A simple way to root the Motorola Moto G (Woks on XT1031, XT1032, XT1033, XT1034, Google Play Edition)

My Moto G had just arrived a few days ago, and I want to root this awesome phone. Yeah, I think this would be easy, because so far, I have never encountered any problem when rooting my phones. But unfortunately, Moto G does not allow me to use all simple ways that I’ve posted. 

The first challenge is unlocking the bootloader, as long as I have not managed to open it, then I will not be able to root the Android. Motorola provides a good guide to unlock the bootloader, just go to http://www.motorola.com/unlockbootloader and follow the steps.

Make sure you have ADB and Fastboot on you computer, there is an easy way to install it.

For Mac OS X or Linux: Use Nexus Tools
For Windows: Use ADB Installer

Read this forum post if you encounter any problem during the process.

After successfully unlocking the bootloader, I can start to root the Android. I’ve found an easy way to root my Moto G.

How to root the Motorola Moto G with CWM Advanced Edition

Do not forget to enable USB debugging in the Developer options.

Ready? Let’s get started!

1. Download the CWM img file for Moto G -> CWM Advanced Edition PhilZ Touch
2. Turn off your phone, then press Power+Volume Down to enter fastboot mode

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3. Flash the .img with this command

fastboot flash recovery cwm.img

4. Boot into fastboot mode again, and use Volume Down button to navigate, and Volume Up button to select the menu. Go to Recovery mode.

5. Reboot System Now, and then it prompt for flashing recovery, choose NO. And when it prompt for fix the root, choose YES.

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6. Ok, your Moto G has been rooted now. You can now install SuperSU or Superuser. Enjoy it!

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via Falcon G on XDA

17 Comments

John 1 April 2015 Reply

Thank you. This, coupled with step by step unlocking instructions easily rooted my XT1031 Moto G.

jerry 3 May 2015 Reply

Do u have the Boost mobile moto g?

Hasan 15 May 2015 Reply

No, I dont. 😉 I’m living in Indonesia.

John 1 April 2015 Reply

Thank you. This, coupled with step by step unlocking instructions easily rooted my XT1031 Moto G.

jerry 3 May 2015 Reply

Do u have the Boost mobile moto g?

Hasan 15 May 2015 Reply

No, I dont. 😉 I’m living in Indonesia.

Anthony 19 October 2015 Reply

How do we flash the .img?

Hasan 21 October 2015 Reply

You can use fastboot

Anthony 19 October 2015 Reply

How do we flash the .img?

Hasan 21 October 2015 Reply

You can use fastboot

Helgrinds 15 January 2016 Reply

Does this still work with android version 5.1?

Hasan 18 January 2016 Reply

I think yes. 🙂

Helgrinds 15 January 2016 Reply

Does this still work with android version 5.1?

Hasan 18 January 2016 Reply

I think yes. 🙂

Helgrinds 15 January 2016 Reply

Does this still work with android version 5.1?

Hasan 18 January 2016 Reply

I think yes. 🙂

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