The LG V10 is currently running the stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow software updates, and you can root them by using the LG Ups tool — a new tool for some smartphones from the Life’s Good companies range of devices. LG always seem to have unique ways of getting root access and some people either love or hate that fact.

Anyone loyal to the LG brand will probably at least act as though they like it, and writer like me will continue to do their best to wrap their heads around what is happening. Let it be known though that I have not used the tools mentioned in this guide myself yet. However, I have read over at work from people who have I I’m confident I know what I’m talking about and have it right.


Rooting the LG V10 smartphone with the H960A model number using the guide below will mean you finally have full control over your operating system by Android to exploit in any way you see fit. Most people use root access to start installing apps that need root access to the operating system to run.

One app that people usually use without root access is the Dumpster app — a great app for restoring old pictures and video files that you want to get back but never thought you would be able to. While the base version of the Dumpster app doesn’t require root, you do need to root the operating system if you are to get the most out of the app and bring back the most amount of data possible. You can check out the app from the Google Play Store or its official home after the following the guide after the break.

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

  • You must download the LG Up tool from here.
  • You must download the TOT package from here.
  • Install the LG USB Drivers on the computer you are using during the guide. You might be able to use the Universal ADB Drivers if you are not able to get the LG drivers installed correctly.

Rooting the LG V10 H960A running the Android 6.0 Marshmallow software updates

  1. Extract the RAR file to the desktop of the computer and you will get the required TOT file.
  2. Unzip the file.
  3. Run the “LGUP_Store_Frame_Ver_1_14_3.msi” file you can see after you extracted the file in the step above.
  4. Copy the “common” folder over to the “C:\Program Files (x86)\LG Electronics\LGUP\model”.
  5. Press the hardware combination for download mode and boot the V10 smartphone into the download mode before connecting it to the Windows computer with the USB cable.
  6. Run the LG Up tool from the Windows Start menu.
  7. Highlight the V10 smartphone from the list of available devices in the menu.
  8. Look for the BIN button and upload the “rootedsystemvs.tot” file.
  9. Give it roughly three minutes to root your device before you unplug from the computer.

In conclusion, that is how to root the LG V10 from Europe with the H960A model number using the LG Ups package and a computer that is running a version of Windows operating systems. You can check how you went by opening the Google Play Store application and installing the root checker app. You will find a basic version of the root checker app available free of charge for everybody to install and it is all you need to check if your device is in fact rooted or not.

Now that everyone has rooted the device they are now officially the root user. The root user account can install any apps that they want from the Google Play Store. They will also find many other websites online made by the developers of the apps that have direct links available. However, do some research before downloading them direct just to make sure we are on an official website and not a spam site. It is hard to know where to start if people do not already have ideas they have picked up online of root applications to install. Anyone facing a similar situation can check out our post that shows the best root apps for Android and take a look at many of them.

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