How to root Moto G3

Who doesn’t want more control over their mobile phones?

Rooting the Motorola Moto G3 will allow you to overclock the processor i.e making them run faster than planned. Flash custom ROMs- the installing of customized versions of Android with improved performance levels and new user Interfaces. The low price tag of the phone also won’t make you feel as guilty for tampering with it.

Keep in mind though that rooting your phone will invalidate your warranty. Also, make sure that your phone has at least a decent battery backup. Do not forget to back up your phone in case something goes wrong. Well then let the rooting of your phone begin.

In order to root your device, you’ll need to first unlock the bootloader, flash a custom recovery, and then flash SuperSU to completely root your device.

Now you must download the required files-

Download Fastboot and save it on your computer.

Download TWRP Recovery and save it on your desktop.

Download SuperSU and save it to your desktop.

Unlocking the Bootloader of the Motorola Moto 3G

  • Extract the files from Fastboot over to your desktop by right-clicking on it and selecting the folder where you want it extracted.
  • Go to Menu then Settings then scroll down to about phone and tap on the Build number for 7-8 times until it makes you’re a developer. Now you have unlocked developer options for yourself.
  • Go to Menu – Settings – Developer options and enable the Allow OEM Unlock option.
  • Then go to Menu – Settings -Developer options and enable USB debugging.
  • Connect your device to your computer using a USB cable.
  • Now you have to open Command Prompt on your screen. Press the Shift key on your keyboard and then right-click anywhere on your screen a contextual menu will open, then select Open command window here on the menu.
  • Input the following command into the Command Prompt Window and then press Enter:
  • adb reboot bootloader

Your device should reboot into the bootloader mode.

  • In the bootloader mode, input the following command in Command Prompt and press Enter: fastboot oem get_unlock_data
  • Copy the string of the text that will then appear on your screen and remove any spaces from it.
  • Now go to the Motorola Bootloader website and log in. If you don’t already have an account, create one first and then log-in.
  • Stick to the bootloader unlock procedure shown on this site. When you arrive at step-6, paste the string of the text that you have copied to your clipboard in step 10.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions step by step in order to get an unlock key delivered to your email account.
  • Copy the unlock key from the email that you have received from Motorola.
  • Input the following command into the Command Prompt replacing KEY with the actual key that you have copied in step 14: fastboot oem unlock KEY

Now the bootloader should unlock on your device

  • Your bootloader is now unlocked and your device is ready to be flashed with a custom recovery. Here’s how to go about doing that-
  • Go to Menu then Settings then scroll down to about phone and tap on the Build number for 7-8 times until it makes you’re a developer. Now you have unlocked developer options for yourself.
  • Go to Menu – Settings – Developer options and enable the Allow OEM Unlock option.
  • Then go to Menu – Settings -Developer options and enable USB debugging.
  • Connect your device to your computer using a USB cable.
  • Now you have to open Command Prompt on your screen. Press the Shift key on your keyboard and then right-click anywhere on your screen a contextual menu will open, then select Open command window here on the menu.
  • Input the following command into the Command Prompt Window and then press Enter: adb reboot bootloader

With your device is in bootloader mode, input the following command into Command Prompt and press Enter. Make sure that you have replaced recovery.img with the actual name of the recovery image file

fastboot flash recovery recovery.img

  • Wait for TWRP Recovery to appear on your device.

When TWRP is no longer flashing, reboot your device by giving the following command: fastboot reboot

Your device should now reboot.

TWRP Recovery is now fully installed on your Motorola Moto 3G.

Here’s how you can use your newly installed custom recovery to root your device:

Rooting the Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen) Using SuperSU

  • Connect your device to your computer with a USB cable.
  • Copy SuperSU .zip from your computer to the internal SD storage on your Moto 3G. Please be mindful that you copy it on the top of the directory and not in any of the folders.
  • Open Command Prompt.
  • Input the following command into Command Prompt and press Enter: adb reboot recovery
  • Your device is now rebooting into TWRP Recovery.
  • While your device enters recovery mode, tap on Install.
  • Select SuperSU .zip file to be installed on your device.
  • Click on Swipe to Confirm Flash in order to confirm the flash process.
  • Wait for SuperSU to flash on your device.
  • When SuperSU is done flashing, reboot your device by selecting Reboot followed by System.

Your device should now reboot.

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