Motorola Moto E is a highly appreciated Android smartphone as it comes with decent specs and features on an affordable price tag. Now, if you want to use your Moto E on full power without dealing with factory and default restrictions and also if you want to customize, optimize, personalize and power up your Android device with ease, then complete this step by step guide as we will be checking on how to update the Motorola Moto E to Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS by installing SlimKat custom ROM firmware on your phone.
Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS represents the latest Android system released by Google, the new platform coming with minor features, apps or capabilities, though with important bug fixes and stability improvements. Well, SlimKat is based on stock Android 4.4.4 KitKat platform and now it is compatible with the Motorola Moto E. Moreover, the custom ROM also comes with extra features that cannot be found on the default version of KitKat, so by installing the mentioned ROM you will be able to easily tweak your Moto E, while flashing Android 4.4.4 firmware on it.
SlimKat represents an unofficial update which is developed by third party devs (by those of xda-developers so we should thanks them for this step by step guide) so the firmware has nothing to do with Google or with Motorola. SlimKat is a free aftermarket distribution of Android system and now it is based on latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat software – furthermore it is now available and compatible with the Motorola Moto E. Anyway, due to the already mentioned aspects, by flashing this ROM on your Moto E you will lose the Motorola warranty – if something bad happens (unlikely as long as you follow the guidelines from this tutorial) you will be by yourselves and you will have to take your phone back to service if you mess things up and brick your device (or you can fix your bricked Moto E by using our dedicated step by step guide).
The SlimKat firmware is stable, works without any problems on the Motorola Moto E as the Android 4.4.4 KitKat modified OS smoothly runs on the mentioned device. Moreover the ROM can be safely installed for a daily use since there aren’t lags, force close errors or any other alerts – all these according to those who have already tested this custom ROM firmware. Now, with SlimKat flashed on your Moto E, you will be able to personalize your Android 4.4.4 KitKat system, you will be able to customize and optimize the performances of your phone, improve its battery life, bump its speed, remove bootloader and various in built programs and enjoy a redesigned KitKat experience.
So, if you have decided to update your Moto E to KitKat 4.4.4 OS, don’t hesitate and use this step by step guide. Again, remember that this is a complex and risky procedure, so before applying anything on your device, read all the lines from this tutorial.
Root access must be ensured, or else you won’t be able to complete this guide – a custom ROM can be flashed only on an unchained Android device, thus root your Motorola Moto E before doing anything else. Furthermore, after gaining root access install a custom recovery image, preferable the latest version of CWM or TWRP recovery, as this tool will be used on the flashing operation (the stock recovery can’t be used as the same is offering only limited possibilities and installing an unofficial update can’t be supported by the stock recovery). Completing these tasks isn’t an option for you, so try to make everything as explained.
A backup is not a must, though I strongly recommending you to save your data because a wipe will be required (during the proper steps from below). Thus, if you have important data and info saved on your device, save it or else you will lose everything that’s relevant for you. In that matter, use compatible backup and restore apps from Google Play and save your contacts list, call logs, text messages, market apps, internet settings, personal data, info, accounts, images, videos, audio files and so on. Also, in the end, make a Nandroid backup for saving the current ROM – maybe you will to restore the same at some point.
A manual update operation implies in using a computer or notebook where you need to download the update file. Then since a connection between your devices must be established, your phone’s USB cord must be near you. For avoiding unpleasant situations from happening, on your computer you should first deactivate – only temporarily – the security protection and on your smartphone you need to enable USB debugging option by going to path “menu – settings – developer options”. Furthermore, you should check the battery status as if there is less than 50% power left you should plug in the charger before doing anything else.
This tutorial is compatible only with Motorola Moto E. The SlimKat file provided during the following steps will work only for the mentioned phone so don’t use this guide to update a different Android based device to Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware – try not to mess things up as you can end up in bricking your phone.
How to Update Motorola Moto E to Android 4.4.4 KitKat Custom ROM Firmware
- From here download the latest version of SlimKat custom ROM firmware.
- From here download Google apps and add-ons package.
- Save these files on your computer, preferable on desktop, and don’t unzip the same.
- Connect your Moto E with your computer by plugging in the USB cord.
- Transfer the downloaded files from desktop to your phone’s SD card.
- Unplug the USB cord and turn off your device: press power button once and pick “power off” or press and hold power key for about 15 seconds.
- Enter your Moto E in recovery mode – just use the provided link.
- From recovery first of all wipe the system and clear cache: select “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvick cache”.
- Go back to main menu of recovery and from there select “install zip from SD card” followed by “choose zip from SD card”.
- Pick the Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware file and flash the same; repeat the same process and install Google Apps package on your Moto E.
- In the end, from main menu of recovery select “reboot system now”.
If after completing all the stem from below, your Moto E gets stuck in a boot loop, go back to recovery mode and from there this time select only “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.
Good; that was all for today, so congratulations. You have successfully updated your Motorola Moto E to Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS by installing SlimKat custom ROM firmware. Now, test the new software and if you find something that isn’t working as expected, don’t hesitate and use the comments area from below for sharing your impressions, thoughts and your experience with us and with our readers – if we can help you, then we will assist you as soon as possible.