Here’s what you need to download the official Motorola Moto G5 Plus XT1685 firmware flash file onto your computer. You can then use one of the compatible flashing tools to update the firmware on your smartphone or tablet.

Flashing tools were initially developed by the companies that were associated with the device’s hardware, kept in-house, used in the back rooms of smartphone repair centers to fix common mobile device-related problems. The tools were later published on the Web for anyone to use. Now you can solve the same kinds of issues that were once left up to those repair centers: bootloops, soft-brick situations, software errors, software bugs, update errors, so forth, by downloading the software onto your computer at home instead. What’s more, installing the Motorola Moto G5 Plus XT1685 flash file is an easy task, thanks to the flashing tool’s user-friendly interfaces that usually require just one click before the flashing is underway.

Most third-party developers who create tools for helping you customize your devices—the teams that work on custom recovery images, rooting applications, et cetera—recommend sticking with custom software if you have already changed the system partition or replaced the stock recovery partition with a custom one. If you are to go back to stock Android on the device, though, they strongly suggest flashing the firmware yourself instead of accepting the over-the-air updates. This is because OTAs can create unexpected behavior since they are often only patching over existing software instead of completely replacing it.

The flashing tools such as the Smartphone Flash Tool are always computer applications. On most occasions, these apps are relatively small files and will not take up much hard drive space.

You can sometimes have a choice of what flashing tool you want to use to flash the Motorola Moto G5 Plus XT1685 stock firmware file. You can flash stock ROMs with tools that work for either the system chip found in the device’s hardware, the firmware file type, or on occasion, apps that are designed to work for a particular manufacturer.

What Is Android Firmware?

Firmware is the operating system and its applications that control how the smartphone or tablet that runs on Android operates. While you may see the words “software update available” on your device’s display, we call it firmware to highlight its close relationship with the device manufacturers hardware.

If you prefer technical jargon, firmware is the specific programming that gets written to a device’s non-volatile memory. The firmware gets added to the device during the manufacturing process and is the middleman in helping software run on the hardware. Firmware can be written as read-only memory (ROM), erasable programmable read-only memory (EPROM), or flash memory.

The Android operating system is more open than much of its competitors in iOS, Windows 10 Mobile, and Tizen. You always get firmware running on your device out of the box, but if you do not like it, you can swap it over with custom firmware or other firmware versions that were made for your device. This flexibility helps with troubleshooting, or if you know you would prefer a different Android version that was made available.

Why Reinstall Stock Firmware?

Did you think you may need to restore the stock firmware on your device? Here are some of the things that you can achieve with stock firmware files:

  • Upgrade or downgrade the version of Android on your device
  • Fix common mobile device-related problems, such as unbearable bugs in the software
  • Remove custom recovery images such as TWRP
  • Unroot the Android operating system, regardless of what method/tool you may have used to get root access
  • Unbrick your smartphone or tablet
  • Reinstall the operating system
  • Fix invalid IMEI problems

Motorola Moto G5 Plus XT1685 Firmware Flash File Download Links

File Name: Motorola_Moto_G5_Plus_XT1685_POTTER_NPNS25.137-93-14_CID50.zip

Android Version: Android 8.0 (Oreo)

Firmware File: Download flash file

Flashing Instructions: You can use a computer that runs on Windows to install this version of the firmware file.

How to Install Motorola Moto G5 Plus XT1685 Flash File Using Windows Computer

To install the Motorola Moto G5 Plus XT1685 firmware, you do not have to use a flashing tool, like you would with most other manufacturers. Instead, you can install the firmware directly from the device’s microSD card. You can only install the firmware using this method if you have a microSD card.

Notes:

  • Back Up Your Data. You should always back up your data before you begin flashing new firmware files to your smartphone or tablet. All of your pictures, music, videos, documents, etc. should be still on your device after you have updated the firmware, but you may need to restore the contacts and applications from a backup.
  • Wipe Cache and Factory Reset. Some people claim that taking a factory reset isn’t necessary after updates, but at the very least you should wipe the system cache after installing new firmware. This way you can help eliminate any performance issues and battery draining bugs. Taking a factory reset is the best way of avoiding common problems many users face after applying software updates.

Before We Begin

  • Make sure you have:
    • A desktop computer or laptop that is running on a version of the Windows operating system (ideally Windows 10 but at least Windows 7).
    • A USB data cable that allows you to connect your smartphone or tablet to the computer.
    • The scatter loading file/files you want to flash to the smartphone or tablet.
  • You need to install USB drivers on the computer that allows for your smartphone or tablet to be detected by Windows. Several drivers can achieve this. If the drivers in the tutorial do not work for your device, try getting in contact with your smartphone’s manufacturer via an official website or phone number, or use a driver that works for your smartphone’s chipset.
  • We recommend backing up the smartphone or tablet before getting started. The SP Flash Tool is a reliable tool, but whenever you are installing firmware—regardless of the tool—it is possible you may want to restore the old version of your device. You can only do that from a backup.

1. Install the Motorola USB drivers on your computer so you can connect your smartphone to the computer successfully.

2. Download the firmware file onto your computer.

3. Extract the zip file so you can use the firmware by right-clicking on it and clicking Extract all and then choosing your location for the firmware.

Tip: You may want to choose the desktop as the location for the extracted file so you can find them easily if you do not know your way around Windows’ Windows Explorer/ File Explorer very well.

4. Connect the Motorola smartphone to the computer with the USB cable.

5. Open the extracted firmware folder and double-click on the flashfile.bat to run it.

6. The firmware flashing should start automatically. Wait until the flashing has completed, which can take up to 10-15 minutes, before disconnecting the smartphone from the computer.

Additional Firmware

You can download firmware for other Android devices if you have another smartphone or tablet from a different manufacturer.

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