The Moto G is a great Android based smartphone that comes with decent to high end specs and features on an affordable price tag. But, the best is that lately with Motorola you can get the latest Android updates almost at the same time with the Nexus branded handsets. In that matter, Motorola released the Android 4.4.3 KitKat OTA for the Moto G – so far only in US. Well, if you haven’t received the notification so far, or if the OTA release isn’t available in your market, you can choose to flash Android 4.4.3 manually by using this dedicated step by step guide.
When talking about an OTA (over the air) roll out you must know that the same firmware is offered in phases or gradually. Furthermore, the OTA is launched in limited markets, so not all the users will receive the update at the same time. The same thing is happening with the Android 4.4.3 KitKat software that has been recently provided for the Moto G. Therefore, if you want to enjoy the latest KitKat release, don’t hesitate and learn how to manually install Android 4.4.3 (version number 210.12.32.falcon_umts) on your Motorola Moto G.
Using this guide is easy, as we are dealing with an official OS and not with a custom ROM. So, completing the tutorial is safe as you have nothing to worry about – the warranty of your phone will not get void as root access isn’t required (the guide is compatible though with both rooted and locked Moto G). Also, the manually installation procedure can be performed in two different methods, which I have detailed during the following guidelines – of course use the method you prefer the most. Anyway, before applying anything on your smartphone, read all the lines from this guide, as if you mess things up you can end up in bricking your phone – after all this is a manual operation.
It is also important to read the pre requisites lines, because in this way you can safely prepare your Moto G for the update operation that will follow. By the way, the Android 4.4.3 update is only 169 MB and brings minor, though relevant, improvements such as pause button for the video recording, Motorola Alert app, new interface and new colors, and several stability, framework, security fixes and enhancements. The ROM is stable and works without bugs or lags on the Motorola Moto G – so, you have all the reasons for trying the new Android 4.4.3 KitKat firmware.
Before doing so, you should backup your data. In some cases, rare ones, while completing the update operation, your data might get corrupted or even wiped out. So, the best will be to save everything that’s important for you, including your text messages, call logs, contacts list, market apps, internet settings and personal data, info and accounts. You can use in that matter free distributed backup and restore apps from Google Play, or you can use our dedicated backup tutorials.
Also, a computer, your phone and its USB cord will be used on the update operation. On your computer you need to deactivate the security protection and on your phone you need to enable USB debugging option by going to “menu – settings – developer options”. Furthermore, the battery status must be checked as if there is less than 50% power left, before doing anything else you will have to plug in the charger (your Moto G might get bricked if it gets turned off in the middle of the installation operation). This tutorial is compatible only with the Moto G, since the update file from below has been released only for the mentioned device; thus don’t use this tutorial unless you want to manually apply Android 4.4.3 KitKat OS on your Motorola Moto G.
How to Manually Update Moto G to Android 4.4.3 KitKat Official Firmware
Method 1 – use CWM recovery
- If on your Moto G CWM recovery is being installed, you can easily complete the update operation.
- First, download the update file from here and save the same on your computer – don’t unzip the update package.
- Then connect your smartphone with your computer by plugging in the USB cord.
- Transfer the update file on your device and unplug the USB cord.
- Turn off your Moto G and enter recovery mode on your Android device.
- From recovery just select “install zip from SD card” followed by “choose zip from SD card”.
- Wait while the Android 4.4.3 firmware is being installed and in the end select “reboot system now”.
- If you will get stuck in a boot loop, go back to recovery and select “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvick cache”.
Method 2 – use Android SDK
- On your computer install Android SDK: install Android SDK on Windows or set up ADB on MAC OS / Linux.
- Get the update file (use the link from above) and place the same on the Fastboot / ADB folder.
- Turn off your phone.
- Enter recovery mode on your Moto G.
- From recovery mode select the option dubbed as “apply update from adb”.
- On your computer go to the Fastboot folder and from there open a command prompt window (press and hold shift key from your keyboard while right clicking on a blank space).
- Connect your Moto G with your computer by plugging in the USB cord.
- On the cmd window type “adb sideload Blur_Version.174.44.1.falcon_umts.AWSRetail.en.US.zip” and press enter.
- The Android 4.4.3 KitKat firmware will now be installed.
Perfect; you have completed our step by step guide, which means that on your Motorola Moto G, the Android 4.4.3 KitKat software is now running. So, in the end, don’t forget about us and share your experience with us and with other users who might want to use this step by step guide – use the comments field in that matter.