The LG V10 doesn’t come rooted mainly for security reasons. Sadly, it is said to subvert Android and LG security ideas and technically it is easier to get malware on your device if you click and download it on your device.
However, if you are an experienced Android user and know what you are downloading, the benefits by far outweigh the risk. Rooting the LG V10 smartphone means you can install any app from the Google Play Store. It does not mean you can install a custom ROM, though. To install a custom ROM on your V10 handset, you need to install a custom recovery and we will show you how to get that done also.
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.
The Files You Need
- You must install a custom recovery on your LG V10 smartphone before the SuperSU file can grant you root access.
- The following guide works for AT&T, T-Mobile and all other phone carrier networks
- All LG V10 devices are running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop at the time of writing this post. You can check your software version by heading to the Menu > Settings > About Device > Software version.
- Your software version is important because it’s with new software updates rolling out by Google that sometimes patch these rooting exploits. That means the original guide we have here might be discontinued during Android .60 Marshmallow or it might continue. Nobody knows yet so keep an eye on the comments if you are reading this at a later date.
Rooting the LG V10 smartphone running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
- Download the updated SuperSU made for your V10 device from the XDA web page here.
- You want to download that SuperSU file to the computer.
- Make sure the USB Debugging Mode is enabled on your V10 device. Do that by navigating to the Menu > Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging Mode.
- Connect the LG V10 to the computer and transfer the SuperSU file over to the root of your internal storage SD card — that means the topmost folder and not hidden in one of the V10’s sub folders.
- Reboot the LG V10 into the custom recovery you installed earlier.
- From the main TWRP recovery menu, choose the ‘Install’ option.
- Browse the SD card for the SuperSU package you transferred to the SD card earlier.
- Install the SuperSU file by confirming it on your screen.
- Navigate to the main recovery menu and choose the option to reboot your system.
- Job done; now you have unlocked the bootloader, installed a custom recovery and rooted the LG V10 smartphone. You can install any app from the Google Play Store, install any custom ROMs that are out for your device and take complete backups without having to use ADB commands.