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LG G2 on Verizon and AT&T See TWRP Custom Recovery

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After receiving root last week, the LG G2 on both Verizon and AT&T now have TWRP custom recoveries. So yes, that means custom ROMs will most certainly arrive in the near future, helping push this beastly device into territories the tinkerer in you was quietly dreaming. This also means you should be able to create backups, you know, to give you something to fall back on should you tinker too much. 

To flash recovery files, you’ll first need to root (newest method). You’ll then need to make sure you flash the correct recovery.img file since there are separate files for AT&T and Verizon G2 variants. Full adb instructions can be found at the XDA link below, which includes @djrbliss’ Loki.

Good luck!

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Via:  XDA

Cheers Kurt, Phil, Eric, Pirarre, bose301s, and Mitch!

  • Aaron White

    Dude video tutorial! This is complicated at best for a simple rom flasher!

  • Kane Desousa

    Yeah I just got one of these , the battery is almost like the note 2 all over again I love it. The screen is amazing and the phone FLIES much faster then the S4 I had.

  • Skittlez

    apparently, Verizon just started sending out a patch for the root exploit

    • skubadoo

      Really?? My G2 is in the mail, should arrive today.. It won’t try to auto update as soon as I turn it on will it?

      • Skittlez

        i think it’ll prompt you. i don’t have the phone, i just saw it over in the G2 forums over in XDA

        • skubadoo

          Thanks for the heads-up, much appreciated!

          • Skittlez

            no problem, i did see that someone installed it, and they still have root, but i don’t know what it does with the TWRP situation

  • Skittlez

    Anyone do this already? working good? get mine soon and hopefully i can do this. Also, if this bypasses the bootloader, does that mean we’ll be able to update our radios and stuff manually in the future?

  • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

    Too early :( From the first line of the first post:

    “DONT ISNTALL TWRP YET, SORRY FOLKS!”

    • flosserelli

      ^^ THIS ^^

      Kellex, please amend the article to note that LG G2 TWRP is not ready for prime time:

      [from the xda post]
      DON’T INSTALL TWRP YET, SORRY FOLKS!
      It would appear after backing up, bootloops can occur, and since there is no adb in twrp yet you cant fix it. Your only way out is a factory reset.. we think.
      UPDATE: Looks like the issue is the script in twrp that reverses the boot recovery flag is incorrect. should be an easy fix, but we’re waiting on the dev of twrp to change it. Hold tight folks!
      Sorry to say though, the ONLY way to get out of it if you did get stuck is to flash back to stock. Sorry everyone.

    • Jeff Sabin

      Thank you for the heads up. Much appreciated.

    • Skittlez

      it doesn’t say that anymore. does that mean its safe now?

  • Map

    I know that Verizon gets a lot of slack because they redesign certain
    phones to their liking, but I actually am very happy with the Verizon
    design of the G2.

  • charles rogers

    Loving my new g2 all i need is stockness.

  • A.J.

    I know that Verizon gets a lot of slack because they redesign certain phones to their liking, but I actually am very happy with the Verizon design of the G2. The change in the buttons make the phone lay flat if it’s on it’s back.

  • Jared

    In regards to this exploit, and Verizon patching it, does anyone know if a patch that would block this method would only come via an OTA update? I ask because I am due for an upgrade in under a month and would like this phone, is it safe to assume that I would not get something shipped from the factory already patched. So as long as everyone just declines OTAs were fine?

  • BobButtons

    I’m mostly looking forward to custom versions of the stock ROM. This is the first device where I’m skeptical about giving up some of the features that wouldn’t carry over such as KnockON. I really don’t mind the buttons being where they are but KnockON is a great thing to have when the phone is lying down and you don’t want to pick it up to turn it on.

  • Vinnie

    HELP! lol I just installed and now TWRP wont let me boot into anything other than TWRP. I tried going to “Reboot” them “System” and it still goes to TWRP. Any help guys?

    • Charlie

      your best bet is the xda thread.

      • Vinnie

        I cant post on there as Im too new :( Im stuck right now

      • Vinnie

        Agg I did a factort reset and everything and it still only boots into TWRP!! wtf

        • flosserelli

          Did you wipe your phone while messing with TWRP? If you did, I hope you backed up the stock rom first.

        • trwb

          Factory reset erases your system. In twrp you need to restore a backup ( I hope you made one in twrp before factory reset), install a ROM made specifically for you model phone, or install a stock factory image made for your device. Someone will post these eventually on xda in your specific device forum, or you can try messaging a developer on xda. Try the Q and A for your device on xda.

    • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

      From the XDA thread, the only option is to do a factory reset

      • Vinnie

        Yeah I had to do that :(

  • thedonxr

    Every time I see the AT&T version of this phone I can’t believe how much Verizon douched it up with their stickers and buttons… smh otherwise this phone seems like a spec warrior.

    • Raj Bhatt

      Honestly, the buttons are really nice on the VZW version. I wish they were a little bigger but the fact that they are metal is nice.

  • -r

    how long did it take to clean off the fingerprints from the G2 in the photo?

