Root and install TWRP recovery on Moto G5s Plus (sanders) smartphone. Released in August 2017, the Moto G5s Plus is considered as the successor to the well known Moto G5 Plus. With a 5.5 inch screen it is also larger and slightly more expensive than the G5 Plus. Lenovo launched it with an improved look as well as design which definitely gave it an absolutely premium feel. Also the newly introduced metal bodies with a nice finish is a huge enhancement from the poly-carbonate which was used on the previous models.
In our today’s guide, we’ll be discussing some easy steps on how to root and install the latest TWRP v3.1.1-0 custom recovery on Moto G5s Plus (sanders) smartphone. By rooting and flashing a custom recovery like Clockworkmod (CWM) or TWRP, you can easily install custom firmwares, custom kernels, mods, remove bloatwares, take nandroid backups or restore, wipe out data, do factory reset, increase internal memory and do much more on your Moto G5s Plus. So without much wait lets go ahead to our actual article mentioned below.
This tutorial is considered as risky and may cause damage to your Moto G5s Plus if not implemented correctly. Hence it is recommended to read all the steps before executing them. We at droidthunder.com will not be held responsible for any kind of damage.
This guide is only for Motorola Moto G5s Plus (sanders). Implementing this process on any other device or variant may brick or permanently damage your phone.
- Rooting will void your phones warranty. But if you want to regain it back then you can do that by un-rooting your Moto G5s Plus.
- Charge your Moto G5s Plus at least up to 60% for minimizing the interruption during the process.
- As this process requires wiping of your complete data, it is strongly recommended to backup your contacts, apps, messages, notes, call logs etc. for safety. You may use any backup app from Play Store for doing so.
- Install Motorola mobile specific USB drivers on your computer so as to detect your Moto G5s Plus when connected. You can manually install the drivers from the link given below.
- Ensure that your phones bootloader is unlocked before going ahead. Refer our simple guide on how to unlock bootloader:
- Enable the USB Debugging mode on your device by following the path: Menu->Settings->Developer options->USB Debugging. If you can’t see Developer option then go to Settings->About Phone and tap 7 times on the Build number. This will make the Developers option appear in the Settings menu.
- Also enable the OEM Unlock mode on your phone by following the path Menu->Settings->Developer options ->OEM Unlock.
After doing everything as mentioned above, let’s move to the TWRP v3.1.1-0 recovery flashing process.
Procedure to Install latest TWRP v3.1.1-0 on Motorola Moto G5s Plus:
Step 1: Download and install the ADB and Fastboot setup file on your computer.
Step 2: Then download the TWRP.img file on your computer. Copy this twrp.img file to the location C:\Program Files\Minimal ADB and Fastboot folder (where you’ve installed the adb and fastboot).
Step 3: So you’ll have these files in the Minimal ADB and Fastboot folder:
Step 4: Now using the USB cable connect your Moto G5s Plus to computer.
Step 5: Then go to the C:\Program Files\Minimal ADB and Fastboot folder, hold Shift button and right mouse click on an empty space. You’ll see a list of options from which select Open command window here option. This will launch the command prompt window on your computer. Refer screenshot.
Step 6: Now to ensure that your Moto G5s Plus is successfully connected to your computer or not, type the following commands in the command window and press enter:
As soon as you hit the enter key, you’ll see a message saying ‘List of devices attached’ along with some random numbers. This will confirm that your phone has properly connected to your computer.
Note: If such thing doesn’t happen, then re-install device drivers (link given in pre-requisites), enable USB debugging mode and try again. If the problem still persists, try changing USB cable or even the USB port.
Step 7: Next boot your device into fastboot mode. For doing so, type the following command in the command window and press enter:
adb reboot bootloader
As soon as you hit the enter key, your Moto G5s Plus will boot into fastboot mode as shown below:
Step 8: To check whether fastboot is functional or not, type the following command in the command window and press enter:
Some random number along with ‘List of devices attached’ message will confirm that fastboot is functional.
Step 9: Let’s flash the TWRP v3.1.1-0 custom recovery now. For doing so, type the following command and press enter key:
fastboot flash recovery twrp.img
As you hit the enter key, TWRP recovery will be flashed on your Moto G5s Plus (sanders).
Note: In fastboot mode, Volume buttons are used for scrolling up and down while Power button is used for selecting a particular option.
Step 10: After successfully installing the TWRP v3.1.1-0 recovery, on your phone (which is still in fastboot mode) go to the Recovery mode option by pressing volume down button.
Step 11: And then press Power button to select the Recovery mode option.
As soon as you press the Power key, your phone will automatically boot into the installed latest TWRP v3.1.1-0 custom recovery.
Note: If TWRP recovery asks for Password, click on Cancel option present there.
Step 12: As you enter the TWRP recovery you’ll be asked to modify the system partitions or not. Tick on never show this screen and just swipe to the right side to allow modifications.
Good Job! The latest TWRP v3.1.1-0 custom recovery has been successfully installed on your Moto G5s Plus (sanders) smartphone. Let’s move to the rooting process now.
Procedure to Root Moto G5s Plus:
Step 1: Download and copy the Magisk-v11.6 zip file on your phone.
Note: Do not extract the zip file.
Step 2: Boot your Moto G5s Plus into TWRP recovery mode. For doing so, firstly power off your device completely until it vibrates.
Step 3: Then press and hold Volume down key + Power button simultaneously until your Moto G5s Plus lands into fastboot mode.
Note: You can also use the alternative way to enter fastboot mode mentioned earlier from Step 5 to Step 7 while flashing TWRP recovery given above.
Step 4: Then using the volume and power keys boot into TWRP recovery (refer steps 10 and 11 from the TWRP flashing process).
Step 5: As you enter the TWRP recovery, select the Wipe option present there.
Step 6: On the next screen swipe right to initiate the factory reset process.
Note: This step will clear the data on your phone memory so backup everything before doing this step.
Step 7: After wiping out everything press back button and again go to the main menu and select Reboot option.
Step 8: On the next screen, select Recovery option to reboot into recovery.
Note: If TWRP asks to install TWRP app, click on Do not Install option present there.
Wait until your Moto G5s Plus reboots into TWRP recovery.
Step 9: Now lets flash the Magisk-v11.6 zip file which we’ve copied earlier. So from the main menu of TWRP recovery, select the Install option.
Step 10: The Install option will show all the files and folders located on your device. Just select the Magisk-v11.6 zip file to install. On the next screen just swipe right to begin the flashing process.
Step 11: The process will hardly complete in a minute so be patient and wait. As soon as the process completes, you’ll see a successful message on the screen.
That’s all! The rooting process completes here. Just click on the Reboot->System option to restart your Moto G5s Plus.
After your phone restarts, go the Magisk manager app and confirm that your Moto G5s Plus is successfully rooted or not. You may also confirm it using Root checker app from Google Play Store.
Note: Do not update the Magisk app to version 12 or you will loose the Root access.
Finally! 👊 You’ve successfully rooted and installed the latest TWRP v3.1.1-0 custom recovery on your Motorola Moto G5s Plus (sanders) XT1803, XT1805, XT1804, XT1806, XT1802 smartphone. Do let us know how it is working for you. In case of any difficulty feel free to contact me through the comments section given below. Till then Enjoy and Peace out! 😎✌