Getting access to the ultra-fast Internet technology called LTE has now become much more affordable than ever, all thanks to Motorola for coming up with the Moto G (2nd Gen) with LTE capabilities. The phone allows you to surf the Internet as fast as what the current technology for cellular phones allow, and not to mention all the features it offers being an Android phone, of course.

While the phone offers what you’d expect from an Android phone, it still has room for improvement. Rooting your phone allows you to install root-only apps to then further customize and improve the performance of the phone. Not only can you add new root-only apps to your phone after rooting it, but you can also remove the exiting stock apps stuck there on your phone that don’t really offer much benefit. Root makes all of these customizations possible for you.

Gaining root on the Motorola Moto G LTE (2nd Gen) is as easy as flashing a custom recovery and then using it to flash SuperSU to achieve root.

Before You Begin

  1. This could void the warranty of your device. We won’t be held responsible for anything that happens from doing this tutorial so please proceed at your own risk.
  2. You should have a Windows based PC to do this procedure.
  3. You should have Motorola USB drivers installed on your PC. Install them if they aren’t already.
  4. This should erase the data stored on your device. So, please backup everything that you wish to keep.
  5. This should also flash a custom recovery on your device.
  6. You should only try this on the LTE variant of the device.

How to Root the Motorola Moto G LTE (2nd Gen)

Moto G LTE 2nd Gen

To root the device, you’ll first unlock the bootloader, flash a custom recovery, and then flash SuperSU to gain root on the device. Here’s how you can do that:

Downloading Required Files

  1. Download Fastboot and save it to your desktop.
    Fastboot
  2. Download TWRP Recovery and save it to your desktop.
    TWRP Recovery
  3. Download SuperSU and save it to your desktop.
    SuperSU

Unlocking the Bootloader on the Motorola Moto G LTE (2nd Gen)

  1. Extract files from Fastboot over to your desktop by right-clicking on it and selecting Extract here.
  2. Turn off your device.
  3. Turn your device back on in fastboot mode by holding down Volume DOWN and Power buttons together for a few seconds.
  4. Plug in your device to your PC using a USB cable.
  5. Launch a command prompt window on your desktop by holding down Shift and right-clicking anywhere on the screen and selecting Open command window here.
  6. Type in the following command into the command prompt window and hit Enter:
    fastboot oem get_unlock_data
  7. You’ll get a text string on your screen. Select it and copy it to your clipboard.
  8. Head over to the Motorola Bootloader Unlock page and sign-in using an account. Create a new account if you don’t already have one.
  9. Follow the instructions to unlock the bootloader and when you get to step-6, paste the text string that you copied in the previous step.
  10. Click on Can my device be unlocked? button.
  11. Click on Request Unlock Key on the following screen to get a key to unlock the bootloader on your device.
  12. Motorola will send an unlock key to your email address. Copy the unlock key from there to your clipboard.
  13. Type in the following command into the command prompt window and hit Enter. Make sure to replace KEY with the unlock key that you copied in the previous step.
    fastboot oem unlock KEY
  14. It should start unlocking the bootloader on your device.
  15. When the bootloader is unlocked, reboot your device.

The bootloader on your Moto G LTE (2nd Gen) has been successfully unlocked, and here’s how you can go about flashing a custom recovery on  your device:

Flashing a Custom Recovery on the Motorola Moto G LTE (2nd Gen)

  1. Turn off your device.
  2. Reboot your device into fastboot mode by holding down Volume DOWN and Power buttons together.
  3. Connect your device to your PC using a USB cable.
  4. Open a command prompt window on your desktop by holding down Shift and right-clicking anywhere on the screen and selecting Open command window here.
  5. Type in the following command into the command prompt window and press Enter. Make sure to replace twrp.img with the actual name of the recovery image name.
    fastboot flash recovery twrp.img
  6. Wait for it to flash a custom recovery on your device.
  7. When it’s done flashing a recovery, reboot your device using the following command:
    fastboot reboot
  8. Your device should reboot.

Awesome! You’ve successfully flashed a custom recovery on your Moto G LTE (2nd Gen) and you’re now all set to root your device. Here’s how to do that:

Rooting the Motorola Moto G LTE (2nd Gen)

  1. Connect your device to your PC using a USB cable.
  2. Copy SuperSU .zip from your desktop over to the internal SD card storage on your device.
  3. When SuperSU is copied, disconnect your device from your PC.
  4. Turn off your device.
  5. Turn your device back on in recovery mode by holding down Volume DOWN and Power buttons together.
  6. Choose Recovery from the options that appear on your screen.
  7. Tap on Install in the recovery menu.
  8. Navigate to your internal SD card storage and choose SuperSU .zip to be installed on your device.
  9. Tap on Swipe to Confirm Flash to confirm the flash action.
  10. Wait for TWRP to install SuperSU on your device.
  11. When TWRP’s done flashing SuperSU, reboot your device by selecting Reboot followed by System.
  12. Your device should reboot.

And you’re now rooted!

Finally, your LTE variant of the Moto G (2nd Gen) is rooted and is ready to be flashed with a custom ROM of your choice. You can check out the huge collection of the Android ROMs we have here on our site and then choose the one that you think will be the best ROM for your device.

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  • Emin Sarabsky

    when you say to transfer super su to the internal SD card storage, do you mean the physical removable SD card or the folder on the internal storage called /sdcard?

    • Christopher Campbell

      Yeah everywhere you go the instructions aren’t clear like “You know what their talking about”.
      The Bootloader/Download/Recovery/Fastboot Mode seems to be the same thing that use Vol Down & Power, but the name changes half way through the steps…even though its the same page.

      Steps he left out was after you enter fastboot reboot be sure to pickup up your phone quickly and use Power & Vol Down to go into TWRP Mode from which you install the Zips

  • HeiJo

    It doesn’t work for my XT1079. Stuck at bootloader screen. Need to flash stock ROM.

  • Oskar Branse-Instone

    when i type in the command, fastboot oem get_unlock_data

    ‘fastboot’ is not recognized as an internal or external command,
    operable program or batch file.

    • Hamza Sultan

      Open cmd screen from the fastboot folder with the four files

  • Hamza Sultan

    recovery finishes loading in fastboot but when I boot into recovery it still shows stock recovery