These are the steps to root the LG G4 Beat smartphone using a simple one click rooting solution from your Windows computer.
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 one click rooting script for your G4 Beat smartphone from this page.
- Download the universal ADB Driver from Koush on this page.
- You are choosing to void the LG warranty when you apply this rooting method over the G4 Beat smartphone. You need to flash a stock G4 Beat ROM back on the device if you want to get the warranty working again. The one click rooting script does not come with a unroot option directly from the program.
Rooting the LG G4 Beat
- You can only follow this guide if you have a Windows PC. Turn on your Windows PC to get things started.
- Turn on the USB Debugging Mode on your G4 Beat smartphone by tapping on the Menu > Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging Mode.
- Download the G4 Beat rooting package from the link above and extract the package on your desktop.
- Right-click over the Beat’s rooting file and choose the “extract here” option to have the file extracted on the desktop.
- Double-click over the bat file you can see from inside the folder you just extracted. The rooting program will open on the desktop.
- Connect the G4 beat to the computer with the USB cable.
- Follow the on-screen commands from the rooting program on the desktop to finish rooting your device.
- Close down the program and reboot your Beat smartphone before you start installing your root-requiring applications.
- Open your Google Play Store application and browse for the basic root checker app to check if your device did get root access for free. Open the root checker app from your app drawer and agree to update the binary or grant the Superuser access if that’s what it asks from your device.
- All of the apps you could not install before you can install now, such as the Titanium Backup app, the Greenify app and the BBQ Screen app. There are tons more awaiting for your device.
The LG G4 Beat might even have some custom ROMs available since it is a trimmed down version of the original and popular LG G4 smartphone. Many custom ROMs available for devices running Android require you to have a rooted device. You’ll also need to have a custom recovery installed on the device too.