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Verizon and AT&T LG G2 Receive Quick Root Treatment

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Well, the wait for root on the new LG G2 was not long at all. According to users on XDA, an easy rooting method for the new device on either AT&T or Verizon has been released. As a tip, you will need some simple ADB knowledge to get yourself started. If you can set that up, and after you have downloaded the proper drivers and one-click software, your device will then be rooted. After playing around with a Titanium backup process, then making sure a custom recovery is installed, users should be able to have a lot of fun with this phone in terms of hacking.

For a full list of instructions to get you started, follow the link below. And please, be careful when attempting these tasks with your new phones. Make sure to follow all instructions carefully and make backups whenever possible.

Let us know how it goes if you attempt it.

Via: XDA

Cheers Han, Open1Your1Eyes0, and Richard!

  • HarvesterX

    There is a more is friendly method of rooting available now. Actually I’ve seen a few variants and one allows you to choose to have the “Rooting Status” setting to remain at “unrooted”. The original one is called vroot and all you need to do after installing the g2 drivers is to connect the phone in ethernet mode (USB debugging enabled of course), make sure that it’s recognized in adb by “adb devices” and making sure you the serial number, and then just run the application. After your phone reboots, you will need to (depending on which version of the app you are using) is download ROM Manager and flash a recovery to overwrite the one that was flashed, as the vroot method installs a Chinese one and I you don’t understand Chinese then,. . LoL.

    Actually, if you take the time to type “adb devices” to verify that your device is recognized, it’s probably easiest to just “adb push” the “loki” file over and the “su” binary and white list app (which you can always download off the Playstore instead if you have a favorite) .

    But I thought it saw an “AOKP” section on rootzwiki so AOKP may already have a rom up. I’ve seen some other roms all well so you can always just download rom of choice before flashing your recovery and then skip pushing the su binary over and just boot into recovery and FL (after backing up that is).

    I just found a computer myself (at work, .. My G2 is my home computer) but didn’t he enough time on Friday to finish. I got “adb devices” showing my phone but then got errors when pushing loki over, and the boys was rushing me as he wanted lock up and leave so I’ll have to figure out on Monday. I didn’t install the SDK since it would have taken too long, so I just downloaded Android Commander. That wouldn’t connect with my G2, but I just used “cd” to move to “Program Files (x86)Android Commanderbin” to run adb. That may be issue, but I’d troubleshooting a little before I had to leave and say others with the same issue and they used adb from the SDK, and I’m sure Android Commander just packaged the same binaries. That’s when I tried one of the one click applications. I didn’t use the Chinese one, I think it was oroot or something like that (off xda), but after installing what it told me download and run, I saw it to install real player and other crap so I doubt I downloaded the correct thing as I was in a hurry lol. I’ll it Monday

  • dalemoore993

    My last
    pay check was $9500 working 12 hours a week online. My sisters friend has
    been averaging 15k for months now and she works about 20 hours a week. I
    can’t believe how easy it was once I tried it out. This is what I

  • cmonnats23

    Hey guys, I would NOT root this just yet. if you go into the settings > About Phone > Status there is an option there that shows whether or not the phone is rooted. May want to wait until something comes out where you can keep it saying unrooted even if it is rooted.

    Source: http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/09/13/the-verizon-g2-is-configured-to-show-root-status-in-the-about-phone-menu-make-it-easier-to-void-your-warranty/

  • carolrhartford325

    My last
    pay check was $9500 working 12 hours a week online. My sisters friend has
    been averaging 15k for months now and she works about 20 hours a week. I
    can’t believe how easy it was once I tried it out. This is what I

  • ideamotor

    Bought the Lg g2 yesterday. Here’s my major surprise – you can actually play music on it. This is an area that is seriously lacking in phone reviews….

    So this device has a Wolfson WM5110 DAC, whose ability to play 24bit files they are promoting. Who cares about that… But I tested the same 320kbps mp3 across this and my old devices (og droid and droid bionic) with a sennheiser hd380 and it makes the old devices sound like AM radio. I might not need a dedicated music player anymore.

    Fwiw there’s an app called Voodoo music that enhances Wolfson DACs for rooted devices. I’m hoping to try that once lg g2 gets supported.

  • NemaCystX

    The Verizon version is ugly, who picks the designs at VZW? a Monkey?

  • Fug Finder

    LGG2 = UGLY

  • skubadoo

    This is what I was waiting for.. first root, hopefully unblock soon!

    • Jason Bittner

      “After playing around with a Titanium backup process, then making sure a
      custom recovery is installed, users should be able to have a lot of fun
      with this phone in terms of hacking.”

      From the article, sounds like it is totally unlocked and opened up to have fun with.

      • Charlie

        rooted is different than unlocked. can’t flash roms or kernels until unlocked.

