How to root/flash Android smartphone: Moto E4 plus

14 Oct 2017

Flashing Tutorial: How to root/flash Moto E4 plus

Motorola Android smartphone company launched its budget phone a few months back with amazing features and had a successful launch. The Android smartphone company also have launched many other flagship phones in the market, Moto E4 plus is best among those. Moto E4 plus also has some restrictions, rooting your Android smartphone will make it look better.

In this article, we will guide you how to install TWRP recovery and bootloader and root your smartphone Moto E4 plus. Rooting your Android smartphone Moto E4 plus will make it customized the way you want your Moto E4 plus to look like.

Note: Flashing/rooting your Android smartphone voids warranty and not following the flashing/rooting procedure properly may brick your Moto E4 plus Android smartphone.

Guide for flashing/rooting Moto E4 plus

Pre-Requisites

Moto E4 Plus with below model numbers only:-

  1. XT1770
  2. XT1772
  3. XT1773

To check your model number go to Settings -> About Phone -> Hardware information -> SKU.

Next, please ensure you have enabled USB debugging and OEM unlock. To do so, Navigate to Settings -> About on your Moto E4 Plus and tap on build number seven times. Once you see a message saying “you are now a developer” go back to Settings and you will see an option called Developer Options. Open developer options and enable USB debugging and OEM Unlock.

Make sure adb and fastboot are setup on your computer (Windows, Mac or Linux) and working. Hit the link below to learn how to setup adb and fastboot on Windows, Mac and Linux.

How to Bootloader Unlock Moto E4 Plus – MediaTek

Please note this will factory reset your phone and all your data will be wiped. Make sure to have a backup.

Step 1 – Boot into fastboot mode

Turn off your Moto E4 Plus. Press and hold Power + Volume Down until you see a Start screen.

You can also boot into fastboot mode while device is on:-

  1. Connect Moto E4 Plus to the computer using USB cable.
  2. Open command prompt (for Windows) or Terminal (for Mac and Linux).
  3. Navigate to the platform-tools folder and issue below command.

Windows

adb reboot bootloader

Mac or Linux

./adb reboot bootloader

Step 2 – Unlock Bootloader Moto E4 Plus

Connect the phone to the computer using USB cable and issue commands.

Windows

fastboot oem unlock

Mac or Linux

./fastboot oem unlock

You should see a screen on your phone asking you to confirm this action, use the volume up key. Once you confirm your bootloader will be unlocked. Next, we are going to reboot the phone.

Windows

fastboot reboot

Mac or Linux

./fastboot reboot

How to Install TWRP Recovery Moto E4 Plus – MediaTek

Make sure you have enabled USB debugging and OEM unlock. To do so, Navigate to Settings -> About on your Moto E4 Plus and tap on build number seven times. Once you see a message saying “you are now a developer” go back to Settings and you will see an option called Developer Options. Open developer options and enable USB debugging and OEM Unlock.

Download TWRP Recovery for MediaTek Moto E4 Plus from below link, unzip the file, rename the unzipped file recovery-motoe4plus.img and place it in platform-tools folder.

Download TWRP Recovery for MediaTek Moto E4 Plus

Download below files and place the zip files in internal memory or micro sd card of Moto E4 Plus.

Download PHH Superuser

Download Noverity

Step 1 – Boot into fastboot mode

Turn off your Moto E4 Plus.  Press and hold Power + Volume Down until you see a Start screen.

You can also boot into fastboot mode while device is on:-

  1. Connect Moto E4 Plus to the computer using USB cable.
  2. Open command prompt (for Windows) or Terminal (for Mac and Linux).
  3. Navigate to the platform-tools folder and issue below command.

Windows

adb reboot bootloader

Mac or Linux

./adb reboot bootloader

Step 2 – Flash TWRP recovery Moto E4 Plus – MediaTek

  1. Open command prompt (for Windows) or Terminal (for Mac and Linux).
  2. Navigate to the platform-tools folder and issue below command.

Windows

fastboot flash recovery recovery-motoe4plus.img

Mac or Linux

./fastboot flash recovery recovery-motoe4plus.img

Congratulations, you just installed TWRP recovery on your Moto E4 Plus. Now we will boot into TWRP and root your Moto E4 Plus MediaTek.

How to: Root Moto E4 Plus – MediaTek

Once you have installed TWRP recovery, you need to reboot into TWRP recovery and root your Moto E4 Plus. Follow the steps below.

Step 1 – Boot into TWRP

  1. Power off your Moto E4 Plus.
  2. Press & hold Power + Volume down button for a few seconds. This will boot your phone into bootloader mode.
  3. Press Volume down until you see Recovery mode on screen.
  4. Press Power button to boot into recovery mode.

You can also boot into TWRP recovery after installing TWRP by issuing commands.

Windows

fastboot boot recovery-motoe4plus.img

Mac or Linux

./fastboot boot recovery-motoe4plus.img

Step 2 – Root Moto E4 Plus MediaTek using PHH Superuser

Once you have booted into TWRP, click on Wipe – Data and enter Yes to wipe data. This will wipe out all your data, so make sure you have a backup. This step is necessary to mount system in rw (read-write) mode in TWRP.

Once in TWRP click on Install, then select superuser zip file downloaded above. Swipe to confirm flashing of superuser. Once done flash the no-verity zip file downloaded above.

Root Moto E4 Plus MediaTek using PHH Superuser

Step 3 – Reboot into Android

Click on the back, then on Reboot and then on System and you will boot into Android.

Step 4 – Install PHH Superuser

Once you have booted into Android, install PHH Superuser app from Play Store.

Download PHH Superuser app

Once installed, open the app. Go to Settings and set superuser access to apps and adb.

Done!!!! You have successfully rooted your Moto E4 plus.

 

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