Moto Actv

Moto ACTV – Steps to Root & Install Android Market Place

MOTO ACTV Title LogoMoto Actv, the very own World’s first Android Watch too gets the root treatment. Now you may ask on what can you do with the rooted Android watch, one thing which you can benefit from rooting is that Rooting opens up the Android Market Place which we will see in the next article but before that we will check out on how to root the Moto Actv. Before we proceed, you need to go through the list of pre requisites which you need to follow and followed by which we will see the procedure in the every same page. Very soon we will also see Android powered refrigerators.

Note: This article should not be applied to root Motorola Actv Model and should not be applied to the phones which have model number as Moto Actv.

Disclaimer: Please note that we should not be held liable or responsible in any manner in whole or in parts if anything wrong happens to your device which is the most unlikely if you follow the instructions as prescribed in the due course of this article.

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Quick Pre Requisites:

  • Please note that you need to ensure that the watch is charged to a maximum possible level so as to ensure that it doesn’t get turned Off in the middle of rooting update.
  • Also, all the data need to be synced with the Moto Sync or else all the data will get erased.
  • Ensure that you are on the 4.55.78 version firmware version which you can check from your Moto Actv device from About section from the Settings.

So, assuming that you have followed all the instructions which are mentioned above, you can now proceed to the procedure which is mentioned below.

Procedure to Root Motorola Actv Android Watch:

  • First up you need to Download the Motorola Actv Firmware Boot Image in your computer and then you need to turn Off your Moto Actv Android watch so as to enter the watch in the recovery mode.


  • After turning the Android Watch, you need to hold the Power Key and start Key for 3 seconds and then need to release the same so as to enter the watch in the fast boot mode. If the device powers ON in the normal mode then you need to again try to enter the device in the fast boot mode.


  • Now, once you get into the fast boot mode, you need to now connect the Moto Actv to the computer using the Original USB cable which you got at the time of purchase and then run the following commands in the command prompt in your computer.

fastboot flash boot boot.img
fastboot reboot

  • After this, once the device is rebooted you will be able to connect the device in the adb mode using the Zergrush tool. You can also additionally make use of SuperOne Click Rooting tool to root the device.

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  • Once the device is rooted, you need to make a backup image of your system partition as there is no stock image available. You can do this by running the following command as root on adb shell.

dd if=/dev/block/mmcblk1p18 of=/sdcard/system.img bs=1024

  • Now, exit the ADB and type in the below mentioned command,

adb pull /sdcard/system.img system.img

  • Now, take the system.img and save it in the safe location as we will be needing it later. Now you can load the launcher using the adb install command or also you can remove the default launcher by again mounting the file system and saving the launcher to the sd card. As soon as you do this, the launcher will be installed successfully. You can use the Honeycomb launcher 1.8 which is tried and tested.

mount -t ext3 -o remount,rw /dev/block/mmcblk1p18 /system
cp /system/app/Launcher2.apk /sdcard
rm /system/app/Launcher2.apk

  • Now, that’s it you can now even install the Google Apps by downloading it from the Cyanogen Mod’s website. Once you are done with this you need to now re enable the mass storage sync with the Motorola tools and run the command stop adb in the adb shell itself.

Do let us know just in case if you face any issues in the comments section as we will try to ensure that all your issues are sorted out at the earliest.




  1. Eric Feige

    August 23, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    I’m really close to pulling the trigger on one of these since the price-drop, but I’ve been using Runkeeper forever and I’d like to keep using it. If I root the MOTOACTV is it still usable like normal? Second, if I root it, can I ADB push or sideload the Runkeeper APK and use that? If I can somehow use RK on this device, and still have it function as a watch/GPS/music player without it being a pain to use, I’ll go buy one at lunch!

  2. hector

    August 18, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    my question is that if do doing to my MOTOROLA ACTV still be able to sync with my cell phone to receive calls and messages?

  3. agbonifo osaze dickson

    May 18, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    common we are not all developers or experts or hackers like you, please make a full video in full details, this is too hard, i have passed 36 hurs on my pc now yet, i still dnt get it because the info is not clare, i stoped at the part were ur motoactive sceen turned red…

  4. Osaze Dickson Agbonifo

    May 13, 2012 at 5:01 am

    Please if u want money or some payment for a video review just say it, am sure people are ready to pay. But replying almost every comment people write complaining about their problems en’t helping anybody at all.

