Motorola has bagged a huge success with the Moto G, Moto E and Moto X series which ruled the roost in their respective price categories. The 2nd generation Moto G devices also gained a huge popularity with their commending specs and looks at a pocket friendly price tag. Thanks to the huge popularity, the Moto G 2014 has a large developer community support which brings a hell load of custom ROMs, kernels and mods.
Unlocking the bootloader is the first step in a journey to enjoy the taste of custom ROMs and mods on your Moto G 2014. The bootloader is a piece of software that kick-starts the operating system on your device, which means it starts even before the OS loads on your phone. Most of the OEMs lock the bootloaders to prevent unauthorized access and tampering on their devices. However, unlocking the bootloader will let you flash system images on your device thereby helping you recover your device in case of a brick.
Moreover, now a days unlocking the bootloader became much simple than earlier. So, without any further ado,let us see how to unlock bootloader on Moto G 2014.
Note: Unlocking the bootloader on your device will wipe the entire device including the internal storage. So, make sure that you have backed up everything on your device before proceeding.
Unlocking the bootloader on your device might void the warranty of your device. You alone are responsible for the consequences, we won’t be liable for any damages occurred to your device even though we’re confident that the process works and is tested by many users. However, you can reach us for assistance in the comments section.
- Charge your device above 60% to make sure it doesn’t die in the middle of the process which may be fatal sometimes.
- Make a backup of everything on your device so that you can restore the files if something goes wrong. Here’s the usual checklist:
- Install proper drivers on your PC. If you haven’t installed them already, you can follow our detailed USB driver installation guide.
- Setup ADB and Fastboot files on your PC. If you don’t know how, follow our detailed guide on how to setup ADB and Fastboot on your PC.
- Prepare your device:
- Enable developer options: Go to your device’s Settings » About phone » Scroll to the bottom and tap on “Build number” seven times to enable developer options.
- Enable USB Debugging: Go to your device’s Settings » Developer options » tick the “USB debugging” check-box (sometimes listed as Android Debugging)
Step-By-Step Installation Guide
In this guide, we will unlock the bootloader on your Moto G 2014 device. Make sure that you have backed up everything on your device.
Unlock Moto G 2014 Bootloader:
- Reboot your device into fastboot mode. To do this:
- Power off your device completely and wait for a couple of seconds.
- Now press and hold Power + Volume Down buttons simultaneously. This will put your device into the fastboot mode
- Connect your Moto G 2014 to the PC using a USB cable and make sure it’s detected. If not make sure that you’ve installed proper USB drivers and enabled USB debugging.
- Open a command prompt on your PC and type the below command:
fastboot oem get_unlock_data
- This command will return you a unique string of code spread across five lines. It should look something like this: (Don’t close the CMD yet)
- Copy the entire code and paste it in the notepad. Remove the empty spaces and other messages in the copied data. You should just have the alpha-numeric string code with you now. Copy it.
- Now open the Motorola official website to unlock bootloader. Sign-in or Sign-up to the website using your Google or Motorola account.
- Paste the copied string of code in Step 5 in the Moto website and press “Can my device be unlocked?” button. You should get a green light to get your bootloader unlocked.
- Now accept the user agreements and finish the formalities. Motorola will send you the final instructions in the form of an E-mail.
- Copy the 20-character key that Motorola sent you via email and put it aside.
- In the command prompt, enter the following command to unlock the bootloader.
fastboot oem unlock unique-key
Replace the “unique-key” in the above command with the 20-character strip you copied in step 9.
- Congos, you’ve successfully unlocked the bootloader on your Moto G 2014.
Note: To re-lock the bootloader, you need to execute the below command in the command prompt with your device connected in fastboot mode.
fastboot oem lock
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