Users can now root the Verizon LG G2 using the Towelroot application. The Towelroot method is as good as it gets and give your device full system access and allows you to install any custom recovery you might wish to install like the TWRP recovery. The only potential problem people have is that they forget to install SuperSU. Sometimes people find SuperSU coming on the device automatically after getting root access like Samsung users when using the CF-Root tool. However, they might not know that luxury is available to them because the owner of the CF-Root tool is the same guy who makes a version of the SuperSU app — and it’s generally regarded as the best version of the SuperSU app. That developer I’m taking about is Chainfire.
Once you are finished rooting your LG G2 from Verizon using the Towelroot app, you need to install the SuperSU app before you leave so your device is safe from malware.
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.
Files You Need
- You need to visit this website during the guide: http://towelroot.com.
- The following guide roots the LG G2 by Verizon on Android KitKat. The KitKat kernel must be before June 3 2014 for this guide to work. You can downgrade your Android OS to an earlier version of KitKat and root it using this guide if you are running something newer. .
- You are voiding your LG G2 warranty by following this guide. Rooting always voids the warranty, so there is nothing different with the Towelroot method. Conversely, you can unroot the device at any time and get that LG warranty working for you again. The only thing is the Towelroot app doesn’t come with its own unrooting tool, so you’ll need to know how to flash a LG stock ROM on your device. Stock ROMs are always device and model number specific.
Rooting the Verizon LG G2
- You need to have the Unknown Sources option enabled on your LG G2 device. Do that by pointing to the G2 to the Menu > Settings > Security > Unknown Sources. The Unknown Sources option means you can install third-party applications from outside the Google Play Store.
- Open the Google Chrome app on your device and enter the Towelroot URL you can see from the file section above. You can use any web browser if you do not use Google Chrome on your device.
- Wait for the page to load and tap the red Lambda on the page.
- The Towelroot app will now download on your G2 device. Follow the instructions until you open the app.
- Once the Towelroot app is open, tap the “Make it Ra1n” button.
- The one-click rooting exploit is now rooting your device.
- Do not touch anything until you can see the “you should have root, no reboot required” message.
- Your G2 by Verizon has been rooted using the Towelroot method. Before doing anything, we advise you open the Google Play Store and download the SuperSU by Chainfire app.
- Open the SuperSU app and follow the prompts to get it installed on your device. Sometimes it prompts you to update the SU binary. Follow those instructions and grant access to superuser if it asks.
That SuperSU you install installed keeps your G2 safe. Lastly, download the root checker app from the Google Play Store.