The Motorola company now owned by Lenovo is well looked after for Android software updates since the alliance it once had as being a Google company as soon as last year. That’s undoubtedly lead to Moto being the first company inline after Google’s own Nexus for the creative Android 5.0 Lollipop software. Anyway, if you are up and running on the latest Android has to offer on your Moto G’s screen it’s time to unlock the system internals and break away from the default factory restrictions. The “G” is one of the cheapest smartphones out there that’s worth owning. That means it a great candidate for unchaining the internal hardware with root access.
Giving yourself full administrative rights over the OS and using the smartphone on full power surely enhances the user experience thanks to some custom operations. That’s what we are achieving by completing this CF-Root operation. Motorola and Google don’t allow what we are partaking in here today. That’s why the manufacturers warranty is void once you finish the steps by flashing the files. You can flash a stock firmware version and unroot the device. Doing so has the warranty working again. However, there’s no way to gain root access without tripping the flash counter away from zero. That’s how the workers know you’ve tinkered with the operating system.
What Is Rooting the Android Operating System?
When you buy a new smartphone, you might not know it, but the Android operating system is in a “locked” state. For the most part, it will not make much difference to you: most apps are still available to use, and there are benefits to this locked state such as better security. When you root the Android operating system, you are gaining full administrative rights over the OS.
Why Would You Want to Root Android?
Gaining full administrative rights over the operating system has some perks to some people. For example, out of the millions of applications available on Google Play, some of them will not be able to run on your device unless it has root access. Until you have a specific need for wanting Android rooted, you probably want to leave Android as it comes out of the box. But if you need to unlock an app, then that is when you want to look into rooting methods. Using more apps is only one example of why you may want root access, here is the full list of benefits:
- Unlock more applications. Some of the apps available for Android cannot run unless you have root access. This is because the app’s features cannot run without the root permissions because the features require the full system access before they can be useful.
- Better battery life. Smartphones are great, but they have one caveat, which is each time you recharge the battery, it loses some of its overall lifespan. That means smartphones, in general, do not make great investments, and if your weekly paycheck is low, you will want to limit the number of smartphones you go through. One of the ways you can do that is by removing bloatware and creating a better battery life.
- Bolster performance. If you are the budget-conscious shopper, you may want to increase the device’s performance. This can be done by removing the bloatware as well. The more processes you have running, the more memory that is used. By removing some of the apps, it can help lighten the load on your hardware.
- Customize Android with themes. With root access, you can download and install any theme that’s at your disposal. That includes any customized theme you can find.
What Are the Risks of Rooting?
If you are buying a smartphone that is not running iOS, then it is probably the Android operating system that you want running as the ideal software to pair with your shiny new hardware. It is, in fact, the Android OS that offers you the chance to customize the OS considerably more than iOS: custom themes, run any app you know about, the works. For many users, the “openness” of an operating system is important, because it offers them more freedom which means running into fewer problems with their investments. But there is a reason iOS likes a far more locked approach: the ability to customize is not for everyone, and if you do not know what you are doing it can lead to a lot of problems which can define your time with the OS rather than freedom.
With power (full admin permissions) comes greater responsibility. Here are some of the main risk factors when it comes to rooting:
- Malware becomes a larger threat. You might read the occasional news article about how new malware is wreaking havoc in parts of the world on Android. But the Android operating system with root access becomes considerably more vulnerable to exploits because applications are no longer prisoned off in their own sandbox environments. This means if you accidentally download malware, it can do more damage because it can spread throughout the operating system and even jump into other applications and potentially view sensitive data.
- You can accidentally brick the smartphone. There is always a chance that you end up bricking the smartphone before you had the opportunity to use it with root access. That is because if you are going to brick it, it is going to happen during the rooting process.
- You may void the warranty. Most manufacturers do not allow you to root the Android operating system and still get to bring it in for repairs under warranty. Whether they are legally meant to do that or not is another question, but it is now common knowledge that most do not want to help you if they find out you have unlocked the OS with root access.
Details of Note
- Furthermore, on a rooted Moto G 2014 you are capable of installing a custom ROM of your choice and change the way your phone looks with themes and other ideas. Moreover, you have access to plenty of other apps from the Google Play Store that wouldn’t work on your device until now. I promise to run you through a few of my favorite apps once the guides finished.
- Drop everything and start by taking a full backup of the data. You ought to store the contacts, SMS texts, pictures, music, video, EFS folder on the internal memory. You see, the internal memory is safe from being wiped if we do a factory reset. The ROM itself is not. that’s why we can use the internal storage space for backing up. You can use the SD card if your phone has the slot for that option and if you have bought one from the shops. Those with a custom smartphone already can use Titanium backup for the data and take a Nandroid backup of the ROM so you don’t lose the current data. Others who sit on stock firmware want to download Helium from the Google Play Store and make copies of the data that way. SMS backup+ is great for backing up those messages you never want to lose. Likewise, Google Drive offer a limited amount of free space of you prefer storing your data in the cloud and keeping the internal memory free for your photos apps and games.
- You can only follow the steps using a Windows PC ranging from XP through to Windows 10. Do not attempt to follow the steps from a Mac or Linux machine. In fact, if you love Android and don’t have Windows we recommend making the switch next time you are shopping since most guides we make are catered for Microsoft Windows. That’s nothing on our end, but rather the OS all the developers seemingly prefer to target. You can use a computer, notebook or laptop. It doesn’t have to be a desktop PC. however, you want a machine with the USB slot mounted in the side since we must connect using the USB wire.
- You must have the Motorola USB drivers before starting the steps. You can get these from a third-party file source or by visiting the official website. A great deal of you will have the drivers up-to-date already, therefore you won’t need to bother. You can verify where you stand by plugging the phone into the computer with the USB cable and trying to get access to the phones data from the drive. If you can the drivers are working.
- We are rating this guide as suitable for an intermediate level of experience. If it’s your first time and you’re thinking about tinkering with the OS we suggest finding a friend to help who does have some experience. Otherwise, if you have no other options read through the steps carefully and then go ahead. You don’t need to be an advanced Android users to follow this through.
- You ought to have enabled USB Debugging Mode from the Developer Options menu. You find it from the Settings app after turning the phone on and unlocking the pass code.
- The guide is for the XT1063 model Moto G smartphone from the year 2014 and is not made for any other. Each guide is specifically made for each device. you can check your model number by turning the mobile on and tapping the Settings app followed by About Device. Now look at the model number.
How to root the Motorola Moto G XT1063 running Android 5.0 Lollipop
- Start by logging into your user account on the computer.
- Download the CF-Root file here to the computer desktop
- Find the phone.
- Boot it up in bootloader mode.
– hold Power and the Volume Down keys at the same time.
- Find the USB cable.
– check the phone charger.
- Connect the computer and Moto G using the USB wire.
- Check the bottom right side of the system tray that the device is recognized and the drivers are working.
- Extract the rooting file on the desktop and find the root-windows.bat file.
- Run the file on the computer.
- Read the set of on-screen instructions and follow them through.
- Stopover at the Google Play Store and install the root checker app for verification.
You can install Philz Touch recovery along with Fastboot if you wish to add a custom recovery from here. Remember what I said about the apps? Well, you can test out Market Enabler, Samba Filesharing, SD Maid, LCD Density, Keyboard Manager, Virtual Button Bar, LBE privacy Guard and Dual Mount SD Widget just to name a few.