First Signs of Root Access on the Amazon Moto G4 Play

First Signs of Root Access on the Amazon Moto G4 Play

Since Amazon started selling select Android smartphones at a discount price in exchange for ads, developers have been trying to figure out way to unlock the full potential of these devices. A thread in our Moto G4 Play forums was started by XDA Junior Member A.Fitz in hopes to get the ball running on unlocking the bootloader. This discussion thread hasn’t uncovered a way to unlock the bootloader just yet, but XDA member ledothis was able to get a tethered root solution working on the Moto G4 Play Amazon variant. This tethered method requires /init to be patched, sepolicy and /sbin/adbd taken from the athene-m image, /xbin/su taken from the android arm emulator, and /init.mmi.usb.rc changed “echo 1” to “echo 0” in two places.

Follow along with this progress in our Moto G4 Play forum

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Doug Lynch
Doug Lynch

When I am passionate about something, I go all in and thrive on having my finger on the pulse of what is happening in that industry. This has transitioned over the years from PCs and video games, but for close to a decade now all of my attention has gone toward smartphones and Android.