How to root Motorola / Moto Devices – Tutorial Android

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Root Motorola / Moto Smartphone

Motorola a former US based company primarily manufactured mobile devices, setup boxes, modems and other communication products. The company was acquired by Google for a brief period and under Google’s ownership they released few android phones which are mid ranged devices. Later Lenovo of China acquired Motorola and the phones released under the ascendency of Lenovo were named as simply Moto. To keep the legacy of Lenovo intact, the Moto phones will have a logo at booting time as ‘Moto by Lenovo’.

Most of the Motorola or Moto phones same Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC and hence the rooting process will be more or less same for most of the models. Older devices may not have the similar process but can be rooted by alternative and simpler methods.

Rooting will void warranty of your device. It will brick or cause boot loop of your phone. We are not responsible for any damages incurred. Proceed at your own risk.

Before rooting Motorola:

  • Backup your device to PC.
  • Enable USB debugging in developer options. If you can’t find developer options, go to settings – about phone – build number. Tap on build number for 7 times and developer options are unlocked. GO back to settings and you can see developer options.
  • Enable unknown sources in device security settings.
  • You must have unlocked bootloader before starting the rooting process.

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 Rooting without PC is the simplest method of all procedures. It will involve less risks and you need not have much technical knowledge or skill. Download any rooting app such as KingRoot, Kingoroot, Framaroot, iRoot and Root genius. Install any of these app and continue with the rooting process in a single click.

Though this process is a simple and user friendly the success rate is mixed. It depends on various factors such as app version, device model and android firmware version. Since it has minimal risks you can try with various apps until you succeed.


 This method is for advanced users only. Proceed only if you are familiar with technical terms and the technical process. This process has high success rate and high risks as well. Proceed with caution.

  • Download and install ADB and Fastboot drivers on your PC.
  • Download and copy suitable TWRP image into the folder where you have installed ADB and Fastboot drivers.
  • Download SuperSu.Zip and copy it to the root directory of your phone memory.
  • Connect your device and open command prompt where you have installed ADB (right click in empty space and select run command here). Reboot into bootloader by typing the command ‘fastboot reboot bootloader’
  • Once in bootload mode flash the recovery image by entering the command ‘fastboot recovery flash terp.img’
  • This will flash recovery on your device and after successfully flashing recovery, reboot into recovery by typing ‘fastboot reboot recovery’.
  • In recovery mode select install and locate the file you have copied in the device memory. Select to install and slide the bar to confirm the installation. After successfully installing the SuperSU.Zip, wipe the dalvik cache and reboot the device normally. Done, you are rooted and you can see SuperSU app on your device. Update SU binary normally if prompted.

This process is very simple if you are familiar with technical terms and required files. Note that the process may vary a little depending on the device model and also the ADB commands may also change depending on the type of file you are flashing. Proceed with caution or you may brick your device.

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