The LG G3 is probably one of the top Android devices out at the moment, I have to agree. But just because it may have a sick QHD display, fast processor, and sleek design, doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement. Namely, rooting the LG G3 to try and make some changes to LG’s software for starters. Rooting, aka gaining administrative rights on an Android device, is a way to be able to make a ton of customization options for your device that you previously wouldn’t have been able to do.
One good example of this is the new G3Tweaksbox app (powered by XposedMod). After rooting, you can follow this How to Customize the LG G3 UI tutorial I have to use the app to control tons of options, from the status bar, to the launcher, to the LED light color even, there’s a lot to play with. But, before we get to that, you need to root the bad boy. Don’t worry, it’s actually pretty easy. Here’s how.
I. Before You Begin
1. This will work on Windows and Mac.
II. Install the Drivers and the Rooting Toolkit
1. Download the drivers, save them to your desktop and install them:
2. After installing them, download the toolkit from the developers here (and consider donating to them for their efforts):
3. Extract the .zip (or .tar.gz for Mac) to your desktop.
III. Root the LG G3
1. Enable USB Debugging on the device by following this tutorial below:
How to Enable USB Debugging on an Android Device
2. Plug the device in via USB cable.
3. Open the newly extracted PurpleDrake folder on the computer.
4. Double-click the purpledrake_windows.bat file inside (or the .command for Mac) and follow the prompts (hitting enter a few times).
5. Open the Play Store.
6. Search for and install SuperSU.
7. Open SuperSU and click Continue to update the binaries.
8. Tap Normal.
9. Should say successful.
IV. Confirm You Have Root Access (Optional)
1. Open the Play Store.
2. Search for and install Root Checker.
3. Open Root Checker.
4. Tap Agree.
5. Tap Okay.
6. Tap Verify Root.
7. Tap Grant.
8. If it says Congrats, then you are rooted.
Now, with this new-found root access, what should you do? Well, for starters, I’d head to our How to Customize the UI on the LG G3 Using G3 Tweaksbox tutorial and use that to make some fun changes to the UI and customize the G3 to your heart’s content. Just sayin’.
Head to our LG G3 How To’s section for more tips and tricks for the LG G3.