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Motorola Droid Ultra

How to Enter stock android recovery

1. With the phone powered off, press the VOL DOWN KEY for 2-3 seconds then POWER key then release.

2. The device will display different BOOT OPTIONS

3. Use the VOL DOWN Key to SCROLL to Recovery and VOL UP Key to select

Tip: If the device reboots, you may have waited to long to make a selection, you will need to begin the process again.

4. The device will display the Motorola logo and then the Android in distress ( logo with Exclamation mark)

5. Press and hold the VOL UP key for 10-15 seconds. While still holding the VOL UP key tap and release the POWER key

Tip: You can try this step, holding the phone in landscape. If you are stuck on step 6, try a force reboot by pressing the Power key and Vol Down key, and start the process again.

6. The device will display additional menu options (Text will appear in BLUE)

7. Use the VOL DOWN Key to scroll to Wipe data / factory reset and the POWER Key to select this option

8. Use the VOL DOWN key again to select YES – delete all user data and press the POWER key to CONFIRM

9. Once the Formatting is complete, press the POWER key to confirm a REBOOT

10. The device will reboot and start the normal power up sequence

Motorola Droid Ultra Factory reset in stock recovery

How to unbrick or restore your Motorola Droid Ultra

How to Unlock the Bootloader on the Motorola Droid Ultra

How to install TWRP Recovery and root your Motorola Droid Ultra and Maxx

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How to install CM11 on the motorola Droid Ultra


How to Root the Droid Ultra, Maxx, & Mini on Android 4 4 4 build SU6-7

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95 thoughts on “Motorola Droid Ultra”

      • I have a droid Ultra.When I try to flash it with it fails. the message says,
        :downgraded sercuity version
        update gpt_main version failed
        preflash validation failed for GPT

        Does anyone know how to install? Right it will just go to that red eye screen

  1. Hi there! Unfortunately i have android 4.4.4 on my Droid Ultra, and this method doesn’t work for my, in the moment of check the system, it say my that i haven’t the binary files :c. What can i do? can you help me, please? (sorry for the bad english) 😛

  2. Junky,

    I followed your root SU6-7 vid and it worked as promised. However, I am now having a problem uninstalling Xposed and need to remove some app process files from the system folder and can’t do that unless I am in a custom recovery which I now can’t install because I’m at 4.4.4 and/or Sunshine won’t work because there is Xposed files on the phone.

    I have been searching for days for a way to get TWRP on this phone to no avail. It is not a dev device so no BL unlock from moto.

    Any recommendations?

      • **UPDATE** 10/28/15
        Though a pain, this can be fixed temporarily by doing the following:
        1. Uninstall Xposed via installer app. (say no to reboot prompt)
        2. Click Soft Reboot.. OK
        3. Install Xposed via installer app. (say no to reboot prompt)
        4. Click Soft Reboot.. OK

        But this begs the question. If no system changes persist through a hard boot, how can any changes that I made cause this problem?

        Also, there is something wrong with Bluetooth in this build. I say this because whenever my BT headphones disconnect or power off, it completely locks up the phone. This forces me to reboot by holding the power button down for roughly 10 seconds. This is not a deal breaker as I can just turn off BT on the phone when done using it.

        I don’t know if this is in the XDA post, but I’ll post it there just in case.

  3. RootJunky,
    I rooted my droid max using your video tutorial but now I cant unlock the bootloader using the sunshine app. Is there any other way to install custom recovery on the droid maxx if the bootloader is locked? I mean like safestrap or philz?

  4. I Have Android 4.4.4 Motorola Droid Ultra XT1080… How Can I Root It? Will Your Method Work On 4.4.4? Please Reply Soon 🙂
    And Yeah, Will My Data And All The Stuff Be Erased Or Will Remain There? :/

  5. Muchas gracias! me funciono perfecto el tutorial, en un principio se me brickeo pero pude arreglarlo haciendo un downgrade de SU6-7.2 a SU6-7 y funciono exitosamente en mi motorola droid xt1030. 🙂

  6. Has unlocking a maxx 4.4.4 bootloader been abandoned? It sure would be nice to have safestrap for it…. it worked awesome on the Droid Razr. It’s pretty outrageous when you cannot load an operating system on your own phone (computer). I see there’s even a ROM available for the droid razr xt912 (2011 phone).