  5. Fernando Avila

    March 5, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I can’t get the adb driver to work… it just can’t find my device (adb devices command doesnt show anything) and Pradeep the driver for adb IS NOT in here… I saw you answering some other guy and you said the link to the driver is available at this site… anyway… anyone have a clue?
    PS: Yes I am in fastboot mode and when I plug the cable it shows USB on the watch screen.

    • Neela Pradeep

      March 11, 2012 at 11:15 am

      uninstall and install the adb drivers again!

  6. mek

    February 4, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    And btw, just noticed that during the last days an upgrade was released (4.57.97)

  7. mek

    January 30, 2012 at 1:34 pm


    I got a 8gb version in London, after an upgrade it has 4.57.78, as 4.55.78 is mentioned,
    would this method here work as well? 55=us 57=europe or what do these numers represent?

    • Pradeep Neela

      January 31, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      no, it wont work on this build!

      • mek

        February 4, 2012 at 7:39 pm

        what do I need to do to get a working version for 4.57.78?

  8. Anthony

    January 29, 2012 at 6:51 am

    i have that installed and still nothing. when i hit the menu button and it shows a list of apps the message Running Apps Carousel not complete. Please be patient. and then if i click on something it force closes. Also i cant get the original launcher to work on it either; it just does the swipe left or right demo then closes back to the other launcher. i use this program someone created on the xba forums for im am not as tech savvy to actually go into the command log and get everything working. its called MotoACTV Easy Modder. In it there is an option to install the package installer.apk (which i did) and theres stilll nothing working. ive even tried to install apps with adb install and its still not running.

    • Pradeep Neela

      January 29, 2012 at 10:38 am

      yes, we are aware of this and developers are working on the same! we will update you very soon on the same! also some of the apps are not compatible!

    • norcalkid

      January 29, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      Flash your back up of your system.img through that tool and that should fix your stock launcher problem. You probably removed all system apks.

  9. barbara brooks

    January 25, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Im not sure what this means. are you going to be adding the link to the site for the correct .apk file? Updatin gthe notes to include a file name? can you tell me what i am looking for then i can look it up on my own.

  10. Giblet

    January 20, 2012 at 11:29 am

    When trying to reload the system.img via fast boot, I receive the message (bootloader) image bigger than partition — FAILED (remote failure) — As of now, my device is bricked. Any ideas?

    • Pradeep Neela

      January 23, 2012 at 10:41 am

      we are looking into this!

    • Norcalkid

      January 26, 2012 at 3:27 am

      “dd if=/dev/block/mmcblk1p18 of=/sdcard/system.img bs=1024”

      go into the freenode irc channel #motoactv and we can help you there

      Ricky Brent posted this and it includes a fix :

      2) Get the system image like this instead — Chris Wade updated the directions — otherwise, you will need to update your img file like this:
      dd if=/dev/block/mmcblk1p18 of=/sdcard/system.img bs=1024 count=159616
      adb pull /system/system.img system.img

  11. TJ

    January 19, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    I think I have bricked my device… I rooted it and then installed the application but I think i didnt install the launcher properly. I can get the fastboot to load but it always says that the battery is low. Also If I plug it in it just comes up with the motorola screen and wont move from there. Any help would be awesome thanks guys!

    • Pradeep Neela

      January 23, 2012 at 10:48 am

      we are looking into this and will be coming up with a new article!

  12. Anthony

    January 15, 2012 at 8:25 am

    I cant get anything to work. when i try to open any application it force closes. i have the launcher running but that’s about it.

    • Norcalkid

      January 17, 2012 at 4:55 am

      What applications have u tried … You cant install apps on it unless you install them through adb using adb install whateveryourapksnameis.apk or extract the package installer.apk from gapps and place it in system apps .. There is a batch script some one wrote for us and is very helpful i put a link up for it here but the writer of this post didnt want it or something. We are also working on getting a recovery and a full gingerbread rom running on this.

