Once you root the LG Optimus G Pad using the Towelroot method, you can start installing better apps from the Google Play Store. Since this is the Towelroot method, you can also start installing a custom recovery and a custom ROM too — there is nothing this Towelroot app cannot do!
One of the applications you might want to check out after rooting the G Pad device is the FPS Meter app. The FPS meter is great for gamers and enabled a floating overlay to give your games a better 3D effect like you would get from PC gaming. That’s just one example of why rooting your Android operating system is great, but there are hundreds of other useful apps available for people who are not interested in gaming.
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
- Point your browser to http://towelroot.com during the guide when it asks for the web address.
- Your LG Optimus G Pad must be running a kernel before June 3 of 2014 or else your exploit will be patched. You can anytime downgrade the operating system to use a kernel version that is pre-June 3 and the Towelroot exploit will work. Just keep trying to flash earlier versions of Android KitKat until it works.
Rooting the LG Optimus G Pad
- Navigate to the Settings on your LG G Pad and scroll down until you see the Security menu. Enter Security and scroll down the menu until you see the Unknown Sources option. Tap the “OK” button after you tap over the Unknown Sources to confirm that it is on.
- Open up any web browser on your device that lets you browse for websites and type the link above in the files section for the web address.
- Tap over the large red symbol (the Lambda) from the Towelroot homepage. The Lambda will fuzz for a few seconds and then the screen will change and give you a notification down the bottom of your LG Optimus display.
- Tap the “OK” button from that notification.
- Wait for the download to complete and then tap over the file.
- Click the “Install” option. Wait until you get the green tick and it says “app installed” in the top left corner of the display.
- Tap over the “Open” option on the bottom of the screen.
- Lastly, tap the “Make it Ra1n” button.
- Wait for the “you should have root, no reboot required” message to appear on the display.
- Go back to your home screen or app drawer and tap to open the Google Play Store application.
- Open the Google Play Store app on your device and install the SuperSU app by Chainfire.
- When you browse for the SuperSU you will likely see 2 versions, one by ClockworkMod and one by Chainfire. Choose the Chainfire option.
- It might prompt you that the SU binary needs updating. Follow the prompts to accept and update for the SU binary.
- You’ll now get a message about how you would like to update the SU binaries. If you do not have a custom recovery installed such as TWRP recovery or ClockworkMod recovery, tap the “normal” button on the left side.
- The SU will prompt Samsung device owners if it would like to disable the Knox security. You do not have to worry about that with your LG device.
- Head back to the Google Play Store and download the root checker application. Each app is slightly different with how it works. For the root checker basic app, it will prompt you about a Superuser request. Click the “Grant” button.
- The screen should change with a “congratulations!” screen confirming that “this device does have root access” in green writing you cannot miss.
Your SuperSU app is incredibly important for controlling which apps have root access to your LG Optimus G Pad device. Make sure you do not allow root permissions to any apps you do not trust.