The Moto G had a surprising early release in the USA, after it was originally announced to arrive in January. Well that is still half true: the Moto G is available now on the Motorola website, will arrive to owners on December 2nd. US carriers will only be having the smartphone in stock as of January. That aside, for the Motorola Moto G, there’s a fast and convenient method to unlock the bootloader and then root the device. Here’s how.
Unlock the Bootloader
First, you must unlock the bootloader of Moto G. For instructions and the necessary drivers, you get these directly from Motorola’s website. Please note: this process will erase all data on your smartphone, so it's important to complete a backup before! We assume as usual no liability for any damage or data loss.
Now turn off your smartphone. Put it in fastboot mode by holding down the volume down and power buttons simultaneously. Wait a few seconds, then let the power button and the volume button go again. Connect the smartphone via USB to your PC. Navigate to the folder where you have unzipped the ADB tools. Hold down the shift key and click with the right mouse button on an empty spot in Windows Explorer. Select "Command Prompt open here."
Give the command prompt the following command: " fastboot oem get_unlock_data " and then press enter. A string will appear that looks similar to this:
fastboot oem get_unlock_data
Copy the character sequence by clicking on the right button of your mouse in the prompt, choose "Select" and then select the highlighted five lines. Press the enter key now to copy the text to the clipboard and then paste it into the input window on the Motorola website. Ensure that there are no spaces. Please also note that "(boot loader)" must not be copied!
Click on "Can my device be unlocked?", then scroll to the bottom of the page. Put a tick in the "I Agree" box and click on "Request Unlock Key". You should have received a code by email now. Copy it to the clipboard and then go back to the prompt. If the Moto G is still connected to the PC, you can directly input the following command:
fastboot oem unlock [here you will enter the 20 character long code with the right button of your mouse.]
Ready! The Moto G will now start automatically and the bootloader is unlocked. Now you can get going with the root procedure.
Root the Moto G
The root solution for the Moto G comes from MoDaCo founder Paul O'Brien. In the MoDaCo forum, there are the instructions and the necessary software. Download the Superboot.zip to your PC and unzip it to any location. Now turn on your Moto of G and put it in bootloader mode by simultaneously pressing the power and the volume down buttons again. Connect your smartphone to your PC.
Navigate now to the Superboot folder and execute the file superboot-windows.bat with a double click.
Ready! The Moto G should now restart and your smartphone has been successfully rooted . If your you aren’t sure it worked, look in the App Drawer . Here you should now see the SuperSU application which you can use to grant or revoke root access for other apps.