Rooting the LG Optimus L80 can be done with the Towelroot application if you are still running Android KitKat Android operating systems. Towelroot is a serious rooting tool that unchains the Android OS properly. It does not just install and enable SuperSU like some other rooting methods like the CF-Root by Chainfire.
While that sounds intimidating, you can have peace of mind knowing that your LG Optimus L80 device cannot be bricked by following this guide.
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.
Here is everything you need to root your LG L80 smartphone:
Files You Need
- Head to the http://towelroot.com official website. Have a read down the page of the requirements. It says you must have a device that was made and last updated by the 3rd of June 2014. After that date, Google updated the operating systems with a patch made specifically for shutting down the Towelroot security loop. You can always downgrade to a version of Android your L80 was running before that date and it will root the device.
- These are the same steps to root the LG Optimus L80 without a PC.
Rooting the LG Optimus L80
- Make sure you have the L80’s “Unknown Sources” option turned on by tapping on the Menu > Settings > Security > Unknown Sources. Now you can install apps on the L80 from outside the Google Play Store. You need that option to install the Towelroot app on your device.
- Visit the Towelroot website you can see given above and tap on the Lambda symbol that is on the homepage of the website. It’s the large red symbol you cannot miss.
- Save the Towelroot APK file to your L80 smartphone.
- Swipe down from the top of the LG’s display and pull down that notification shade.
- Tap on the Download Complete notification.
- Tap on the ‘Install’ option.
- Swipe down your L80’s notification shade one more time and tap on the Installation Complete notification.
- Tap on the Make it Ra1n button and then do not touch any of the other buttons until you get a message on the display. The message should read success and that you do not need to reboot your LG device before continuing.
- Open your Google Play Store application that should be on your device.
- Browse for the SuperSU app by Chainfire.
- Tap on the SuperSU app icon once it’s installed and agree to update the Su binary if the app asks you to do that. You can trust the SuperSU app and proceed to do anything it needs you to do to get the SuperSU working.
Even though the SuperSU app doesn’t come naturally on your device after getting root access, you still need to install it to remain safe. Sometimes it’;s the SuperSU that is rooting a device like the Samsung devices, but it also has another purpose which is keeping your device safe from malware. So even though your L80 is rooted without SuperSU, still install SuperSU to keep your device safe.