Get the T-Mobile Moto X Android 4.4.2 KitKat OTA Here Now!


The long anticipated Android 4.4.2 update for the T-Mobile and GSM unlocked Moto X is live and pushing to owners now. The new version is build 161.44.25.en.US and is 146.7Mb in size. This is not only for T-Mobile Moto X owners, but anyone that owns GSM unlocked Moto X, model XT1053, including the GSM Developer Edition. If you have a carrier logo on the back of your Moto X, this is not for you.

A few highlights, aside from Android 4.4.2, are added support for printing photos, Google Docs, GMail messages, and other content via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or cloud printers; a battery life bug fix that a small number of users on Android 4.4 experienced; and a bug fix for e-mail services like Microsoft Exchange to take care of intermittent delays in data synchronization. Release notes are available at Motorola’s customer support website.

If you have not received a notification that this system update is ready then don’t panic, we have you covered. The OTA package and instructions for you to manually install are below.

  • From your Moto X, download the OTA here to your internal storage, by default it will save to Download/
  • When the download is complete, power off your Moto X
  • Next, boot into bootloader mode by holding Volume Down and Power
  • At the bootloader screen, use Volume Down and scroll to Recovery, then press Volume Up to select it
  • Once you rebooted into recovery mode you will see No Command. Hold Volume Up and press Power to show the recovery menu
  • Use Volume Down to highlight apply update from sdcard then press Power to enter
  • At the Choose a package to install screen, use the Volume buttons to highlight Download/ and press Power
  • Use the Volume buttons to highlight Blur_Version.161.44.25.ghost_row.Retail.en.US.zip and press Power
  • The update will start installing and needs 5 minutes to complete. When your Moto X reboots, you will have the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat available.

That’s it, enjoy your KitKat!

Image Credits: Android Fan Network

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12 thoughts on “Get the T-Mobile Moto X Android 4.4.2 KitKat OTA Here Now!

  1. james

    February 6, 2014 at 1:14am

    hi i just download via OTA and press install then it take me directly to teamwiz and im searching the file under downloads and ii cant find it, so I reboot and enter to android and then automatically shuts off my phone and get me back directly to teamwin menu i don’t know what to do, someone help me please!!!!

    • Kevin Krueger

      February 6, 2014 at 8:54am

      Wipe cache, reboot normally. This is a stock OTA update so needs a stock recovery to install.

  2. tim

    February 7, 2014 at 7:40pm

    Ok – so this went well… the only tricky part was to get into recovery mode. The directions in the link were not specific enough.

    At the dead android guy, you hold up and down volume for 4-5 seconds then press power (at the same time).

    Then follow the directions as per the webpage.

    • Chris

      February 9, 2014 at 6:31pm

      Actually, all you need to do is just press the up button and power button at the same time.

  3. kpetrie77

    February 8, 2014 at 8:29pm

    No, that is a full sbf. Also, if you do unlock and flash another region or carrier’s firmware you rick running into issues with the bootloader and trust zone sigs not matching OTA sigs. This can lead to a hard brick. Best bet is to grab a ROM from XDA with the OTA’s disabled.

  4. Frenchie

    February 10, 2014 at 1:45pm

    Hi Guys,
    Which bullet step are you referring to, when you say get into recovery mode?

  5. Taweesak Polsom

    February 22, 2014 at 12:12am

    Why i error ?

    • kpetrie77

      February 22, 2014 at 10:53am

      This isn’t specific enough for anyone to assist you.

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