One of the more sound ways to getting access to the root user account on the Android operating system is by flashing a custom recovery and then flashing the SuperSU manually from the custom recovery image. The only problem with this method is that it isn’t always available and that is why many people are forced to use other methods like sourcing some one-click rooting tools. As long as you don’t mind putting in a bit of work and don’t want to keep the stock recovery image installed, flashing the SuperSU yourself from a custom recovery is an excellent way to go about getting control of the root user account.
Flashing the SuperSU is without a doubt one of the most common reasons for wanting to have a custom recovery image installed and replacing the stock recovery. However, it isn’t the only reason. Many people install custom recoveries because it is required to get a custom ROM installed. Most of the time that doesn’t even require root access at all. Just having the bootloader unlocked and custom recovery image installed is all you need to complete switch the stock version of Android you grew tired of for a refreshing custom ROM instead.
- You need to have the Motorola Moto G4’s bootloader unlocked before you follow this guide for installing the custom recovery image on it.
- You need to have a computer that is running on a version of the Windows operating system to use this guide because the ADB you need to use is only available for Windows OS from our link.
BEFORE WE BEGIN
- Make sure that you have unlocked the Developer Options menu and enabled the USB Debugging Mode on the Motorola Moto G4 smartphone before you get started with the guide or else the smartphone cannot have the necessary changes made to the Android operating system that it needs for the custom recovery image to get installed.
HOW TO INSTALL TWRP RECOVERY ON MOTOROLA MOTO G4
- Follow our guide for learning how to install ADB on a Windows operating system and then come back and continue with the remainder of this guide.
- Install the ADB Drivers on the Windows PC just so you don’t end up having any connection issues.
- Download the TWRP Recovery and extract it to the Downloads folder.
- Copy the TWRP contents from the Downloads folder to the same folder as the ADB so everything is available from the same directory.
- Connect the Motorola Moto G4 smartphone to the computer with the USB cable.
- Hold Shift and right-click the white area in the background of the ADB folder and choose to open a new command window from the menu.
- Type the command “adb reboot bootloader” to get the Motorola Moto G4 smartphone into the required bootloader mode and ready for the flashing of the custom recovery image.
- Type the command “fastboot flash recovery twrp-3.0.2-0-athene.img” to get the custom recovery flashed onto the smartphone.
- Type the command “fastboot reboot” and as soon as you see the smartphone rebooting, hold down the hardware button combination for the stock Recovery Mode to get the custom recovery you just installed booting up on the screen.
In conclusion, that is everything you need to install TWRP Recovery on Motorola Moto G4 smartphones. Those of you who wanted to get access to the root user account that Linux always has can follow our other guide that goes into detail about what you need to root Motorola Moto G4 smartphones running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates.