There are a few different methods to hacking the system internals on the QPad by 3Q. The one we prefer to use is the Root Genius method.
If you want to root 3Q QPad running Ice Cream Sandwich and install root-only apps from Google Play you can do that easily by following the guide below.
This is how you would go about rooting the 3Q QPad LCO720C device when it is running on any of the Android Ice Cream Sandwich software updates. It shouldn’t matter what the firmware build number is so long as it is an Android version that is Ice Cream Sandwich.
What Is Rooting the Android Operating System?
When you buy a new smartphone, you might not know it, but the Android operating system is in a “locked” state. For the most part, it will not make much difference to you: most apps are still available to use, and there are benefits to this locked state such as better security. When you root the Android operating system, you are gaining full administrative rights over the OS.
Why Would You Want to Root Android?
Gaining full administrative rights over the operating system has some perks to some people. For example, out of the millions of applications available on Google Play, some of them will not be able to run on your device unless it has root access. Until you have a specific need for wanting Android rooted, you probably want to leave Android as it comes out of the box. But if you need to unlock an app, then that is when you want to look into rooting methods. Using more apps is only one example of why you may want root access, here is the full list of benefits:
- Unlock more applications. Some of the apps available for Android cannot run unless you have root access. This is because the app’s features cannot run without the root permissions because the features require the full system access before they can be useful.
- Better battery life. Smartphones are great, but they have one caveat, which is each time you recharge the battery, it loses some of its overall lifespan. That means smartphones, in general, do not make great investments, and if your weekly paycheck is low, you will want to limit the number of smartphones you go through. One of the ways you can do that is by removing bloatware and creating a better battery life.
- Bolster performance. If you are the budget-conscious shopper, you may want to increase the device’s performance. This can be done by removing the bloatware as well. The more processes you have running, the more memory that is used. By removing some of the apps, it can help lighten the load on your hardware.
- Customize Android with themes. With root access, you can download and install any theme that’s at your disposal. That includes any customized theme you can find.
What Are the Risks of Rooting?
If you are buying a smartphone that is not running iOS, then it is probably the Android operating system that you want running as the ideal software to pair with your shiny new hardware. It is, in fact, the Android OS that offers you the chance to customize the OS considerably more than iOS: custom themes, run any app you know about, the works. For many users, the “openness” of an operating system is important, because it offers them more freedom which means running into fewer problems with their investments. But there is a reason iOS likes a far more locked approach: the ability to customize is not for everyone, and if you do not know what you are doing it can lead to a lot of problems which can define your time with the OS rather than freedom.
With power (full admin permissions) comes greater responsibility. Here are some of the main risk factors when it comes to rooting:
- Malware becomes a larger threat. You might read the occasional news article about how new malware is wreaking havoc in parts of the world on Android. But the Android operating system with root access becomes considerably more vulnerable to exploits because applications are no longer prisoned off in their own sandbox environments. This means if you accidentally download malware, it can do more damage because it can spread throughout the operating system and even jump into other applications and potentially view sensitive data.
- You can accidentally brick the smartphone. There is always a chance that you end up bricking the smartphone before you had the opportunity to use it with root access. That is because if you are going to brick it, it is going to happen during the rooting process.
- You may void the warranty. Most manufacturers do not allow you to root the Android operating system and still get to bring it in for repairs under warranty. Whether they are legally meant to do that or not is another question, but it is now common knowledge that most do not want to help you if they find out you have unlocked the OS with root access.
- You should have the software version set to Android 4.0. This tablet likely won’t see an official Android 5.0 Lollipop software update. Therefore, this rooting method should work fine for your device.
- You want to check it has the model number LCO720C. Do that by navigating to Settings > About Device.
BEFORE WE BEGIN
- You can download the latest 3Q USB Drivers directly to the Windows PC. Now reboot the computer for those drivers to work. It must be a Windows PC and not a Mac or Linux computer for the root genius application to work.
- You should turn on the Pad and head to Settings >Developer Options and check the USB Debugging Box. Now you can easily connect to the computer.
- You will void any warranty you have remaining by following this guide.
HOW TO ROOT 3Q QPAD LCO 720C RUNNING ICE CREAM SANDWICH
1. Download the Root Genius app from here direct to the computer desktop.
2. Extract the file so you can use it and run the Root Genius program.
3. Connect the 3Q Pad to the same computer with the USB cable.
4. Click the button that says “Root It” in the bottom right side of the Genius program.
5. Now sit back and wait until it finishes flashing to your device. Before long the internal hardware will be unlocked from the factory restrictions and you can think about installing a custom recovery image, followed by a custom ROM.
The 3Q QPad LCO720C tablet is now rooted which means you’ll have no problem now running the applications that were not able to run before because they needed access to the root file system. Often those are the better apps, thanks to the added power they request and have granted. There are root apps out there, such as Titanium Backup, for instance, that can—simply put—do more backing up than the other apps that are regular and don’t use the access to the root file system. The root apps general have one purpose which is to provide ways to do things that ordinary apps couldn’t seem to bring themselves to be able to do, and it’s all to do with the root file system, which when you have access to it, is the same as using an administrators account on an operating system.