The Towelroot application was one of the best things to happen to Android during the year of 2014. Sadly, the joyous times were short-lived as Google developers quickly patches Geohot’s exploit. The great news is that once an exploit is found, we can always return to it by flashing that same stock ROM on our devices.
So, if your current ROM is updated with the patch, all you need to do is downgrade and flash the older stock ROM on the LG G Pro device and the Towelroot exploit will work. Any kernel version before the beginning of June 2014 will work.
The Towelroot app is great when you get it working on your device because it is a one-click rooting app that requires little fuss. In fact, you do this one directly from the smartphones without needing a PC at all.
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.
These are the steps to root the LG G Pro without a PC using the one-click rooting app, namely Towelroot.
Files You Need
- You will download the app from this Towelroot website during the guide: https://towelroot.com.
- You are choosing to void the LG warranty by following this guide. You can get the warranty working again with the G Pro by unrooting the device. The only problem is the Towelroot application does not come with a unrooting method, so you’ll need to work out how to flash the stock ROM for your G pro using the flash tool.
Rooting the LG G Pro
- Make sure you enable the Unknown Sources option on the G pro before you get started, so you can install apps from outside the Google Plat STore. Without that option working in your favor, there is no installing the Towelroot app.
- Open Google Chrome and point the browser to the Towelroot web address you can see from the files section above.
- Save the APK file to your G Pro device.
- Swipe down the notification shade on the G pro and tap on the download notification.
- Tap the install option from the menu.
- Swipe down the G pro’s notification shade again and tap on the installation complete notification.
- You should now see the option to “make it ra1n” on the display. Tap that button and the Towelroot exploit will try rooting your device.
- Wait until it says it worked and then head over to the Google Play Store to start installing your new apps. You can download any that says “root required” next to them or in the description.
Those of you who do not like reading tutorials can watch the video presented by the Towelroot hacker himself, GeoHot below: