How to unlock the bootloader on Motorola phones (Moto X, Moto G)
0. phoneArena 13 Mar 2014, 10:57 posted on
Unlocking the bootloader is the first step towards the land of custom ROMs, rooting, mods, and all other Android hackery, but for a newbie, it might also be a scary undertaking. In this article, we’ll explain in simple terms what’s a bootloader, and guide you through the surprisingly easy process of unlocking…
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1. apple4never (Posts: 1032; Member since: 08 May 2013)
is it just me or is this easier with a sony pone?
6. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1313; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
Unlocking a boot loader is serious business. If you can't follow directions like this you have no business screwing with the boot loader.
3. stillthisguy (Posts: 10; Member since: 06 Oct 2011)
ATT and VZW phones cannot do this. Both in store and moto maker, only way to do this for VZW is to buy the dev edtition, and the only way to do this for ATT is to buy the GSM dev edition.
5. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1628; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
Slightly off topic, but can someone tell me how to backup app data before/in the process of rooting? This is for my old phone. Don't mention Helium.
7. sprockkets (Posts: 1573; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
Unless you have root or have a custom recovery, you can't do it.
8. PapaSmurf (Posts: 9813; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Just root first, do a back up with Titanium Backup and viola.
10. sprockkets (Posts: 1573; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
Depends on what you mean - using adb to unlock the bootloader on Nexus devices will, but rooting usually involves exploiting a hole in the OS which then won't hurt anything.
11. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1628; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
What I mean: I want to root the phone (Xperia U) in any way that no files or their data will be wiped.
17. apple4never (Posts: 1032; Member since: 08 May 2013)
use doomlords easy rooting toolkit and use pc companion to back up, the root wont wipe it
20. sprockkets (Posts: 1573; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
Youll have to research your phone, like on xda, to see if a root exploit exists for your current software.
12. PapaSmurf (Posts: 9813; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Not necessarily. That's if you factory wipe, wipe the delving and system cache. It's highly recommended that you do, but in your case back up your important stuff before rooting (contacts, music, etc.) and then root. You can root without losing everything since I've done it before on my SII and S3. On a Xperia phone, I'm pretty sure it'll work. Check out XDA before doing anything.
13. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1628; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
So the app data was also kept? And kwl.
14. PapaSmurf (Posts: 9813; Member since: 14 May 2012)
If I remember correctly, Titanium Backup does save app data (just checked) and My Backup Root does as well. Here's what I'd do in your case:
1. Backup contacts, messages, music, photos and apks
2. Charge your battery to 80% and root
3. Install SU from the Play Store and grant permissions
4. Download one of the two apps and create a backup (for app data)
5. Save it to the SD card and double check it's there
6. Install a custom recovery
7. Factory reset from recovery menu (wipe data, wipe dalvik cache and system cache)
8. Reboot phone
If you plan on installing a custom ROM, make sure you know what you're doing and follow the steps on a XDA carefully. Have fun with XposedMod, AdAway and SU. :)
16. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1628; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
So #4 applies to non-rooted device? BTW, MinMinGuard is a better alternative to AdAway from what I've heard.
Excuse my lack of rooting knowledge - I've only rooted once with the toolkit that wiped my data tho I don't mind because it was new that time.
18. PapaSmurf (Posts: 9813; Member since: 14 May 2012)
You can download root apps, but they won't unless you're granted root with SU. Idk if Sony locks their boot loaders, but XDA and YouTube will be more than willing to help you.
21. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1628; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
Alright. Trying to get info from more people just to make sure.
@down user: right!
19. apple4never (Posts: 1032; Member since: 08 May 2013)
@XperiaFanZone, check out xda, youll get your answers far quicker and theres many how to threads itll def help u
15. saiki4116 (Posts: 375; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)
Samsung Phones Bootloader is unlocked and most of the times, for samsung phones, you root by flashing Supersu/busybox binary from the Samsung stock recovery. But for Sony phones it is tough, It took a literally a whole day to install CM 10 on my friends Sony Ericsson mini. I guess there is a way to root without losing data, but Sony have patched that with updates, So you may need to downgrade and use that method. Sure guys at XDA forums can help.
22. El_Duderino (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 May 2014)
Really clear and simple instructions. Thanks a lot guys. Great work
23. gdurieux (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 May 2014)
Thanks for your help everything start good.
I arrive to copy and paste the super long string but motorola say that '' my device is not eligible for a bootloader unlocking".
Anyone receive this message and now what to do ?
27. mshuman77 (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Apr 2015)
Are you by chance with Cricket? All of these instructions seem REAL simple, cut and dry, right? NOBODY seems to know that if you are a Cricket customer you can NOT get access to unlock the bootloader. I tried it, 5 times, contacted Motorola and Cricket and there is some shady deal between the two that does not allow the Moto G (XT1045) through Cricket to obtain an unlocked bootloader.
24. Tobytenacious (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Jul 2014)
Helpful, thanks. Through the gate now, and towards the finish...
Any thoughts on ROM choices?
25. mewannaroot (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Nov 2014)
These are identical to the moto e is there an option anyone knows other than this to root since I see the same issues when the key isn't granted I have 2 rooted devices this is the only one with no root
26. mshuman77 (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Apr 2015)
This entire process does not work if you are a Cricket customer. I bought the Moto G (XT1045) about a month ago and went to root it before I even left the store as I usually do. Long story short I ended up successfully obtaining my code, submitting it to Motorola and .......DENIED. Apparently there is some deal between Cricket and Motorola that does not allow them to unlock your bootloader. Stopped me dead in my tracks and now I am ready to get rid of the phone. I only want root, no fancy ROMs, not yet anyway and can't even get just simple root access. Not. Happy. At. All.
28. El_Duderino (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 May 2014)
Did you make sure to remove ALL spaces from the string?
30. Taipai (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Jun 2015)
It's not Cricket. It's Motorola (Now Lenova). The G model is several different sub models. The developers edition is golden and you qualify to unlock if you have one. My XT1028 is a "not eligible" for me or anyone that owns one. I'm sure, yeah right, it's just a coincidence that most of the not eligibles were purchased through Verizon. They sell the G for about $50.00 less than other carriers. The catch is you have to stay on their prepaid plan farm for 6 months before you get to move up to the postpaid ranks. If you can't unlock the boot loader, you can't root it. More importantly you can't clone it to a dead phones IMEI setting you free of the 6 month rule. It must work because the E is set up the same way. You can get around it on that model, for now, if you use the SIM from an already online phone. Try and get postpaid on an E or G at the Verizon store though.