How to Root the LG Enlighten

If you look for the QWERTY keypad smartphones in the market, the majority of smartphones you will find will be from Nokia. However, the Android manufacturers have come a step ahead to fulfill the needs of those who often send text messages using QWERTY keypad. LG Enlighten, is an Android device that lets you type faster to quickly send messages and since it runs on Android, you have plethora of apps to try out on the device. If you root the device, you will have access to more apps and custom ROMs and in the following guide, we’re gonna show you how exactly you can root your LG Enlighten.

I. Before You Begin:

1. The warranty of your device will be voided once you root it.

2. You must have drivers for your device installed on your PC.

3. This works on Windows based PCs only.

II. Downloading Required Files:

1. Root Package (Download link’s given in the first post, in fifth step)

2. Fastboot

III. Rooting the LG Enlighten:

1. Place the Root Package and Fastboot archives on your Desktop.

2. Extract files from both the archives to your Desktop.

3. Enable the USB debugging option on your device by going to Menu>>Settings>>Applications>>Development>>USB debugging, check-mark the box.

4. Connect your device to your PC using the USB cable.

5. Select Internet Connection as the connection type. This can be done by opening up the Notification bar and choosing the said option.

6. Double-click on run.bat file you extracted from the archive.

7. It should begin rooting your device and won’t take more than a few seconds to finish.

8. And you’re done!

Great! Your LG Enlighten has successfully been rooted using the One Click Method. The SU binaries as well as Superuser app have been injected into your system!

IV. Flash a Custom Recovery Image (Optional):

1. If you would like to flash a custom recovery image in order to flash custom ROMs, head to the How To Flash a Custom Recovery Image on the LG Enlighten to learn how to do that.

If this procedure helped you please thank/donate to the original developers here.

If you need help with this procedure, please ask in the comments below or in the forum.

This is part of our Android How To’s. We have how to’s on rooting, loading ROMs, and tons of other tips and tricks for your specific device or for Android devices in general! For all of our Android How To’s, head here.

If this procedure helped you, please consider donating to the original developer or at least sending them a thank you.

Now that you are rooted, head here to learn some of the fun things you can do!

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  • mike murph

    what exactly is the fastboot zip for? and do i only run lg esteem zip. this method did not work for me so i am just wondering how i may have mistakenly not followed directions correctly or if this method is not possible

    • Mahesh Makvana

      The Fastboot files help your PC to recognize your device.

      The developer, over at the original thread, says to install the Fastboot.

      Hope this helps!

  • mike murph

    [*] LG Esteem root script (Windows version)
    [*] Exploit copyright (C) 2011 Revolutionary
    [*] Scripting for LG Esteem by Dan Rosenberg (@djrbliss)
    [*]
    [*] Before continuing, ensure USB debugging is enabled, that you
    [*] have the latest LG drivers installed, and that your phone is
    [*] connected via USB.
    [*]
    [*] Press enter to root your phone…
    Press any key to continue . . .
    [*]
    [*] Waiting for device…
    * daemon not running. starting it now *
    * daemon started successfully *
    [*] Device found.
    [*] Pushing exploit binary…
    94 KB/s (0 bytes in 22281.000s)
    [*] Running exploit…

    [**] Zerg rush – Android 2.2/2.3 local root
    [**] (C) 2011 Revolutionary.

    [**] Parts of code from Gingerbreak, (C) 2010-2011 The Android Exploid Crew.

