Moto G: Wipe cache after updating to Lollipop (Android 5)

The Moto G 2nd Generation (XT1068) is a brilliant low cost phone and it recently got automatically updated to Android 5, Lollipop. Wiping the cache partition after the upgrade can make the phone feel snappier and you don’t lose any data doing it.

Moto G 2014 and a cat

Wiping the cache partition is something you can do whenever you phone starts to become a bit sluggish without losing any data and it only takes a couple of minutes. Here’s a short video I made showing how to do it:

Here is a summary of the steps covered in the video:

  1. Power off the phone
  2. Press and hold volume down button
  3. Press power and hold for 3 seconds
  4. Let go of power button then let go volume down button
  5. Press volume down to move the bar to Recovery
    (if you skip past Recovery keep tapping volume down to get back to it – don’t press volume up because that doesn’t move up, it selects the currently highlighted option)
  6. Press volume up to select
  7. Wait for the Android robot graphic to appear with the message “no command”
  8. Press and hold power then press volume up and the recover screen appears
  9. Press volume down to highlight “wipe cache partition”
  10. Press power to select
  11. You will see a message saying erasing
  12. After erasing select the reboot option from the menu and press the power button to reboot

The process will be similar for other Motorola phones but the button combinations may be different. For example, on the original 4.5″ Moto G you press and hold volume up then press the power button when your are on the recovery screen (the one with the green Android graphic that says “no command”).

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