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Root Method Released for LG G3 on Verizon and AT&T

The phone isn’t all that old here in the US, but already the LG G3 has been rooted on AT&T and Verizon. For anyone who is still keen on tweaking their phones and throwing on custom ROMs in the future (once a custom recovery is released), this is great news for you. 

A few developers over on XDA have released a root method for the G3, which looks rather simple for those who are willing to give it a try. It appears you will need a Windows machine, a handful of drivers installed, and then a little bit of adb know-how.

Of course, once root access is gained, you can install root-only applications, perform additional system tweaks, and a whole lot more. This is how we all got into Android, remember?

Our buddy Shane aka DroidModderX has posted up a detailed walkthrough video for anyone hoping to perform this root process. If you are feeling gutsy, have at it.

Via: XDA
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  • kevinthorn

    Will towelroot work for t-mo g3?

  • d-rock

    I used ioroot like a week ago….Root has been available for this phone since nearly day 1.

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  • NorCalGuy

    There is also a root method for the tmo version i believe its called purple dragon or something similar but also very easy maybe 5-10 min and didnt delete anything because the tmo version comes with an unlocked bootloader. As of now just waiting on official team win recovery because now it just takes up the upper right 1/4 screen.

    • Mark Mann

      purpledrake…i used it just now…it said in the op on xda that it wouldn’t trip the root check, but alas, it did…may have been because i had to use the manual adb technique instead of the script…but i’m rooted now…

  • NeilGeorge

    So if I root, I can uninstall all bloatware?

  • NyReynolds

    Boot loader unlocked?

  • anon

    I bailed on verizon(as everyone should do) to buy this on sprint…. and then get a slap in the face with no root 🙁

    • ApplesNAndroids

      Lol bail Verizon for Sprint. I didn’t see the /S on the end. Funny joke though

  • dsadsad

    Root doesn’t have anything to do with installing custom recovery.

  • Bane

    I’m pretty sure Towelroot has worked on the AT&T model since it was released. How is this news?

  • Alex h

    Got my att g3 last night. Took me all but 2 minutes to root with ioroot. It took longer for the phone to boot up than it did to get the files and start the root process

  • I ran ioroot the day it was released.

  • droidiac13

    Used Towelroot on my AT&T G3 within a day. Worked great. Now let’s get the bootloader unlocked 🙂

  • Pedro

    Yay! Root for a VZW device.
    In the grand scheme, not a big deal. But if it tweaks the VZW higher ups, thumbs up!

  • kilbasar

    For some reason I had read that towelroot didn’t work with the Verizon G3, so I rooted mine yesterday using ioroot. Was extremely fast/simple/painless. I did it from Linux, it’s just two commands (adb reboot recovery, adb sideload datroot.zip)

    Don’t forget you need to enable USB Debugging in the hidden dev settings.

    Once rooted, some things you absolutely need:

    – The obvious: SuperSU, Titanium Backup, AdFree
    – Xposed + G3 TweaksBox, lets you customize the stock ROM in every way imaginable. Colors, soft buttons, notification bar, power menu, etc.
    – NextApp SDFix (lets apps access the SD card without restrictions, necessary for things like file managers and picture viewers)
    – LG Emoji Switcher (use google or apple emoji instead of LG)

    With the above, I don’t even miss Cyanogenmod. The only thing I’m still looking for is a hack to bypass the Wi-Fi Tether restriction. I tried a few, didn’t work for me, but it’s been done on the G2, so I’m sure it’s just a matter of time.

    • Bonesaw

      I had root on my Razr Maxx prior to getting the G3, loved it. Are there any downsides to it on the G3? I.E. something that won’t work anymore, like NFC?

      • kilbasar

        As far as I can tell, no, the only thing you lose is automatic updates. There is no downside.

      • droidiac13

        I haven’t found anything not working. I actually was able to connect my Gear 2 and use it with the G3.

    • Hoot

      Oh man, I had no idea Emoji switcher existed. THANK YOU!!

      Google emoji for life!

    • LosttsoL

      “The only thing I’m still looking for is a hack to bypass the Wi-Fi Tether restriction” = about the only reason for which I’d bother rooting this phone.

      • kilbasar

        If you’re on anything other than Verizon, Tether is already hacked. Some people on VZ G3s claim to have gotten it working as well by replacing the APK with a hacked G2 version, but that didn’t work for me. Also, WiFi Tether Router supposedly works too, but I haven’t tried that.