    [+] Found a GingerBread ! 0×00015118
    [*] Sending 149 zerglings …
    [*] Trying a new path …
    [*] Sending 149 zerglings …
    [*] Trying a new path …
    [*] Sending 149 zerglings …
    [*] Trying a new path …
    [*] Sending 149 zerglings …
    [*] Trying a new path …
    [*] Sending 149 zerglings …
    [*] Trying a new path …
    [-] Zerglings did not leave interesting stuff
    [*] Installing root tools…
    /data/local/tmp/sh: permission denied
    /data/local/tmp/sh: permission denied
    /data/local/tmp/sh: permission denied
    failed to copy ‘su’ to ‘/system/tmp/su’: No such file or directory
    failed to copy ‘busybox’ to ‘/system/tmp/busybox’: No such file or directory
    failed to copy ‘Superuser.apk’ to ‘/system/tmp/Superuser.apk’: No such file or d
    irectory
    /data/local/tmp/sh: permission denied
    /data/local/tmp/sh: permission denied
    /data/local/tmp/sh: permission denied
    /data/local/tmp/sh: permission denied
    /data/local/tmp/sh: permission denied
    /data/local/tmp/sh: permission denied
    /data/local/tmp/sh: permission denied
    /data/local/tmp/sh: permission denied
    [*] Cleaning up…
    /data/local/tmp/sh: permission denied
    [*] Rebooting…
    [*] Root complete, enjoy!
    [*] Press any key to exit.
    Press any key to continue . . .

    so this is what i keep getting. thats why i am asking what the fast boot zip is for , is on desktop and extracted to desktop just like the esteem zip

  • mike murph

    was i to put fast boot folder into esteem zip exploit folder? just wondering

    • Mahesh Makvana

      Just place all the files from both the archives to your Desktop.

      The Fastboot files help your PC to recognize your device.

      Thanks Mike!

  • NirwenElf

    Hi – I’m having the same issue as Mike Murph when trying to root my LG enlighten Kernel version: VS700ZV5

    My messages are exactly the same as Mike:

    [*] LG Esteem root script (Windows version)
    [*] Exploit copyright (C) 2011 Revolutionary
    [*] Scripting for LG Esteem by Dan Rosenberg (@djrbliss)
    [*]
    [*] Before continuing, ensure USB debugging is enabled, that you
    [*] have the latest LG drivers installed, and that your phone is
    [*] connected via USB.
    [*]
    [*] Press enter to root your phone…
    Press any key to continue . . .
    [*]
    [*] Waiting for device…
    * daemon not running. starting it now *
    * daemon started successfully *
    [*] Device found.
    [*] Pushing exploit binary…
    1394 KB/s (22281 bytes in 0.015s)
    [*] Running exploit…

    [**] Zerg rush – Android 2.2/2.3 local root
    [**] (C) 2011 Revolutionary.

    [**] Parts of code from Gingerbreak, (C) 2010-2011 The Android Exploid Crew.

    [+] Found a GingerBread ! 0×00015118
    [*] Sending 149 zerglings …
    [*] Trying a new path …
    [*] Sending 149 zerglings …
    [*] Trying a new path …
    [*] Sending 149 zerglings …
    [*] Trying a new path …
    [*] Sending 149 zerglings …
    [*] Trying a new path …
    [*] Sending 149 zerglings …
    [*] Trying a new path …
    [-] Zerglings did not leave interesting stuff
    [*] Installing root tools…
    /data/local/tmp/sh: permission denied
    /data/local/tmp/sh: permission denied
    /data/local/tmp/sh: permission denied
    failed to copy ‘su’ to ‘/system/tmp/su’: No such file or directory
    failed to copy ‘busybox’ to ‘/system/tmp/busybox’: No such file or directory
    failed to copy ‘Superuser.apk’ to ‘/system/tmp/Superuser.apk’: No such file or d
    irectory
    /data/local/tmp/sh: permission denied
    /data/local/tmp/sh: permission denied
    /data/local/tmp/sh: permission denied
    /data/local/tmp/sh: permission denied
    /data/local/tmp/sh: permission denied
    /data/local/tmp/sh: permission denied
    /data/local/tmp/sh: permission denied
    /data/local/tmp/sh: permission denied
    [*] Cleaning up…
    /data/local/tmp/sh: permission denied
    [*] Rebooting…
    [*] Root complete, enjoy!
    [*] Press any key to exit.
    Press any key to continue . . .

    Please advise! This phone has an abhorrent lack of space and I need root to remove all the extraneous apps Verizon installed!

    • Mahesh Makvana

      Well, it’s a single-click root method developed by an Android Developer and posted over at the original thread, linked in the procedure above.

      We’d suggest you to post the errors you’re getting in that thread, it’ll help developer to figure out what’s wrong with the script and you may expect to get a modified version of the script.

      The above method works perfectly, we wonder why it gives you these errors!