Those of you with the T-Mobile variant of the LG V10 smartphone can root is and install a custom recovery by using the guide after the jump.
Having the custom recovery is necessary to get the rooting done, but it’s also handy if you want to check XDA Developers for any custom ROMs that might be available to flash on your device.
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 ADB from this page.
- Download your TWRP custom recovery from this page.
- Download the right SuperSU file from this page.
- Download the root checker app so you can check your access is working after you complete the guide.
- You are agreeing to void the LG warranty by following this guide.
- These steps to root LG V10 T-Mobile devices will wipe all data. Make sure you back up all data before starting the guide so you can restore that same data later.
Rooting the T-Mobile LG V10
- Install the adb-set-up-1.4.3.exe file on your computer and it will install the ADB Drivers.
- Make sure you have the Developer Options unlocked by pointing to the Menu > Settings > About Device > tapping over the build number about 7 times until it says you are now a developer.
- Open the Developer Options by pointing to the Menu > Settings > Developer Options and enable the OEM unlock and the USB Debugging modes.
- Connect the LG V10 to the computer where you have the files using the USB cable.
- Tap on the USB Options on the device and change it to PTP.
- Open the command prompt window from the desktop by holding Shift and right-clicking the mouse and choosing to open a new command window here.
- Type these two commands and press enter between each command:
- Type the next command and the V10 device will boot into the bootloader mode:
adb reboot bootloader
- Now copy the TWRP recovery file (twrp-126.96.36.199-h901.img) over to the ADB folder.
- Enter the folowing commands into the command prompt window and press enter between each one:
fastboot oem unlock
fastboot getvar unlocked
fastboot flash recovery twrp-188.8.131.52-h901.img
fastboot boot twrp-184.108.40.206-h901.img
- Your V10 handset will now boot into the custom recovery mode where you can get ready to install your SuperSU file.
- Reboot the v10 device and follow the first few steps to get ADB set up on your computer again. You’ll need to enable the Developer Options menu again.
- Connect the v10 smartphone to the computer and transfer the SuperSU file to the internal storage SD card and make sure it’s on the root for the SD card.
- Boot the LG V10 up in the custom recovery mode.
- Back up the EFS partition and then wipe the caching options.
- Tap the Install button and agree to flash the updated SuperSU file.
- Wait for the SuperSU to give you message saying T-Mobile wants to get root privileges and Deny that message.
- Point to the Root Explorer to /system/priv-app/AdaptClient
- Rename the AdaptClient.apk to the AdaptClient.apk.bak
- Now just reboot the V10 handset and you’re ready to start installing the root-requiring apps from the Google Play Store.