Unbrick soft bricked Motorola Moto G

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This post here is to unbrick soft bricked Motorola Moto G only. Don’t try it on any other Moto variant. Also this post is for a device which is soft bricked NOT hard bricked (Soft brick vs Hard brick).

We are not responsible for any data loss or other problems that occur by using this tutorial. Flashing ROM deletes internal memory. Use at your own risk.


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    Motorola Moto G USB drivers
  • 2
    Android firmware file
  • 3
    RSD Lite program
  • 4
    Windows PC

Procedure to unbrick soft bricked Motorola Moto G

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    Download and install Moto G usb drivers.
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    Download stock firmware for your Motorola Moto G. Make sure that it is for your model. Unzipping the file.
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    In the extracted folder you will find a .XML file, open it with notepad (right click -> Open with -> Notepad).edit xml Unbrick soft brick Moto G
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    Search for a line with string <step operation=”getvar” var=”max-download-size” /> (press Ctrl+F then enter the text), delete that line and save the file (press Ctrl+S).
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    Download and install RSD Lite program program on your PC.
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    Launch RSD Lite as admin. Press the button with three dot browse file button and browse the above .xml file.browse xml Unbrick soft brick Moto G
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    Start your device in Fastboot Mode. To get in Fastboot Mode, power off your device  and switch it on while pressing Volume Down + Power Button simultaneously for few seconds.
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    Once in Fastboot mode, plug in your device using USB cable.Start Flashing Unbrick soft brick Moto G
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    If your device gets detected, it will be shown along with Model, IMEI number and other details. If it isn’t detected then make sure that device drivers are installed correctly. If your device is detected, press Start to begin flashing procedure. DON’T INTERRUPT FLASHING PROCEDURE FOR ANY REASON OTHERWISE YOUR DEVICE MIGHT GET HARD BRICKED.

Congrats!! Your device is successfully unbricked now.


  • Dual SIM model- The firmware file with _umtsds in it’s name are for the Dual-SIM variant of Moto G.
  • Single SIM model- The firmware without _umtsds are for the Single-SIM variant of Moto G. Flashing incorrect firmware will result in network issues.

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Rohan Kandwal

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  • Roger-In

    Hii, RSD Lite is not detecting my Moto G xt 1033. what to do know?

    • RohanKandwal

      Make sure that the device drivers are correctly installed. Check the “Device Manager” to see if your device is correctly detected.

  • siddharth

    not getting the string pls help

    • RohanKandwal

      What do you mean by “not getting the string”? Are you following the tutorial correctly? Open the xml file using Notepad and then use Ctrl + F to find the string.

  • Vinz2312

    Does it work also with a ROM as flashable zip?

    • RohanKandwal

      First of all, sorry for the late reply and NO it doesn’t work with a flashable ROM (if you mean ROM flashable using custom recoveries). You should download the stock ROM.

  • Thibault Durieux

    Hi ! Thanks for your tutorial, I have well instaled all drivers and my computer tells me that my device is recognized, but RSD can’t detect it ! What can I do ? (excuse my bad english I’m french)

    • RohanKandwal

      Have you checked device manager? Please check device manager to make sure that all the drivers are installed. Sometimes, for reasons unknown, some of the drivers are installed, while others are not.

      • Thibault Durieux

        yes I checked it, everything is well installed ! But my phone’s battery is low, do you think tha’ts a problem ?I’m trying to load it but it’s very long..

        • RohanKandwal

          Sorry for late reply, that shouldn’t be an issue. Can you please try detecting your phone on some different PC? or using another USB cable? This too happens sometimes.

          • Thibault Durieux

            it’s good i fixed it , thanks

          • RohanKandwal

            Can you please tell us how? Others will benefit from it.

  • Kaoutar

    can’t i do this with moto g 2nd gen?