Motorola Moto G can be easily updated with any version of Android OS, or with any custom ROM firmware which is based on stock Android software. Of course, for being able to safely update your Moto G you need to first learn the basic flashing operations as there are different methods available for each update – for example, the OTA update can’t be applied in the same way you install a custom ROM or in the same way you flash an official update manually. Therefore, don’t hesitate and use the guidelines from below for further info.

The easiest way in which you can apply an update is by using the OTA release. But, as you know, the OTA roll out is usually offered in phases or gradually, which means that some Moto G users will receive the firmware sooner than others. Furthermore, the OTA updates might be released in limited markets only, so in these cases you will have to flash the Android OS manually, by using a more complicated procedure. Because of that, I have decided to develop this step by step guide, from where you will be able to learn how to easily update your Motorola Moto G.

Furthermore, by using this dedicated tutorial you can now learn how to install a custom ROM firmware on your Moto G, so in case you want to optimize and customize your Android smartphone with a custom update, like CM 11, AOKP, ParanoidAndroid or any other platform, now you will be able to do so without bricking or damaging your device – if you are having problems, then use our tutorial and learn how to fix your bricked Moto G. Anyway, when talking about a custom ROM, we are talking about unofficial procedures, so when applying the same the warranty of your phone will get void.

The warranty can be restore if you choose to flash an official Android update on your smartphone, so in that matter you can also use the guidelines from below. As you can see, during the resent tutorial you will be able to find everything that’s related to the update operation, which means that you should bookmark this page as who knows when you will be need to use the same.

But before learning how to update the Motorola Moto G, first you have to learn how to prepare your phone for the process that will follow. In that matter, take a look and complete the steps from below.

  • If you want to OTA update your Moto G, ensure that you can use a WiFi connection – usually the updates are big and you might pay for substantial data plan.
  • If you want to manually update your Moto G with an official Android OS, then make sure that you can use a computer, your device and its USB cable – the same is being applied if you want to flash a custom ROM firmware.
  • On your computer first of all disable the security protection because tools like antivirus might interfere with the installation procedure.
  • Moreover, on the computer the Moto G USB drivers must be installed and on your phone the USB debugging option must be enabled – go to menu – settings – developer options.
  • Plug in the charger before doing anything else – charge your device especially if the battery status indicates less than 50% power left – your Moto G might get bricked if it gets turned off in the middle of the flashing procedure.
  • Backup the data which is saved on the internal storage memory of your Moto G especially if you are updating with a custom ROM firmware because a wipe will be required and you will lose everything that’s important for you.
  • If possible, if you have a rooted device installed with CWM or with any other recovery image, make a Nandroid backup for being able to save the current ROM too.
  • Remember that this step by step guide is compatible only with the Motorola Moto G. So, don’t use the guidelines from below if you have a similar or different Android device because you can end up in bricking your smartphone or tablet.

How to Update Motorola Moto G

Update via OTA

  • As already mentioned, make sure you have a WiFi connection enabled.
  • Go to menu – settings – about phone.
  • Tap on software update and check if there is an OTA firmware available for your Moto G.
  • If you can install a new firmware, just download the same as the update will be flashed automatically.
  • In the end your smartphone will reboot into new Android OS.

Manually install official Android update on Motorola Moto G

  1. On your computer download the firmware file.
  2. Unzip the update on desktop.
  3. Then, on your computer download RSD Lite from here and then install the program by following the on screen prompts.
  4. Enter the update folder and from there open the .xml file with notepad.
  5. Find any line that has the word getvar (step operation = “getvar”) in it and delete the line then save the .xml file.
  6. Run RSD Lite on your computer and select the firmware file on the program.
  7. Enter Moto G in fastboot mode and connect your phone with your computer.
  8. Press “start” on RSD Lite and wait while Android OS is being installed.

Update with a custom ROM firmware

  1. Install CWM recovery, or any other custom recovery image on your Motorola Moto G.
  2. Then on your computer download the custom ROM file –don’t unzip the same.
  3. Connect your device with your PC by plugging in the USB cord.
  4. Transfer the update file on your phone.
  5. Unplug the USB cable.
  6. Enter recovery mode on Moto G.
  7. Select “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvick cache”.
  8. Return to main menu of recovery.
  9. From there select “install zip from SD card” and “choose zip from SD card”.
  10. Pick the update file and flash the same on your Android smartphone.
  11. In the end select “reboot system now” and you are done.

That’s it; now you know how to update the Motorola Moto G with both official versions of Android OS and with custom ROMs firmware. So, was this step by step guide helpful for you? Don’t hesitate and feedback us by using the comments field from below and we will assist you as soon as possible.

shahg · 5 years ago

can i convert the whole software in my moto g to lenovo s820

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