Root the Motorola Moto G it is more complex than other Android smartphones. While in many smartphones it is not necessary to unlock the bootloader to be able to root the smartphone, it is necessary in the case of the Motorola Moto G. We are not going to dedicate this article to explain how to unlock the bootloader of the Motorola Moto G, since that It is something that we already explained in an article a few months ago.
To root the Motorola Moto G with Android 4.4.2 KitKat it is necessary to have the smartphone and the latest firmware update. Also, as we have already said, it is necessary to unlock the bootloader. The smartphone must have a battery level greater than 50%.
1.- Install the USB drivers on the computer: It is essential to have the drivers on the computer to be able to root the smartphone. If not, the computer will not recognize the smartphone, and we will not be able to control it from the computer. In the drivers section of the official Motorola website you can select your operating system, download the file, and install the drivers.
2.- Activate USB debugging mode: USB debugging mode must be active on the smartphone. We can activate this mode in the Development options section, in Settings. However, if we cannot find the Development Options section, it will be because we have not activated it yet. To do this, we access Phone information, and click on Compilation number seven times. A message will confirm that the Development Options are already activated.
3.- Download ADB Tools: ADB Tools is going to be the software that we are going to use to be able to manage the smartphone from the computer. Therefore, it is necessary download the folder containing ADB Tools, unzip it, and leave it on the desktop of our computer.
4.- Download the Recovery: We are going to use a Recovery menu from which to install the application that will root the smartphone. We will install this menu through ADB Tools, but first it is necessary download it. Once the “recovery.img” file is downloaded, we copy it to the ADB Tools folder that should be on the Desktop.
5.- Download SuperSU: The SuperSU application is the one that we are going to use to obtain administrator user permissions on the smartphone. Necessary download the app, and transfer the .zip file, without decompressing, to the memory of the smartphone.
6.- Turn off the Motorola Moto G: Now we will start with the rooting process. It is necessary to turn off the smartphone and make sure that it is not connected to the computer.
7.- Start the smartphone in fastboot mode: To start the Motorola Moto G in fastboot mode, press the power button and the volume down button at the same time for a few seconds. Releasing them will activate the fastboot mode of the Motorola Moto G.
8.- Connect the smartphone to the computer via USB.
9.- Execute the command window: On the computer, it is necessary to go to the ADB Tools folder, and there execute the command window. To do this, press the Shift key, and the right mouse button to show the context menu and select the option “Open command window here”.
10.- Install the recovery: In the command window we write fastboot flash recovery recovery.img, and press Enter.
11.- Access the recovery: On the smartphone, scroll with the volume down button to the Recovery option, and access it by pressing the volume up button.
12.- Install SuperSU: Now, select the option «Install zip from sdcard», and select the SuperSU.zip file that you transferred to your smartphone.
13.- When the installation is finished, restart the smartphone, and the smartphone will have been rooted.
14.- Confirm that the smartphone is rooted: To confirm that the smartphone is rooted, you can read and follow the steps in this article.