Root LG G4 for T-mobile, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and International variants with this easy and detailed step by step guide. This week a well recognized developer thecubed from xda released a method to root LG G4 smartphones of all variants. He named this method as Low Effort Root. Actually these developers never wanted to release this Root method so soon. But seeing the increasing craze for this smartphone they finally posted it. Firstly we let you know that this root method requires data upto 4GB since we are flashing a complete new system partition. Until now there is only one rooting method available and its only for the LG G4 international variant. So those who own other variants of LG G4 may follow our step by step guide to root their smartphone.
Follow each and every step given below at your own risk. If accidentally any disaster occurs, then neither me nor the developers will be responsible for that. Although the chances that your phone will get damaged are least. But still I highly recommend you to read and follow all the steps without a single mistake. Note that this rooting method mentioned below is only and only for LG G4 T-mobile, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and International variants. Do not perform this on any other device or variant other than the mentioned, as it may cause severe damage. Better check your device model number before proceeding further.
- Charge your phones battery at least upto 60% so as to decrease the risk of interruption.
- As the process involves transfer of files between PC and your phone, you must enable the USB Debugging mode on your device by following the path: Menu->Settings->->Developer options->USB Debugging.
- Ensure that you backup all your important data and settings present on the phone. This backup may include Contacts, SMS/MMS, call logs, notes, APN settings etc.
- Ensure that mobile specific drivers are installed on your Computer for detecting your phone when connected through USB cable. You can install them from the link given below:
- Temporarily disable Antivirus and Firewall on your computer.
Procedure to Root LG G4 smartphone:
Step 1: Download the files given above according to your LG G4 model.
Step 2: Extract the tar.gz file in a specific folder on your computer.
Step 3: After extracting you’ll see a file named ‘system.rooted.phonemodel.img‘
Step 4: Now connect your LG G4 to computer using USB cable.
Step 5: Once connected, touch and drag down the notification panel.
Step 6: Click on Charging.
Step 7: Select the Media Device (MTP) option.
Step 8: Now copy the ‘system.rooted.phonemodel.img‘ file from your computer to the root directory of your phones internal storage. Do not rename the file, or move it into any folders, simply copy it. If you don’t find such file, just stop right here, re-download and extract the tar.gz file again. You may disconnect the phone after copying the file.
Step 9: Then download and extract this LG_Root.zip file on your computer. You’ll see the following files after extracting:
Step 10: On LG G4, navigate to the Menu->Settings->Developer Options and enable the USB Debugging option. If you can’t see the Developer option then go to Settings->About Phone and tap 7 times on the Software Information until you see a message saying ‘You are a Developer.’ This will make the Developer Option appear in the Settings menu.
Step 11: Now in the extracted LG_Root folder on PC, you need to open a command prompt window. For that press and hold Shift button of your keyboard. By holding it, right mouse click on empty space. You’ll see a list of options, from which choose Open command window here option. This will launch a command window.
Step 12: Now switch off your LG G4 completely until it vibrates.
Step 13: When your phone is powered off, hold volume up button and connect the phone to PC using USB cable. You’ll see download mode for a few seconds and then it’ll show ‘Firmware Update’. This means you have safely landed into download mode.
Step 14: On PC, double click on the ports.bat file. This will show you the COM Port number to which your device is connected. You may close the command prompt window now.
Step 15: Now double click on Send_Command.exe file from the LG_Root folder. Enter this code in command window.
Here COM4 is my COM Port number you must type the number of COM Port which got earlier.
Step 16: Now type ‘id’ (without quotes) command in command prompt window. Press Enter key.
Step 17: As soon as you enter, you’ll see some text starting with ‘uid=(0)root gid=(0)root’. If such thing doesn’t happen just press CTRL-C, and perform the step again. Sometimes this application doesn’t respond on the first command.
Step 18: Now as per your phone variant enter the commands given below. Correctly choose your device without any mistake.
International H815 10c Version (Do not use this command for H815T, H815TR or H815P. Its only for H815 10c Version):
dd if=/data/media/0/system.rooted.H81510c-EU.img bs=8192 seek=55296 count=529920 of=/dev/block/mmcblk0
dd if=/data/media/0/system.rooted.H81110h.img bs=8192 seek=65536 count=548352 of=/dev/block/mmcblk0
VZW VS986 11A Version:
dd if=/data/media/0/system.rooted.vs98611a.img bs=8192 seek=65536 count=548352 of=/dev/block/mmcblk0
AT&T H810 10G Version:
dd if=/data/media/0/system.rooted.h81010g.img bs=8192 seek=65536 count=579584 of=/dev/block/mmcblk0
Sprint LS991 ZV5 Version:
dd if=/data/media/0/system.rooted.LS991ZV5.img bs=8192 seek=65536 count=557312 of=/dev/block/mmcblk0
If your phone isn’t listed here DO NOT run these commands on your phone. It might brick your LG G4.
Step 19: After entering the command, the actual process of flashing the rooted system image will begin. Be patient and sit back for a minute to complete the process successfully.
Step 20: After the process completes, you’ll see a ‘#’ prompt. This will confirm that the flashing process has completed.
Step 21: Just type ‘LEAVE’ (without quotes) command and press enter. This will reboot your LG G4.
The phone after restarting will have a complete Root access.
Now go to settings and disable the OTA Updates. If you accidentally take an OTA, you might not be able to roll back or fix it. You can also delete the system.rooted.phonemodel.img file from the phones internal storage as it is no longer needed.
That’s it! You’ve successfully rooted your LG G4 smartphone for T-mobile, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and International variants. If you have any doubts regarding this article then do inform me through the comments. Till then Enjoy! 🙂