Recognized Developer thecubed has teamed up with compadre autoprime to produce the best rooting tool we’ve seen brought out of the LG G4 smartphone, and the only rooting method we’ve seen for the AT&T variant with model number H810 so far.
This is what you need to get root access to the LG G4 smartphone when it is running on the Android 5.1 Lollipop software updates.
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.
Details of Note
- Try this guide on the AT&T variant of the G4 only. It comes with the model number H810.
- Download the LG USB drivers on your Windows computer. You might need to reboot the computer to get those drivers working.
- Download the ADB and fastboot drivers on your computer to help eliminate most driver concerns.
- Download the rooting package you need for AT&T handsets.
- Download the Send_Commands tool here.
How to Root LG G4 (AT&T) on Android 5.1
1. Extract the Send Commands file and the rooting file on the computer. You want to keep the Send_Command.exe file and the ports.bat file.
2. Extract the rooting package to the computer.
3. Transfer the system.rooted.img file from the rooting package to the root of the SD card and not in any subfolder.
4. Connect the LG G4 to the computer where you have the files.
5. Open the folder where you can see the Send_Command.exe file and right-click the mouse while holding down the Shift key to reveal a new menu on the screen.
6. Choose to open the command prompt window from the list.
7. Completely power off the G4 and reboot it to Download Mode. Hold the Volume Up button and connect it to the computer for that.
8. Your G4 screen should come on now, and you are in the Download Mode.
9. Double click the ports.bat file and locate your COM port number the G4 is connected to on the computer. Keep this number in your memory.
10. Type the command “Send_Command.exe \\.\COM1”. If your COM number is 1. Substitute the number 1 for your number if yours is different. Press enter to confirm the command.
11. Type “id” and you should see a string similar to this: ‘uid=(0)root gid=(0)root’.
12. (If you don’t get a pingback with that strong, you want to redo every command until it works. Failing to do that can result in a bricked device.)
13. Type this command now: “dd if=/data/media/0/system.rooted.h81010g.img bs=8192 seek=65536 count=579584 of=/dev/block/mmcblk0” and press enter to confirm it.
14. Your device is now being rooted.
15. Type the last command of “LEAVE,” and your device should reboot for you. You are now free to install of those root-only apps you have been waiting for.
You should now have root access to the LG G4 smartphone which of course means you are ready to start installing and running any of the applications out there that require root access before they can run.