        But no, the real reason to root is and will always be Titanium Backup. I don’t have 2 weeks to spend re-installing and configuring all my apps 😉

      • dap

        WiFi tether router app works for lg g3

  • mystikalrush

    I mostly root for the ad-blockers and TI Backups. I just wish towelroot worked on the VZW. I love how easy that app works and i have just become lazy when it comes to rooting now days. My DroidX and GS3 were the good old fashion way.

  • Towelroot FTW!!! literally took me 30 seconds to root

  • reezus

    Ioroot is what I used for for my vzw g3 rooting method..took 20mins tops last Thursday..

  • James_Kernicky

    I miss rooting the old way where everything ran through adb. I also don’t miss it because I’m a lot busier than I used to be.

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  • JSo

    I remember when I got all excited when a root method or recovery was made for my device. That was before I went Nexus. I kind of miss those days.

  • Xavier_NYC

    That didn’t take long.. Now to release a debloated version of the ROM

  • thats one good looking phone

  • DanielMena9

    if I were the developer wouldn’t I hold onto this until a bounty was set up ala


    • duke69111

      I think there is one for recovery via loki or unlocked bootloader.

  • Derek Duncan

    I used Towelroot. First phone I’ve rooted easily because of the G3 Tweaks. Able to hide AT&T on the status bar.

    • James_75

      Towelroot says “this phone isn’t currently supported” on Verizon G3.

      • Derek Duncan

        interesting. it works for the AT&T G3.

        • p0k3y

          compensating for the crappy pwa wireless charging, perhaps…

      • kilbasar

        Correct, towelroot doesn’t work on the Verizon G3. See my comment above though, the ioroot method works great, and is very very easy. If you’ve ever used ADB before, you’ll be done in under a minute.

    • JackTheRipper

      Towelroot is the way to go, rooted in the first 15mns after receiving phone. This posted way seems like a headache.

    • kilbasar

      G3 TweaksBox is THE BEST. Among many other things, it’s great that you can set long-volume-press to turn on the flashlight instead of opening QMemo. Baffled me that the stock ROM didn’t include any kind of torch.

      • Paradisimo

        The only thing I don’t like is that G3 Tweakbox only let’s you choose apps for the long volume press. I wish it had the option to use volume long press to skip music tracks.

        • kilbasar

          You, sir, are in luck! It’s under “Sound Tweaks” 😉

          Seriously, the maker of G3 Tweakbox seemingly thought of everything. Well worth the money for all the tweaks crammed in there.

          • Paradisimo

            Awesome, didn’t even think to check there. I had just created a Tasker profile that seemed to do the trick but that is much easier. Oh and thank you by the way!

    • NorCalGuy

      Within g3 tweaks there is an option to unlock hidden features. Then there is an app called lg smartworld which lets you download full themes and fonts which can be applied to the stock launcher. There is an indepth convo on the g3 xda fourms.

  • mike

    Well… This could be the news needed to get me on a VZW G3 this week.

  • Bobby Cornwell

    Is that a G3 wallpaper?

    • Bobby Cornwell

      Never mind, it’s nowPaper

  • Omar Amer

    nice timing.. my G3 should arrive in the next few hours.

  • RadicalPie

    I used to root and all… But I haven’t in so long I wonder what benefits rooting can provide anymore. What can I do with a rooted G3 that I can’t right now.

    • Collin Chapin

      Change DPI (the G3 looks MUCH better at 530), take full advantage of LED control, allow all apps on the multi-window, remove bloat.

      Those are the reasons I rooted my G3, but many people love the “G3 Tweaks” app as well. I just prefer to use ART.

      • Changing the DPI is making me go blind. I’m done with that

        • Collin Chapin

          I’m not sure why. Its one thing to make it tablet sized but setting at 530 on the G3 is perfect.

          • When I had my S4 I used to put it at 260, started realizing it was bad for my eyes now I leave everything stock..

          • Collin Chapin

            Well yeah that’s ridiculously low. On my Nexus 5 I went from 480-440 and it was perfect. On the G3 530 is the sweet spot.

      • James_Kernicky

        I switched to ART and my G3 went crazy. Literally shuts down every few minutes so I’m back to Dalvik

    • guest

      Xposed framework,
      Call recording,
      Cheating in games lol,
      Recoveries and backups,
      I could go on all day…

      Not to mention the first thing I do with a new phone is root just so I can restore my app data/settings/savegames/sms with Titanium Backup

  • shelderman

    people still root?

