If you’re running a Moto G and have been patiently waiting around for an opportunity to take your Moto G to the next level by rooting, today is the day you’ve been waiting for. MoDaCo’s Paul O’Brien has shed some light on this little secret and wants to share it with the world. Before we go any further and before you go rooting your phone, as always proceed with caution and make sure you follow all the steps to the process. We won’t be doing the step by step guide here but rather sending you to the right place to get it done. Once there, the best practice is to read everything before you begin.
All disclaimers aside, using Superboot to root your Moto G is fairly quick and painless, or so it seems. No matter which type of machine you use(PC,Mac, or Linux) you can utilize the Superboot process to gain root access. Paul O’Brien points out that you need to unlock your bootloader before you can go any further to start the rooting process which, should not surprise anyone as this is a standard step to rooting. You can obtain an unlocked bootloader by downloading fastboot which you can retrieve from the link to the Moto G forum. Unlocking your bootloader will wipe your device, so make sure you backup anything you want to save before you begin.
Ok now that you have backed everything up and saved it in a nice safe place(because you did do that right?) you can grab the superboot r1 download from the MoDaCo moto G forum about this process, which contains the fastboot program as well. Once your bootloader is unlocked, you’re ready to begin the root process, which will install superSU V1.80. Note that the root happens the first time you boot your device after you use superboot, so its pretty quick and it happens just like that. Rooting your phone could potentially block your chances of getting software updates over the air in the future, so you may want to think about that as well before you continue. You could always wait till the Moto G gets the official kit kat update and than wait for a root process tailored to 4.4, but what fun would that be?