ROOT Moto G on Android 4.4.4

ROOT Moto G on Android 4.4.4

A few days ago I published an article on how to restore your Moto G to the original firmware (stock ROM) KitKat 4.4.4 in order to restore a Moto G that you had in a custom ROM or as in my case to repair a Moto G that was left stuck and wouldn’t start anymore.

Today I would like to complete the guide by adding the necessary steps to get ROOT access on your Moto G after you have it in version 4.4.4 on a Stock ROM. If this is your case, the following guide is for you.

As always, it goes without saying that the steps that follow are risky, so you should only continue at your own risk, evaluate very well if your equipment complies with what is required before continuing. Also keep in mind that obtaining ROOT access on Android in most cases will mean that you will lose the manufacturer’s warranty (Motorola in this case).

Previous steps

  • Have your Moto G with the bootLoader unlocked. Apparently it is not entirely necessary, but I think it is the most recommended.
  • You must have the USB drivers installed for your Moto G. I recommend that the computer you use, if it is Windows, has Windows 7 onwards, getting Windows XP to recognize the Moto G is a nightmare. It is best to install the Motorola Device Managerwhich can be obtained from the official Motorola site.
  • Have your Moto G on Android 4.4.4 Stock. If you don’t have it, you can follow this guide to leave it at this point.

Steps: Get Moto G ROOT access

  1. Download the TWRP custom Recovery which by the way is great because it is touch, from the following link or from this other link mirror.
  2. Download the update for SuperSU from the following link.
  3. Download ADB Tools (just in case you don’t already have it installed on your PC or you have the full Android SDK) from the following link.
  4. Unzip ADB Tools in a Windows folder, then in this same folder unzip the recovery.img that was downloaded in point 1.
  5. Connect your Moto G on to the PC and paste the .ZIP file downloaded in point 2 into the memory of the cell phone.
  6. Disconnect your Moto G from the USB of your PC then turn it off and start in FastBoot mode, to do this, press and hold the power button and the volume down for 3 seconds. You should see the following menu on the screen of your Moto G:
adb reboot-bootloader
Deberías llegar por cualquiera de las 2 maneras a un menú en tu celular que luce así:
Normal Powerup
Switch Console [NULL: null]
BP Tools 
  1. Either with ADB Tools or with the Android SDK, open a command window (start – run – cmd.exe) and access the folder where you pasted the recovery.
  2. Being already in your command screen located in the ADB folder, we are going to flash the custom recovery on your Moto G, for this type or paste the following command.
fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
  1. When the process finishes on your PC you should see the confirmation [OKAY] that flashing was successful. Also on the screen of your Moto G.
  2. On your Moto G use the fastboot menu and with the volume down navigate to the option “recobery” then select it with volume up. The cell phone will restart in recobey mode and you will see the welcome screen of your new TWRP custom recobey.
    ROOT Moto G

    TWRP menu the custom Recovery

  3. Using the touch functions, select the “install” menu and search among the files in your cell phone’s memory for the .ZIP file that you downloaded in point 2.
  4. After confirming the installation, select the option “reboot system now” and voila, when you restart Android, you will already have ROOT Moto G. You can search for the SuperSU App that will already be installed.

Now you can enjoy your Moto G with ROOT access. I hope this guide will serve you all. If you have suggestions or comments, do not hesitate to do so in the comments section.