Unbrick soft bricked Motorola Moto X

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This post here is to unbrick soft bricked Motorola Moto X only. Don’t try it on any other Moto variant. Also this post is for a device which is soft bricked NOT hard bricked (Soft brick vs Hard brick).

We are not responsible for any data loss or other problems that occur by using this tutorial. Flashing ROM deletes internal memory. Use at your own risk.


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    Motorola Moto X USB drivers
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    Moto X Android firmware file
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    RSD Lite v6.1.5
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    Windows PC

Procedure to unbrick soft bricked Motorola Moto X

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    Download and install Moto X usb drivers.
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    Download firmware for your Motorola Moto X. Make sure that it is for your model. Unzipping the Moto X firmware file.
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    In the unzipped folder you will find a XML document, open it with notepad (right click -> Open with -> Notepad).edit xml Unbrick soft brick Moto X
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    Search (press Ctrl+F then enter the text) for a line <step operation=”getvar” var=”max-download-size” />, delete this line and save the file.
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    Download and install RSD Lite program program on your PC. Launch it as admin. Press the button with three dot and browse the xml file that you edited above.browse xml Unbrick soft brick Moto X
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    Switch off then start it while pressing Volume Down + Power Button simultaneously for few seconds. This will enter your device in Fastboot Mode.
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    Once your device is in Fastboot mode, plug in your device to PC using the USB cable.Start Flashing Unbrick soft brick Moto X
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    If your device is detected, it will be shown in list shown above. If your Moto X isn’t detected, make sure that device drivers are installed correctly. Try uninstalling and reinstalling device drivers or plug it in a different USB port.
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    If your device is detected, press Start to begin flashing procedure. DON’T INTERRUPT FLASHING PROCEDURE FOR ANY REASON OTHERWISE YOUR DEVICE MIGHT GET HARD BRICKED.

Congrats!! Your device is successfully unbricked now.


  • Dual SIM model- The firmware file has _umtsds in it’s file name.
  • Single SIM model- The firmware don’t has _umtsds in it’s file name.

Flashing incorrect firmware will result in network issues.

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Rohan Kandwal

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  • Augusto Monterroso

    HI, my phone is detected in the list, and status says conected, but if i press show devices doesnt show my pone model or anything else. should i press start? also, i have alredy install drivers but doesnt show my device in ‘device manager’. my phone only shows”warning unlock bootloader” screen, i can go to fastboot mode and says usb connected. Do you have any suggest for this situatión.
    i appreciate any kind of help. thanks in advance

    • RohanKandwal

      As long as your device is detected and added in the list, you are fine. The device properties box will also show some data.
      If your device is detected then the device drivers are correct, you might not be able to identify your device. If you really want to detect your device there, open Device Manager and try plugging and unplugging the device then see which name appears or disappears.