If you want a new smartphone with a big display, high-resolution camera, lots of RAM, Quad core processor, NFC and fast 4G mobile data support, the G Vista is a fantastic option for you. Presumably you know all that and are looking for a way to further enhance what you can do with the OS. That’s where rooting a phone comes into play. After we unchain the operating system we are able to install custom ROMs, download and install other apps from the Play Store and even run custom firmware that brings your device to a newer version of an Android software. That’s not always available, and we don’t know there’s any in place for the vista to upgrade. However, a common reason for the following is updating the software to run a custom version that’s above where the official stock version sits. For example, you might have a custom version of 5.0 Lollipop available from CyanogenMod where your official stock software only sits on KitKat and there’s nothing you can do but wait for the OTA.

The Verizon LG G Vista, otherwise known as LG VS880, LG G Pro 2 Lite and LG D631, is finding a new rooting method using ADB and fastboot. Therefore, you must have Android SDK setup to apply this way of unlocking the system internals from the factory restrictions put in place by the Life’s Good company. Many smartphones have different ways of opening up the internal hardware so if that’s something you don’t have experience with, it’s a great idea to look elsewhere or find a friend who can help you. Many guides need SDK to work including the Google Nexus range, so it’s something you may wish to learn for future occasions.

Verizon G Vista

The G Vista is available from Verizon and AT&T phone carrier networks. You must only apply the following for the Big red model and not the AT&T edition. You see, each different phone network has their own unique model number you can check out by stopping over at Settings > About Device. As I mentioned before, in this instance it’s the VS880. That’s the code you’ll find from the menu.

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.

Details of Note

  • You want to back up the data before starting the steps to make sure you don’t lose anything important such as phone contacts, EFS folder, videos, pictures of your loved ones, music you have on the device and more. Helium helps backup the text messages, market apps existing on your smartphone and syncing the contacts. You can back up to the internal storage on the phone because applying resets only wipes the ROM and nothing stored internally. You don’t need the SD card for making copies of the data. However, since the Vista only gives a maximum storage space of just over 3 GB’s you may wish to invest in one. They have the SD cards available up to 64 GB’s of extra space. Moreover, Google Drive offer a cloud service that gives a limited amount of free storage space. You can store data in the cloud.
  • Use Easy Backup if you must make copies of the calendars and call logs.
  • Understand that you shouldn’t lose data after the steps unless something goes wrong. Often the way out of trouble is applying the factory reset option which essentially returns the device back to the way it was after you opened it out of the box. It’s like wiping everything as if you were handing your phone over to a friend for keeps.
  • You ought to save at least 50% battery power before starting. We are connecting to a computer for most of the guide so USB charging will take care of most of the battery. If USB charging isn’t working you must check the battery icon from the status bar and don’t start the steps unless there’s over 50% left. The % is loosely based on how old your device is and how we perceive the battery condition. However, only you know your device so plan carefully. If you think you should reserve more power you can do that.
  • Enable USB Debugging Mode from the Developer Options menu. You find it directly from the Settings menu.
  • Furthermore, you want to have the latest USB Drivers available for connecting to mobile to the computer.
  • The following is for advanced Android users only; those without experience in installing and using ADB should look away and come back after you know what you are doing.
  • You can’t use the guide unless you have Android SDK. SDK is available for Windows, Linux and Apple Mac. However, each requires a unique guide. In trying to make this guide as short as possible we aren’t running through the steps for each process. We will, however, run you through the commands you need.

How to root the G Vista By LG

  1. Turn on the computer and log in to your user account.
  2. Download the package here.
    – do not unzip the folder. We are transferring it direct.
  3. Connect the mobile to the computer with the USB wire.
  4. Transfer the zip file to the root of the SD card.
  5. Open the command prompt.
  6. Type: “adb reboot recovery.”
  7. Wait as the mobile boots into recovery mode.
  8. Navigate to “apply update zip from external SD card.”
  9. Confirm the process using the Power on button.
  10. Wait for the flashing.
  11. Go back and select reboot system now from recovery.

If you get stuck in a boot loop you must boot into the stock recovery once more. Now select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition.” Additionally, you may wish to download the Root checker and Unroot Pro. Handy for those wishing to revert back to the stock software and return the smartphone back to normal.