Root and install TWRP recovery on Moto G 2013. Launched in November 2013, Motorola Moto G is considered as the first smartphone to start the trend of popularity of Motorola smartphones in the Android world. After this phone, Motorola never looked back and started their journey towards success. Moto G 2013 was the low priced smartphone with some decent specs and features. Launched with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS it was powered by 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 quad core processor. Samsung later released and upgraded version Android 5.1.1 Lollipop OS for Moto G but after that they stopped providing further updates. The main reason behind this was the hardware incompatibility that this device had.
This mainly disappointed the Moto G users and they had only one option to try those new updates now. And it was by installing those unofficial custom firmwares. But before installing any custom firmware it is necessary to have a root access as well as a custom recovery must be installed on your phone. That’s why in this article we’ll be discussing some easy steps on how to root and install TWRP custom recovery on Moto G 2013 1st generation (falcon) smartphone.
The main benefit of flashing a custom recovery and gaining root access it that you can cross over all the limitations that comes with the official stock firmware. You can easily install custom ROMs, custom kernels, mods, take nandroid backup, overclock CPU, access system files, increase internal memory and do much more. So in this article we’ll be installing the latest TWRP v3.0.0-0 recovery using the ADB method. And then we will root the device using this installed TWRP custom recovery. Lets get ready and head on to our actual step by step guide given below.
The process of rooting and installing TWRP custom recovery is considered to be of much risk. Hence it highly recommended to read, follow and implement every step given below correctly without performing anything by your own. We at droidthunder.com won’t held any responsibility if your Moto g gets damaged by using this tutorial.
This process must be performed only on Moto G 2013 (1st Generation) falcon. Implementing this on any other device or variant may damage your device permanently. So it is better to confirm your device before going further.
- Rooting will void your device warranty. But if you want to regain it back then you can do that by un-rooting your Moto G 2013.
- Lack of battery power can interrupt the process. So charge your phone at least up to 60% before going further.
- Backup your contacts, apps, messages, notes, call logs etc. for safety.
- Make sure your computer has Motorola mobile specific USB drivers installed in it. This is essential so as to detect your phone when connected to computer. You can manually install the drivers from the link given below.
- You must unlock bootloader of your phone before proceeding further. Refer our guide to unlock bootloader:
- Make sure that you’ve enabled the OEM Unlock mode on your phone. If not, then do so by following the path Menu->Settings->Developer options ->OEM Unlock. 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 USB Debugging mode on your device by following the path: Menu->Settings->Developer options->USB Debugging.
Procedure to Install latest TWRP v3.0.0-0 on Moto G 2013:
Step 1: Download and install the ADB and Fastboot setup on your computer.
Step 2: Next download the TWRP.img file. Copy this 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: Using micro US cable, connect your Moto G 2013 to the computer.
Step 5: Then navigate 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.
Step 6: Now to ensure that your Moto G 2013 is properly connected to your computer or not, type the following commands in the command window and press enter:
As soon as you press enter key, you’ll see a message saying ‘List of devices attached’ along with random numbers. This will confirm that your Moto G 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 you need to boot your Moto G into fastboot mode. For that type the following command in the command window and press enter:
adb reboot bootloader
As soon as you press enter key, your Moto G will boot into fastboot mode as shown below:
Step 8: You can check whether fastboot is functional or not by typing the following command in the command window and press enter:
Some random number along with ‘List of devices attached’ message will prove that fastboot is functional.
Step 9: Let’s install the TWRP custom recovery now. For that type the following command and press enter key:
fastboot flash recovery twrp.img
As you press enter, the TWRP recovery will get installed. It will hardly take few seconds to flash. Refer the screenshot:
After successfully installing the TWRP recovery, on your phone (in fastboot mode) go to the Recovery option by pressing volume down button and then press volume up button to select it.
Note: In fastboot mode, Volume down button is used for scrolling and Volume up for selecting a particular option.
As soon as you hit the volume up key, your phone will automatically boot into the installed TWRP recovery.
That’s it! You’ve successfully flashed the TWRP custom recovery on Moto G 2013 smartphone. With this custom recovery you can flash custom ROMs, root your phone, flash kernel, mods, take nandroid backup and do much more.
Procedure to Root Moto G 2013:
Step 1: Download and copy the Super SU zip file on your phones internal storage.
Note: Do not extract this zip file.
Step 2: You need to boot your phone into fastboot mode. For that firstly switch off your phone. Then press and hold Volume down key + Power button simultaneously until your device land into fastboot mode. As shown above you can even use the command window for booting into fastboot mode.
Step 3: Then using the volume keys boot into TWRP recovery. As you enter the TWRP recovery you’ll be asked to modify the system partitions or not. So just swipe to the right side to allow modifications.
Step 4: Now you need to install the Update Super SU zip file which we’ve copied earlier. So click on the Install option.
Step 5: As you click on it, you’ll see all the files and folders located on phones internal storage.
Step 6: Just navigate to the Update Super SU zip file and select it. On the next screen just swipe to start the actual Rooting process. It will hardly take few minutes to complete.
Step 7: After completion, you’ll see the successful message on the screen. This will confirm that you have successfully rooted your Moto G 2013 smartphone. Just click on the Reboot System option to restart your phone.
You may use Root Checker app to confirm whether your Moto G is rooted or not. Also an app named Superuser installed on your phone will confirm that your device is properly rooted. Basically this Superuser app supervises each and every app that requires a root access.
Nailed it! 👊You’ve successfully rooted and installed the latest TWRP v3.0.0-0 custom recovery on your Motorola Moto G 2013 (1st Generation) smartphone. Now you can easily flash Custom ROMs, Custom kernels, take backups, wipe data, increase internal memory and do much more on your phone. Do share your views and experience about the same. Also if you face any issues while going through the process then do contact me using the comments section given below. It’ll be pleasure to help you guys. Till then Enjoy and Peace out! 😎✌