  7. Hi,
    I have just switched to Android phone, initially i was iPhone user. Had lot of fun with jailbreaking stuff. This time I want to explore about Android. Could you please guide me step by step on how to install clean default Lolipop on Droid Ultra?

  8. Hi rootjunky. my phone was hard briked due to mistake in root progress now I can not use it with usual method( not able turn it on or access bootloader. Can you help me to show me whatI have to do now? Thanks

  9. From Youtube as I haven’t heard from you:

    ok. I have system Kitkat, 4.4.4 SU6-7 royal pain on my Droid Ultra. Now I followed step by step and get the following error using RSD when trying to start the process. “downgraded security version update gpt_main version failed. preflash validation failed for GPT”. What in the world does this mean? Please help.
    Reply ·

    TransAtlanticEV 4 days ago
    +TransAtlanticEV Where are you Root? Tom, I need you. I’m trying to root this Droid Ultra 4.4.4 and build SU6-7.3. Ended up with the above error.

  10. Hi Root Junky,
    I have Droid Ultra and Will this process work on this Version??
    System Version : 24.13.3.obake-maxx_verizon.Verizon.en.US
    Baseband Version : MSM8960PRO_BP_23255.132.81.01R
    Build Number : SU6-7.3
    Its obvious I have the same challenges as @Wahaj. Please respond so I wont end up bricking the phone. Thanks boss!

  11. OMG
    m trying to root my droid maxx i tried many apps but failed m new i dont know what is boot loader plz explain …
    itx urgent

  12. I have Droid Ultra and Will this process work on this Version??
    System Version : 24.13.3.obake_verizon.Verizon.en.US
    Baseband Version : MSM8960PRO_BP_23255.132.81.01R
    Build Number : SU6-7.3

  13. hello ROOTJUNKY.,

    I have unlocked Motorola droid maxx xt1080m, and its Verizon mobile, now problem is i can use CDMA card in india, and also able to use Data on it, but i am not able to
    Restore or FActory Restore,
    System update
    hotspot to Data
    even every 10min one Advertise page popup, even i did lots of preinstall application disable.

    Please help me out or tell me what to do….

  14. Hi… I have motora ultra xt1080 and i want upgrade to lollipop and my phone is running on 4.4.4 KitKat how i upgrade to lollipop plzz tell me how can i do…..?? Thanks

  15. so .. i watched ur tutorials today .. overall i liked it but.. personally saying dude .. no one wants to use sunshine app it costs man !! wel so my google id is , bro .I need u to tell me how should i unlock my bootloader or atleast flash an stock rom on my device xt1030 .. i have 4.4.4. obakem rom iinstalled and its quite corrupt … that is my device is not showing notifications upon swiping down screen .. i need ur help recommend me a method or a rom that i should use to flash on my droid mini .. by the way i also wantd to tell that my cam app has a switch icon .. frnt cam works but back camisnot .. it says restart app .. is it a software issue or a hardware ,….. pls NEED UR HELP MAANNNNN !!!! thnx in advance.

  16. Can downgrade my 4.4.4 DROID MAXX using this file?:

    via recovery stock or via RSD Lite?


  17. Hola amigo, suerte que encontre alguien que le funciono que sabe español. Como hiciste el downgrade? No hay problemas con brikeo haciendo esto?

  18. No he hecho downgrade, por eso pregunto, porque haciendo eso liberaria el bootloader mediante una app, es mi idea pero no se… si se puede y por consultaba a rootjunky si se puede

  19. Hey, can you explain it a bit your tutorial because there is new stuff put in it and I’m now confused how to root it. Also how can you like get the firmware from the device and have it and use RSD Lite to add it. Thanks

  20. Rootjunky have a question? While trying to downgrade 4.4.4 su6/7.2 Motorola Droid Ultra xt1080 via RSD light I’m catching an “Downgraded security version update gpt_main version failed preflash validation failed for gpt” both on phone and RSD? Thanx to anyone that can answer that!