      • Anthony

        January 29, 2012 at 6:53 am

        i have that installed and still nothing. when i hit the menu button and it shows a list of apps the message “Running Apps Carousel not complete. Please be patient.” and then if i click on something it force closes. Also i cant get the original launcher to work on it either; it just does the swipe left or right demo then closes back to the other launcher. i use this program someone created on the xba forums for im am not as tech savvy to actually go into the command log and get everything working. its called MotoACTV Easy Modder. It also has a function to install the package installer.apk (which i tried) and still nothing.

  13. jerry

    January 10, 2012 at 2:28 am

    is there a way to have both the apps and the fitness function installed at the same time?

    • Pradeep Neela

      January 10, 2012 at 10:22 am

      no jerry not as of now!


      January 10, 2012 at 11:20 am

      Yes their is … just don’t remove the stock launcher and install button savior or home switcher to launchers and
      as long as you don’t remove any system apks you are gg


    January 8, 2012 at 2:39 am

    if you visit this website a member posted a “ALL IN ONE” batch script that will simplify things for people having problems.. it doesnt root yet but that part is the easy one

    so check it out!!
    (Links removed by moderator)

    ALL credit for this goes to GNU4LYFE

  15. Jim

    January 8, 2012 at 12:04 am

    How do I install GAPPS? What I did was take each APK from the .zip file and installed it using however I’m getting Force Close for google framework and market when I try to access market.

    • Pradeep Neela

      January 8, 2012 at 11:25 am

      you need to clear the cache of individual app from manage apps

      • uli

        March 25, 2012 at 2:24 pm

        hi, how do you clear cache from manage apps, is this done on the watch? or adb? thanks for the help

        • Neela Pradeep

          March 27, 2012 at 10:08 pm


  16. James

    January 7, 2012 at 8:40 am

    How do you “re enable the mass storage sync”?
    What version of Cyanogen should you use?

    • Pradeep Neela

      January 7, 2012 at 10:53 am

      from settings option and sd card tools you can do that! exact path not known!

    • Pradeep Neela

      January 7, 2012 at 10:53 am

      still cyanogen mod is not there!


      January 8, 2012 at 2:46 am

      Mass storage sync is re enabled by opening a command line and typing adb shell then type stop adbd

      anytime you want to use your mass storage.

  17. Jordan

    January 5, 2012 at 9:52 am

    What do I do if my motoactv is in a bootloop. I successfully rooted it, but when I deleted some apps that I had installed through adb, it won’t boot up anymore. I can’t even shut it off. What should i do?!?

    • Pradeep Neela

      January 5, 2012 at 9:54 am

      you should not install adb after applying the update as it will fully wipe the device, please try repeating the process now!

  18. Ford Holt

    January 2, 2012 at 7:24 am

    I have a 16gb Motoactv which has recently updated to software version 4.56.78. Am I still able to root the device using these current instructions and this current boot.img file?

    Another issue I have is that when I hook up the device to the computer and begin running the fastboot program on both device and computer, the computer fastboot can’t find the boot.img file despite my having downloaded it. Is there any particular file that I need to move it to?

  19. Ford Holt

    January 2, 2012 at 2:01 am

    I have the 16gb motoactv and I’ve just undergone the update to 4.56.78. Will this root file still work with my device or do I need to wait for an update to the root files? Also, whenever I’ve downloaded the boot.img file and run fastboot to start the process, fastboot can’t find the boot.img file – where do I need to place that file so it can be found? Thanks.

    • Pradeep Neela

      January 5, 2012 at 10:04 am

      you need to isntall the adb in your pc and then connect the device to pc to push the file via fastboot!

  20. Kent

    December 31, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    I cannot get fastboot.exe to recognize the device. I have seen mentions of another fastboot required. Can anyone offer any help. I have installed the full Android SDK. Motodev studio (not in it), some standalone fastboot packages they all do the same thing return nothing. the device looks ok bootloader mode and detects when I plug and unplug the cable. still googling around but was hoping I could get some help/

    • Pradeep Neela

      January 1, 2012 at 10:43 am


      • Kent

        January 2, 2012 at 3:48 am

        Turned out to be a bad device. The battery died as well. Sorry for the false alarm.

