Looking for a better backup solution on your LG G3 smartphone from Sprint? There are a few things you can do if you don’t mind customizing your device. The best solution is to install a custom recovery on your G3 smartphone and then tap the Backup option from the menu which is of course giving you a NANDroid backup. You can even install something like the NANDroid Manager which lets you restore certain partitions and not the full backup. The NANdroid backup coupled with the NANDroid Manager makes the best combination you could ever imagine.
The NANDroid is only useful for hose with a custom recovery, though. Rooted users can have a similar experience with the Titanium Backup app. The Titanium Backup app is like Helium on steroids. If you are over the usual Helium app for your Android, try rooting it and then installing the Titanium Backup app.
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
- Download the Towelroot app from the official website from this page: http://towelroot.com.
- You are agreeing to void the LG G3 warranty when you follow this guide. You can unroot by flashing a stock ROM back on your device and the Sprint G3 warranty will start working once again.
- You can root the Sprint LG G3 without a PC by following this guide. You do not need to use a computer at all, unlike some of the other rooting methods like KingRoot where you should still transfer the file from the desktop to the SD card.
Rooting the LG G3 by Sprint
- Make sure you have the Unknown Sources option turned on from your G3 Settings by pointing to the Menu > Settings > Security > Unknown Sources.
- Open the Google Chrome web browser on your G3 smartphone and put in the Towelroot URL domain name from the files section above.
- Tap on the Lambda symbol that is on the homepage.
- Save the tr.apk file to your G3 device.
- Swipe from the top of the G3 display and pull down the notification shade.
- Tap over the “Download Complete” notification.
- Tap the “Install” option.
- Swipe from the top of the G3 display and pull down that notification shade.
- Tap on the “Installation Complete” option to open the app.
- Tap on the “Make it Ra1n” button.
- Your Sprint G3 is now being rooted and soon it will give you the notification to let you know it is complete and was a success. It also tells you that you do not need to reboot the device before you can start using your rooted device, so do not worry about rebooting this time.
- Open the Google Play Store and app browse for the SuperSU app.
- Confirm you do want to install the SuperSU app and agree to update any SU binary if it asks.
- You will now have the SuperSU app available from the app drawer. Make sure you do not delete that app until you choose to unroot the device. The SuperSU is blocking access to any malware apps that might try to get access to that root file system. All you need to do is not grant access to that same malware, so always check the app name and do not grant access to any apps you do not recognize.
- Open the Google Play Store app once again and install the root checker app. Open that same root checker app and agree to grant superuser access if it asks. That root checker app will let you know if your Sprint G3 is rooted or not.
Now you are ready to open the Google Play Store once again and start installing your rooted apps like the NANDroid Manager.