Originally Posted by mikiesb
I have a standard motorola moto g 8gb unlocked phone - not tied to any uk network on 4.4.2 .
I wish to downgrade to 4.3 or change the rom to another rom.
Before i do this what is the easiest/simplest way to backup the ROM (o.s) which is not root'd ?
Or do I have to root the phone?
Also do I need to install drivers or not for the phone as Windows 7 sees the phone fine in explorer/my computer when the phone is turned on - i can drag drop files on there no problem
Thanks in advance.
a way to backup without root? Yep.
a way to backup without unlocking the bootloader? Nope.
You see, for everything you need the bootloader unlocked: rooting, flashing, etc...
so if you want to backup anything you first need to unlock the bootloader to flash a Custom Recovery and then do the backup and that can be done without rooting the phone, or touching the rom at all.
You will need the motorola drivers and adb:
Here's to backup the NAND (needs root): http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2263392
Here's to backup the ROM (Choose one): TWRP CWM