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How to Root the Motorola Moto G5 Plus

Ensuring root is essential especially if you are using a mid-range Android based smartphone. Why? Because that’s how you can start to upgrade the performance of your Motorola Moto G5 Plus. So, as always, I am here to help you out – during the guidelines from below we will be checking on how to successfully root the Moto G5 Plus. We will discuss about risks, advantages, pre-requisites and more so don’t hesitate and check it all out.

Rooting your Moto G5 Plus is not hard but it is a complex and also a risky procedure that should be followed and completed by advanced or experienced users. You see, the root files that will be used during the steps from this tutorial are developed by third party devs and have nothing to do with Motorola or with Google. So, completing this guide will make you perform an unofficial operation during which the warranty of your handset will get void – unfortunately, you have nothing to do about the warranty aspect; that’s what happens when you try to tweak the Android system.

But what can you obtain with the root process? Shortly, you can gain full control over your Motorola Moto G5 Plus and over the Android Nougat OS that runs on your smartphone. In a few words that means you are going to get rid of all the annoying factory and default restrictions which are currently limiting your access in term of customization and optimization possibilities. Thus, on a rooted Moto G5 Plus you can change everything in order to improve the performance of your phone.

Actually, once root access is successfully ensured you can start other tweaking operations that can help you unleash the full potential of your device. I am talking about various procedures among which we have the following ones: removing bloatware and start-up programs, install root-only apps, download and flash custom features, apps and capabilities that cannot be found on the stock Nougat system, install custom kernels, MODs and ROMs (such as Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android), make Nandroid backups and lot more.

On the Motorola Moto G5 Plus you can gain root access by using this tutorial only if you first take care of some additional things – you have it all listed and detailed during the following lines:

  • The bootloader must be unlocked – that’s how you can partially unlock the Android OS, an essential operation when talking about gaining root access.
  • A custom recovery image must be used as you have to flash dedicated software through a similar environment. Thus, I recommend you to use the latest version of TWRP recovery in that matter – you can use our dedicated tutorial from here in that respect.
  • Make a backup and save all your personal files before gaining root access – your data might get corrupted or wiped out while you complete the steps from below so make sure you secure everything first.
  • You can use any backup and restore solution you prefer in order 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.
  • Hint: you can also use the custom recovery image for making a Nandroid backup – that’s how you can save the current Android OS that runs on your Moto G5 Plus (if something wrong happens you can use the Nandroid backup file for going back to stock).
  • Ensuring root is a manual process that can be applied only if a computer or a notebook can be used – you will have to download some files on your computer.
  • Your smartphone and its USB cable must be near you too.
  • On your phone you must check the USB Debugging option that’s located under “menu – > settings – > developer options”.
  • For being able to access Developer Options you first have to tap repeatedly on Built Number until the ‘you are a developer’ message is displayed.
  • Charge your device if that’s necessarily – if the power that’s left is currently lower than 50% the best will be to plug in the charger first.
  • Do note that if the charging process is not completed your smartphone might get switched off during the root process situation during which your handset might get soft bricked – various malfunctions might be caused within the Android core system.
  • Use the root tutorial only for the Motorola Moto G5 Plus. The steps and the files from below are compatible only with this particular Android Nougat based smartphone so try not to mess things up.

How to Root the Motorola Moto G5 Plus

  1. On your computer download the required files: get the no-verity-opt-encrypt-5.1.zip file from here and the Magisk package from here.
  2. Power on your smartphone and afterwards connect it with your computer with the help of the USB cable.
  3. Transfer the downloaded files from above from your computer to the internal storage of your device.
  4. Unplug the USB cord now and power off your smartphone.
  5. When done, reboot recovery mode on your Android device.
  6. From recovery tap on Install and load the no-verity-opt-encrypt-5.1.zip file. Afterwards, from main menu of recovery tap on Reboot -> System.
  7. Now, enter recovery mode once more.
  8. Use the same process and flash the Magisk Zip package and then reboot.
  9. Finally, from the app drawer launch the Magisk app. Update the software and that’s it; your smartphone should be now rooted.

Good work. You can check to see if the root access is now enabled easily by downloading the Root Checker app from Google Play. If root is there than you can start tweaking your Motorola Moto G5 Plus. Do share all your plans with us and use the comments field from down below in order to tell us how things worked for you – in this way you can also help other users who might want to follow the steps from above.