Android 5.0 Lollipop comes with heaps of amazing features, including screen pinning, Android Beam, Android RunTime replaces the dalvik system, a new Easter Egg similar to Flappy Bird that was a hit game on iOS and more.
One feature it also comes with is extra security and that’s proved to patch several known exploits for rooting the LG G3 handset. A new One-Clock rooting script thankfully fixes that.
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.
Here’s what to do:
- The new script works for several model numbers but not all. Check that yours matches with model number D852 before using this guide.
- Check you are running Android 5.0 Lollipop. It should also work running Android 5.0.1 Lollipop.
BEFORE WE BEGIN
- Download the LG USB Drivers from our downloads page. In most cases, the Windows PC requires a complete reboot to have those same drivers working. They won’t automatically begin working.
- Unlock the hidden Developer Options menu. Note that this doesn’t enter your G3 in a special developer mode. It just opens up a few new tools from the Settings menu.
- To unlock the menu, head to the Settings > About Device and tap over where it says the build number roughly seven times. After tapping about five times, it should start counting you down, so you know how many times you have left.
- Now you must enter the mode by navigating to the Settings > Developer Options and enable the USB Debugging Mode inside.
HOW TO ROOT THE LG G3 D852 RUNNING ANDROID 5.0 LOLLIPOP
1. Download the One-Click rooting file here.
2. You must have a Windows PC to use the file.
3. The file downloads just above the taskbar. Once the download is complete, click the mouse over the arrow on the right side of the file.
4. Choose to “show in folder” and drag the contents over to the desktop.
5. Now you should have the rooting file you need ready to use on the desktop.
6. Connect your LG G3 to the computer.
7. Double-click the executable file on the desktop and the rooting tool should open.
8. Now you’ll be presented with a set of on-screen instructions that guide you through what to do to finish up.
9. Follow them on the screen and you’re done.