If you’ve bought your LG G3 from Canada, then it’s probably the Canadian variant that carries the model number D852 with it. While all the models of the G3 look the same, their internal systems are different. It leads to a new root method for each of these variants.

Fortunately, there’s a one click root tool that roots a number of LG devices with a single-click. What’s more, it supports your shiny new Canadian variant of the LG G3. If you’ve wanted to root your device, here’s how you can do that.

LG G3 hands

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

1. You need to have access to a computer running Windows to do this tutorial.

2. Ensure that LG USB Drivers are installed on your computer.

3. Download LG One Click Root to your computer. It is the tool that you will use to root your LG G3 from Canada.

Rooting the LG G3 (Canada)

1. Double-click on the One Click Root Tool to extract its files to a folder on your computer.

2. Head to Menu->Settings->Developer options on your device and turn on USB debugging.

If you don’t see Developer options in your settings menu, please head to Menu->Settings->About phone and tap on Build number for about 7-8 times until it says you’re a developer. You should then be able to see the aforesaid option in your settings menu.

3. Connect your device to your computer using a USB cable.

4. Launch the Root Tool by double-clicking on its executable file.

5. When the tool launches, click on Start and let it do its thing.

6. The tool should have begun rooting your device.

7. When it’s done rooting, reboot your device.

8. You’re all set!

Your Canadian variant of the LG G3 should now be rooted and you can confirm it using Root Checker on your device.

Wonder what’s next? Go ahead and get a custom recovery installed on your LG G3 (Canada) to enjoy many of the custom ROMs available out there for your device.

Correspondingly, those with Flash Tool experience, may wish to flash a stock Android firmware file specially made for the G3 and unroot the LG G3. Doing so will probably make the warranty work, return you back to the way the LG handset was before you chose to gain root access and remove any custom ROM.