If you’ve bought your LG G3 from US Cellular, the following guide should help you obtain root-access on it. In case you don’t know, root access lets you enjoy many of those root-requiring apps on your device that bring extra features and appearances for you to enjoy.

Many thousands of these root apps can run on your device once you have rooted it, but they do not run unless they can tell you to have root access to the internal system. The reason they won’t run is that they can’t. They need the access to the root directory to do the things that they need to do and that’s why they hit a stumbling block without root access on the device. If that sounds good to you, here’s how to root your US Cellular LG G3:

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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. This should only work on the US Cellular variant of the LG G3 smartphone. Please do not try this on any other device or you’ll brick it.

2. You must first flash the Pre-Patch KDZ on your device. Download the file from here and then head here to learn how you can flash it on your device.

3. Download IORoot to your computer. It’ll be used to gain root on your device.

4. Download and install LG USB drivers on your computer, if you don’t already have them.

5. This should only work on a Windows based computer.

Rooting the LG G3 (US Cellular — US990)

1. Extract files from IORoot to your computer by right-clicking on it and selecting Extract here.

2. Turn on USB debugging on your device by going to Menu->Settings->Developer options->USB debugging.

3. Plug in your phone to your computer using a USB cable.

4. Double-click on root.bat file that you extracted from IORoot archive. It should launch.

5. Hit any key on your keyboard when the tool asks you to do that.

6. Wait for it to gain root-access on your device.

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

8. And you’re all set!

Your LG G3 from US Cellular is now rooted. You can have it confirmed using Root Checker on your device.

If you think all that you want from your device cannot be accessed using just root-access, you can go ahead and install a custom recovery on your LG G3 (US Cellular) to enjoy many of the best custom ROMs out there that will satisfy all of your needs.

If you wanted to know the technical aspects of what rooting is, then you would need to read quite a lot of information that is out there on the web. Simply put, you are in control of the root user account which can run all commands and access all files in the root directory. It is how Android has the root directory that made them call it the root user account in the first lace and not a more traditional name like the administrators account that Microsoft has on Windows even though the root user account and the admin account and both the same thing when his the person with the administrative permissions.

All technical aspects aside, when you are the person who is using the Android operating system with the root permissions you can begin to install any number of the thousands of applications that were not available for you to install before. There are apps out there that can even help you remove the current existing apps on the device. We call that removing the stock apps or the system apps because they are hidden in the system partition.

There are many things you can do with root access all with the help from running some root apps. You can find out all the things you can with root access on the Android operating system if you are interested in learning more about it.

Moreover, we have a collection of the best root applications you can run on the Android operating system if you want to check out the names of some of the root apps. There is no front page of the Google play Store or place on online that is the central hub for root applications so you need to have done your research beforehand to know the names of the root apps that you want to run.