    • KleenDroid

      I am surprised that there are people that don’t root.

      Yes there are still benefits to rooting your phone.

      • Mech_Engr_09

        Yeah. Sadly I’m taking my G3 back today as well as the G Watch. I miss my m8 too much haha.

        • jnt

          Just out of curiosity, what was it you missed the most about the M8? I’m still weighing my options here…

          • Mech_Engr_09

            If you hold them both in hand the build quality/materials instantly jumps out at you as being more premium on the m8, but not by much. Mostly just sick of switching between phones. Also I paid full retail, so about 890 after taxes for both of them. To me the g3 isn’t enough of an upgrade from the m8 to justify those costs, but I do currently have my m8 on sale on swappa if you’re interested. I would probably keep the g3 if that sold quick.

          • jnt

            Well my dilemma is more between the G3 and S5, but the M8 is a contender as well just b/c it’s so darn nice. Plastic doesn’t bother me as long as it’s not creaky or greasy. But the M8 is incredibly nice as well. I have both the G3 and S5 right now and still debating on a daily basis. And the M8 has become appealing again as well!

          • glimmerman76

            ok hold up. why did you not just get the g3 on next pay 1 month then the next month pay it off and get the gwatch for 50% off????

          • Mech_Engr_09

            Because I’m on Verizon with unlimited data… and they no longer do the device payment plan. Also no discount for g watch. My arse is hurting more and more everyday staying with them.

          • glimmerman76

            ah that makes more since then man. I loved my m8 i like the G3 more and prob the x1 will be nice to

        • DanSan

          didnt like the G watch?

          • Mech_Engr_09

            Yeah I do, but I might as well get my money back while I can and hold out for the moto 360. G watch is great. Lasts all day and wear is actually really useful if you use it right.

        • Said no one ever..

          • Mech_Engr_09

            Ahh I’m sure plenty people would agree with me. I’m just kind of butthurt about them pulling a samesung and releasing a better phone to other countries while trying to rush a product to the market in the US.

        • LaFave07

          I was going to order the G3 on AT&T but ended up going with the M8. It was $100 cheaper and can be converted to the Google Play Edition which will be amazing when Android L comes out.

          Also after having an iPhone for so long it’s hard getting used to plastic.

    • Rodeojones000

      Yes. I wouldn’t buy a phone that couldn’t be rooted.

  • Collin Chapin

    Or just use the towelroot app and it does it for you *_*

    • James_75

      Not working on Verizon G3

      • Collin Chapin

        Sometimes I get sad about how much I spend on ATT to make up for the fact that I don’t have unlimited data any more and then I see a comment like yours and it makes that $150/mo worth it.

        • James_75

          I feel the same way until I’m in the middle of nowhere for work and I’m typically the only one with LTE coverage. (WI/N/S Dakota’s)

          • Collin Chapin

            Very true. I am generally not in the middle of no where (by generally I mean never) so it’s not a major issue but I will say that it’s VERY annoying when I suddenly drop a call on ATT.

            I had Verizon for about ten years and I honestly can’t remember a time I EVER dropped a call (bad service maybe, but to just DROP it) and it happens all the time on ATT.

          • Yo!

            wait… what is a call and does my phone have that app?

        • $150 for 1 line? I pay $150 for 2 lines and 10gbs of data. You might wanna see if you can lower your plan

        • attnurbutt

          Unreal you pay that much. I have $55 a month for unlimited text, data and more minutes than I can use. You sir are getting boned.

          • Collin Chapin

            What carrier are you on? If it’s ATT you must still be on an older unlimited data plan.

  • Bryan Mills

    This is what I love about LG phones. Easily rootable and everything. G2 took me 2 minutes to root.

    • Xavier_NYC

      Not sure if you’re on AT&T but Is CarierIQ present on the G3 like the G2 did last year?

      • droidiac13

        It is, but once rooted it can be removed.

    • Took me literally 30 seconds. Towelroot

    • Jason Downing

      Easy root.. AOSP nightmare though.

    • Yelso

      It sounds like you also love crappy screens, lagging and overheating.

    • anon

      Easy to root? The spring version doesnt have root yet….

    • Bill R

      Will rooting fix the lag and dim screen issues?