Even the TWRP recovery for the Moto Z2 Force is yet to arrive, you would be glad to know that the root access on the device has already been achieved. The success comes via Magisk root tool, that allows you to gain access through a patched boot.img file, and that’s what has been done here.
Big kudos for the Moto Z2 Force root goes to @themustached over at XDA, who patched the Z2 Force’s boot image which Magisk app can successfully root. Other users/developers who put in valuable efforts for this are: @mr turtle droid and @joemossjr.
In order to gain superuser access on your Moto Z2 Force, you would need to install/flash the patched boot.img files provided below to your device. Right now, it’s working for both the T-Mobile and Sprint Moto Z2 Force variants, that are running the August security patch, because that’s the boot image that has been patched. So, make sure you have the August patch installed on your T-Mobile/Sprint Z2 Force.
Until we have TWRP recovery for the Moto Z2 Force, we can’t fun with custom ROMs, even though you might be dying to try one like LineageOS 15 ROM as it comes with Android 8.0. Speaking of which, Motorola has revealed its Oreo update release plans earlier, and that includes the Z2 Force (obviously).
Check out our full coverage on Moto Z2 Force LineageOS 15 ROM downloads and device list here.
Motorola Moto Z2 Force Root
Do not try anything given on this page if you do not know completely what you are doing. In case any damage occurs, we won’t be held responsible.
The stuff given on this page is compatible only with the Motorola Moto Z2 Force, codename sanders. Do not try this on any other device as you might end up damaging your device.
Moto Z2 Force Root Guide
NOTE: Only the T-Mobile and Sprint model of Moto Z2 Force can be rooted right now. Moreover, the August security patch update should be installed on the device.
Root Moto Z2 Force using Magisk
- Well, first of unlock bootloader of your Moto Z2 Force using the guide linked.
- Download patched Boot image file:
- Connect your phone to PC with a USB cable.
- Open a command window on PC in the folder where you have the boot image file (from step 2) on your PC. For this, go to that folder, and then in the address bar, type cmd and hit enter key. A command window will open, whose folder location will be where you have the downloaded boot image file.
- With device connected to PC, reboot it to bootloader/fastboot mode by issuing the following command:
adb reboot bootloader
└ Check your phone’s screen, if it asks for “Allow USB debugging”, accept it by selecting OK/Yes.
- Now, we install TWRP recovery by issuing the following command.
fastboot flash boot <filename with .img extesion>
So, if you have the T-Mobile variant, the command will be: fastboot flash boot T-Mobile_z2_force_Magisk_August.img while if it’s the Sprint Z2 Force in your hand, then the command will be fastboot flash boot sprint_z2_force_Magisk_August.img
- Now restart your device with this command
- When your Z2 Force turns on, download Magisk Manager APK on your device. (Transfer it to phone if you download it on PC.)
- Install the Magisk app using any file manager app, and run it to gain root access.
That’s it. Your Moto Z2 Force is rooted. To verify, download/install any root checker app from the Play Store.
Do let us know if you need any help with rooting Moto Z2 Force.