How to root Moto G5S Plus and install TWRP recovery

The custom development for Moto G5S plus has already started. Soon you can expect some cool custom stuff for Moto G5S plus. But, to play with all the cool stuff, you should root Moto G5S Plus and install TWRP recovery on it. Using the TWRP recovery, you can gain root access through Magisk or SuperSU.

Android 8.0 Oreo development is already ongoing for Moto G5S plus under LineageOS team. So, if you don’t wish to miss all this cool stuff, you can root Moto G5S Plus and install TWRP recovery on it. Do follow the prerequisites below to safeguard your personal data and to ensure successful rooting/flashing process.

PREREQUISITES

Check Device Model Number

It is vital to check device model number before rooting/unlocking/flashing process to ensure flashing compatible files on the device. The device model name should be Motorola Moto G5S Plus, codename Sanders. If your device model number doesn’t match with mentioned one, do not attempt the tutorial.

Steps To Be Considered

  • Enable USB debugging on the Moto G5S Plus which lets the device establish a stable connection with computer via USB. You can do it by following the below mentioned path. In latest versions of Android, the Enable Debugging option will be hidden in depth of settings panel. You can follow our guide to enable USB debugging.
  • Rooting the device erase entire data on the device including internal SD card. So, make sure you create a backup of entire important data. If you are not familiar with Android backup process, you can refer our guide to Backup Android phone data.
  • Make sure the phone’s battery is at least 60% charged at the start up of tutorial. If battery runs off during unlocking process, it may turn your phone into brick. So, charge the device before tutorial.
  • If the device bootloader is locked, it is to be unlocked before rooting process. You cannot gain root access unless bootloader is unlocked.

Are you sure you completed all the above steps? Yes, you can now get started with the TWRP installation process.

Downloads Section

TWRP Recovery

SuperSU Zip

Magisk Zip

Magisk Manager Apk

Install TWRP recovery on Moto G5S Plus

Follow the below steps to install TWRP recovery on Moto G5S plus:

root moto g5s plus using SuperSU or Magisk

Step 1: Unlock the bootloader on Moto G5S plus if not done previously.

Step 2: Download the TWRP Recovery file from the downloads section.

Step 3: Connect Moto G5S Plus to PC using an USB cable.

Step 4: Launch the Command window in the folder of TWRP recovery. This can be done by navigating to the folder of TWRP recovery, type cmd  in address bar and hit enter. Now the command window opens with the present folder location.

Step 5: Reboot the Moto G5S Plus into the fastboot/bootloader mode by entering the following command in the command window:

adb reboot bootloader

If the device asks for “Allow USB debugging”, accept it.

Step 6: Now you can flash the TWRP recovery on Moto G5S Plus by giving the follow command:

fastboot flash recovery twrp-3.1.1-sanders.img

Step 7: The above step flashes the TWRP recovery in Moto G5S Plus. Please note that, when you first boot into TWRP recovery mode, the device prompts for a permission ‘Swipe to allow modifications for system’. Do not allow/accept it. If you accept it, it won’t let you reboot back normally.

Root Moto G5S Plus using SuperSU

You can root Moto G5S Plus by following the steps below:

Step 1: Download the SuperSU Zip file from downloads section.

Step 2:  Copy the downloaded SuperSU Zip file to Moto G5S Plus.

Step 3: Boot into TWRP recovery and allow the system modification option by swiping if prompted.

Step 4: From the recovery menu, choose Install and select the SuperSU Zip file from the copied location.

Step 5: Swipe the bottom of the screen to confirm the installation of SuperSU file.

Step 6: Once the file is flashed, you will get an option Reboot System. Select it.

That’s it. You have successfully rooted Moto G5S Plus using SuperSU. You can verify the root access from any of root applications from Play store.

Root Moto G5S Plus using Magisk

You can root Moto G5S Plus by following the steps below:

Step 1: Download Magisk zip and Magisk manager apk files from downloads section.

Step 2: Transfer the files to Moto G5S Plus.

Step 3: Boot into TWRP recovery mode and allow the system modification option by swiping if prompted.

Step 4: Select Install option from recovery menu and choose the Magisk zip file copied previously.

Step 5: Swipe the bottom of the screen to confirm the installation of Magisk zip file.

Step 6: Once file is flashed, you will get an option Reboot System. Select it.

Step 7: After the device reboots, using a file manager application navigate to the Magisk Manager Apk and install it.

Step 8: Open Magisk Manager app and check the device root status.

That’s it. You have successfully rooted Moto G5S Plus using Magisk package.

If you face any issues while following the above guide, do let us know through the comments section. We may help you out.   

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