LG Optimus G is an amazing and powerful Android smartphone currently available in the market. But as is the case with all Android devices, you will have to root it to unlock the full potential of this beast. Fortunately almost all variants of Optimus G are rootable as reported by various users on forums. I have successfully used the following method to root my LG Optimus G E975 (Indian unlocked variant – 10E) –
Warning – Rooting an Android device may void the warranty and it may brick the phone (in rare case) so go ahead at your own risk
As mentioned above I have not tried this root in other variants of Optimus G but most users of other variants report it to be working fine. However the developer claims it to be tested on Motorola Razr HD, Razr M, Razr Maxx HD and Atrix HD and “a lot of other phones” (thus he named it “Motochopper”). So try this method at your own risk I will not be responsible for any issues arising out of the method given below.
Requirements – A Windows computer, LG Optimus G and its USB data cable, Android root exploit files (download)
Process – First up, make sure that the “USB Debugging” option is On/ticked (found under Developer options in Settings menu of the phone). This option is turned off by default you have to enable it
Also install phone’s USB drivers in the computer. Just connect the phone with PC via USB cable and let the computer install drivers if it is connected first time.
Extract the root (zip) file you downloaded earlier and open the folder. Now locate the file “run” (batch file). Right click on it and select “Run as administrator”, confirm at the prompt. A command prompt window will open, now press any key and let the process finish.
Phone will reboot and when the prompt says done, disconnect the phone from computer. An error “lge.hidden menu has stopped working” might appear during the process, do not worry about it.
Congratulations! You just successfully rooted your phone. A new app named “Super User’ should appear in the phone menu if everything went alright. You can check whether the phone is rooted or not by installing the free “Root checker” app available in the PlayStore.
Now do not ask me what is the use of rooting? After all you should know it if you know what is Rooting.
WARNING – Root exploit exposes the complete file system of an Android device and thus anything can be deleted (unknowingly or deliberately) with devastating consequences. So you must be very careful while handling the system files and DO NOT delete any seemingly useless app (which comes pre-installed with the OS like Google Play Movies) as this may brick the phone. I have done this mistake once and got “security error” at boot and it took a full week to get back the phone working again.
All credit goes to the developer Dan Rosenberg for this wonderful tool.