Due to hardware limitations and because it is a relatively old device, the Motorola Moto E (the 2013 model) isn’t going to receive new official Android updates. However, the smartphone is capable to run even the latest Android 7.0 Nougat system without problems, so what should you do in this situation? Changing your smartphone with a newer one is definitely not the solution, which means that you should choose to perform dedicated tweaking procedures.
In that respect, today, during the following step by step guide I will show you how to complete a dedicated custom operation through which you will ensure the Android 7.0 Nougat OS on your own Motorola Moto E.
As you can already tell, I will show you how to flash a custom ROM firmware file. The ROM is the new CyanogenMod built, which is currently developed and offered by those of xda-developers. The CM 14 software for the Moto E 2013 is developed xda senior member squid2, so we must thank him for this new update opportunity.
Through this CM14 built you can experience a stable and smooth Android 7.0 Nougat OS which was especially customized and optimized for your Motorola Moto E. However, minor problems might be still experienced, such as the recently reported video recording bug. Anyway, the software should be stable enough for a daily use, thus you have nothing to worry about.
But, if you want to keep everything safe and secured you can make a Nandroid backup before completing this step by step guide. This dedicated backup operation can keep you far from problems as it will make backup file for the current Android OS that powers your Moto E. So, with the Nandroid backup ensured you can safely test the CM 14 firmware as if something isn’t running as expected you can anytime choose to go back to stock, through the same Nandroid backup package.
Along with this dedicated backup operation you should also make a general one through which to save your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and so on. The general backup operation can be completed in different ways: you can sync your Moto E data with your Google Account, you can use Motorola built-in cloud storage platforms or you can manage backup and restore apps from Google Play.
You must root your Moto E if you want to experience the new CM 14 software. Only on an unlocked Android system you can install unofficial Android updates. Moreover, the Android 7.0 Nougat firmware can be flashed only if on your phone you can use a custom recovery image. In that respect a good decision will be to install the CWM or the TWRP system.
The operations mentioned above, including the present update one, are all unofficial procedures which can’t be related with Google or with Motorola. The CM14 system is not coming from your OEM and is not officially supported. Moreover, the Nougat file represents a ported version of stock Android 7.0 platform. Thus, this is an unofficial tutorial and using it will void the warranty of your Moto E 2013. Be careful when applying the following steps as if you manage to mess things up you will be by yourself – shortly, you will have to learn how to manually address all the issues.
In order to be prepared for the update process that will shortly follow, first you must take care of the pre requisites: on your Moto E become a developer: go to “menu –settings – about phone” and tap 7 times, repeatedly, on Built Number; on your phone access “menu – settings – developer options” and check the USB Debugging field; make sure you can use a computer or a notebook; of course, your 2013 Moto E and its USB cable must be near the computer; the power that’s left on your phone should be higher than 50%; so, if required plug in the charger before applying the update operation; if you skip the charging process your smartphone can get switched off, an possible bricked, while you try to update to Android 7.0 Nougat.
How to Install CM14 Android 7.0 Nougat custom ROM Firmware on Motorola Moto E 2013
- Go here and get the firmware package; on the same page you can read further details about the Nougat update.
- Download compatible Google Apps package from here.
- Save the files on the computer you are currently using – if you cannot download the files consider in temporarily disabling the security protection that runs on your computer.
- Connect your Moto E with your PC via USB cable after saving the downloaded files.
- Transfer these files from your computer to your smartphone and after doing so unplug the USB cable.
- Power off your device completely – and also wait while the shut down process is completed.
- Enter recovery mode on your Motorola Moto E.
- Once in recovery, choose to wipe the internal storage system by selecting “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvik cache”.
- Next, from recovery select “install zip from SD card” and “choose zip from SD card”.
- Pick up the Android 7.0 Nougat firmware file and install the CM 14 custom ROM.
- Repeat this step and install Google Apps package.
- In the end, from recovery select “Reboot system now”.
Congratulations; you have successfully installed the CM 14 custom ROM firmware on your own Motorola Moto E 2013. So, test the Android 7.0 Nougat system and share everything with us and with other users who might want to use this step by step guide.