  21. It’s actually

    System Version : 24.13.3.obake_verizon.Verizon.en.US
    Baseband Version : MSM8960PRO_BP_23255.132.81.01R
    Build Number : SU6-7.3

  22. Hi RootJunky,

    Is my Droid Ultra unrootable? Here are the specs:
    System version: 24.21.7.obake_verizon.Verizon.en.US
    Model Number: Droid Ultra
    Android version: 4.4.4
    Build number: SU6-7.7

    I have watched all of your videos and even tried Sunshine to no avail 🙁 If you have time could you please shoot me in the right direction?

    Thank you in advance,

  23. i have ultra max android version 4.4.4 build 6-7.7 how can i my device do unbrick or restore Motorola Droid Ultra??? if any solution for my device??? can this work on my device ???How to unbrick or restore your Motorola Droid Ultra???

  24. Is it possible to root a maxx running SU6-7.7 I have been trying to flash down to SU6-7 using a batch file(because RSDLite is not working on windows 10) but it is not working. Every time, the command line says that it can send the file but not write to the phone, any advice or usefull tips?

  25. Sir, i have driod ultra xt 1080. When go prefered network and select LTE/UMTS option it does not show the lte or 4g and also not catch the 4g signals. How can i activate 4g in the phone info radio setting. Pls. Advise. Thanks.

  26. I’ve been trying root my Motorola Max2 for over a month now and have tried almost everything. Will this root method your describing work for that phone?

  27. Hi rootjunky,
    I am having trouble
    I can’t find twrp I have Motorola xt1080
    Please tell me the wapsite where I can download twrp for my Motorola

  28. I have Droid Mini that was auto-updated to 4,4,4. Am trying to root and have run into a problem with your first step of resetting to original build. RSD Lite will not recognize the phone. The moto driver installed is 2.5.4. Your downloads were for 2.4.5. Should I uninstall the newer driver? I did try that with Device Manager and got the same result with RSD Lite not recognizing the phone. Windows Explorer does recognize the phone. My Laptop is Windows 10 (x64)

  29. Hi rootjunky, my moto droid maxx xt1080 broken bootloader and try ur way by Python27 but still broken plz help me how to go to fastboot ???

  30. Hi Tom,
    I’ve been trying to find a link to Droid Mini/Maxx/Ultra SU 6-7 (non OTA). In alll your tutorials and directions, I have been unable to find any such link. All the stock Motorola after running restore the phone back to 4.4.4,
    System version 24.21.7,Build number SU6.7.7.
    Can you post a direct link to that elusive non OTA location?

  31. I finally found a version of RSD Lite that would recognize my Moto Droid Mini XT1030, but when I run the 4.4.4 SU 2-3-1.5 it fails and I get the following error on my phone:
    downgraded security version
    update gpt_main version failed
    preflash validation failed for GPT

    Also when I try to follow these manual installation steps,
    fastboot oem fb_mode_set
    fastboot flash motoboot motoboot.img
    fastboot flash logo logo.bin
    fastboot flash boot boot.img
    I get “preflash validation failed”

    Any suggestions or comments would be very helpful.


  32. Hello Tom,
    I posted this earlier but I’ve seen no response (maybe I dont know where to look. It regards your July 2016 video on how to root a dorid mini, max, or ultra when RSD Lite wouldn’ work with Windows 10.

    This is the warnoing that I got when I looked at the text file contained in the zip.

    Release Notes – MBM-NG-V30.B2

    Warning for secure phone users:
    The security version for all the bootloader components have been incremented in bootloader V30.30. So, an older version of the bootloader cannot be flashed on the phone once its upgraded to 30.30 and above. Trying to flash an older version can brick the phone.

    What’s new:
    1. Reverted CPL23 (RPM and SBL’s are reverted to 30.B0).

    So I found this file and the only difference appearing to be obake rather than obakem. From the .xml file therein I built up the following fastboot file:
    echo off

    fastboot oem fb_mode_set
    fastboot flash partition gpt.bin
    fastboot flash motoboot motoboot.img
    fastboot flash logo.bin
    fastboot flash boot.img
    fastboot flash recovery.img
    fastboot flash system.img
    fastboot flash modem NON-HLOS.bin
    fastboot erase modemst1
    fastboot erasemodemst2
    fastboot flash fsg.mbn
    fastboot erase cache
    fastboot erase userdata
    fastboot erase customize
    fastboot eraseclogo
    fastboot oemconfig carrier vzw
    fastboot oemfb_mode_clear

    fastboot reboot

    Rather than run the batch file and get bricked I decided to run each step one at a time. After I ran the second line of code I got a write failure. Below is a copy of the my directory and what I did:

