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Root Moto G5S Plus on Android 7.1 Nougat with SuperSU

After you have unlocked your bootloader, installed TWRP custom recovery, read this guide to root Moto G5S Plus running Android 7.1 Nougat software. The prime modification for Android still remains to be root. Rightly so, as it not only provides you access to do much more but you can directly install root apps from the Play Store. Moto G5S Plus is a budget focused smartphone which means, you would be able to get even more juice out of it once you root and try out mods and ROMs. Proceeding to the installation procedure, you first need to make sure you have unlocked the bootloader on Moto G5S Plus and you have also installed TWRP 3.1.1 custom recovery on it. Once you have made sure of that, you can read our detailed guide on how to root Moto G5S Plus on Android 7.1.1 Nougat firmware.

As you continue reading, we will guide you through the process of how to root Android 7.1 on Moto G5S Plus with all the instructions and files needed. Rooting will allow you to install root apps on your phone, i.e Titanium Backup. Read our list of the essential root apps available! Make sure you go through all the tips given below and keep them in mind before performing the tutorial. Also make a backup of your data. Let’s continue with the tutorial now!

Root Moto G5S Plus

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 ( 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 G5S Plus SuperSU Root Package Details:

SuperSU is one of our favourite rooting package as it comes with all the binaries needed to gain root access on your Moto G5S Plus Android phone. Not just this, the SuperSU app is much more robust and comes with better features than the previously popular SuperUser app.

Please note, this tutorial requires you to have TWRP custom recovery installed on your Moto G5S Plus in order to be able to root your phone. If you do not have the custom recovery installed, we have a link to the tutorial given below.

There are tons of useful articles and how-to guides on Team Android for the Moto G5S Plus, but we think you might be interested in the following posts:

Moto G5S Plus 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 G5S Plus properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Moto G5S Plus USB Drivers!

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. Read: How to Backup Android Apps, Text Messages, WhatsApp, Call History.

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. [Tutorial: How to Backup Android Phone using TWRP]

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, Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat and Oreo.

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?

3. 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.

All set and ready? Good. You can now continue reading below and root Moto G5S Plus on Android 7.1 Nougat.

How to Root Moto G5S Plus with SuperSU on Android 7.1 Nougat

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to root Moto G5S Plus with SuperSU. Please read every line carefully below. We suggest that you should read the tutorial once before actually performing it on your phone.

To Remember:

  • This root method tutorial is only for Moto G5S Plus. 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 Moto G5S Plus.

If you have fulfilled all the requirements above, then proceed to the actual tutorial.

Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:

NOTE: You need to have a custom recovery installed on your Moto G5S Plus i.e. TWRP before proceeding below. Installation tutorial: How to Update Moto G5S Plus with TWRP Recovery.

Step 1 – Download SuperSU Root ( for Moto G5S Plus to your computer.

Step 2 – Connect your Moto G5S Plus to your computer using the USB cable.

Step 3 – Now copy/paste the downloaded file to your internal storage. Make sure the file is in the internal storage root (not in any folder).

Step 4 – Then turn OFF your phone and disconnect from the USB cable.

Step 5 – Now to get in the Recovery Mode (TWRP Recovery). Switch ON the phone while pressing and holding Volume Down + Power buttons together. Alternatively, read this: How to Enter Recovery Mode on Any Android Phone.


NOTE: Screenshots of the Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP Recovery) may change as new versions are released.