Updating the 2015 Motorola Moto E is easy. It doesn’t matter if we talk about OTA roll outs, or about downgrade to stock operations. It can also be about a manual update procedure and even a custom ROM firmware can be involved. Bottom line, flashing updates on your new Moto E is an intuitive operation that can be completed within minutes. So, if you are interested in finding out how to apply all the update operations mentioned above, don’t hesitate and follow the guidelines from below.
First, we will discuss about the official update procedures: OTAs, downgrade operations and manually updating with official firmware releases. The OTA roll out is usually offered in phases, gradually and depending on each market. Thus, the Android notifications will be spotted in different moments by the 2015 Moto E users. Also, the OTAs can be notified on your device only if your phone is running on stock and only if root access hasn’t been ensured yet. In a few words, you can apply an OTA Android update only in given conditions.
So, in most situations you will have to manually update your new Moto E to stock Android firmware. Well, the best is that this operation can be completed for both stock and rooted devices, whether stock or custom ROM firmware is running on your second gen. of Motorola Moto E. Of course, after flashing the official Android OS the root access will be revoked and your phone restored back to its initial state, but you will be able to enjoy the latest Android built. The update operation is official as you will use the default Android software, so you have nothing to worry about.
Similar, we have the downgrade to stock operation. This process can be applied in the same way as the manual update process mentioned above, though in this situation you can use any version of Android OS you want – you can downgrade to first Lollipop release, or to any other builts of Android system. The downgrade procedure is recommended for those who have to unbrick their 2015 Moto E, as reflashing the default Android OS resolves software related issues like boot loops, lags, bugs, force close errors, battery drain, heating problems and even total blackouts.
Now, on the other hand, we have the unofficial update operations, which involves in installing custom ROMs such as CM12, AOKP or Paranoid Android. Well, these ROMs are only based on stock Android firmware and represents free aftermarket distribution of the Android system. Thus, if you choose to install a custom ROM on your new Motorola Moto E, you will lose the warranty of your smartphone.
But, the custom ROMs comes with great advantages; usually these updates are pre installed with important features that cannot be found on the default version of the Android OS. All these dedicated apps and features can be then used for improving the performances of your new Moto E, so if you are an advanced Android user, you definitely have to try such an Android update.
Before applying an update, I recommend you to backup your data – especially if you are thinking in installing a custom ROM, as in that case a hard reset operation will be completed and you can lose everything from the internal storage memory of your smartphone. Good; so save your contacts, call logs, text messages, internet settings, market apps, images, videos, audio files and any other data by using compatible backup and restore apps from Google Play or any other similar tools like cloud storage platforms.
Charge your 2015 Moto E before applying any of the update process from below. I recommend you to plug in the charger if the battery power left is lower than 50% – if your device gets turned off while you apply the update, your Moto E might get bricked.
How to Update 2015 Motorola Moto E
Manage OTA Roll Outs
Usually, OTAs are being notified automatically on your new Moto E – a notification is being prompted on your phone as soon as the OTA is being pushed out. But, if you don’t get the notification, then you can manually search for the update by following:
- Enable a WiFi connection before doing anything else.
- On your phone tap on Menu.
- Then select Settings.
- From Settings choose About Phone and Software Version.
- Tap on Software Updates and Search for new OTAs.
- If an update is available you will be prompted with the same – the flashing process will be then completed automatically.
Manually Update / Downgrade second gen. of Moto E to stock Android OS
For being able to complete this method you will have to use a computer, on which you need to temporarily deactivate security tools – the antivirus and any other similar programs might interfere with the update operation. Also, on your computer you should install Android SDK: install Android SDK on Windows or set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux. Then, on your phone you have to enable USB debugging option: first navigate towards “menu – settings – about phone” and tap several times on built number and then access “menu – settings – developer options” and check the mentioned option.
Perfect; now, resume the update / downgrade update operation by following the steps from this step by step guide.
Install a custom ROM on your new Moto E
You can flash a custom ROM only if your 2015 Motorola Moto E is rooted and installed with a custom recovery image. Root access must be ensured as the ROM must access the internal system of your device – the update will modify in built apps and features. Also, a custom recovery image must be installed as the update can be flashed only through the same software.
Also, a computer will be required and on your phone USB debugging option must be checked – see the lines from above for further details. Then, resume the installation process by following:
- Download the custom ROM firmware file on your computer – you can get the file from any source you want (for example xda-developers).
- Save the package on desktop but don’t unzip it.
- Connect your 2015 Moto E with your PC by plugging in the USB cord.
- Transfer the downloaded file from desktop on your phone’s SD card.
- Unplug the USB cord and turn off your phone – then enter recovery mode on your new Motorola Moto E.
- From recovery select “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvik cache”.
- Return to main menu of recovery when done and select “install zip from SD card” followed by “choose zip from SD card”.
- Pick the firmware file and install the custom ROM on your 2015 Moto E.
- When done, return to main menu of recovery and select “reboot system now”.
Congratulations; now you know how to properly update the 2015 variant of Motorola Moto E. Use the comments field from below if you have questions or if you want to share your experience with us and with other Android users.