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How to Fix your Bricked Moto E and give it a New Life!

We had recently covered an article showing steps to root your Moto E and install TWRP recovery on it. As exciting as rooting your device sounds, let’s accept the fact that sometimes things can go wrong, leaving your device unusable and “bricked“. But even a bricked Moto E can be revived very easily. In this post we will show you how to revive your “bricked” Moto E. This guide can also be used if you have bricked your device by flashing a wrong ROM for Moto E. Using this guide you can flash stock firmware of KitKat 4.2.2 on your Moto E. Please note that it will not lock the bootloader on Moto E again. Moto E device uses software fuse to keep a track  for unlocked bootloader. At the time of writing this post it is possible to lock your bootloader but not possible to remove Unlock bootloader warning at boot time.

How to Fix Bricked Moto E

1) To get started with flashing Stock Firmware, we need to download the Firmware file from http://sbf.droid-developers.org/phone.php?device=34.

2) Extract the files from xml.zip file to a folder on your computer. Please note down the version of your phone and it should match with downloaded firmware. Flashing wrong file will not help to revive your bricked device. To get the correct version of your phone, refer to Phone Packaging Box.

Moto E firmware

3) At this point we are assuming that you have Motorola USB driver installed on your PC. In case you have not installed the driver, head over to https://motorola-global-portal.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/88481 and install the driver.

 

4) Another tool we need to download is mfastboot. With normal fastboot binary it is not possible to flash some files to the device. You can download mfastboot from http://techylab.com/go/mfastbootv2/. After downloading the mfastboot file, copy it to a directory where you have extracted all Firmware files.

 

5) To get started with flashing ROM, we need to keep the device in Bootloader mode. To restart the device in bootloader mode, simply press power button and down volume key simultaneously for 4 sec and release both key. The device will be booted into bootloader mode.

Moto E Rooting - 17

6) Now connect your Moto E with mini USB data cable to your PC and open command prompt to pass the following commands:

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 modem NON-HLOS.bin
mfastboot erase modemst1
mfastboot erase modemst2
mfastboot flash fsg fsg.mbn
mfastboot erase cache
mfastboot erase userdata

Also while passing all the above commands, you should get the status as  “OKAY”.

mfastboot - 1

mfastboot - 2

Also you will see that there is scrolling text on Device in yellow color.

Moto E Bootloader Mode Flashing Files 7) After flashing all the files successfully and clearing the data and cache, reboot your device with following command:

mfastboot reboot

Voila! you have flashed the stock ROM on your device and your device will be running again without any problem. You have just revived your device again 🙂

Credits : XDA Developer Forum

Kunal Gautam

  • gaurav

    mfastboot link not working

  • gaurav

    i am getting error
    mfastboot.exe flash partition gpt.bin
    (bootloader) Preflash validation failed
    FAILED (remote failure)

  • ajay

    you are awesome.

  • Prasanna Reddy

    Stock ROM link not available

  • Prasanna Reddy

    Plz plz update the link

  • Suneel Mohan

    Thanks a lot Techylab. My phone was soft bricked and I used this stock 4.4.4 https://docs.google.com/uc?id=0B05Crz57q4zgY2lWUE9KZjlGeVU&export=download

    And followed your method step by step. The phone is working again. Thanks to your post.

    • Ravindra Kumar Singh

      Thanks a lot for posting the firmware link. I was not able to find it anywhere

  • manjuachar

    After unlocking the boot loader….my device is not charging and stuck on t boot loader unlocked image 🙁 plz help me….when I connect t charger it shows 0% and again t same image …its not all charging….when I remove t charger ….t screen goes blank…..coz of this I cant even flash factory images :(I can enter t boot loader menu…. When none of t options r working,when I click on fastory reset,it’ll just show battery sign and switches off…plz tell me t way to charge t battery

    • Sahil Motwani

      Did you get an answer to this because I’m facing the same issue

  • Sahil Motwani

    My battery does not charge and all the flashboot steps fail due to that. I have kept my phone on charge from the last one day and still it shows 0%

  • Vaarun Palakurthi

    hello boss my moto e has bricked away when i downgraded from lollipop to kitkat, when i check for updates i got an kitkat version ,when i have updated it ,in the process of installation it got switched off,i thick it is bricked off, can you give an suggestion for it