        • Jason Bittner

          I always thought if you could install a recovery, you always could flash a ROM, just not a kernel or modem

          • C-Law

            You are right. The article is wrong. They do not have custom recovery yet, just root.

          • Brian Wolfman

            Just like the DroidX, you can install roms and do whatever, but you cant install kernals. Not a biggie for me

          • C-Law

            Wrong, phone is not unlocked and no custom recovery has been installed. Article is wrong

        • Jonathan Williams

          The Droid X was never unlocked.

  • Armus

    I didn’t think moto made unlockable bootloaders

    • Ian


  • Skittlez

    does this mean the bootloader is unlocked/can be unlocked?

    • guestuser

      bootloader is not unlocked yet.

      • skubadoo

        Hopefully soon!!

      • Skittlez

        still keeps this phone at a maybe for me then

  • joejoe5709

    Sweet. Well I think it might be official. If the Nexus5 doesn’t come to Verizon, this is a really really good sign. If we can achieve root this quickly, this has a really good chance of being my next phone.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Verizon version is so ugly. I guess LG doesn’t have that heavy hand yet.

  • moelsen8
    • Detonation

      Which, once rooted, could easily be changed to say “unrooted”

      • moelsen8

        You’d think, yes. It is worth mentioning, though. Didn’t Moto have a similar indicator in the stock recovery for phones within the last year or two? Was that able to be modified?

        • EJB

          The Moto one was unable to be modified, I think it came up only in recovery a 1/1 or 0/0 or 0/1 to indicate root or ever having been rooted

          • moelsen8


          • I believe this was able to be remedied. I’m not sure if it was reverted if you unrooted or if it was actually fixed so that it didn’t even appear to be rooted while it was still rooted.

    • Butters619

      Does Verizon check that if something goes wrong? If you buy though Best Buy, I know for a fact they don’t check that for any warranty issues.

    • bboyairwreck

      Well then… guess thats good news for the Nexus 5 on VZW /s

  • jamdev12

    You know, I was thinking of a MotoX, but now that even the G2 is hackable, I’ll settle for 4 cores instead of 2. Thanks Dev comm.

    • BobButtons

      32GB instead of 16GB is what’s pushing me. I’m not a file hoarder but sometimes like to throw a couple large videos on it.

  • flosserelli

    I’ve been waiting for this. A Verizon store is down the street from my job, I’ll probably pick up a G2 on the way home.

    • Daniel Reitzell

      I went to the store and fondled one last night, it is actually a very nice phone. The screen is really nice, and the overall size of the phone is good for me. Very fluid, no real lag. I actually liked it, even though it is LG. I would pick one up for sure. But, waiting on Nex5, whatever the deal is with that.

    • Andy Stetson

      Go to Best Buy! They price match VERIZON30, and their trade-in values are higher, plus, if you don’t have a phone worth $50 to trade in, they’ll make it worth $50 as a promo (take for example, a droid Eris, worth $0, they give you $50 for it).
      tl;dr: I paid $36 (after tax) for my G2 today at Best Buy.

  • Kyle Miller

    Just tinkered around with this phone at VZW store. Super nice, vibrant and quick. Would love to have this but the trusty DNA is still kicking ass.

  • normmcgarry

    Honestly, we need a section of this site dedicated to how stable and plentiful ROMs are for each device. That’s what I care about most when I look for a phone.

    • BobButtons

      Agreed. I’m currently deciding between the Moto X & the G2. It’s mostly coming down to the development community. I love the near stock Android of the X but the 16GB worries me. I love the big screen/32GB of the G2 but I don’t feel the development will be as great on it.

      • Ryan

        G2 is awesome. Love it so far. I wouldn’t even consider the Moto X. The Moto X feels good in the hand though (the back), but just feel like a kids toy being so small. I can almost wrap one hand around the entire device.

        • Aaron

          That’s why I really want the moto X(when wood back is available). Same screen real estate as my gnex but smaller. That software skin and “features” of the G2…just no.

          • Ryan

            This reply indicates to me that you haven’t actually gone into the store to play with the G2. Before you comment about the UI I highly suggest you get your hands on the device first. The UI isn’t that bad and most of it goes unnoticed. I particularly like the features built in even though initially I had major doubts about it. I don’t think I’ll ROM the G2 for awhile if at all. The g2 is the best device of the year IMO – pending what Oppo releases. I don’t even think the nexus5 will be able to beat it. That snapdragon 800 effin flies, that screen i can’t keep my fingers off of, and my eye can’t stop looking at it. Not to mention the insane battery life I’ve been getting. it’s almost 5pm and I’m just now hitting 80% battery. The buttons on the back of the device was a no brainier for connivence, not to mention the knock on/off feature that I absolutely love. I’ve put nova launcher on it and for the most part feel likes stock android to me. The thing about LG is they actually give you almost 100% customization on their UI as opposed to samsung’s touchwiz being shipped with the phone and you can’t do anything to it.

