Rooting is the process of telling the Android system that you want full access to everything on the phone. What this does is allow us to then change anything we want on the device, from the Android version (through a custom recovery and ROMs) to removing apps that we otherwise couldn’t uninstall, to adding free wifi tethering in some cases. Thankfully, the new LG G2 wasn’t very hard to root and the procedure is quite easy, even for the most novice of users. Simply install the drivers, download the rooting package an XDA developer created and run it. Ta da! Here’s how to root the LG G2, regardless of what version.
I. Before Your Begin
- This will only work using a Windows machine.
- This has only been tested on the following devices running the following versions of the firmware so check to make sure you’re device is listed here before continuing (and it’s on the same firmware version). If your version is not listed below, please check the developer’s page and see if he has added your device.
- AT&T G2 (D800) – D80010d
- Verizon G2 (VS980) – VS98010B (Original ROM)
- Verizon G2 (VS980) – VS98011A (OTA)
- T-Mobile G2 (Original ROM)
- KT F320k (Original ROM)
- Rogers D803 (Original ROM)
- Bell D803 (Original ROM)
- Telus D803 (Original ROM)
- OPEN D802 (Original ROM)
II. Install the Drivers
- Download the LG ADB Drivers and install them.
- On the phone, tap Menu > System Settings > General > About Phone > Software Information > Keep tapping Build Number until it tells you are a developer.
- Hit back twice and go to Developer Options and turn ON USB Debugging.
- Plug in the device to your computer via the USB cable to finish installing the drivers.
III. Root the LG G2
- Download the rooting package from the developer’s page here (under “Ok, Where Do I Get This?” in the first post)
- Right click the package and select Extract All.
- Inside the newly extracted folder, double click the root.bat file with the device plugged in via USB still.
- Follow the prompts in the rooting program and do what it says until completed.
- When prompted, unplug the device.
- Go to Settings > Security > and turn OFF USB Debugging. Then turn it back ON.
- Plug the device back in via USB.
- Press any key on your computer to continue.
- When it’s done, reboot the device. All done!
IV. (Optional) Flash a Custom Recovery
- Head to our How to Flash a Custom Recovery on the LG G2 procedure to get to flashing ROMs and other fun times!
If this procedure helped you, please donate/thank the original developer of the program here.