The LTE version of the Motorola Moto G can now be installed with the latest TWRP Recovery app, all thanks to those of xda-developers who have provided us with a third party app that brings a stable and smooth custom recovery image for the Moto G 4G. Therefore, if you want to replace the stock recovery with a custom one you can now do so, everything being explained during the lines from below in that matter. So, don’t hesitate and read the following guidelines for further details on how to apply TWRP Recovery on the Moto G LTE.
Flashing a custom recovery image is the first thing to do when having an Android device. Why? Well the custom recovery image will create a link between you and your phone’s internal settings, which mean that by using TWRP recovery you will be able to perform various changes within your Moto G internal system. Of course, your smartphone is installed with a stock recovery by default, but this recovery tool is coming with different restrictions, so you will be limited when coming to custom and dedicated operations.
That’s why, if you really want to tweak your Android device, you should start by installing TWRP recovery on your Motorola Moto G 4G. After completing this guide you will be able to root your phone, to update with a custom ROM firmware (like CM11, AOKP or ParanoidAndroid), overclock the CUP, install a custom kernel, remove bloatware, make a Nandroid backup and lot more. In case you want to do all that then applying the steps from below is a must. But before doing the same take note that this operation is not official and it has nothing to do with Google and Motorola. You will perform changes within the internal system of your device and by doing so the warranty of your Moto G will bet void.
That means that if you mess things up you can even end up in bricking your device. Anyway, you shouldn’t worry as by following the guidelines from this tutorial you phone will be in safe hands all the time. But, consider this guide risky and complex and be careful when flashing TWRP recovery on your Moto G 4G LTE.
Due to same reasons I recommend you to backup your data before doing anything else. It is important to know that in rare situations your data and everything that’s save don the internal storage memory might get corrupted or wiped out during the installation process. So, because of that saving your personal data, info and accounts is not really an option for you. In that matter you can use a cloud service or other backup and restore apps from Google Play for saving your contacts, call logs, market apps, messages, internet settings, images, videos or audio files.
After taking care of your personal files you should head your attention towards more general aspects that are related to a manual installation procedure. Thus, a computer will have to be used as some files will have to be downloaded on the same and some programs will have to be installed. Your Moto G and its USB cord will be required too. Then on your computer all the security tools must be temporarily deactivated and on your phone the USB debugging option must be enabled – you can do so by going to “menu – settings – developer options”. Finally, just before starting the flashing process consider in charging your device (if your phone gets turned off in the middle of the guide it might also get bricked – usually you should plug in the charger only if the battery level is showing less than 60% power left).
Do note that this tutorial is compatible only with the 4G LTE variant of the Motorola Moto G. Be careful in what you do and try not to mess things up while installing TWRP recovery on your Android device.
How to Install TWRP Recovery on Moto G 4G
- On your computer install Android SDK: install Android SDK on Windows or set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux.
- Then download the TWRP recovery file from here and place the same within the same folder as ADB.
- Turn off your Moto G 4G (press power button and select “power off” or press and hold power key for 5 or 6 seconds).
- Enter your device in fastboot mode.
- Connect your handset with your computer via USB cable.
- Within the Android SDK folder open a command prompt window (press and hold Shift keyboard key while right clicking on any blank space).
- In the cmd window type the following command: “fastboot flash recovery twrp -126.96.36.199-peregrine-201407161845.img”.
- The custom recovery image will now be installed on your device.
- Wait while the process is being completed and in the end on the same cmd window type “fastboot reboot” and you are done.
Congratulations, you have successfully installed TWRP recovery on your 4G LTE Motorola Moto G. From now you can easily customize and optimize your Android device be completing various procedures, which of course will be explained here on Android.gs, so stay close for further dedicated step by step guides.