How do I downgrade my phone from Android 5.0 to KitKat 4.4?

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Garvin Rebello

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Dennis, Mobile Master

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It's possible but you would need to root the phone first
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You have to root and flash the 4.4.4 factory image, check out xda forums or YouTube to get the rundown on how to do this. Since you don't know what your doing make sure you really know the process and know the possible repercussions of not doing it properly before proceeding.
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What phone do you have? Some phones may not require root.
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Garvin Rebello

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I have a moto g which is locked on the koodo network. Can I just take the phone to the koodo store?
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No Koodo can't do anything for you infact no carrier would your on your own with this one. Visit xda developers website and search for instructions there its your best bet
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Curious why you want to roll back from lollipop? I have the Moto G on lollipop and haven't had any issues with the update what so ever.
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Root is not required, though the process of downgrading to an earlier version of Android involves unlocking the bootloader on the Moto G. This action alone will void your phones' warranty, (if applicable). It is possible to 're-lock' the bootloader, but a 'tampered' flag may still appear as a result. There are ways to get around this and that's where the XDA Developers' website comes in.

If you've recently upgraded to Lollipop, you should try factory resetting your Moto G. (Go to: Settings > Back up & reset > Factory Data Reset > Reset Phone). This method should resolve minor glitches with software after upgrading to a new Android OS version.

If you're not happy with Lollipop and you want read up on what's involved with unlocking the bootloader and downgrading to KitKat, checkout the links below.

Scroll down and click 'Get started' under the heading 'Unlock your bootloader'
http://www.motorola.com/us/Motorola-D...

XDA Developers - Moto G (1st. generation)
http://forum.xda-developers.com/moto-...

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