In my last article about the Moto G, 2nd generation, I talked about how the all-new Lollipop updates on the device didn’t get a warm welcome from users, at least not the kind we were expecting. With many bugs in the release and lots of issues with the user interface, most users are thinking of going back to the Android 4.4.4 stock OS that the device came with.
So let’s see how we can restore the device back to stock and live with the less evolved, but better build for the Moto G 2nd generation. For those who want to stick to Lollipop, we will show you a better custom ROM you can install to get rid of the bugs and limitations.
Note: The device should be bootloader unlocked for the trick to work. If you haven’t unlocked it already, you can follow our guide. I would advise you to go through the first part of the guide, if not all of it, and perform the essential setup.
Flashing Back to Stock Image
Download and extract the ZIP file of the factory image for Motorola Moto G 2nd generation. Extract the files to the Fastboot folder. This image file will work on dual SIM X1068/X1069 devices. Please do not try to use this image on any other variant of Moto G, it might break your device.
Once everything is in place, open the command prompt in the fastboot folder and type in the commands one after the other. Wait for the previous command to execute before you type in the next command. I would recommend you copy and paste them directly from the article.
fastboot flash partition rom\gpt.bin
fastboot flash motoboot rom\motoboot.img
fastboot flash logo rom\logo.bin
fastboot flash boot rom\boot.img
fastboot flash recovery rom\recovery.img
fastboot flash system rom\system.img_sparsechunk.0
fastboot flash system rom\system.img_sparsechunk.1
fastboot flash system rom\system.img_sparsechunk.2
fastboot flash system rom\system.img_sparsechunk.3
fastboot flash modem rom\NON-HLOS.bin
fastboot erase modemst1
fastboot erase modemst2
fastboot flash fsg rom\fsg.mbn
fastboot erase cache
fastboot erase userdata
After you execute the listed commands, the phone will reboot and you will get stock KitKat back. As the device will be completely wiped, you can now personalize it and restore your backups.
Custom Lollipop ROM
For the folks who want to try out a custom ROM based upon Lollipop instead of going back to the stock KitKat, try the Titan Prime ROM. The ROM is based on Android 5.0.2 and Motorola’s 5.0.1 stock firmware. To flash the device, download and save the ROM file to the internal SD card and boot into the recovery mode. Make sure you have the TWRP recovery installed as shown in the previous guide.
Finally, wipe the Dalvik, Cache and System from the Wipe option in TWRP and flash the ROM Zip file. The flashing process and the first boot might take some time.
So that was how you can either flash stock Kitkat ROM on your Moto G 2nd Generation, or install a better custom Lollipop ROM. Please make sure you always back up the data on your phone as there are risks involved while performing these operations. If you have any doubts, feel free to ask in the comments section.
Last updated on 03 February, 2022
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