  • WCM3

    So does this mean pseudo Google edition G2? Once N5 is dropped, port it over to the Verizon G2? Because we ALL know VZ won’t get the N5..

    I’m currently running the G.E. rom on my Verizon GS4 and it’s great!

    • Charlie

      this has kind of been my thought process, as well. even tho it’s extremely unlikely VZW will get the N5, because the G2 and N5 appear to be sister/cousin devices, i’m hoping that any development for the N5 can easily be ported to the G2.

      • KleenDroid

        The bypass is all you need.

        You will be able to flash just like you are used to.

        But don’t think about it too long since in the first ota update Verizon will patch it never to be seen again.

        • Skittlez

          no one has confirmed yet if the update blocks you from Loki

  • Michael

    Sadly the unlocked bootloader will not move those ridiculous buttons!

    • BobButtons

      I like where they are, barely took a day to adapt. Plus if LG moved them to the side, the bezel wouldn’t be able to be as thin resulting in either a smaller screen or a bigger phone. With KnockON, it’s really a non-issue.

  • KleenDroid

    Great news for the G2.

    I checked this phone out the other day and almost got one. It was amazing fast and the camera was super fast and nice. Screen was beautiful.

    I held off only because my Verizon S4 is bootloader bypassed and can use a 64 gig sd card.

    If the G2 had an sd card slot I probably would have bought one. Verizon will not be getting the LG Nexus soon to come out.

    So get the G2 now if you want it rooted with custom recovery on Verizon. The S4 started off on Verizon with the ability to bypass the bootloader and everything was great. Then the first update came and closed the exploit. So those of us that got in early are in good shape but new purchasers are out of luck.

    So I think get it while the gettins good.

    • jnt

      On the Verizon S4 there’s now safestrap for ME7. And according to Androidpolice just now, Dan Rosenberg’s loki tool bypasses the bootloader on the G2 as well. Just FYI!

      • KleenDroid

        Safestrap sucks in comparison to being able to Loki. And those with the G2 better Loki now while they can. The certainly don’t want to be stuck hoping safestrap comes later after Loki is patched.

        • BobButtons

          Yeah, I just did it to mine even though I’m going to be real hesitant about any ROMs I install. I just want to make sure I give myself the choice to flash if I decide to.

  • Charlie

    this pretty much seals it! now i just have to decide whether i want to wait for the confirmation that N5 won’t come to VZW, or just pull the trigger now…

    • soap

      I’m in the same boat, but heavily considering going for it as The g2 has a much larger battery than the nexus and I really doubt it will have anything the g2 doesn’t if it’s really trying to go for the 300$ off contract price point(which it wont have on vzw)

      • kwubba

        Go for the G2. The battery life is the best I’ve had. Getting a day and a half on a full charge with heavy usage.

      • Weber

        May as well go for it. With the dev support it *should* receive, you’ll basically have whatever kind of phone you want, depending on the support. Flash away, get your updates in a timely manner, etc…
        You’ll sort of have a Nexus, really.

    • Raj Bhatt

      I bought the Verizon G2 the day it came out. If the Nexus announcement doesn’t come soon, I am gonna have to return the G2, wait for the announcement and then decide if I want to re-buy the G2 or switch to Tmo for the N5. This decision is ridiculous.

      • KleenDroid

        Just keep the G2. I think you agree it’s a great phone.

        Verizon will not get the Nexus. And as of now you can root and get custom recovery. You are in at a good time. Soon Verizon will send an ota screwing it up. Never take an ota and you will have an awesome phone that others will buy if you want to get something else.

        I have a Verizon S4 that is rooted with the bootloader bypassed. Those that buy the S4 now cant do this anymore.

        • Raj Bhatt

          I agree with you that is is an amazing phone. Best phone I’ve ever used. And LG’s skin actually offers some good things which is incredibly surprising for this stock Android enthusiast.

          The more I think about it, the more I think I might just stick it out with VZW now that the G2 will be getting custom ROMs. But I really want some concrete details on the N5!

          • Blue Sun

            Breaking News! No way in HELL will VZW get a CDMA Nexus device. Band 13 is not supported on the new, rumored device either.

          • Raj Bhatt

            Well I’d be switching to Tmo for the N5. I just need to decide if having the latest version of Android is worth the reduction in battery life and phone service.

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            I checked this phone out the other day and almost got one. It was amazing fast and the camera was super fast and nice. Screen was beautiful.

          • Greyhame

            I was seriously considering buying a G2 after reading Kellex’s review.. then I read another on ArsTechnica that made me think twice. I’m torn because I’m like you in regards that I love stock android, and can’t imagine all the bloatware. That being said, I really am digging the camera (next phone must have great camera) and battery on the G2.

            …You really like the G2 as much as you say?

          • Raj Bhatt

            I really do love it. But the plan for now is to return it and put my VZW account on hold while I try T-mobile and the Nexus 5. If for any reason that doesn’t work out for me, I’ll go back to VZW.

            The G2 is insanely powerful, and is a pleasure to use. The VZW bloat and restrictions on apps like Google Wallet’s NFC payments are annoying though. Also, G2 users will have to rely on workarounds and exploits to load custom ROMs. (This should be fine though because there are some great devs that have already come up with some methods at XDA).

