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What is the best method for rooting a Motorola Moto E Android running kitkat 4.4.4? I know nothing about unlocking bootloaders, so any help you could give me there would be great!

  • Did you try one ofl those one-click rooting software ? KingoRoot seems better, or iRoot, FramaRoot, etc – esQmo_ Dec 17 '16 at 23:35
  • @esQmo Never use a one-click tool on Moto devices, it will frequently brick them. – acejavelin Dec 17 '16 at 23:37
  • @acejavelin Never experienced that! I use KingoRoot and it never resulted in a brick. – esQmo_ Dec 18 '16 at 2:37
  • @esQmo I am quite active in various Moto device forums on XDA and have written rooting and other tutorials for several devices.. We have seen King(o)root and other one click methods brick several devices, although this is usually a softbrick only, most users who attempt this method don't know how to recover from that. – acejavelin Dec 18 '16 at 2:47
  • @acejavelin Okay, thanks for pointing this out. – esQmo_ Dec 18 '16 at 5:00
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Rooting modern Moto devices is quite simple, and there are not many variations.

You must unlock the bootloader using Moto's Unlock site. This will give you the pre-requisites needed to root, also be aware this will completely erase all your data

Next download the latest TWRP for your device (Moto E original model linked) and SuperSU.

Flash TWRP, backup, flash SuperSU, reboot. Done, you will be rooted.

For more specific information, XDA is your best source. http://forum.xda-developers.com/moto-e

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