TWRP custom recovery comes to 2014 Moto X

TWRP comes to the new Moto X. Photo: Motorola

TWRP comes to the new Moto X. Photo: Motorola

Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP), one of the most popular custom recoveries, is now available on Motorola’s new Moto X, giving users the ability to install custom ROMs and tweaks. Not every Moto X handset will be able to take advantage of it, though.

With TWRP, Moto X users have the ability to backup and restore their device, and install custom ROMs and tweaks — such as CyanogenMod. However, to install a custom recovery, users need an unlocked bootloader, and there’s only one 2014 Moto X variant that has this option.

That’s the “Pure Edition” (GSM) device. Handsets for AT&T and Verizon both have locked bootloaders, and neither comes in a Developer Edition at this time. If you live outside of the U.S., however, you have the ability to unlock your bootloader yourself using Motorola’s MotoDev service.

If you’re going to use TWRP to flash a custom ROM, it’s worth remembering that Lollipop is right around the corner. Motorola is usually pretty quick at rolling out Google’s latest Android updates, but you’ll lose your ability to update over-the-air with anything but a stock Motorola ROM.

If you still want TWRP on your Moto X, you’ll find the files and instructions you need via the source link below.