29 Feb 2016

Install Twrp recovery and root Motorola Moto X play lux (XT1561,XT1562,XT1563)

Recent Motorola mid range device moto x play is doing very well in the market.Though it is initially launched with android lollipop Motorola has finally updated it to marshmallow and some devices or variants of moto x play are yet to receive the update.

As it is a Motorola device and interface is almost close to stock with little added features you might get bored after some time.But as you know Motorola is friendly towards android development and allows you to unlock bootloader from their website itself its time for you to modify your device according to your needs as there is already twrp recovery available for Motorola Moto X play which means you can root the device without any problem of getting bricked.

Note: Device Specific code or codename for Moto x play is LUX.

But as you know unlocking bootloader and rooting the device will void the warranty for sure and also this is a risky process. If  this is first time rooting an android device that too experimenting your very owned moto x play.Though the chances of harming the device is very low we take no responsibility for any type of damage that happens to your device if the process failed for you so proceed at your own risk.

If you haven't unlocked bootloader of your Motorola Moto X play then this can be a very long post for you as am going to guide you from unlocking the bootloader to installing recovery and then flashing supersu to get root access.

If you have already unlocked bootloader then proceed from the step 2 which guides you  on how to install twrp recovery on moto x play and then to step 3 which helps you to root Motorola moto x play lux.

Before going further:
  • Check your Motorola moto x play model number and verify if you  are using any one of XT1561,XT1562,XT1563.
  • Update your moto x play to latest version of software which is available from Motorola.
  • Backup:Backup all your data on moto x play which includes apps,contacts,photos videos etc everything to computer or any cloud storage as unlocking bootloader will erase all the data on the device.
  • Battery: Charge your moto X play to at least 70% so that you wont encounter any battery related issues while installing recovery or flashing supersu.
  • You need to have an unlocked bootloader to flash Twrp recovery and root moto x play.if not follow the entire guide for the same.
  • Backup Efs partitions: Backup all your efs partition of your Moto x play if you already installed twrp recovery and but don't have root access
  • Custom recovery: You need a custom recovery like twrp installed on your moto x play .Without it you can not root at all.
  • Downloads: Twrp recovery for moto x play and supersu zip file.

Install Twrp recovery and root Motorola Moto X play:

Before installing twrp recovery on motorola moto x play let me give you some info about the Twrp recovery.Team win recovery project in short Twrp as you know ,is one first recovery to offer a completely touch driven interface.The ui is completely driven by xml which means you can customise the interface with different themes and also it is only recovery that supports themes.Unlike the clockworkmod recovery this recovery has the option to wipe all the data, cache,dalvik, system, internal with just only one swipe.Of course you have to choose what to be wiped on the device. Below are some of the best  features of twrp recovery which you can have a look into.
Install Twrp recovery root Moto X play lux (XT1561,XT1562,XT1563)
 Install Twrp recovery and root Motorola Moto X play lux (XT1561,XT1562,XT1563)

Checkout the features of Twrp:
  • Touch interface:It is one of the first if not he first recovery to offer a complete touch based user interface which makes navigation a lot easier and later cwm also introduced touch based recovery.
  • Individual Backups: Creating a complete backup is a must for any flasher but it eats up a lot of space of your internal or external storage.Twrp will let you to backup individual portions of rom, this saves lot of space on your android device.This feature comes handy when you are flashing kernels.If You can backup just boot img before flashing a kernel if it fails you can restore just boot img instead of complete nandroid backup.
  • Advanced wipe:There are two options for wiping your device partitions one is wipe and other is advanced wipe.If you choose just wipe option it factory resets while advance wipe option will allow you to choose what to wipe and what not.
  • Theme Engine: This is one of the best feature and is only available in Twrp only.Since ui of twrp is XML based you can customise its ui with already available themes or you can create your own theme if you can.
  • Multi rom:As the name says you can boot more than two roms on your device and is exclusive to twrp only as of now.This feature may not be available from official twrp team and booting more than one rom requires a modified kernel by your rom developer.

