Motorola’s budget phone, the Moto G (2014), can now be easily rooted on latest Android 5.0 Lollipop firmware. For those curious readers, we will be using the CF-Auto-Root tool in your guide below which is the easiest root method available for this phone yet. Motorola has completely outclassed competitors in the budget smartphone range by producing one of, if not the most, greatest phone of all time – Moto G (2014). Why choose root? Read: Benefits of rooting an Android device. We recommend gaining root access on Android phones, especially the ones like these which have limited performance because they are often bottle-necked. All this can be avoided by having root access on your phone. You can now easily root Moto G (2014) while running the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop firmware. Before heading further, please make sure the bootloader of your phone is unlocked. Read: How to Unlock Bootloader on Moto G (2014).
As you continue reading, we will guide you through the process of how to root Android 5.0 Lollipop on Moto G (2014) using CF-Auto-Root with all the instructions and files needed. As long as you have an unlocked bootloader, there is no need to worry about losing your current phone data, but we still recommend making a backup of your data. You never know when something might go wrong. Make sure you go through all the tips given below and keep them in mind before performing the tutorial. Let’s continue with the tutorial now!
Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We (TeamAndroid.com) or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉
Moto G (2014) CF-Auto-Root Details:
CF-Auto-Root is a quick and easy tool maintained by Chainfire to root various Android phones and tablets. Recently, the Moto G (2014) was made compatible with CF-Auto-Root while this phone runs on the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop. It proves to be one of the most easiest and simplest method compared to other available tools.
There are tons of useful articles and how-to guides on Team Android for the Moto G (2014), but we think you might be interested in the following posts:
- Unlock Bootloader: How to Unlock Bootloader on Moto X (2014).
- Try Lollipop on Computer: How to Try and Install Android 5.0 Lollipop on Computer – Complete Guide.
- Root Moto X (2014): How to Root Moto X (2014) on Android 5.0 Lollipop – Complete Guide.
- Root Apps: You should check out our list of essential root apps that you should install.
- Custom ROMs: For a complete collection of Moto G (2014) custom ROMs, click here!
Moto G (2014) USB Drivers
You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for Moto G (2014) properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:
Backup and Other Important Tips
Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps:
Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below for some tips on how to backup data:
- Backup your Apps. How? –> How to Backup Android Apps.
- Backup your SMS messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore SMS Messages.
- Backup Contacts, Gmail and Google Data. How? –> Sync with Google Sync.
- Backup Call History. How? –> How to Backup Call History.
- Backup WhatsApp Messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore WhatsApp Messages.
- Backup APN Settings: GPRS, 3G, MMS Settings. How? Note down everything from: Settings > Wireless & Networks (More…) > Mobile networks > Access Point Names.
Samsung users can also back up data using Samsung KIES. If you backup data manually, you get more options what to choose from and it is very easy to move data across Android devices from different manufacturers, i.e moving Samsung Galaxy Note 3 backup data to HTC One (E8).
If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up.
A few more optional tips that you should remember:
1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean.
2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?
4. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.
5. Your bootloader should be unlocked. See here: How to Unlock Bootloader of Motorola Phones.
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All set and ready? Good. You can now continue reading below to the tutorial and root Moto G (2014) with the original/stock Android 5.0 firmware.
How to Root Moto G (2014) with CF-Auto-Root on Android 5.0 Lollipop
We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to root Moto G (2014) with CF-Auto-Root. Please read every line carefully below. We suggest that you should read the tutorial once before actually performing it on your phone.
- This root method tutorial is only for Moto G (2014) and listed variants. Please don’t try this on any other variants of the phone.
- Make sure you backup all your data in your phone before proceeding.
- This will void your warranty.
- Bootloader should be unlocked. How? –> How to Unlock Bootloader of Motorola Devices.
If you have fulfilled all the requirements above, then proceed to the actual tutorial.
Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:
Step 1 – Download Android SDK from the Android Developers website and install. Also set it up with downloading platform-tools and USB drivers package in SDK. See: How to Set up ADB and Fastboot on Windows.
Step 1 – Download Fastboot / ADB package from the following links depending on your OS and extract it anywhere in your computer.
Step 2 – Enable USB Debugging mode in your Moto G.
Step 3 – Download CF-Auto-Root for your Moto G on your PC. Check and match your model number from the following list:
Step 4 – Connect your Moto G to your computer using the USB cable.
Step 5 – Turn OFF your phone.
Step 6 – Get into the Fastboot/Bootloader Mode on your phone. Turn ON the phone while pressing and holding the Volume Up + Volume Down + Power buttons till you see the Fastboot menu and START on top.
Step 7 – Now extract the downloaded file (in Step 1) into the directory where you have Fastboot. Go to that location.
Note: If you followed our tutorial on setting up Fastboot on your computer, there is a 99% chance your Fastboot directory will be the platform-tools folder in your Android SDK directory.
Step 8 – From the CF-Auto-Root files in your Fastboot directory, do the following depending which OS you are on:
— Run root-windows.bat
— chmod +x root-linux.sh
— Run root-linux.sh
Mac OS X:
— chmod +x root-mac.sh
— Run root-mac.sh
Step 9 – Now wait and watch as the process is completed — or follow the on-screen instructions on your phone if in case you have to unlock the bootloader.
Step 10 – After the installation completes, the phone will boot now and it might take about 5 minutes to boot on your first time. So, please wait with patience!
To make sure you have correctly installed the above root method and it’s working, verify with Root Checker as given in the link.
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