Moto G (2014) can now be updated with the latest ClockworkMod 6 custom recovery while running Android 5.0 Lollipop firmware. CWM 6 brings all the good features associated with the ClockworkMod standard including the key features like wiping data, formatting partitions and making system backups. It’s essential that you install this recovery and install key system tweaks to get the most out of the latest Android Lollipop firmware. Custom themes and custom ROMs can only be installed if you are running a custom recovery such as CWM. To easily install CWM 6 on your Moto G (2014), you can follow our full step-by-step guide given below. Before you continue, it is essential that you have unlocked bootloader on Moto G (2014). Once you have done that, we can proceed next with the flashing of the CWM custom recovery on your phone.
As you read further, we will guide you how to backup your important data, some other important tips and then tell you how to install ClockworkMod 6 Recovery on Moto G (2014) with complete steps. Why do we even need a custom recovery? To install all the awesome custom ROMs, themes, tons of mods and flashing official firmware updates. You will also be able to root Moto G (2014) once you install a custom recovery. Read our list of the essential root apps available! Let’s get on 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 😉
ClockworkMod (CWM) Recovery 6 on Moto G (2014):
This CWM Recovery will allow you to install custom ROMs, advanced options like formatting the system partition, making backups etc. The entire tutorial has been given on the next page for those who want to install this CWM Recovery on their phones.
There are tons of useful articles and how-to guides on Team Android for the Motorola Moto G (2014), but we think you might be interested in the following posts:
- Root Moto G (2014): How to Root Moto G (2014) while on Android 5.0 Lollipop.
- Install TWRP: How to Install TWRP Recovery on Moto G (2014) – Complete Guide.
- Unlock Bootloader: How to Unlock Bootloader on Moto G (2014).
- Try Lollipop on Computer: How to Try and Install Android 5.0 Lollipop on Computer – Complete Guide.
- Custom ROMs: For a complete collection of custom ROMs on Team Android, visit our Custom ROM section!
If you plan on rooting this phone or are still confused for why to root Moto G (2014), read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.
Motorola 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 Motorola 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.
If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, CWM 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, Jelly Bean, KitKat and Lollipop.
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.
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All set and ready? Good. You can now read below and install CWM Recvoery on Moto G (2014) with the given step-by-step tutorial.
HOW TO: Install ClockworkMod 6 Recovery on Moto G (2014)
We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to install CWM recovery on Motorola Moto G (2014). This is a very simple tutorial and if you have been updating or installing new custom recoveries on Nexus / Google Play Edition phones, then this one should not be any different for you.
Please read every line carefully below. We suggest that you should read the tutorial once before actually performing it on your phone.
- This ClockworkMod Recovery tutorial is only for unlocked Motorola Moto G (2014). 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.
- You need to have working Fastboot / ADB on your computer. Download links are posted below.
- Bootloader should be unlocked. How? -> How to Unlock Bootloader on Moto G (2014).
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 – Turn OFF your phone.
Step 3 – Connect your Moto G (2014) to your computer using a USB cable.
Step 4 – Download CWM (CWM_Touch_Titan_v2.img) and save it into the same directory as the extracted Fastboot/ADB package files.
Step 5 – Now go into Fastboot/Bootloader Mode on Moto G (2014). How? Press Volume Up + Volume Down + Power keys for a few seconds till you see some text on the screen. This is Bootloader Mode.
Step 6 – Navigate to the same directory now as where you have Fastboot (i.e. Step 1) and on Windows: Open Command Prompt (Shift + Right-click > Open Command Prompt). For Mac OS X and Linux, use Terminal to navigate to this directory.
Step 7 – Type in the following command and press Enter.
fastboot flash recovery CWM_Touch_Titan_v2.img
Step 8 – Once completed, choose RECOVERY from the Fastboot menu using your volume keys and enter Recovery Mode.
That’s it! You should now be in the CWM Recovery from where you can choose whatever function you want to perform.
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