU zipped.
- Connect the Motorola Moto X Style to the computer with the USB cable.
- Copy and Paste that SuperSu zip file over to the internal storage SD card on the Motorola Moto X Style.
- Unplug the Moto S Style from the computer.
- Reboot the Moto X Style in recovery mode. That’s the custom recovery you just installed.
- Tap the install button once you are in the recovery mode.
- Browse the SD card for the SuperSU rooting file.
- Swipe to confirm you want to install that same SuperSU file on the screen.
- Great; now the SuperSU is flashed on your device and you technically have root access. However, you still need to reboot the device before you can take advantage.
- Navigate back to the main recovery menu and choose the reboot button.