The LG V10 doesn’t come rooted mainly for security reasons. Sadly, it is said to subvert Android and LG security ideas and technically it is easier to get malware on your device if you click and download it on your device. However, if you are an experienced Android user and know what you are downloading, the benefits by far outweigh the risk. Rooting the LG V10 smartphone means you can install any app from the Google Play Store. It does not mean you can install a custom ROM, though. To install a custom ROM on your V10 handset, you need to install a custom recovery and we will show you how to get that done also.
The Files You Need
- You must install a custom recovery on your LG V10 smartphone before the SuperSU file can grant you root access.
- The following guide works for AT&T, T-Mobile and all other phone carrier networks
- All LG V10 devices are running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop at the time of writing this post. You can check your software version by heading to the Menu > Settings > About Device > Software version.
- Your software version is important because it’s with new software updates rolling out by Google that sometimes patch these rooting exploits. That means the original guide we have here might be discontinued during Android .60 Marshmallow or it might continue. Nobody knows yet so keep an eye on the comments if you are reading this at a later date.
Rooting the LG V10 smartphone running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
- Download the updated SuperSU made for your V10 device from the XDA web page here.
- You want to download that SuperSU file to the computer.
- Make sure the USB Debugging Mode is enabled on your V10 device. Do that by navigating to the Menu > Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging Mode.
- Connect the LG V10 to the computer and transfer the SuperSU file over to the root of your internal storage SD card — that means the topmost folder and not hidden in one of the V10’s sub folders.
- Reboot the LG V10 into the custom recovery you installed earlier.
- From the main TWRP recovery menu, choose the ‘Install’ option.
- Browse the SD card for the SuperSU package you transferred to the SD card earlier.
- Install the SuperSU file by confirming it on your screen.
- Navigate to the main recovery menu and choose the option to reboot your system.
- Job done; now you have unlocked the bootloader, installed a custom recovery and rooted the LG V10 smartphone. You can install any app from the Google Play Store, install any custom ROMs that are out for your device and take complete backups without having to use ADB commands.