Downgrade Moto G 2nd Gen from Android Marshmallow to Lollipop

In this guide we will let you know how to downgrade, unroot, unbrick Moto G 2nd Gen (2014) and revert back to stock Lollipop firmware from Marshmallow. The Moto G 2nd Gen devices recently received Android 6.0 Marshmallow firmware, if you are the still looking for the update, just follow this guide. Getting root access on any device is the purpose to hack the system administration that means you can perform changes and modify the system files.

Sometimes root is necessary for even installing the custom recovery despite it advantaged there is another side that you will permanently lose the warranty, unable to receive the stock firmware updates and many other. So you need to un-root your device first and bring back it to stock for getting official OTA updates, if your device is stuck in boot-loop or bricked then there is the only option left and that is to flash the Stock firmware on your device to get it back to life.

Following the below guide you will be able to downgrade your Moto G 2nd Gen from Stock Marshmallow to stock Lollipop firmware within minutes, The below described method will not only downgrade Android version but also flash a stock un-rooted firmware on your Moto G 2014. Just go ahead and follow the step by step process to know how to do that.

How to downgrade un-root,unbrick your Moto G 2014 and install Stock Lollipop firmware

Before you begin:

Disclaimer: This guide includes flashing stock firmware, un-root and other operations on your device. The writer is not responsible for any damage happens to your device during the whole operation neither we are forcing you to perform such operation. 

Create a Backup of your device

Backup is the most necessary part for your device, so we recommend you to create a secure backup of your data.

Early Preparations:

You need to prepare your device for installing custom recovery, follow the below perquisites steps to keep the recovery installation process smooth without facing errors.

Keep your battery charged or at least your device should contain at least 80% charge before the flashing operation.

Android USB drivers for your device should be installed on your PC, or you can download USB drivers for Motorola

Enable USB debugging and check the Allow Mock Locations option too. To enable USB debugging in your device go to Setting >> Developer options >> USB debugging. USB debugging is meant for the development purpose hence it will ask you for the confirmation so tap OK to confirm.

Sometimes “Developer options” are not visible in device settings menu, so what you need to do is, go to Settings >> About device >> Software information and there you will see an option build number. Tap it 7 times until a pop up arises with a message that you are now a developer, that’s it now go back and the Developers option is visible in the settings menu.

Set up adb-and fastboot. Here

Download Stock firmware for Moto G 2014.Click here

Once you done with the above preparations now it’s time to flash stock firmware on your Moto G 2014.

Process to un-root, unbrick Moto G 2014 with Stock firmware

Just follow the steps to un-root, unbrick Moto G 2014 with Stock firmware

Extract the downloaded stock firmware file and copy all the files into a folder.

Now what you need to do is, connect your device to PC using USB cable.


Now inside the same folder press and hold SHIFT + Right-Click together and Right click on any empty space inside the folder and click on “Open command window here” as shown in the above pic.

A black command window will appear, now type the following command to reboot your device into fastboot/bootloader mode.

“adb reboot bootloader”

Once your device boots into fastboot/bootloader mode now type the following commands one by one in sequence to flash stock firmware on your Moto G 2014.

mfastboot oem fb_mode_set oem
mfastboot flash partition gpt.bin
mfastboot flash motoboot motoboot.img
mfastboot flash logo logo.bin
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 system system.img_sparsechunk.3
mfastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.4
mfastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.5
mfastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.6
mfastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.7
mfastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.8
mfastboot flash modem NON-HLOS.bin
mfastboot erase modemst1
mfastboot erase modemst2
mfastboot flash fsg fsg.mbn
mfastboot erase cache
mfastboot erase userdata
mfastboot erase customize
mfastboot erase clogo
mfastboot oem fb_mode_clear

Once you are done with the above steps simply reboot your device by typing the final command.

“mfastboot reboot”

Your device will reboot and you will find Stock Lollipop firmware back on Moto G 2014. If you have any query please let us know by posting your comment in the provided comment box.

  1. Reply
    Darpan March 24, 2016 at 3:37 am

    In the stock firmware you used above, may I know which bootloader is there? I mean Lollipop’s bootloader ot Marshmallow’s bootloader.

  2. Reply
    Matt April 19, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Hi guys. I have a moto g 2nd gen not rooted, is the above downgrade still ok, thanks.

    • Reply
      Archer April 19, 2016 at 7:59 pm

      yes sure you can update it via OTA or the manual process too

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