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How To Unlock Bootloader And Root Moto G9 Plus


Motorola has introduced Moto G9 Plus with some great specifications lately in September only.
In this Article, we will tell you how to unlock the bootloader and root Moto G9 Plus.

Though, before we move forward, let us brief you about the specifications of the Moto G9.

Key Specifications Of Moto G9 Plus


The device comes with a 6.80-inch touchscreen display and it is powered by a 2.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor.
It runs Android 10, is powered by a 5000mAh battery, and has 4 GB RAM.

Coming to the optics, the phone on the rear has a 64-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.8 aperture; a second 8-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 aperture; a third 2-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 aperture and a fourth 2-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 aperture.
The rear camera setup has autofocus.
It sports a 16-megapixel camera on the front for selfies, with an f/2.0 aperture.
The device is available in Indigo Blue and Rose Gold colors.

The phone performs really well in general, however, its performance can be improved by rooting it.
Motorola is one of those brands who allows their customers to root their phone.
The Moto G9 Plus has the advantage of running stock Android and rooting the phone is one of it.
It means that the bootloader on the device can be easily unlocked which is the only requirement for rooting the phone.

So, in this article, we will tell how you can unlock the bootloader and root your Moto G9 Plus.
Unlocking the Bootloader is essential in order to root your Moto G9 plus, so we will first explain how you can unlock the bootloader on your device.

What Is Bootloader?

A bootloader is the piece of code that runs before the operating system and tells the phone how to boot and find the system kernel. 

The bootloader image is always specific to a device because each phone has different specifications and processors.

If you are an average consumer, you will never care that your phone has a locked bootloader.

But if you’re a power user who likes to tinker with your phone, a locked bootloader is a big deal. ROMs, mods, and custom files are an important part of the Android experience. 

However, with a locked bootloader, you cannot flash custom ROMs, kernels, or root your phone.

Before you can perform any of these operations, you need to unlock your Moto G9 Plus. 

Steps To Unlock Bootloader on Moto G9 Plus

If you wish to root your phone, then the foremost step is to unlock the bootloader.
Even though, the process for unlocking the bootloader on a Motorola device, its quite a lengthy one.
So brace yourself and lets follow the below given steps.

  • In the first step, we advise you to take a full backup of your phone as unlocking the bootloader on Moto G9 Plus will wipe off all the data present on your phone.
  • Now, you have to install ADB & Fastboot drivers and Motorola USB Driver on your PC.
  • In this step, go to the settings option on your device and go to About Phone.
    Tap about 7-8 times on Build Number, and a message will begin to display that ‘You are now a developer.’
  • After enabling the developer option, go back to Settings and then go to System > Developer Options.
    In Developer options, enable OEM Unlocking and also enable USB Debugging.
  • Now, turn off your device.
    Press & hold Volume Down + Power button together to boot Moto G9 Plus into Fastboot Mode.
  • As the Fastboot screen appears on the phone, release both the buttons. Now, connect your phone to your PC after booting into Fastboot.
  • In this step, you have to open the Command window or CMD on your computer.
    Open Command window from Platform Tools location in case of macOS and Linux.
  • Now, you have to enter the below command in the Command/PowerShell window
    • fastboot oem get_unlock_data
  • In this step, a 5 line code would be displayed.
    Copy the code and make it in one line, you can use notepad for your convenience.
    Remember not to copy (bootloader) in case of windows and Info in case of Mac.
  • Now, go to Motorola unlock page and click next, and now login with the Motorola account.
  • Now, you have to copy the one-line code that you just adjusted in the Notepad and paste it into the Motorola unlock page.
Unlock Bootloader and Root Moto G9 Plus
  • Now, you have to click on ‘Can my device be unlocked’ and then click ‘Request Unlock Key’ (make sure to select I Agree).
  • Once you requested to unlock the key, you will receive a code via mail (Motorola account ID).
    Copy the code and paste in place of ‘code’ without inverted commas in the below command and press Enter
    • fastboot oem unlock ‘code’
  • Now, entering the above command will unlock the bootloader on Moto G9 Plus.
    It will erase all the data on your phone.
    After unlocking the bootloader, reboot, and set up your device.

Now that the bootloader on your phone is unlocked, your device is ready for the rooting process.
However, before we move forward to root the device, there are certain prerequisites.

FAQ(Frequently Asked Questions related to rooting)

What is rooting?

Basically, it allows you to access the entire operating system and further customize your Android. 
You can do whatever you want on your device without manufacturer or operator restrictions.

How difficult is it to root your device?

The truth is that rooting the mobile is not much more complex than installing some applications

How long does it take to root an android device?

It usually takes less than an hour

Advantages of rooting your devices

  • You can squeeze the hardware to the maximum and optimize the battery
  • Maximum Customisation
  • No need to worry about updates
  • Activate additional or blocked functions
  • Detailed control and security

Prerequisites

  • Firstly, make sure that you have an unlocked Bootloader of Moto G9 Plus.
  • Then, we recommend you to take a full backup of data to restore if anything goes wrong.
  • Your device should have at least 50% battery.
  • Make sure to download Canary Magisk Manager APK
  • Download the Moto G9 Plus Firmware for your phone (the same version which is installed on your phone)

Steps to Root Moto G9 Plus

Rooting an android phone is a challenging task but thanks to Magisk that makes rooting easier.
There are a few different methods that can be used to root a phone but in all the methods, Magisk is a must.
In this guide, we are going to use a patch file in order to root your Moto G9 Plus.

  • Firstly, you have to extract the Moto G9 Plus firmware on your computer.
  • Now, look for the boot.img file in the extracted folder and copy it to your phone storage.
  • In the third step, you have to install the Magisk Manager app on your phone.
  • Now, you have to open the Magisk Manager app and click on the first Install and again click on Install.
Root Moto G9 Plus
  • Then, it will ask for the method, so choose ‘Select and Patch a File’ from the option.
  • In this step, you have to browse and select the boot.img file, and it will start patching the boot image.
  • And, the output file will be stored in the download folder with the name magisk_patched.img.
  • Now, you have to copy the patched boot image file to your computer in folder C:\adb.
    Also, rename the patched file to boot.img.
  • Now, reboot your Moto G9 Plus to Fastboot mode and connect it to your computer.
    You have to follow the steps given in the unlock bootloader guide above.
  • In the C:\adb folder (or platform-tools folder) press Shift + Right-click on an empty area and select ‘Open Command window here’ or ‘Open PowerShell window here.’
  • Now, you have to enter the below command in the Command/PowerShell window to check the device is connected or not, entering the command should return some number id.
    • fastboot devices
  • Now, enter the below command to flash Magisk and root Moto G9 Plus.
    • fastboot flash boot boot.img
  • After that, you have to reboot your device to the system.
  • Incase, the Magisk Manager is not already installed on your phone, then install the app.
    Skip this step if the app is already present.
  • Once you complete the in-app instructions, the device will automatically reboot into the system.

Once the reboot process is over, you will have the access to your rooted Moto G9 plus and that will enable you to use all the applications that required rooting such as Greenify.
It also allows you to disable the pre-installed apps.
Now, you also have the access to custom fonts, custom boot animation, third party themes, and more.

So, here the rooting process ends.
Feel free to discuss your queries with us in the comment section.

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