There are ways to get root access on the LG G3 but none for T-mobile and using the TWRP recovery system until now. Many people prefer this recovery option over ClockworkMod because they feel it is easier. There’s no right or wrong answer here. It comes down to personal preference. The G3 came out with Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile. The guide we present to you today is only for the latter. Do not try using it for any other phone carrier because it won’t work and can lead to soft bricking of the device.
If you want a new smartphone with high-resolution display, a big display, extremely high pixel density, quad-core processor, NFC, fast 4G mobile data support and a high-resolution camera then the G3 would likely be right up your ally. So, you went out and bought it and are starting to get bored. Why not look into customizing options such as unchaining the OS and opening it up to all its glory? From here, you can change visual tweaks with themes, use rooted apps otherwise unavailable and more.
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 should know that there are three different variants of the G3 including the standard variant, followed by the ‘S’ and CAT. 6 choices. The steps below are listed in the standard model only so do not try to use the tutorial for a different model .It will lead to similar consequences as I previously mentioned with bricking.
- First and foremost, all users want to take the time to prepare and successfully carry out a full backup of the OS. That way they can feel a lot more secure when going forth because even if the smartphone does need a factory reset, they can restore data such as picture, audio files, SMS texts and contacts. For some people, living without the contacts list is not an option and if you are one of them, we strongly recommend taking the advice and backing up using an app from Google Play such as helium or Titanium. For phones without root access already the favorite option is the former.
- The mobile product we here come with 19 hours talk time, 22 days standby time and a battery capacity of 3000 mAh. However, none of that matters this time because we are connecting to the machine for most of the steps. Therefore, USB charging will play a part in keeping the battery juiced up.
- TWRP stands for Team Win recovery project and it is one of the most popular recovery options in the world. Moreover, it runs on many Android-based smartphones and tablet so if you or your friends have other mobiles you can check out the official website and see if it’s available for you. Chances are it will be there.
- We love Team Win for its amazing interface with several options including install, wipe, restore, mount, settings, advanced, reboot and of course the backup option that we already walked you through. You should know that the backup option in the system is better used once you have root already and not beforehand. Therefore, you still need to make copies of the data the normal ways first while you are still running stock software without an unchained operating system.
- Setup the up to date USB drivers on the computer you get from here. Furthermore, turn the G3 mobile on and navigate your way to enable USB Debugging mode.
- A laptop, notebook or computer is vital for the guide. We need a USB slot to connect the handset with the machine. Do not attempt to download the file directly to the smartphone because it is not as safe that way.
- Make sure you have the security programs such as virus protection, malware protection and spyware protection temporarily disabled until further notice. Just be sure to turn them back on again before you browse the internet to stay protected from any potential threats. There are no threats during this guide, but the software can interfere with our program. It’s best to avoid this by putting a stop to them.
How to use PurpleDrake to root the T-Mobile LG G3 and setup TWRP recovery
1. Turn the computer, notebook or laptop on and log in to your account.
2. Download the root tool package file from here.
– use the desktop if you want to delete the file after finishing up here.
– use the C: Drive if you want to keep the file to avoid desktop clutter that results in slower loading times.
3. Extract the root file and run the tool.
4. Follow the instructions on the screen briefly until Purple Drake shows up.
5. Fetch the USB cable we will use to make the connection.
– try looking at the wire that joins the phone charger to the wall outlet if you cannot find yours.
6. Do not touch any buttons until it finishes. The root will finish shortly.
7. From here, notice a pop up text message asking if you want to install TWRP recovery or skip the flashing.
8. Choose to install the recovery option.
9. Again, do not touch any buttons until the flashing completes.
10. Disconnect the device from the machine properly by stopping the USB Mass Storage device.
Optional: head to the Google Play Store and install the root checker application on your phone. Furthermore, sometimes people preferring dropping back down to stock LG G3 firmware and revoking the root access they required earlier. All you need is to follow this unroot LG G3 guide and it will link you through to the official software update for that using the Sony flash tool.