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Motorola enables bootloader unlocks for the Verizon Moto X (2014)

For those of you holding onto a Verizon version of the 2014 Moto X, you can now unlock the bootloader on your device. The news comes by way of a Motorola Forums Manager, who says that the company received the go-ahead to start allowing unlocks on Verizon's 2014 Moto X:

Hey, everyone. Just wanted to let you know that we did get the green light to unlock the bootloader on Verizon 2014 Moto X (2nd Gen) devices. Unfortunately, we can't do this for devices on other carriers.

While unlocking the bootloader will allow you to customize your Moto X by flashing third-party ROMs and the like, keep in mind that going through with the unlock process will void your warranty. If you're interested in unlocking the bootloader on your device, you can head to Motorola's website to begin the process.

Thanks to Jon for the tip!

Source: Motorola Forums (opens in new tab)

31 Comments
  • Whaaaat. Crazy man hopefully there will be some happy moto X users! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hopefully we can now get some custom lollipop builds. Wondering if they might be able to change the build for the 2015 Pure Edition to work for it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Oh no! Not void the warranty on a moto x from 2014! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Do you really care about that ?:D
  • Really glad Motorola is doing this, by why not for the AT&T variant? That model is also not receiving the Marshmallow update. Posted via Nexus 6P
  • Gonna a assume since it was mentioned by moto that its not for any other carriers, that it's because of the carriers Posted via the Android Central App
  • Because AT&T sucks. I had to buy an unlocked T-Mobile version of the LG V10 because AT&T has that locked down too. That's just how they operate. No surprise they'd keep the Moto X locked down
  • Good on Moto. Posted via the Android Central App on the Moto X Pure Edition
  • Wait really? I guess to make up for not updating it anymore? If they had done this from the start, I would not have jumped to a 6p so quickly. This gives the device so much more potential. But the real question: Why are ALL bootloaders not unlockable from the start? It should be a standard feature for all mobile devices. Void the warranty or whatever if you want. Just give consumers the option. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Simple reason...carriers would have too many idiots who brick their phones and tried to send them back to exchange for new ones. I don't blame them for doing this either...they're there to make money too. Posted approved via Moto Maxx
  • There was almost a valid argument when phones were all sold on 2 year contracts, but that doesn't hold anymore. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Big difference is who owns the phone. Even in a payment plan the buyer owns the phone at purchase. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You make payments on houses and cars, the bank owns those objects til it's paid off. Suddenly the same concept doesn't apply with smartphones? Also, these NEXT and EDGE plans are meant to be traded in after 12-18 months. It's a lease to own plan. You're looking at ~24 (going off memory of ATT Next) months to pay off the phones fully. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah, at least now you can flash a pure edition rom or something and get Marshmallow. It somewhat makes up for not supporting it properly. A bit. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Verizon did something right for once...maybe it will lessen some of the justified yelling at Verizon's just launching the 5.1.1 uodate for the Note 4... Posted approved via Moto Maxx
  • This only sort of makes up for the lack of updates... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hallelujah!
  • So, once I unlock my bootloader, will I be able to install custom ROM's from there, or do I have to also root it, then flash a custom ROM if I chose? Also, what ROM's are available for the VZW Moto X (2014)?
  • With an unlocked bootloader, you can install a custom recovery like TWRP and then load up that recovery to install the ROM of your choice. Rooting exploits are usually only necessary to get a custom bootloader onto the phone (giving you the ability to get that custom recovery installed), while in custom ROMs root can provide access to additional (potentially dangerous) features (like tweaking processor speed settings or fine control over a notification LED, etc) and also opens up a significant security vulnerability. Whether that risk is worthwhile to you is up to you, and you can still be safe while rooted if you're knowledgeable and responsible about what you install. I really recommend exploring forums like XDA-developers before you take the plunge, however, so that you can be more familiar with what you're doing and less likely to get yourself stuck / break something serious. Posted via the AC App on my Nexus 6P
  • Thank you for the tips. I'll certainly read-up on things before taking the plunge. Much appreciated.
  • (Noob Question) If I rooted but didn't install a custom ROM. Would it affect the stability of my phone. There are some root features I'd love to get but not at the cost of day to day stability. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It shouldn't. LG G4 today... idk tomorrow.
  • Root in itself won't effect anything. The features you I install might. Exposed for example, some modules will work fine, others will make your phone less stable, it's a bit of a lottery. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's great! Now how about us Moto X Classic (2013) owners? Is there any reason we can't have our bootloaders unlocked as well?
  • This!
  • Missed out from the China middleman days Posted via the Android Central App
  • Definitely this! Better yet for all carriers not just verizon...
  • This makes sense and it's about time.
    At any point the service provider (Verizon, etc.) won't offer additional updates or the manufacturer won't; a bootloader unlock should be par for the course. If they won't update the device let the developer community, even for a price.
  • Now if Verizon will let HTC unlock the m9 bootloaders... One of a few phones with no options at all other than a Java card. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Motorola needs to unlock the MOTO E 2 gen from verizon and ATT.. its getting ridiculous that they cripple these phones.
    I have been a moto user for 7 years but I will be taking my business elsewhere if they continue this idiotic locking of bootloaders and phones.
  • How to unlock bootloader in simply please get me information