What To Do: If You Bricked A Moto G Running Android 5.0 Lollipop

The Moto G

An OTA update to Android 5.0 Lollipop has been released for the Moto G.  If a user is not familiar with the flashing methods for this update or has made a mistake flashing it, they will find that they will end up with a soft bricked device.

If you soft bricked your Moto G while installing the OTA update, it means that your device is now either running corrupted firmware or no firmware at all.  You can tell that it’s a case of softbricking if, when you turn on your device, you see a faint light come on screen.  If it’s  showing no sign of life, then you’ve hard bricked your device.

In this guide, were going to show you how you can fix a bricked Moto G on Android 5.0 Lollipop.  This will also work on a device running other versions below Android 4.4.4 KitKat.


mfastboot: Link

Android 4.4.4 Kit-Kat Images: Link

Android 4.4.4 Kit-Kat update for Recovery: Link

Unbrick Moto G:

  1. Extract the mfastboot file that you downloaded.
  1. Find Firmware Images in the mfastboot folder and extract them.
  2. In the mfastboot folder, open a command prompt.
  3. Put your device into Fastboot mode by pressing and holding down the power key at the same time as both the volume keys
  4. Connect your device to your PC.
  5. Type and execute the following commands one-by-one:

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

  1. Reboot device. You might see the screen flickering while booting, don’t panic and just wait for the boot to finish.
  2. When the boot finishes, copy the Android 4.4.4 Kit-Kat updateyou downloaded onto your device
  1. Boot the device into Recovery mode again.
  2. Select Apply Update from Sdcard.
  3. Wait 10-15 minutes for the process to finish.  When it is done, you will have successfully unbricked your Moto G

Have you unbricked your Moto G?

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