  21. Ricky Brent

    December 31, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    This is such a fun hack. Two things I found out…

    1) Take a backup of your userdata partition too, just like your system img; otherwise, it can get corrupted and make the file loop at the motorola logo:
    dd if=/dev/block/userdata of=/sdcard/userdata.img bs=1024
    adb pull /sdcard/userdata.img userdata.img

    2) Get the system image like this instead — Chris Wade updated the directions — otherwise, you will need to update your img file like this (
    dd if=/dev/block/mmcblk1p18 of=/sdcard/system.img bs=1024 count=159616
    adb pull /system/system.img system.img

    3) You can remap your top start button to menu fairly easily. After you get root, edit this file:
    Change this line:
    to this:
    … then reboot. This will make it no longer work in the motorola apps, however.

    4) I found Zeam a great alternative to the Honeycomb launcher. It doesn’t take up as much memory, and you can avoid the Honeycomb launcher’s issue where the small screen size causes icons to overlap.
    – Install Zeam the same way you installed the honeycomb launcher — aka, download it and adb install the apk.
    – Press and hold in a blank area, and go to “add”, then “shortcuts”, then “settings”, then “settings” again — this will give you an icon you can use to change the wifi and enter in new information.

    • ray

      January 1, 2012 at 1:44 am

      thanks for the extra info Ricky ! and thank you Pradeep for the help!

      i have 1 more question…

      i cant seem to get motoactv to launch when i connect my device how would i go about enabling that?

    • jordan

      January 5, 2012 at 10:21 am

      I’m in a bootloop and i didn’t backup my user data. What should I do?

      • Pradeep Neela

        January 5, 2012 at 1:09 pm

        install adb again, reboot the device and then re apply the update!

  22. ray

    December 29, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Can you please explain how to establish fastboot with my device … I open terminal and type fastboot devices but the serial for my device does not come up

    • Pradeep Neela

      December 29, 2011 at 11:54 pm

      install the adb drivers, only coz of missing adb drivers it created an issue!

      • ray

        December 30, 2011 at 12:09 am

        where would i get the adb drivers from?

        • Pradeep Neela

          December 31, 2011 at 4:46 pm

          you can refer the links which are mentioned in the procedure!

  23. rdavidowski

    December 29, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    How do you proceed with the instalation of the Google APPS. Please explain the steps to do this specificaly as I have tried without any luck.

  24. William Hickman

    December 29, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    I bricked my motoactv. Now it won’t go past the fastboot mode, and I cannot connect it through adb. I have tried restoring the system.img, but every time it fails! Please help!

    • Pradeep Neela

      December 29, 2011 at 8:29 pm

      which firmware it was on? you can refer the source!

    • Ricky Brent

      December 31, 2011 at 12:29 pm

      Don’t panic — as long as you can get to fastboot, you should be okay.

      • telapan

        February 13, 2012 at 7:00 am

        I’m in a bootloop and can’t seem to get out of it. I can get to fastboot but not sure what to do.

        • Pradeep Neela

          February 15, 2012 at 12:28 am

          re insert the battery and re apply the firmware

  25. Caleb rich

    December 29, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Can I send in my device for you to do I don’t underdstand half of this.

    • Pradeep Neela

      December 29, 2011 at 11:55 pm

      which part you didn’t understand?

      • Caleb Rich

        December 30, 2011 at 2:41 am

        it would be best if somebody with experience did it.

      • barbara brooks

        January 21, 2012 at 10:36 am

        I made it through all the instructions but when it gets to the end and says “you can now install the hcl launcher”…im stuck b/c i dont have the .apk file. where do i obtain this from? i did a search through all of the zergush tools folder as well as the android sdk folder. which .apk file am i looking for and where do i obtain it?

  26. Hai

    December 29, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    My problem with this tutorial is that it’s pretty much a straight copy and paste from the author. Can you actually make a tutorial of step by step for someone who has no experience with rooting and have no idea how to do any of this stuff?

    • Pradeep Neela

      December 29, 2011 at 11:56 pm

      we had to stick to the info from source as we haven’t tried this! you can refer the source for the same!

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