root moto g 2015
One of the most popular budget phones out there, the Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen) is one of the smoothest phones you can get for the money. With its decent processor, camera, no bloatware (just pure Android for the most part) and water-resistance body for a price tag under $200.

Rooting your Moto G will allow you to flash custom ROMs, modifications/themes, overclocking the processor, and many more. If you are looking for a way to root your phone, read along and follow the quick and basic instructions found in this post.

This tutorial consists of 3 parts: Unlocking the bootloader, installing a custom recovery, and finally flashing SuperSU.

Keep in mind

  • This could void your device's warranty. Droid-Tips will not be responsible for any damages you may cause to your device after following this tutorial.
  • This procedure will install a custom recovery to your phone
  • This requires unlocking your bootloader which will erase all your stored data. Be sure to make backups of your important files.
  • Make sure that your Moto G's battery is well charged

Required downloads

Part I. Unlocking the Bootloader on Moto G

1. Unzip the files from Fastboot over to your Desktop.
2. On your phone head to Settings -> About phone and tap on Build number 7-8 times until it says you are a developer.
3. Now go back to your Settings and just above About phone you should see Developer options.
4. Head to Developer options and turn on USB Debugging.
5. Plug in your device to your computer using your USB cable.
6. Launch a Command Prompt window on your PC. You can do that by holding Shift and right-clicking anywhere on the fastboot folder and select "Open command window here".
7. Type in the following command there and press Enter:
adb reboot bootloader
8. Your device should now reboot into bootloader mode.
9. Once your device boots into bootloader mode, type in the following command on your PC:
fastboot oem get_unlock_data
10. Copy the string of text that appears on your screen removing any space of it.
11. Head over to the Motorola Bootloader website and log in. If you do not have an account you may create a new one.
12. Follow the bootloader unlocking procedure on the website and when you reach step 6, paste the string of text that you copied earlier.
13. Keep following the on-screen instructions to get an unlock key delivered to your email.
14. Copy the unlock key that you received on your email.
15. Type in the following command in the Command Prompt window and replace KEY with the unlock key you received.
fastboot oem unlock KEY
16. Your bootloader should now be unlocked, and you should be ready for part two of this tutorial.

Part II. Flashing a custom Recovery on Moto G

1. Head to Settings -> About phone and tap on Build number 7-8 times until it says you are a developer.
2. Now go back to your Settings and just above About phone you should see Developer options.
3. Head to Developer options and turn on USB Debugging.
4. Connect your device to your computer using your USB cable.
5. Move the twrp-osprey-2.8.7-test1.img file to the fastboot directory.
6. Launch a Command Prompt window on your PC. You can do that by holding Shift and right-clicking anywhere on the fastboot folder and select "Open command window here".
7. Type in the following command there and press Enter:
adb reboot bootloader
8. Once your device boots into bootloader mode, type in the following command on the Command Prompt:
fastboot flash recovery twrp-osprey-2.8.7-test1.img
9. Wait for it to flash TWRP recovery onto your device and when it's done, reboot by typing in the following command:
fastboot reboot
10. You should now have TWRP Recovery on your Moto G.

Part III. Rooting your Moto G

1. Connect your device to your computer using your USB cable.
2. Copy the SuperSu zip file to your phone's internal storage.
3. Launch a Command Prompt window on your PC. You can do that by holding Shift and right-clicking anywhere on the fastboot folder and select "Open command window here".
4. Type in the following command there and press Enter:
adb reboot recovery
5. Your device should reboot into TWRP recovery. Tap on Install.
6. Select the SuperSU .zip file you copied earlier.
7. Tap on Swipe to Confirm Flash to confirm the flash process.
8. When it's done flashing the SuperSu .zip file, reboot your device by tapping on Reboot followed by System.

Your Moto G (3rd Gen) should now be rooted. You may flash custom ROMs, modifications, kernels and everything else.
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