          • Aaron

            Actually I have used it, since I briefly considered getting it. I just don’t like it, just an opinion. Not saying the hardware isn’t nice because it is. I’m just a total stock android guy, I also never like using a case and that shiny plastic is a no go for me. Hopefully the new nexus shares all the G2’s hardware including camera, I would might dump Verizon if that’s the case.

          • Ryan

            I also have always been 100% stock android which is why the g2 put me off a little bit. But i’m fine with it (right now). I may or may not throw a rom on it down the road, but right now it’s perfect.

            I never use a case on any of my devices.

            The nexus probably won’t be on Verizon.

            The shiny plastic is one of the big cons to the G2. It’s the only thing that I don’t like right now. Fingerprints don’t concern me. When you’re talking on the phone and you have to hold the phone for awhile. The phone actually becomes very slippery in your hand and it’s hard to hold.

          • joejoe5709

            I think most rumors point to the Nexus5 having a Snapdragon 800 so that should go a long way, if true. Nice to hear a hands on with the G2. Thanks!

          • Brian Ward

            I have the Verizon G2 as well, coming from the S4. The G2 is noticeably thicker and with the soft keys on the bottom, the net screen size is nearly the same. Since the root came out, I have been able to hide the soft keys at will which has dramatically increased the usable screen area. Couple that with Nova Launcher, and I have a dream phone. My only complaint is that I wish it were about as thick as the S4. It feels a little bulky after using the S4 for a while. I am not going back, however.

          • Brian Ward

            AND the camera is the best I have ever used on an Android device. I am really impressed with it.

          • blerg

            I really really like the G2, and finally got a chance to play with it in the store yesterday and I reaaaally dislike the back buttons more than I expected. I have pretty big hands (I’m 6’4 with a 7′ wingspan so I’m quite lanky), and I basically have to use a second hand to push the buttons while I hold the phone with my right hand. 🙁 now I’m undecided again. I might still just go for it for the reportedly awesome battery.

          • Ryan

            I’m sure the GSM version of the buttons are far better than the verizon version. This is probably due to the wireless charging in the verizon version. I recently logged 30 hours on no charge for a full battery discharge on my G2.

        • Gasaraki

          I hate how people hating on the “skin” or “features” of teh G2 when they haven’t even tried the phone. I have the G2 and it’s one awesome phone. Very customizable, very fast, big battery, screen is awesome, the UI is great.

    • tyguy829

      YES. Maybe even a root/unlock method for each phone if available, and a couple roms and how stable they are.

    • Ryan

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    • Butters619

      Aside from Nexus devices (which always have strong dev support), Dev strength strongly correlates to device sales after the first 2 months. I bought the One X and at first it had just as much dev activity as the SGS3. That only lasted for the summer and devs already started leaving for other phones. By the year mark, almost all of the best ROMs have stopped being updated. There was even a period within the first year where CM nightlies stopped.

      TL;DR: you want continuous strong dev support, then you need to get a Nexus or a big seller.

      • Your TL;DR should be the banner of this site and it should be pinned in every single Android forum. The Galaxy Nexus is about 2 or 3 months away from turning 2 years old – it still gets tons of ROM activity and dev support. I am not sure that even super popular phones can say that; I think even super popular phones are largely abandoned at around a year, MAYBE a year and a half.

    • JSB

      Ignorant !!!!

  • CasperTFG

    Went to BB (mobile dept.). You can’t scratch off Big Red’s logo. It’s under the screen. Whore.

  • T_Dizzle

    If the dev community gets behind this device, it just got very attractive.

    • joejoe5709

      Agreed. I’ll cry like a baby if we don’t a Nexus, but an unlocked G2 with decent dev support would be a nice alternative.

  • Guest

    Question I am thinking of doing an alternate upgrade to get this. I have 5 lines 3 smart 2 not. If i upgrade a dumb phone for this, then transfer it to my main line can i then put the dumb phone back on its orignal line? if so, what happens to the data package i would have to get to upgrade the dumb line to a smartphone?

    • Andrew Pabon

      Nice you do the upgrade just do an esn change on the dumb phone back to the original and then put your sim card into the new phone. VERY easy method to keep unlimited.

      • Guest

        So when you have to pick a data package for the new smartphone that just goes away when the old esn is entered?

      • d324

        That works if you upgrade online, the refuse to do it in stores.

        • EdubE24

          They do it in stores also. I have done it twice now!

        • Droid22

          My store will do that for you.

    • tyguy829

      they usually charge you for the 1 day you had data on the dumb phone line. So it’s like $1 extra on your bill

    • Victor

      I did this on my family plan. I ordered it online used the Verizon30 code for discount and then put my sim card from my note 2 in this phone. I paid just $200 with overnight shipping.

  • Ian


    • Charlie

      this is always funny…!