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How to Easily Root Motorola Moto G5S Plus using SuperSU

A mid-range Android based device needs to be improved. Of course, the need of more power, more speed or more battery life shouldn’t be materialized by newbies as it will imply in applying different tweaking procedures. However, customizing and optimizing the Android system that powers the new Motorola Moto G5S Plus will be easy but only after you unlock the actual Android OS. So, that’s why today we will discuss about an unlocking operation: gaining root access.

Ensuring root means extending your access towards the Android system. Thus, we are talking about removing factory and default restrictions in the first place. That’s why gaining root access is in fact an unlock operation that can offer you endless tweaking opportunities. Also, that’s why after you complete this tutorial you can choose to improve the Moto G5S Plus general performance in order to receive better results from your smartphone, regardless of what you choose to install or run on your device.

Some of the most important operations that can be applied on a rooted system are: updating your Moto G5S Plus with a custom ROM firmware (and I can only think about Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android), installing apps from other sources than Google Play, getting root-only apps and features which cannot be used on the stock Android OS, flashing custom MODs and kernels, overclocking your Android device and so on.

If you choose to go on this road then you must understand that you will be by yourself: gaining root access is a tweaking process that’s not supported by Motorola and the root exploit isn’t offered by Google. In fact, SuperSU is developed by third party dev Chainfire so we must thank him for this tutorial. Even though these aspects might not mean anything for you, consider that they are the reason why the warranty of your Motorola Moto G5S Plus will be void – yes that happens if you start the root process.

A small hint: if somehow you will need the warranty back, you can try to reinstall the stock / default Android OS. In that case the root access will be revoked and your phone restored back to its initial state so it’s a good way in which you can try to restore the warranty.

Backup your Motorola Moto G5S Plus before starting the root operation. This is a precaution measure which can keep you out of troubles. It’s unlikely to lose something while flashing SuperSU, but since we are talking about an unofficial operation the best is to take precaution measures before doing anything else. And the backup recommendation is among these processes – don’t worry, on Android the backup can be completed within minutes.

Another precaution measure: you should save essential system files by initiating a Nandroid backup. This dedicated backup solution might turn out to be extremely useful if you will want to go back to stock afterwards.

Other small things that must be prepared at this point:

  • On your phone Developer Options must be displayed; if not, you need to enable this feature first: start tapping repeatedly (do that for 7 or 10 times) on Built Number. Eventually you will be prompted with the ‘you are a developer’ message.
  • Also from your phone you need to check the USB Debugging option. Of course, this feature is located under “menu – > settings – > developer options”.
  • A computer, where you need to download the root exploit, is required; the same thing can be applied for your phone and for its official USB cable.
  • Charge your handset if its power is not sufficient – for these types of operations you should ensure at least 50% power left or otherwise you might experience problems in the end.
  • One essential aspect: this root operation will work only if you can use a custom recovery image. So, before doing anything else install TWRP recovery on your Motorola Moto G5S Plus.
  • Be aware that this tutorial is compatible only with the Motorola Moto G5S Plus device. If you want the original Moto G5 Plus you should use this root solution instead.

How to Easily Root Motorola Moto G5S Plus using SuperSU and TWRP recovery

  1. On the computer or notebook that is at your disposal you need to download the SuperSU package. This file can be downloaded from here.
  2. Power on your smartphone and afterwards establish an USB connection with your computer.
  3. Select the downloaded file from your PC and copy-paste it on your smartphone.
  4. You can remove the USB cable when that’s done because the computer is no longer required.
  5. Now, you need to reboot recovery mode on your Moto G5S Plus – learn how to complete this process by using this guide.
  6. From recovery tap on Install and pick the SuperSU package.
  7. Swipe in order to start the flashing process.
  8. When the installation process is performed go back to main menu of recovery and tap on Reboot.
  9. If you experience a boot loop, access recovery mode once more and this time complete a wipe by selecting “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.

There you have it. You are now using a rooted Android system on your Motorola Moto G5S Plus. The root access can be verified easily through the free-distributed Root Checker app that can be downloaded from Google Play. If you need further help, you should contact our team – you should also discuss any other problems with us as we are here to assist you as soon as possible.

  • Sage Wizard

    from above:
    Select the downloaded file from your PC and copy-paste it on your smartphone.

    Good luck with that! The G5S+ 7.1.1 has a read-only file system on the SD card.