If you are rolling with the Dual SIM LTE variant of the LG G3 smartphone, you’ve probably had some extra reasons to skip gaining root access for a while.
However, as time goes by, we know you are missing those amazing root-requiring apps from Google Play as much as the next. And if it’s not the apps, it’s probably the custom ROMs to help give new features, or try out the latest version of Android that your carrier is refusing to roll out. Whatever your reason for wishing to gain root, you can do that running Android Lollipop using the guide after the drop.
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.
- You may use this guide if you have the D859 model number. Check that by navigating to Settings > About Device > Model Number. Moreover, please make sure you are running Android Lollipop and not Android KitKat or Android M as a developer preview. Once the real-deal Android M comes out (with a name and all), you should sought after a new guide based on that software update as it’s likely Google patches this exploit we are using today. For now, though, all those running Lollipop should find success using this guide.
BEFORE WE BEGIN
- Download the LG USB Drivers for your smartphone. You need to download them to the Windows PC you are using during the guide below. It’s our recommendation to reboot that computer after installing the drivers.
- Unlock the hidden Developer Options menu: Settings > About Device > tap over the Build Number until it tells you the Developer Options is now unlocked.
- Go back to the homescreen and tap to enter the Settings app once again. Now scroll until you see the Developer Options menu you recently unlocked. Inside the options list, please enable the USB Debugging Mode.
HOW TO ROOT THE LG G3 D859 RUNNING ANDROID 5.0 LOLLIPOP
1. Download the LG_One_Click_Root_v1.3.msi or the version 1.2.
– try the first link as it’s the most recent version of the tool. It doesn’t work for some devices. If yours doesn’t work, then try using the guide with the file from version 1.2 instead.
2. Extract the file to the desktop and right-click over the file to select the “extract here” option.
3. Connect the LG G3 LTE variant to the computer and double click the bat file from inside the extracted file on the desktop.
4. The bat file will now run the program which roots your device. Follow the quick on-screen prompts to finish the guide and you are done.
5. Now you can install TWRP Recovery and think about flashing custom ROMs.