How To Update Moto G To Android 4.4.2 Manually

Motorola’s Moto G is now available in various countries across the globe but it is being shipped with Android 4.3 out of the box. However, an update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat is already available which can be downloaded OTA by going to Settings>About Phone>System Updates. If you get to see something similar to what you see in the screenshot below, you know the update available for download is the 4.4.2 OTA.

Moto G Android 4.4.2 Manual Update

There have been users reporting that the update leaves your dual SIM non functional when applied on a Moto G XT1033 dual SIM variant – the one available in India and Brazil. However, you can download the update on a PC and flash it manually on your device. This tutorial explains how to do that.

This tutorial is only for those users who haven’t unlocked the device bootloader and haven’t rooted their device yet. Updating your device using this tutorial does not void the warranty of your device and doesn’t change the bootloader status either.

Downloads

Thanks to folks at XDA forums for these links.

Steps to Manually Update Moto G to Android 4.4.2 KitKat

  1. Download the zip file from links given above and place it in your device’s internal storage.
  2. Reboot the phone. While you reboot, you will be asked to update the phone. If not, proceed to step 2.
  3. Turn off the device. Press and hold Volume Down button and Power button. (Make sure you press the volume down button first).
  4. When you release the power button, you will be taken to a menu where you need to select recovery using the volume up button.
  5. When your device boots into recovery, select “apply update from SD card” and choose the zip file you placed in your device’s storage in Step 1.
  6. Sit back and relax for around 10 minutes while the update is flashed.
  7. Reboot your phone.

With this, your Moto G should be updated to Android 4.4.2 KitKat. In case you face any issues, feel free to comment below.