Several OTA updates rolled out last year and with them came a new way for LG G2 smartphones owners to equip their devices with root access. The new tool is called ioRoot and it still works today for those who are up and using the latest Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update. Check after the jump how to use ioRoot for T-Mobile and other phone carrier networks.
Before starting the guide you should check out our list of LG G2 essentials so that you understand the risks, everything you need and more.
Details of Note
- You should check that you have the T-Mobile variant of the G2 and not a different version. The same ioRoot tool does work for other smartphone networks, but not all of them. That’s why it’s best to stick with what you know. It’s our understanding that it will work for most people around the United States and their networks, including the likes of AT&T, Verizon, Sprint or the aforementioned T-Mobile. However, once you start thinking about smaller networks close to the US or other parts of the world, it’s probably not made for them.
- You should backup the current ROM you have on the G2 smartphone by using the built-in backup features available thanks to your OEM. If you don’t like using that, you can also install third-party apps from Google Play such as Helium for Android. There’s a bunch of other apps too! Put them together and you can back up just about anything from your Settings to your phone contacts, media, music and more.
- You’ll need to enable the USB Debugging Mode from the Developer Options menu. Most people have that menu available from the Settings. However, if you cannot see the Developer Options from there that means you must unlock it by tapping the firmware build number seven times. You’ll see that build number from the About Device menu coming from the same Settings menu.
Files You Need
Download the IORoot package to the desktop of the computer. You want that to be a Windows PC (ranging from Windows Surface tablets, to laptops or even a desktop).
You should install the LG USB Drivers for mobile phones to the computer for when you are connecting. Once done, reboot the PC and come back to the guide here. You usually must reboot a PC before the drivers will work.
Rooting the LG G2 running Android 5.0.2 Lollipop
- Extract the iorootxx.zip file to the desktop of the computer. That means right clicking with the mouse over the zipped file and selecting to extract that.
- Find the USB cable that comes out of the LG G2 box and connect the smartphone to the computer with the same USB cable.
- Now run the Windows bat file that’s inside the extracted contents on the desktop.
- All you must do from here is follow the quick set of on-screen instructions and you’re done.
- You’ll see a notification prompting you about the Command prompt windows. Accept that.
- Now watch and wait as the rooting scripts do their thing. It’s important not to touch any keys until it’s done.
- It doesn’t automatically install SuperSU for you. You must head to Google Play and install the SuperSU yourself.
- From there, you can choose to install the root checker application from the same Play Store and check that it’s working.
If you get stuck you can search for how to unroot the LG G2 smartphone and return back to the stock version (with bloatware) of Android from your OEM. Those preferring an easier alternative should think about accessing the recovery mode and taking a factory reset. Remember that resetting the hard way will wipe all data on your LG smartphone. If you didn’t backup, it’s a great idea to try clearing the cache before taking the reset, for if that fixes the problem.