How To Unbrick Moto G (1st Gen) 2013 After Lollipop 5.0 Android Update

Whenever a new firmware released such as Android 5.0 Lollipop, which is spreading like a fire all over the world nowadays. Almost all Android users wish to install and then root their devices to the latest Android OS version, but there may be chances that your device might get softbrick or hard brick if you had applied a wrong firmware on different variant of a device etc. So if you owned Moto G (1st Gen) device then you must know about the basic troubleshooting tips like factory reset and hard reset but today we are going to tell you that if your smartphone has got softbricked after the Android 5.0 Lollipop update then how you’ll restore it.

Thanks to the senior XDA member GI0/NNI who has explained that how Moto G (2013) users can restore Moto G (1st Gen) from softbrick after updating their devices to the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop. Here in this guide we’ll use the procedure of ADB and Fastboot and after that we’ll flash a fresh firmware and install Android 5.0 OTA update again on it.

Note: Please note that this method is only applicable for softbricked Moto G devices but not for hard bricked.

Steps to Restore Softbricked Moto G after Installing Android 5.0 Lollipop:

Method 1:

Step No 1:- Connect your Moto G with PC and put it into Fastboot.

Step No 2:- Install a custom recovery such as CWM on the Moto G.

Step No 3:- While your device is connected with PC, open Recovery. The recovery will have adb by default.

Step No 4:- Type the following command in command prompt and hit enter:

cd directory-with-adb.exe-and-fastboot.exe-etc

Step No 5:- Now enter this command:

adb devices

Step No 6:- After entering the above command, you’ll be able to see the serial number of your Moto G in the attached devices list. But if you can’t see the serial number then download the driver installer.

Step No 7:- Remember to mount the sdcard in recovery. To check that, perform data/media wipe.

Step No 8:- Next, download a firmware flashable zip for your Moto G to the directory in your CMD (CyanogenMod or stock firmwares from this link.

Step No 9:- Now transfer the downloaded .zip files that you have downloaded from the above link for your phone, to the SD card using this command:

adb push /sdcard/

After entering the above command, wait for the process to be completed.

Step No 10:- Now it is the time to install the downloaded .zip firmware on your device but you may face SIM or WiFi issues. Make sure to download a firmware, supports the firmware version you just have flashed. Go to that folder where you have placed the downloaded .zip firmware using CMD command and then enter the following commands:

fastboot flash modem NON-HLOS.bin
fastboot erase modemst1
fastboot erase modemst2
fastboot flash fsg fsg.mbn

Done! You have successfully unbricked your Moto G. The screen of the Moto G will rumble but once you install the stock recovery and the Lollipop OTA zip, it will be fixed.

If that above method is slightly tricky then you can use the second given method alternatively:

Method 2:

Step No 1:- Download the Android 4.4.4 firmware with extension.

Step No 2:- Extract the downloaded file to a folder and then open it.

Step No 3:- Again connect your device to the PC while in Fastboot .

Step No 4:- Remember to place fastboot files inside that folder where you have extracted the firmware.

Step No 5:- Create a .bat file using these given commands:

fastboot flash boot boot.img
fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.0
fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.1
fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.2
fastboot flash modem NON-HLOS.bin
fastboot erase modemst1
fastboot erase modemst2
fastboot flash fsg fsg.mbn
fastboot erase cache
fastboot erase userdata
mfastboot reboot

This method should work now on your Moto G.

Share your experience with us in the comments section below that which method worked for you.


  1. Reply siddharthJan 23, 2015 at 11:59 am

    flickering coming on my moto g xt1033 after unbricking it please help i will be very grateful to you

  2. Reply onkarMar 14, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    I tried second method it worked but after rebooting it stuck at Bootloader unlocked screen.Shall i install update now from sd card?

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