            I can honestly say that this is the best device I’ve ever used. If the N5 is based on this, it will be awesome too but My wife and I rely on Verizon here in AZ so the G2 might be as good as it gets for us. And that is fine because it is seriously awesome.

          • Greyhame

            Thx for the feedback. =]

    • flosserelli

      Dude…Verizon is NOT getting another Nexus. At least not until VoLTE.

  • Mike Aurin

    And I’m just sitting here with my S4…

    • KleenDroid

      Awesome. Did you Loki it when you had the chance?

      • Mike Aurin

        No…the lady at Verizon took the update for me while she was activating it. Its locked down with no fix in sight.

        • KleenDroid

          Ouch.

          • Mike Aurin

            Wait…Safestrap was attained today!

          • KleenDroid

            There at least is some hope there for those that are stuck on ME7. As of the other day there wasnt anything available but there at least might be something.

        • HarvesterX

          Man, I would have thrown the phone back at the lady and asked her politely to either get me another one and not touch it, or give me my money back:-

          • Mike Aurin

            I didn’t realize that the update was extremely difficult to unlock. I figured there would be an exploit found eventually and have actually grown to love the S4 all by itself. Not a big deal. So throwing my phone at a Verizon rep would be uncalled for.

  • Daniel Flores

    Oh Yes!…so glad I waited to get a phone…can’t wait to get the G2.

    • BobButtons

      Yeah I wanted the G2 but I got impatient and got the S4 a few weeks ago. I actually really enjoyed it but was thrilled when I heard a friend wanted to get one. I gave them mine and switched to the G2 and couldn’t be happier.

  • Raj Bhatt

    So is this unlocking the bootloader or bypassing it? Or safestrapping it?

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      ignoring it completely it looks like. if they can flash a custom recovery.img, if the bootloader was/is locked, it wasn’t all that securely done.

    • Greg Morgan

      According to XDA, Dan Rosenberg, the magician, was able to Loki it, similar to what happened to the Galaxy S4. Looks like it’s bypassing the bootloader.

      • Raj Bhatt

        Coming from a Nexus, I’m not familiar with Loki. Can you run a custom kernel without the bootloader being unlocked?

        • Greg Morgan

          Yes, the kernel has to be Loki-fied so to speak. It looks and acts just like your nexus, just technically the booloader is still locked.

          • Raj Bhatt

            Got it, thank you!

        • KleenDroid

          I flash roms and kernels on my S4 just like I did on my Gnex.

      • KleenDroid

        As I said before. Get in while the getting is good. Take advantage of this now and never again accept an ota.

        Because soon Verizon will send an update that patches the ability to Loki just like they did on the S4.

        All new S4 owners are out of luck. So now you have the ability to have this but soon you will not.

        If you are thinking about getting this phone do it now. And if you have this phone Loki it now.

        • Greg Morgan

          ^What he said. :)

          • giri0n

            what he said the other guy said ^

        • flosserelli

          Crap, you’re right. I guess I’m going to the Verizon store tonight.

        • RepsolRider

          How long was the S4 open before Verizon patched it with an update?

          • KleenDroid

            I am guessing it was about a month give or take. But who knows how long this could last.

          • RepsolRider

            Thanks. I won’t be able to get to a Verizon store till tomorrow night to try one out. This phone is now perfect in every way except for those dang buttons on the back.

          • KleenDroid

            Congrats… I am jealous. It is a great phone.

          • Skittlez

            they’re already sending out a patch now

          • KleenDroid

            If so that sure didn’t take long to screw up everyone’s fun.

            I hope a lot got in on Loki or hold off on the update and hurry and do it.

            If you go buy this phone don’t let the salesperson activate it. Tell them you want to log in yourself. Google syncs everything anyway so you don’t need their help. They will initiate the update and screw you over. Hold off on the update and root and install the Loki patched twrp the moment you get home.

  • Dre Fay

    TWRP for Droid Maxx Please!!!!!!

  • Dre Fay

    TWRP for the Droid Maxx!!! Please

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      It is still bootloader locked, so you can’t load a recovery replacement like this. However, I believe that they have SafeStrap working on the Maxx, which is based on TWRP, so that is an option.

      • charles rogers

        Dev edition Maxx is out!

  • Jason Bittner

    This is indeed good news… for the Galaxy Note 3…. Same chipset means they might see S off also !

    • Brandon Jiang

      Um… Samsung devices don’t have s off and s on. That’s only HTC……..

      • Gato Mafioso

        Beat me to it!

        • thedonxr

          You mean Beats me to it trololololololol

          • FelisLachesis

            (•_•)
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            (⌐■_■)

    • soap

      This is the same method used on the s4 that samsung already patched, I don’t think sammy would make the same msitake twice.

      • KleenDroid

        Thank goodness we got in early. I bet the Note will have a small window to Loki just like all of us with the S4. They knew it could be Loki’d long before it came to Verizon since it launched on the other carriers first.

        also the G2 has launched with a window of time. And Verizon certainly knew it could be done.

        Samsung isn’t the one that cares….. it’s Verizon.

  • Radgatt

    Nice!