The world of root is upon us, folks. While the LG G3 has be available for purchase for a couple of months now, rooting had been a shaky subject. International and T-Mobile variants enjoyed root from day one, while various security patches left the AT&T and Verizon Wireless variants as a mixed bag, and Sprint completely out in the cold.
Now, renowned security hacker Justin Case, with fellow developers Tyler Montgomery, Otto Prime, and Dewayne Jones, have released a new tool to root any U.S. variant of the LG G3 smartphone. That, combined with previous methods, will now allow you to root any variant of the LG G3, so let’s get to it.
Know Your Root Method
While Towelroot will work on quite a few variants, for the most all-encompassing methods, we’ll be focusing on two new ones—PurpleDrakeand Stump.
Now there is a little device crossover between the two methods. If you have any U.S. variant, you can use Stump. For all International variants, as well as AT&T and T-Mobile, you can use PurpleDrake. You can check your phone’s model number from Settings -> About phone -> Hardware information, then check out which method is appropriate for you:
Models numbers that work with PurpleDrake:
D851, D852, D855, D855K, D855P, F400K, F400L, F400S
Model number that work with Stump:
D850, D851, LS990, VS985, F400L, F400S, F400K, D855, D855K, D855P, D852
I’ll be showing you the Stump method with the Sprint variant, but the process will be the same for the other U.S. variants. I’ll also provide instructions on using PurpleDrake, although I will not actually be using that method to root.
While both methods are incredibly easy to use, Stump is just slightly simpler, so let’s get that out of the way first. And as always, when you root, you can kiss your warranty goodbye—just gotta get that out there.
Update: August 19, 2014
Stump root will now work with any variant of the LG G3—this covers all US and international variants!
How to Root Your LG G3 Using Stump
Use this method for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon variants.
Step 1: Enable Unknown Sources
Stump is an app that will do all the heavy lifting for you, but it’s not available on the Play Store, so you’ll need to enable installation from “Unknown sources” in order to install it.
Step 2: Install Stump on Your LG G3
The app is available directly from the XDA thread, or from the download link here.