Unlock bootloader of Moto X play:

 First step you have to go through before installing Twrp recovery and root Moto x play is unlocking its bootloader. Though Motorola officially allows you to unlock the device it still voids warranty and you have to be careful while doing the same.
  • Download and install Motorola moto x play device drivers on your computer if you haven't done it before.
  • Enable USB debugging on your moto x play by going into developer settings and also make sure to tick oem locking in same menu.
  • Now power off moto x play lux completely and wait for few seconds to confirm that it is completely off.
  • Hold volume down and power button at same time for few seconds to boot into fastboot mode.
  • Once you are in fastboot mode connect it to computer through usb cable and if you notice any driver installation process let it complete first.
  • Download  fastboot on our laptop or Pc and install it.You can install it any location but choose location as c: which is default location.
  • open the fastboot folder which is located in "c:\programming files".Right click on empty space by holding shift and you see an option "open cmd here".
  • If you don't find this option then press windows and R buttons at same time ,Run pops up and type cmd to open command prompt.
  • Now go to fastboot folder and copy the address location of it which you can see in address bar of folder.
  • In command prompt type the command "Cd location of fastboot folder" and press enter.You will notice that fastboot appears in command line.To paste location right click on empty space in cmd and several pops up.Select paste.
  • Once you press enter you have to notice minimal adb and fastboot in command line instead of c or some thing.
  • Once you are in fastboot window type "fastboot devices" and press enter.If your device is detected you will get a serial number in list of  devices attached.If not uninstall moto x play drivers and install them again.
  • If your moto x play is detected then type the command "Fastboot oem get_unlock_data" and hit enter.
  • You will get a lengthy code.Copy the entire code to notepad and make the code to come in one line by removing spaces and bootloader work from the key.
  • Now Copy the single line code from notepad and head over to Motorola bootloader unlock page and paste it over there to get unlock key to your registered email id.
  • Once you have submitted the key there you will receive a key to your email.Copy the key from email and type the following command.
  • Type the command "fastboot oem unlock Key".Replace Key with the one which you have received to your email and hit enter. 
  • Once you hit enter bootloader of moto x play will be unlocked there by erasing all the data on the device.
  • If you are unable to get the procedure quickly follow the below video.

Install Twrp recovery on Motorola Moto X play:

  • Download moto x play (lux)recovery twrp recovery image from the above link and transfer it to the minimal adb and fastboot folder.
  • Rename lux recovery img file to "recovery",so that you can type the command easily.
  • Connect the device to system using usb cable again by keeping it in fastboot mode.
  • Now type the command "fastboot devices " to see if it is detected.If it is not detected by fastboot reboot the device and enable usb debugging and see if it is detected.
  • If detected type the command "fastboot flash recovery recovery.img" to flash the recovery permanently.Hit enter to flash it.
  • Once the recover is flashed type the command "fastboot reboot recovery" to boot into recovery. 
Now you have successfully flashed twrp recovery on your Motorola Moto X play (lux) without any trouble.Now its time for you to root Motorola moto x play lux.

Check out: Cm 13 custom rom for moto x play lux

Root Moto X play Lux- How to:

Rooting your Motorola moto x play lux requires twrp recovery installed first without which you cannot proceed further.
  •  If you have installed twrp recovery just reboot it by typing the command "fastboot reboot".
  • Now download supersu zip file and transfer it to internal storage of your device.
  • Now power off your handset and boot into recovery mode using button combinations.
  • Once you are in twrp recovery,click on backup and make a complete nandroid backup.It is essential for you to make a backup as there is no other way to bring back soft bricked to normal working state for now.
  • Once you have backed up just click on restore and check if backup is available or not.
  • If backup is available you are good to go.
  • Click on install and then navigate to location where you have placed supersu zip file and select it.
  • Swipe to confirm flash and then reboot to system once it is done.
  • Once you reboot the device you will supersu application in app drawer.
  • To confirm if it rooted or not download root checker app from playstore and run it.

Final words on Installing Twrp and rooting Moto X play Lux:

By following the above procedure you will be able to successfully root Motorola moto X play codenamed Lux without any issues.If you have any other queries don't forget to leave a comment below.
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