  • GOPAL RAUTARA

    My device is not charging and stuck on t boot loader unlocked image 🙁 plz help me….when I connect t charger it shows 0% and again t same image …its not all charging….when I remove t charger ….t screen goes blank…..coz of this I cant even flash factory images :(I can enter t boot loader menu…. When none of t options r working,when I click on fastory reset,it’ll just show battery sign and switches off…plz tell me t way to charge t battery. plz reply

    • Faaiz Khan

      I am also facing the same issue.Did you get its solution??
      If yes,then tell me.It will help me a lot

      • rahul srivastav

        boot again in the bootloader mode and run command mfastboot clear cache and mfastboot clear usedata it should work then

  • Vivek

    While flashing moto e xt1022 errors coming Failed remote failure, failed to validate recovery image.
    what to do ?

  • Pavankumar Gangodi

    i have installing that stock suddenly my pc is power offed then the preccess is stopped at the half installation. it does not power on i HAVE GOTO BOOTLOADER AND CONNNECTED USB it does not SHOWING USB IS CONNECTED so i have unable to installing ay ROM…….PLEASE HELP ME HOW to INSTALL stock ROM

  • narendar

    (bootloader) Preflash validation failed
    FAILED (remote failure)

  • narendar

    in this you used unlocked phone give a tutorial with locked phone

  • Avijit Maity

    Thanks a lot… Suneel Mohan, thank you too for the link..

  • Sankha Moulik

    struck at bootloader unlock warning page after these steps

    • Hanumant Jawak

      yes… it’s struck at bootloader page… what should i do

      • Fernando Roa Olguin

        Try change the name of the .img file.

        mfastboot flash motoboot motoboot.img
        TO
        mfastboot flash bootloader bootloader.img

        or the name the other than boot.img file has

  • Arun

    Hi,

    I got the below error “Preflash validation failed”

    E:workMotoRETAIL-DSDS_CONDOR_KXC20.82-14_cid7_CFC_1FF.xml>mfastboot.exe flash
    partition gpt.bin
    target max-sparse-size: 256MB
    sending ‘partition’ (32 KB)…
    OKAY [ 0.075s]
    writing ‘partition’…
    (bootloader) Preflash validation failed
    FAILED (remote failure)
    finished. total time: 0.646s

    Please someone advice what is the next step for me.

    • rahul srivastav

      dont flash gpt.bin instead start directly from boot.img otherwise you will be in a mess

      • subham gupta

        i m in the same mess..please tell me wht to do now..

      • subham gupta

        getting the same issue and flashed 5.1 stock and ended up my fone in recovery loop
        I almost did the same thing i was doing great on cm 13 in my moto ..then i thought of coming back to stock ..5.1 and i downgraded frm marshmallow to lollipop by mistake..and tried everythng…right nw i have twrp in my device .and its stuck in recovery boot loop.if i restart my device goes to recovery..one more weird thing..to use my fone i have to go to bootloader and select factory…and my fone works normally…after that..no netwrks though..plus i cant charge too..for charging i have to go back to recovery..do help…please..thanks

        • rahul srivastav

          check the radio files that you have flashed, you may have to select on the basis of region

          • subham gupta

            i have alteady done this downgrading how to fix that?

  • subham gupta

    I almost did the same thing i was doing great on cm 13 in my moto ..then i thought of coming back to stock ..5.1 and i downgraded frm marshmallow to lollipop by mistake..and tried everythng…right nw i have twrp in my device .and its stuck in recovery boot loop.if i restart my device goes to recovery..one more weird thing..to use my fone i have to go to bootloader and select factory…and my fone works normally…after that..no netwrks though..plus i cant charge too..for charging i have to go back to recovery..do help…please..thanks

  • Sashank Vadlamudi

    Thanq so much bro.. The thing is that the commands given here works well. You are a great source to recover my moto e like a doctor..Thnq you so much once again..

    one more tip from me is… Open a notepad a copy the above commands and save the file type as .bat then drag the file in command prompt and press Enter. It will be easy. later we should type the last command manually.. Hope this will help someone just like me 🙂 Keep trying guys never give up..