Install Android 5.1 Lollipop OTA Update Manually On Moto X (2014)

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Motorola has started updating the Moto X (2014 variant) to Android 5.1 Lollipop. The update is in the form of OTA (Over The Air updates) and everyone can already download and install it from their phones. But if the Android 5.1 Lollipop OTA update hasn’t hit your device or Motorola has released it for your country just yet and you cannot wait to see what Android 5.1 is all about, follow the guide below to manually install the OTA file.

The Moto X is Motorola’s most successful device of all time. Seeing the huge success of the old Moto X (2013 variant), Motorola was encouraged to release its successor, the device with the same name (2014 variant). The Moto X (2014) is basically the same as Nexus devices. Motorola provides frequent software updates and so far, it hasn’t disappointed once.

Alongside the usual Lollipop features, the Android 5.1 update brings some important bug fixes like better battery life, fixed Wi-Fi issue and the overall system performance is much better.

The Android 5.1 update is already out for Moto X (2014) devices in the form of OTA. Simply go to Settings > About Phone > Software Updates and download Android 5.1 from there. If you cannot download the update from there, then you can install it manually.

Forum member “tjarvis” has captured the official Android 5.1 Lollipop Zip OTA file for the Moto X. The good thing is that since it is an OTA file, you don’t have to wipe data and you will continue to receive official software updates from Motorola.

How To Install Android 5.1 OTA Zip on Moto X (2014) Manually

Before you start installing the OTA file, make sure that you are on a stock ROM. You cannot update if you are running a custom ROM.

  1. Download the Android 5.1 OTA update file:
  2. Move the downloaded firmware to your phone.
  3. Now you have to boot your phone into recovery mode. To do so, turn the phone off and press the volume down and power buttons at the same time.
  4. This will display the boot menu.
  5. Using the volume buttons, go to “Recovery” and select it.
  6. Inside recovery, select “Flash ZIP file”.
  7. Choose the Android 5.1 OTA file and flash it.

The phone will reboot and you will be able to enjoy Android 5.1 Lollipop on your Moto X (2014). If you have already manually flashed the update, how has your experience been so far?


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