Do you want to update your Motorola Moto G to Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS? Well, in case you want to test and enjoy the latest version of Android firmware on your own Moto G then you should install the ParanoidAndroid custom ROM platform. By completing this update operation you will be able to use the recently released Android 4.4.4 software while on the other hand you will be able to flash on your Moto G the latest release of Paranoid Android, which is a highly appreciated and an extremely popular custom ROM (just like CM11 or AOKP).
ParanoidAndroid is developed by third party devs, the ROM being based on stock Android OS. Basically the firmware represents a free aftermarket distribution of Android system, which just received its KitKat 4.4.4 touch. Thus, on your Moto G you will install a custom Android 4.4.4 OS that comes with both stock and extra features, apps and capabilities. In the end, your Android smartphone will run on latest ParanoidAndroid firmware and you will be able to customize, optimize and personalize your phone’s operating system by using various in built settings.
In a few words, with Paranoid Android KitKat 4.4.4 custom ROM installed on your Motorola Moto G, you will be able to bump the speeds of your phone, to improve its battery life and to customize and optimize the looks and the performances of your device. As already mentioned, the firmware comes with features that cannot be found on the default version of Android, so all these features will tweak your device and will offer you full control over your Moto G and over its internal system. In that matter, flashing ParanoidAndroid on Moto G is a must have, especially for those who are looking in spicing things up a little bit.
Now, according to the users who have already updated the Moto G to Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS via ParanoidAndroid custom ROM, the firmware runs without lags, bugs or issues. So, you can flash the software for daily use and you can use it for any operation you want. Now, this variant of ParanoidAndroid isn’t official, which mean that the ROM has been optimized and customized for the Moto G by those of xda-developers so we should thanks them for this step by step guide. So, do note, as already stated, that this update is not an official one, as Paranoid Android has nothing to do with Motorola or with Google.
Well, if you have decided to test the Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware on your Motorola Moto G, then don’t hesitate and use the guidelines from below in order to learn everithing about the flashing process and in order to safely install ParanoidAndroid custom ROM firmware on your phone.
Since this is a custom ROM, an unofficial update, for being able to install the same on your handset, first you will have to root your Motorola Moto G – ParanoidAndroid must access some in built files and programs, this access being granted only by gaining root access. And, after completing the root process, you should also install a custom recovery image on your phone – in that matter you should use the latest version of CWM or TWRP recovery. Of course, each Android device comes pre-installed with the stock recovery, but unfortunately a custom ROM can be flashed only by using a custom app – that’s why you need to apply these operations.
All these procedures aren’t official either. So, as you can already tell, by completing the same you will lose the warranty of your Moto G. Unfortunately, this aspect can’t be avoided, therefore if you think that you might end up in messing things up, maybe the best will be to stop here (of course, first of all read all the guidelines from this tutorial and see if you can handle the same or not). As you will notice, updating the Moto G to Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware is not hard, but still the installation process must be considered complex and risky.
Now, since you will apply a custom ROM that is different from the stock Android system, first of all you should make a Nandroid backup for saving your current firmware – if ParanoidAndroid will not be on your taste, you will then be capable to downgrade your Moto G to stock Android OS without applying a complex tutorial. Furthermore, a wipe will be required during the steps from below, which means that if you want to save your data, first a backup will be more than indicated. Therefore, use compatible backup and restore apps from Google Play and save everything from your phone’s internal storage, including your contacts list, call logs, market apps, internet settings, text messages, images, videos, audio files and your personal data, info and accounts.
A manual update operation will require a computer or a notebook along with your smartphone and its USB cord. On the computer you will use first you have to temporarily deactivate the antivirus protection – along with any other security tools, while on your smartphone from path “menu – settings – developer options” you need to enable the USB debugging option. Moreover, your phone must be charged, especially if the battery status shows less than 40% power left – else your device might get turned off and bricked in the middle of the update operation.
Use this step by step guide for installing Android 4.4.4 KitKat based ParanoidAndroid custom ROM firmware only if you own the Motorola Moto G – the steps from below are being compatible only with the mentioned Android device, so try not to mess things up.
How to Update Moto G with ParanoidAndroid 4.4.4 KitKat Custom ROM Firmware
- On your computer or notebook, download the required files: from here download the Paranoid Android custom ROM and from here download the Google Apps package – the same must be installed separately as it is not included on the update file.
- Save both files on desktop and don’t unzip anything.
- Connect your Motorola Moto G with your computer by plugging in the USB cable.
- Transfer the downloaded files from your computer to your phone and then unplug the USB cord as the computer is no longer useful.
- Turn off your device: press power button once and select “power off” or press and hold power key for about 15 seconds; then enter recovery mode on Moto G.
- From recovery first of all wipe the system and clear cache by selecting “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvick cache”.
- Then return to main menu of recovery and from there pick “install zip from SD card” followed by “choose zip from SD card”.
- Select the ParanoidAndroid update and flash the same; up next repeat the same process and install Google Apps package on your smartphone.
- In the end, from main menu of recovery select “reboot system now” and you are done.
Note: if after completing the steps from above your Moto G will get stuck in a boot loop, go back to recovery and from there, this time, select only “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”. Then reboot your device as everything should work without any other problems.
Note 2: if you want to go back to stock OS, if you have made a Nandroid backup as recommended, go to recovery mode and select “backup / restore” option. Also, use this tutorial in order to learn how to fix your bricked Moto G or how to update your Moto G with ease.
So, there you have it; now on your Motorola Moto G you can safely test the latest Android OS as KitKat 4.4.4 firmware should be running without problems. Well, just test the ParanoidAndroid custom ROM, see how it works and then don’t hesitate and share your results and your thoughts with us and with our readers by using the comments section from below – of course, if there are problems we will try to assist you as soon as possible.