Root & Install CWM on Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE

Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE has not experienced much of development as of now perhaps because it is a new device in the market. But it has been rooted – the first step in Android development of any phone. You can also install ClockworkMod Recovery on your Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE with the help of this tutorial. Rooting & CWM can be used for various purposes. After you root your phone, you can use an app like Titanium backup to backup all apps along with data, use Juice defender app to save battery and do much more with administrative privileges. With CWM you can create a carbon copy of your phone with the help of nandroid backup option.

Root Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE

It is recommended to backup all data before you proceed with the rooting of your phone.

Pre-Rooting Tasks

  1. Back up all apps using ASTRO File Manager. You can get the APK files using ASTRO and later restore it. Rooted users can use Titanium Backup which also backs up data along with the apps.
  2. Back up all contacts to SD card.
  3. Backup SMS on Android.
  4. Backup call log on Android.
  5. Have minimum 60% charge on your phone else you might get stuck while the update process is running on your device.
  6. Remove any security or Anti-virus app if you have them installed.
  7. Enable USB Debugging. This can be don by Settings>Applications>Development and making sure that USB Debugging is checked.
  8. Make sure your phone is not locked to any network, else you might brick your device.

DisclaimerHack My Android is not responsible for any damage that your device may face during this process. The developer is also not responsible for the same. There are little chances that your device may face any issue. However, try this at your own risk. This process voids the warranty of your device.

Steps to Root Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE

  1. You need to have an unlocked bootloader before you try the steps below. If you haven’t unlocked it yet, head over to Motorola’s bootloader site.
  2. The procedure below uses ADB commands. If you have no idea about it, read our complete guide on ADB and how to install it.
  3. Download the recovery image and place it into the platform tools folder that exists in the location where you have installed ADB.
  4. Make sure you have installed the device drivers on your PC and connect your phone to the computer via USB Cable.
  5. Shift+Right click in the platform tools folder and select “Open Command Prompt here” and then execute the following command in Command Prompt:
    fastboot flash recovery cwmrecovery.img
  6. Download the rooting zip file and place it to your phone’s SD card.
  7. After this, disconnect your phone and boot it into recovery mode. You can use the “Quick Boot (Reboot)” app for this.
  8. After you boot your phone into recovery mode, go to “Install zip from SD card”>”Choose zip from SD card’ and choose the zip file  you had copied to your SD Card in Step 6.
  9. Flash it in the next screen.
  10. Go back and select “Reboot system now”.

This should root your Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE. You can confirm by looking for the Superuser app installed on your phone. If you face any issues, feel free to comment below 🙂