Rejoice LG G4 users, as you guys now have a way to root your device by just following a few simple steps. What’s so special here is that you don’t need to worry about the specific variant of the LG G4 that you have for yourself. Whether it’s from AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon, it can be rooted using the following guide and you should be all set to run root-requiring apps on it in no time.
More often than not, you need to follow the variant specific instructions to root a specific variant of the device. Well, that’s not the case with the LG G4. All the variants of the said device can be rooted with the same steps, except for a few differences in the commands that you execute from the Command Prompt Window.
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.
So, here’s how to root your LG G4:
Files You Need
- You must have a computer running Windows to do this tutorial.
- Download and install LG USB drivers on your computer. If yours is a Verizon variant, please use the Verizon-specific drivers.
- Download LG Root to your computer. It contains the files that’ll let you issue commands to your device.
- Download Root Package for your specific variant of the device: T-Mobile, Verizon, International, AT&T, and Sprint to your computer.
Rooting the LG G4 (All Variants)
- Unzip files from LG Root and Root Package to your computer. To do that, right-click on both archives and select Extract here and the files will be extracted to your computer.
- Connect your phone to your computer using a USB cable.
- Copy the .img file that you extracted from one of the above archives over to the internal storage on your phone. Make sure to place it in the root directory of the storage.
- Launch Settings on your phone and tap on About phone at the bottom. Tap on Build number until it says you are a developer.
- Go into Settings again and tap on Developer options. Enable the USB debugging option.
- Open the folder where the extracted files are located. Hold down Shift on your keyboard and right-click anywhere on your screen and select Open command window here. It should launch a command prompt window in your current directory.
- Turn off your phone.
- Hold down Volume UP and plug-in your phone to your PC using a USB cable. It’ll reboot your phone into download mode.
- Double-click on ports.bat available on your computer and it’ll tell you what port number your phone is connected to. It should be in the format of COM2 where 2 is the port number.
- Type in the following command into the Command Prompt Window and press Enter. Make sure to replace COM4 with your own port number.
- Type in the following command and hit Enter. You should see a string of text on your screen.
- Depending on the variant that you have, you need to run one of the following commands:
dd if=/data/media/0/system.rooted.H81110h.img bs=8192 seek=65536 count=548352 of=/dev/block/mmcblk0
dd if=/data/media/0/system.rooted.vs98611a.img bs=8192 seek=65536 count=548352 of=/dev/block/mmcblk0
dd if=/data/media/0/system.rooted.H81510c-EU.img bs=8192 seek=55296 count=529920 of=/dev/block/mmcblk0
dd if=/data/media/0/system.rooted.h81010g.img bs=8192 seek=65536 count=579584 of=/dev/block/mmcblk0
dd if=/data/media/0/system.rooted.LS991ZV5.img bs=8192 seek=65536 count=557312 of=/dev/block/mmcblk0
- You should see # on your screen. That means the process has been successfully completed.
- Enter the following command to exit the process:
- You’re now rooted!
Whatever variant of the LG G4 you had, it’s now rooted and is all set to be loaded with your favourite root-apps.
Let us know what apps you plan to load on your LG G4 after rooting it!
Furthermore, you might like to read the 5 best custom ROMs for the LG G4 smartphone and see what custom ROMs you might want to try using on your device.