If you are wondering what to do with your newly rooted LG G2, the next logical step is to flash a custom recovery image. A custom recovery image allows you to flash kernels, ROMs (different versions of your operating system including vanilla Android versions, newer versions of Android, etc.), and much more. Thanks to the developers on XDA (who you should definitely thank/donate to if this procedure helped you), it’s not too hard to do once you have root. Here’s how to flash a custom recovery image on your LG G2 (in this case, TWRP’s recovery image).
I. Before You Begin
- You must be rooted. If you aren’t, head to my How to Root the LG G2 procedure, complete it and return here to continue.
- You must use Windows.
II. Download the Recovery Image for Your LG G2
- Click on the developer’s link here and click on the version of your LG G2 in the first post under Downloads to download the recovery image for your specific version of the G2.
- Save it inside the ioroot folder you extracted in the How to Root the LG G2 procedure (if you didn’t do my root procedure but have root already, just go to that link and download the Root .zip file, extract it, then place the .img file for your recovery inside there).
- Download Loki Flash from here by clicking on Download Zip on the right side and save it to your Desktop.
- Extract the .zip by right-clicking it and selecting Extract All.
- Open the newly extracted folder, then open the bin folder inside, select the loki_flash file inside there, right-click it, and copy it.
- Paste the loki_flash file from there into the same folder you saved the recovery image above.
- Finally, rename the recovery .img file from openrecovery-twrp-188.8.131.52-g2XXX.img to just recovery.img (make sure not to have it be recovery.img.img).
III. Flash the Custom Recovery Image onto the LG G2
- Plug in the G2 via USB cable (make sure that USB debugging is turned on from the end of the rooting procedure).
- Open the ioroot folder from the How to Root the LG G2 procedure.
- Hold Shift on your keyboard and right click in any blank space in that folder then select Open Command Window here.
- When the command prompt opens, type the following into it with hitting enter at the end of each line.
adb push loki_tool /data/local/tmp/loki_tool adb push recovery.img /data/local/tmp/recovery.img adb shell su cd /data/local/tmp chmod 777 loki_tool ./loki_tool flash recovery /data/local/tmp/recovery.img exit exit adb reboot recovery
The developer has merged the loki_flash file with the loki_tool file. Therefore, we’ve slightly modified the commands above.
- It’ll reboot to recovery. If you see TWRP Recovery, it worked!
If this procedure helped you, please donate/thank the original developer of the program here.