In case you want to downgrade / restore your Motorola Moto E to stock / official Android firmware, then you will have to use a manual installation procedure, which can easily take you through the flashing procedure. In that matter you can anytime use the guidelines from below, from where you can learn how to easily restore your Moto E back to its initial state by manually downgrading your smartphone to stock Android OS. So, for further details, don’t hesitate and read the lines from below.
This tutorial is quite important especially for the advanced Android users who are used to perform custom and unofficial operations, such as gaining root access, installing a custom recovery image, updating with custom ROMs like CM11, AOKP or ParanoidAndroid, overclocking the CPU, installing custom kernels, removing bloatware and so on. Why? Well, while tweaking your Moto E you can easily end up in damaging its Android OS or in soft bricking your phone. And for fixing your problems or for removing bugs, lags or a custom ROM that isn’t on your taste, you have to downgrade or restore your Motorola Moto E to stock / official Android firmware.
As you can see, the best will be to bookmark this step by step guide as who knows when you will need to complete the same. The best is that the basic installation procedure ca be easily applied, so this tutorial can be anytime completed even by entry level Android users, who aren’t used with these types of operations. Anyway, you have it all explained below; just read, follow and apply the guidelines from this tutorial and everything will be fine – you will be able to fix your bricked handset in a minute or less (for a proper unbrick guide compatible with the Motorola Moto E, go here, or for learning how to update your phone, check this tutorial).
The steps from below can be completed for both rooted and locked devices, though if root access has been previously gained on your Moto E, after dealing with this guide, the root access will be revoked. Moreover, on your phone you will reinstall all the stock and default restrictions along with in built programs, features and apps. Due to same reasons the bootloader will be relocked and you will restore your Moto E to its initial state, with the stock Android OS flashed above all.
At the same time, this downgrade operation is considered an official process, so you won’t lose your Moto E warranty by completing the steps from below. Of course, this is a manual flashing operation, so don’t apply things without consulting the guidelines from this guide as you can end up in bricking your smartphone.
It is important to backup your data before doing anything else, because everything that’s saved on the internal storage memory will be wiped out. Because of that you should use compatible backup and restore apps from Google Play for saving your contact list, call logs, market apps, text messages, internet settings, along with your personal data, info and accounts. Also, if you have previously made a Nandroid backup, downgrading to stock Android OS will be easier, as you will only have to flash the saved ROM (go here and learn how to use and manage a Nandroid backup).
For this operation a computer will be required, while your Moto E and its USB cord must be near you – a connection between these devices will have to be established. In order to safely connect your devices, first on your phone go to “menu – settings – developer options” and enable the USB debugging option. Also, for avoiding unpleasant situations from happening, on your computer temporarily deactivate the security protection, as antivirus like programs might interfere with our work. It is important to check the battery status of your phone before starting the proper steps because if there is less than 50% power left, you must first plug in the charger (if your phone gets turned off in the middle of the installation process, it might also get bricked).
Apply the steps from below only if you own the Motorola Moto E model number XT1021 / XT1023 because the downgrade to stock Android OS procedure is compatible only with the mentioned Android device. And don’t forget to install the Moto E drivers on your computer, or else you will not be able to safely complete this guide.
How to Easily Downgrade Motorola Moto E to Stock Android OS
- On your computer you need to install Android SDK and Fastboot: install Android SDK on Windows or set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux.
- Also, download the stock Android OS for your Moto E from this page.
- Now, turn off your phone: press power button and select “power off” or press and hold power key for about 15 seconds; then enter fastboot mode: press and hold the power and volume down buttons at the same time.
- At this point you need to connect your smartphone with your computer by plugging in the USB cord.
- Go to the Fastboot folder and from there open a command prompt window (hold Shift keyboard key while right clicking on any blank space within the mentioned folder).
- On the cmd window type “fastboot devices” – your device ID will have to be displayed; if not reinstall the drivers on your computer and repeat the steps from above.
- Now, on your computer unzip the firmware file –preferable on desktop.
- Enter the firmware file and from there run each .batch file: Remove unlock bootloader logo; Restore & Relock Bootloader full wipe; Restore Firmware No Data Wipe; Normal Stock Firmware Restore.
- Your Moto E will be automatically restored to stock Android OS.
- In the end, remove the USB cord and reboot your device.
Congratulation; you have successfully downgraded / restored your Motorola Moto E to stock / official Android firmware. If you have questions or if you can’t manage to complete the steps from above, don’t hesitate and share your problems with us by using the comments field from below – of course our team will assist you as soon as possible.