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How to root Motorola Moto G XT1031 on Android 4.4.2 [Guide]

Motorola Moto G [1]These are the instructions to root Motorola Moto G XT1031 smartphone running on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update. The guide uses the CF-Auto-Root tool which is most famously known for rooting Samsung devices. There are a select few devices that can run the CF-Auto-Root outside of the Samsung range too. The devices that are not made by Samsung utilize adb and fastboot and not the Odin flashing tool.

You are voiding the warranty Motorola instates by customizing your device with root access or if you go on to install a custom recovery.




  1. Download the CF-Auto-Root package for the Moto G XT1031 from this link [4].
  2. Extract the CF-Auto-Root file to the desktop by right-clicking the file and choosing the “extract here” option.
  3. Learn how to set up adb [5] on your Windows computer.
  4. Boot the Motorola Moto G smartphone in fastbot mode by holding the Volume Down + Volume Up + Power buttons.
    Double-click the mouse over the rooting script file you get after you extracted the original CF-Auto-Root zip file.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions and you’re done.

Now you can find out how to install TWRP Recovery on the first-generation Motorola Moto G [6] smartphone so you can start flashing your custom ROMs, custom kernels, other device modifications and take compete backups for the first time without any help from adb command.

The Motorola Moto G smartphone is well-known for giving users an experience that’s pretty close to stock Android anyway, so the upside of rooting this device isn’t going to be with removing bloatware. With that being said, there are still many reasons to root the Motorola Moto G smartphone, including installing apps that can increase your battery life, increase your device’s performance, offer better backup solutions and more. Couple that with a custom recovery and you can then go on to install custom kernels, custom ROMs like CyanogenMod, take even better backups with the NANDroid option and install the NANDroid manager application so you can restore individual partitions at a time.