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The Motorola Moto G is one of those devices that immediately resonates with the community and leaves a mark even after its time has passed and newer, flashier devices make their way into the hearts of the many consumers that gave ol’ Moto G a try.

Luckily, custom ROMs and a very dedicated community of developers makes it possible to update and improve the handset’s software way after its official manufacturer support ceases to come around anymore.  For those community-gifted improvements to be supported by your device, it needs to be rooted. In this article we’ll show you how to complete the necessary preparations and root your Moto G so you too can benefit from the various custom ROMs.

Unlocking the device’s bootloader is the first thing you must accomplish. You can do this by first logging on to Motorola’s website and checking out their instructions and drivers, both of which are required for this process. After you got your hands on both, and have updated the phone’s USB driver as well, proceed by downloading and installing the toolkit from ADB. Put your device into fastboot by turning it off then back on while holding the Power and Volume Down keys pressed at the same time. Connect the phone as it is to your PC and go to where you have previously downloaded the ADB files. The Shift + Right Click combo will give you access to the Open command window option, which is required.

The command you want to input is fastboot device, and it should give you access to a string called fastboot oem get_unlock_data, and features a bunch of characters in sequence, with (bootloader) beginning each row.

Copy the string over on Motorola’s website, where you can unlock your device’s bootloader. It will ask you if you are agreeing to the terms pertaining to unlocking your bootloader, which you can agree to by checking a little box.

After that’s taken care of, make sure to install a custom recovery software onto your device so that you have a safety net to fall on if something goes wrong and you do end up falling in the end. While nothing should go wrong in theory, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

The final step involves actually rooting the device, which is done by downloading SuperSU into your handset’s root folder. This zip will help you root your smartphone from the custom recovery menu. After a quick reboot, your phone will be rooted and ready to go.

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