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Install CM11 M8 Snapshot on Motorola Moto E

CM11 M8 Snapshot based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware is out for various Android smartphones and tablets, the Motorola Moto E being included on the supported list of handsets. Since we have a compatible CM 11 software file for the Moto E released, during the following guidelines we will be checking how to easily and safely install the Android 4.4.4 KitKat update on the mentioned device, so for further info related to this topic don’t hesitate and check it all out.

The first thing that must be cleared out is related to the type of the update operation you are dealing with. As already mentioned CM11 is a custom ROM, so this is not an official Android 4.4.4 KitKat update rolled out for your Motorola Moto E. CM 11 M8 is developed by third party devs and represents a free aftermarket distribution of Android OS that is only based on stock firmware. So, this tutorial is an unofficial update operation that has nothing to do with Google or with Motorola. That’s why you can flash CM 11 M8 Snapshot only manually and only after preparing your phone for the installation procedure that will shortly follow.

Due to same reasons, after completing this step by step guide you will lose the Motorola warranty; you should consider this tutorial risky and complex and you should be careful when applying the update guidelines (nothing bad can happen if you are reading this guide though). If you mess things up, you can end up in soft bricking your Moto E and restoring your phone to service will imply in spending money since the warranty isn’t yours anymore. Therefore, I recommend you to read all the lines from below before starting to install CM11 M8 and also I recommend you to apply the steps from this guide without completing things by yourselves.

Now, let’s talk a little bit about the Android 4.4.4 KitKat update that you are about to apply on your Motorola Moto E. As you might know, CM 11 is one of the most popular custom ROMs used by the Android users, the firmware being stable, while important features (stock and extra – that cannot be found on the default version of the Android system) will be added in order to customize the looks and to optimize the performances of your Android smartphone. Moreover, according to those who have already tested the CM11 M8 software, it is smoothly running on the Moto E and there are no lags, bugs or force close errors.

Basically, with CM 11 M8 installed, your Motorola Moto E will run better and faster; you will have access to the internal system of your device, thus you will be able to remove bloatware, to add new features and to change default settings. Moreover, you can upgrade the battery life, improve the performances and personalize the Android 4.4.4 KitKat user interface – in that matter, you should know that CM11 will feature its own UI so you will not get the default KitKat looks.

I have mentioned before that you need to prepare your phone for the update operation; now in order to make things easier I will detail the pre requisites during the following list, so before doing anything else check the guidelines from below (remember that you can’t update your Moto E with CM 11 M8 Snapshot built without completing these tasks).

  • Root your Motorola Moto E – do this because an unofficial Android update can be applied only on an unlocked device (by gaining root access you will remove the default and factory restrictions).
  • Install a custom recovery image (you should flash the latest version of CWM or TWRP recovery) – the custom recovery will replace the stock recovery image because for flashing a custom ROM you will have to use a more complex app, this app ensuring a link between you and your phone’s internal system.
  • Backup your data because during the update process a wipe will be required.
  • In order to save all that’s important for you, you can access Google Play and download compatible backup and restore apps – by using these tools you can backup your contacts list, call logs, internet settings, EFS, market apps, personal data, info and accounts and also your images, videos or audio files.
  • Use the custom recovery image that runs on your Moto E and make a Nandroid backup – in this way you can save your current ROM (you will be able to restore it later if CM11 Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware will not be on your taste).

On the other hand, for this guide a computer or notebook will be required (you will have to download some files on the same); on the computer you are using temporarily deactivate your antivirus programs because the security protection might interfere with the update operation. Then, on your phone enable the USB debugging option by going towards “menu – settings – developer options” and plug in the charger if there is less than 60% power left (else your device might get bricked – if it gets turned off during the installation process).

Do note that this tutorial is compatible only with the Motorola Moto E and with no other similar or different Android based smartphone or tablet. The CM11 M8 Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware file provided below is suitable only with the mentioned device so try not to mess things out.

How to Install CM11 M8 Android 4.4.4 KitKat Snapshot Custom ROM on Motorola Moto E

  1. Go to this page and from there download the CM11 M8 firmware file; then from here download Google Apps package for your Moto E.
  2. Save these files on your computer – preferable on desktop – without unzipping them.
  3. Next, connect your smartphone with your computer by plugging in the USB cord.
  4. Transfer the downloaded files from desktop to your phone’s SD card and then unplug the USB cable – the computer is no longer useful.
  5. Turn off your device: press power button and select “power off” or press and hold the power key for about 15 seconds.
  6. Enter recovery mode on your Moto E.
  7. From recovery first wipe the system and clear cache; just select “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvick cache”.
  8. Return to main menu of recovery and from there pick “install zip from SD card” followed by “choose zip from SD card”.
  9. Pick the Android 4.4.4 KitKat update file and flash the same on your Moto E. Repeat the last step and install Google Apps package on your phone.
  10. In the end, from main menu of recovery select “reboot system now” and you are done.
  11. If a boot loop error will be issued, go back to recovery and once more select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.

Perfect; you have successfully completed our step by step guide. So now you know how to update your Motorola Moto E to Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS using CM11 M8 Snapshot custom ROM firmware. Do share your experience with us by using the comments field from below and if there are problems, or if you need our help, we will try to assist you as soon as possible.

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