    Directory of C:\adb\Extracted Non OTA SU 2.15\CFC-fastboot-obake-maxx_verizon-user-4.4-SU2-3-15-release-keys.xml

    05/07/2017 02:02 PM .
    05/07/2017 02:02 PM ..
    10/18/2014 08:18 PM 1,009,664 adb.exe
    10/18/2014 08:18 PM 96,256 AdbWinApi.dll
    10/18/2014 08:18 PM 60,928 AdbWinUsbApi.dll
    05/02/2017 03:19 PM 10,485,760 boot.img
    05/02/2017 03:19 PM 1,691 CFC-fastboot-obake-maxx_verizon-user-4.4-SU2-3-15-release-keys.xml
    05/02/2017 03:47 PM Darwin
    05/02/2017 03:19 PM 1,263,616 fsg.mbn
    05/02/2017 03:19 PM 32,768 gpt.bin
    05/02/2017 03:47 PM Linux
    05/02/2017 03:19 PM 2,625,328 logo.bin
    05/02/2017 03:47 PM mbm
    05/02/2017 03:47 PM mbm-ci
    05/07/2017 02:19 PM 511 moto fastboot.bat
    05/02/2017 03:19 PM 1,643,008 motoboot.img
    05/02/2017 03:19 PM 55,029,760 NON-HLOS.bin
    05/02/2017 03:47 PM ota
    05/02/2017 03:19 PM 10,485,760 recovery.img
    05/02/2017 03:21 PM 1,215,716,548 system.img
    05/02/2017 03:47 PM Windows
    13 File(s) 1,298,451,598 bytes
    8 Dir(s) 100,687,753,216 bytes free

    C:\adb\Extracted Non OTA SU 2.15\CFC-fastboot-obake-maxx_verizon-user-4.4-SU2-3-15-release-keys.xml>fastboot devices
    TA6260S8C0 fastboot

    C:\adb\Extracted Non OTA SU 2.15\CFC-fastboot-obake-maxx_verizon-user-4.4-SU2-3-15-release-keys.xml>fastboot oem fb_mode_set

    OKAY [ 0.106s]
    finished. total time: 0.153s

    C:\adb\Extracted Non OTA SU 2.15\CFC-fastboot-obake-maxx_verizon-user-4.4-SU2-3-15-release-keys.xml>fastboot flash partition gpt.bin
    (bootloader) Variable not supported!
    target reported max download size of 805306368 bytes
    sending ‘partition’ (32 KB)…
    OKAY [ 0.341s]
    writing ‘partition’…
    FAILED (remote failure)
    finished. total time: 1.242s

    C:\adb\Extracted Non OTA SU 2.15\CFC-fastboot-obake-maxx_verizon-user-4.4-SU2-3-15-release-keys.xml>

    I don’t know how to take the image off my phone when it’s in fastboot mode so I’m going to type the fastboot info here:

    Fastboot Reason: Key pressed
    USB connected
    process oem command: fb_mode_set
    getvar partition-type:partition
    getvar max-download-size
    downloading 32768 bytes
    downloaded security version
    update get_main version failed
    preflash validation failed for GPT

    Is there any work around that you know of in order to downgrade my Droid Mini 4.4.4 SU 6.7.7? Or is yther no possible way now that Mortorola has seemingly made it impossibloe to downgrade and root?
    My email is
    Any comments or help would be greatly appreciated.

  33. Hi rootjunky, my moto droid maxx xt1080 broken bootloader and try ur way by Python27 but still broken plz help me how to go to fastboot ???

  34. I saw a youtube video where you pointed to this site to update a Motorola Droid from 4.4.4 to Lollipop. Movie Pass updated their app. My wife’s Motorola Maxx (which seems to correspond to the Ultra when I did a search) is up-to-date on updates (they never went beyond 4.4.4), but in the video you showed a program that (without rooting) you downloaded to a folder and updated a Motorola from 4.4.4 to a 5.0 version. That app (or file) no longer seems to be anywhere on this site. Where can I get it, if it’s still available?


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