How to Root and Flash CWM on Motorola Moto E

So this post goes out for the people running a  Moto E, and looking for a decent tutorial to root moto e, and flash CWM on it. Well this post could help you out. Moto E falls in the budget category, and was launched by Motorola in 2014 and features a simple and a baisc dual core processor. but hey you could always increase the productivity of the device, by rooting it. So let’s begin?


Also read: Root Moto E One Click

Before you Root Moto E:

Well here is a quick round up of the basic if you are a beginner and do not know anything of any sorts about Android Rooting and stuff. And if in case you are well aware about what it really is, you should probably skip this part right away and move on to the next part of this tutorial to root moto e and install cwm on it.

Now Android Rooting is a procedure by which you gain the true access of your device, and manually can assign the root access to apps, which can interface in the core functioning of the device. in simpler words, by rooting you will be able to control your device in a better way, as by default android does not let you give the root access to any app. it is analogous to running the Windows in Admin mode. Also if you wish to know more about Android Rooting in detail, you can check out this post.

Now when you get the rights and access to do almost anything related to the device’s wrking, you can use this as a blessing and perform a whole lot of android tweaks on it. And these are the benefits of rooting your android phone. You can virtually perform unlimited number of tweaks on your android smartphone, once you root it. Like to list a few instances of android tweaks that you can perform on your device, you could probably  increase the RAM increase the internal memoryyou can install Custom ROMs  and also Play HD Games, and what not on your android device. To check out the complete list of android tweaks that yuo can perform please visit this link. Also to read about more benefits and insights on rooting moto e, click here.

Every blessing comes along a curse, so this is the case with android rooting. Many users who do not know much about android rooting end up soft bricking their devices. Also when you root your device, you might void the warranty of your device, And not only this, there are also many disadvantages of rooting android phone, so if you want to know about them in detail, read disadvantages of rooting.

Read: How to Unbrick your device


So before we root and flash CWM on Moto E, here are a few things that we will be needing in the procedure, so it is better that you check these things first before skipping to the procedure part.

  • First of all make sure that the USB Debugging option is enabled. You can do that by checking that in the Settings of the Moto E.
  • Also the battery should be atleast 50% charged. As it is going to take a bit of time in completing the flashing of CWM and rooting your Moto E.
  • Though rooting and flashing CWM does not wipe any data, but still it is always a good habit to make a backup of the device, before beginning. You can check the guides below in case, you want to backup your data.
  • Backup Apps for Unrooted Devices
  • Backup and Restore SMS
  • Backup and restore Contacts
  • Also download all the required files from the download section below as they will be required i the procedure.


Hello people!! You are here to root your very own and awesome device from tech giant Motorola, “Moto E”. This device is the company’s most economical device with very special and awesome features like 1.2Ghz dual core processor, 4.3 inch LCD with corning gorilla glass display and Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipset. Before rooting your device, please download the following files that are necessary before starting the rooting procedure.

Root and Flash CWM on Moto E:

  1. First of all, you need to unlock the bootloader of your moto e. To do this, just follow the steps listed below:-

i. Power off the device.

ii. Press the Volume Down and power button simultaneously for about six seconds till the boot screen turns on.

iii. Connect the device with a good quality USB cable with your PC.

iv. Go to C:> Android SDK> Platform Tools, hold the Shift key on the keyboard and right click of the mouse on the blank space of the                                screen and click on “Open Command Window here”
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v. Type the following text in the Command promt window:- “fastboot oem get_unlock_data
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vi. Go to the Motorola’s website if asked to unlock bootloader of Motorola Moto E.

vii. Paste the text of step V in the field of Motorola’s page and click on “Can my device be unlocked”.

viii. If it can, the Request Unlock Key button will appear below it. Click on Request Unlock Key. The unlock key will                                                                 be sent via e-mail to you on your registered e-mail ID.

ix. When you receive the unlock key, go back to command prompt and type the following with hitting enter at the end of the                                              line: fastboot oem unlock [YOURKEY]              (replace [YOURKEY] with the key you received by email
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  1. After you have unlocked the bootloader of your device, its now time to start rooting your device.  Copy the SuperSu,.zip file you                                        downloaded from the previous section to your phone.

  2. Power off your device and turn it on by pressing volume down and power button at the same time for about six seconds.

  3. Save the recovery downloaded from the above section in C:>android-sdk >platform-tools.

  4. A command prompt window will be open. Type the following command and press enter:- “fastboot flash recovery recovery.img

  5. Tap volume down to highlight recovery on the device and tap volume up to select it.

  6. Choose “install from SD Card” and navigate the mode by using the volume keys.

  7. Select, from the list of SD Card and wait for sometime to flash the file.

  8. In the command prompt that should still be open, type the following with hitting enter at the end of the line again. “fastboot flash recovery recovery.img

  9. Select reboot on the device.

Congrats. You can check the same by navigating to the App Drawer of your device and finding the SuperSU app.

Also read: 11 things to do after you root your device

So this was a short tutorial on how to root moto e and flash cwm on it. Thanks for reading this tutorial. If you face any problem on your device, contact us on our Facebook Fan Page or contact us below in the Comments section.


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