How to Root Moto G Android Phone on any Firmware – Simple Guide

Moto G, one of the marvel smartphones from Motorola can now be rooted. Yes, you can now root the device with the help of simple steps. Moto G has truly revolutionized the low end smartphone story as it comes with the essential specs without compromising neither on design nor on specs. So let’s check out on what are the quick pre requisites after which we will be checking out on what are the instructions with which you can root the device. Very soon we will be checking out on what are the custom ROM firmware available for Moto G so that Kitkat 4.4.2 too can be experienced on Moto G android phone.

Moto G

Note: Unlocking / Rooting the device will void the warranty as it means that you will have to boot loader unlock the device.

Quick Pre Requisites:

  • All the data in your device should be backed up with the help of below mentioned steps and not with any of the Motorola PC Suites.

SMS – Use “SMS Backup & Restore app”,
Contacts – Sync with the Gmail application,
Call Log – Call Log and Restore
Images, Songs, Videos, Files – Copy to internal / External SD Card,
APN and MMS Settings – Note down from the path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names”

  • Enable USB Debugging from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging” in your Moto G Android Phone.
  • Minimum battery life should be 40% so as to ensure that the phone doesn’t get turned Off in the middle of update.

Let’s check out on what are the steps with which you can root your Moto G Android phone.

Guide to Root Moto G Android Phone:

  • Extract the contents of the zip file inside a new folder called as “moto” in your desktop. Open the command prompt in your computer and navigate to the folder of “moto” which you have created earlier.
  • Turn Off your Moto G so that it can be entered in the boot loader mode, press Volume down + Power button, simultaneously.
  • Connect your Moto G Android phone with original USB cable with your computer and enter the below mentioned commands as per your Operating System;

Windows:

superboot-windows.bat

Mac:

./superboot-mac.sh

  • Once the process of rooting is done, you will be greeted with Root Access and Super SU will be installed successfully.
  • Download the “Root Checker” app from the Google PLAY Store to check on whether the device is rooted or not. Just in case if the device is not rooted, you need to retry the process of rooting.

Note: If the device gets into the boot loop sequence or say gets stuck in the welcome screen, just re insert the battery and re follow the above instructions so as to again follow the above mentioned instructions.

Do let us know in the comments section just in case if you face any issues as we will be more than happy to address all your concerns.

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13 Comments
  1. Reply Danny May 29, 2014 at 6:38 am

    This method is not true to the Aio(now cricket) moto g. The bootloader is unlockable.

    • Reply Pradeep Neela May 31, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      As mentioned, this method doesn’t support the network locked smartphones

  2. Reply Amar Ilindra May 18, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    How can we reinsert the battery if we struck at welcome screen as moto g comes with non-removable battery

  3. Reply Daniel brookes May 14, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Little tip of you get into moto g bootloop:
    Hold the power key and volume down key for about 10 seconds. Will shutdown the device at any point. This includes during crashes, booting, freezing, or any situation.
    I discovered this when I installed cyanogen mod onto my moto g. Got stuck in a bootlegs and tried they power+volume down combo, worked at least 10 times in a row.

  4. Reply Gizmo March 23, 2014 at 7:08 am

    Didn’t work for me on 4.4.

    Got a horrible flash of the screen with purple lines which looked like LCD death. Fortunately with no way to remove the battery, holding down power for what felt like an age (10 seconds maybe) rebooted.

    No root tho.

  5. Reply Naser March 17, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Hey,

    When did Motorola start to roll Moto G devices with External SD card and removable battery? Get your facts correct before making ‘em live.

  6. Reply asdf March 8, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    “In case phone get stuck in bootloop re-insert the battery”…if the editor is trying to publish a tutorial on “How to root moto g”, should’nt he be aware of the fact that moto g is fueled with a non-removable battery !?

  7. Reply Rodrigo N February 27, 2014 at 3:08 am

    Just came here to tell that everything went smooth during the root process ( I had done the boot loader unlock before doing there procedures )
    So thanks a lot for the article and for the tips.

    p.s I was on stock 4.3 when I hve done it all, not sure if it works on 4.4, as I haven’t upgraded it

  8. Reply Bryan Price February 22, 2014 at 8:24 am

    “Images, Songs, Videos, Files – Copy to internal / External SD Card,”

    Uh, no such thing on the Moto G.

    “just re insert the battery ”

    The battery the user can’t get into.

    This is scary.

  9. Reply sayan mitra February 16, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    If the device gets into the boot loop sequence or say gets stuck in the welcome screen, just “re insert” the battery and re follow the above instructions so as to again follow the above mentioned instructions.

    • Reply Pradeep Neela February 23, 2014 at 2:04 pm

      Hey sayan, apologies for the error! The same has been corrected!

  10. Reply Tony Green February 13, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    ” If the device gets into the boot loop sequence or say gets stuck in the welcome screen, just re insert the battery”.

    So just HOW does one do this on a ‘phone which doesn’t have a removable battery? Like the Moto G.

    • Reply thermel February 24, 2014 at 9:08 am

      buy a t6/t5 torx screwdriver and unscrew the back of the device – then you can remove the battery. THAT is HOW you remote the battery on this phone.

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