Good things come to those who wait, and if you've been extra patient, you can now rejoice because the LG Optimus G F180K has finally been rooted. You have XDA Developers member Bin4ry to thank for this breakthrough. The developer's root tool has a script that can root Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean devices. Theoretically, it could root nearly all Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean devices but it was thanks to munkustrap and rw221, other XDA Developers members, who confirmed that the rooting tool did indeed work on their Korean Optimus G devices.
Your Optimus G, however, will need to be on the 10h firmware as the rooting tool did not work with the newer 10i firmware. munkustrap discovered, however, that after downgrading to 10h from 10i, running the root tool, and then upgrading back to 10i, root access was still retained. If you're excited to try it, but a little hesitant that it might involve a complicated process, you can rest assured because Bin4ry's root tool is extremely easy to use.
This guide shows you how to root the Optimus G F180K.
- The instructions in this guide are intended for use with the LG Optimus G, model number F180K. Applying these instructions on another device or model may produce undesired outcomes.
- The information in this guide is provided for instructional and educational purposes only. There is no guarantee that these instructions will work under your specific and unique circumstances.
- Use these instructions at your own risk. We shall not hold any responsibility or liability for whatever happens to you or your device arising from your use of the info in this guide.
- Read and understand the whole guide first before actually performing the instructions.
- LG Optimus G F180K running the original 10h firmware. If your phone is on 10i firmware, you will need to downgrade it to 10h first.
- A Windows PC, with 7-Zip or WinRAR installed
- Download the Root tool by Bin4ry (Root_with_Restore_by_Bin4ry_v18.7z, 4.1 MB) to your computer.
- Make sure your device's battery still has at least 70% power. You don't want the device to shut down in the middle of the procedure.
- Backup all personal data on your phone to make sure you have a copy of your personal data (e.g., contacts, SMS, MMS, Internet settings, Wi-Fi passwords, and the like) in case the procedure in this guide erases such data.
- Extract the Root_with_Restore_by_Bin4ry_v18.7z file to your computer.
- Open the extracted folder.
- Double click on the Runme.bat and follow instructions.
- If you were on 10i prior to downgrading to 10h for this procedure, you may upgrade to 10i and you will retain root.
Great job! Your LG Optimus G F180K has just taken its first step towards freedom. The next step would be to unlock your bootloader and install custom recovery. How do you feel now that your phone is rooted? What are your plans for it?