WARNING - Unlocking the bootloader is not recommended


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This community is a place where owner with unlocked bootloaders can share tips and tricks.

This means that most of our rules prohibiting hacking do not apply in this community -- but please remember that all other forum rules still apply. Please be civil and avoid personal attacks, profanity, etc.

Interested in unlocking your bootloader? Let's make sure you know what you're getting into first.

In case you didn't know, Bootloader is a little bit of code that tells your device's operating system how to boot up. Basically, it's what makes your device start up and run the way you're used to.

Motorola has done the work to make sure your device has a fully optimized, certified and tested version of Android.

Unlocking the bootloader will allow you to customize your device, but keep the following in mind:

  • Unlocking your bootloader is not for the faint of heart. Unlocking your device and installing your own software might cause the device to stop working, disable important features and functionality, and even make the device unsafe to the point of causing you harm. Neither Motorola, nor your wireless carrier or retailer from whom you purchased the device, will be responsible for such damage, so please do not unlock or load any software unless you know what you are doing.
  • You have only yourself to blame. Once you get the unlock code, your device is no longer covered by the Motorola warranty; in other words, please don't blame us if things go wrong, even if they appear unrelated to unlocking the bootloader.
  • The law still applies. You still need to operate your device in compliance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations prescribed by the FCC, and any other governmental agency for that matter.
  • And now a word from our lawyers. Finally, in order to unlock your device, you need to agree to important legal terms, which can be found on the next page. Agreeing creates a binding legal agreement, so be sure to read them carefully.


First, confirm that your device can be unlocked


  • You will lose all media and content on your device and will need to reinstall all applications downloaded from Google Play.
  • You will not be able to watch any movies you downloaded.
  • Applications may not work anymore.
  • You may lose encryption support.
  • You may lose some key functions like telephone, radio, and audio playback.
  • You could cause permanent/physical damage to your device.
  • Unlocking your bootloader will not change your device subsidy lock status

If you don't understand any of the above risks or warnings, we suggest that you do not continue to unlock your device's bootloader.

If, however, you are ready to accept all the implications of unlocking the bootloader, which includes completely voiding your device's warranty, continue on to receive a bootloader unlock code.

If you wish to proceed with unlock, go here.

Other tips on using this site:

ONE: Use Search! Your question may already be under discussion or answered.

TWO: If you do post, write a brief, descriptive subject line including device name. "How can I transfer music to my SD card" is great! "Help!" won't likely get an answer.

THREE: If your question gets answered, please be sure to click the Correct Answer to reward those who respond. Doing this helps others find the answer quicker. If someone gives a good solution, rate their post.


  • If you have recently (September 2014) purchased a VZW Dev Edition Moto X (original), and encounter a 'not eligible' error when trying to retrieve an unlock code, please do the following:
    • Check the output of $ fastboot getvar all
    • if the (cid) value is 0x02 in this output, please send an email to us
      • We have had a few devices leave the factory programmed incorrectly, which requires us to send unlock codes manually
      • Note: we will only provide them for VZW Dev Edition purchased ~Sept 2014
  • If you are on a Moto G on 4.4.4 and encounter the 'password incorrect' error, please: 
    • Download this ZIP file and follow the instructions in the ZIP file. This only applies to users for Moto G , first generation, on 4.4.4. Please do not try these steps on a Moto G 4G LTE, or second generation G. 
    • If your device is still on 4.4.3, please wait until the 4.4.4 upgrade before attempting this - thanks

Thanks and good luck!

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