Motorola just released its Moto E Android based smartphone, which by the way is an interesting phone if not for its specs or features at least for its upcoming Android 4.4.3 KitKat update. So, the Moto E will be among the first mid range Android devices to receive the official Android 4.4.3 firmware; but until then, its users will probably want to use their handset on full power. Well, in order to do so, first they will have to unlock the Moto E bootloader.
In that matter I have detailed this step by step guide which will easily take you through the unlocking procedure. By reading and following the guidelines from this tutorial you will be able to learn more about the bootloader term and of course you will be able to learn how to safely unlock the bootloader of your Motorola Moto E. Completing this operation is easy and somehow official as Motorola is providing a support page that can be used for unlocking the bootloader of your device, but we will talk more about this during the steps from below.
The first thing you should know is that when you first buy a new Android smartphone it will be delivered with a locked bootloader. This is something like a carrier and default restriction as with a locked system you won’t be able to perform complex and custom operations like gaining root access, installing a custom recovery image, flashing a custom ROM firmware, removing bloatware, improving the battery life, bumping the speeds, overclocking the CPU and so on. Thus, as you can see, unlocking the bootloader of your Moto E must be performed manually and by using a compatible step by step guide.
The bootloader represents a system pre-installed on your device. This start-up program is loading the OS and some in built programs from the ROM memory into the RAM memory each time you reboot or power on your Moto E. If you want you can see your phone’s bootloader similar with the startup program that is featured on your computer, laptop, tablet or desktop. Now, with a locked bootloader you won’t be able to change anything on your smartphone, which means that you need to unlock it especially if you are an advanced Android user and if you want to improve the performances of your mid range Moto E.
The advantages that come along with an unlocked Android device are numerous, though you still have to be worried about one aspect. This operation isn’t official (even though Motorola will help you in achieving the same) so by completing the same you will lose your Moto E warranty. So, if you somehow mess things up (it can happen only if you apply things without consulting the steps from this step by step guide) you can end up in damaging your phone’s OS, software or even the internal system, so be careful. Anyway, the warranty can be afterwards restored if you choose to relock the bootloader – there are many procedures that can be applied in that matter.
Also, before completing this procedure it is indicated to backup your data, as everything that’s saved on the internal storage memory of your phone might get corrupted while you will try to unlock the bootloader of your Motorola Moto E. Therefore, before doing anything else backup (by using compatible apps from Google Play) everything that’s important to you including contacts list, text messages, market apps and personal data, info and accounts.
Moreover, since this is a manually unlock process, in order to complete the same you will have to use a computer. On the computer you will be using first of all deactivate – only temporarily – the antivirus and antimalware protection (the security protection might interfere with our work). Then, on your Moto E go to “menu – settings – developer options” and enable the USB debugging option because a connection between your smartphone and you PC will have to be established. Also, your phone must be charged, or the battery power should indicate more than 60% power left – the phone might get bricked in case it gets turned off in the middle of the unlocking operation.
This step by step guide is compatible only with the Motorola Moto E and with no other Android based smartphone or tablet. So, use the steps from below for unlocking the bootloader of your phone, only if you own the mentioned device, or else you can end up in bricking your Android handset.
How to Easily Unlock Motorola Moto E Bootloader
- On your computer download and install Android SDK – install Android SDK on Windows or set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux.
- Enter your Moto E in fastboot mode: just power off your device (press power button once and select “power off” or keep pressing the power button for about 15 seconds) and then press power and volume down keys at the same time until fastboot mode is being displayed.
- Connect your Moto E with your computer by plugging in the USB cable.
- On your computer go to the Android SDK folder and from there open a command prompt window.
- In the cmd window type the following command: “$ fastboot oem get_unlock_data”.
- Now on your computer a string of values will be displayed – from cmd copy the string without any spaces in between (you should get something similar with: “0A40040192024205#4C4D355631323030373731363031303332323239#BD008A672BA4746C2CE02328A2AC0C39F951A3E5#1F532800020000000000000000000000”.
- Up next just go to Motorola’s official web page (here) and follow the on-page prompts in order to end the unlocking procedure – don’t worry from this point the process can be easily performed (the unlock code will be send to you on your email address.
So, that’s how you can anytime unlock the Motorola Moto E bootloader. If you can’t manage to complete this procedure, don’t hesitate and use the comments section from below in order to point out your problems. We will then assist you as soon as possible and we will also update this tutorial accordingly. Now, stay close and check our following guides as we will show you how to root your Moto E, how to install a custom recovery image on your phone and also how to update it with official and custom ROMs.