I know there are a lot of other guides out there, but this one gets down to getting the most out of the LG Ally. It will be updated as I find more useful information and tweaks. Major thanks goes to all of the developers, hackers, et al that has made this happen.
*** Major Warning & Disclaimer ***
This guide could seriously mess up your LG Ally phone and is guaranteed to void your warranty and likely violate your Terms of Service (ToS) with your provider (e.g. Verizon, et al). If you are confident that you can handle rooting your phone and/or installng custom roms, then feel free to continue, but be forewarned that I take no responsibility whatsoever as to the consequences of this guide. This guide is for informational purposes only!!!
this guide is more geared towards the broadest possible audience, so if it seems like a "For Dummies" kind of guide, then that is because I had written it that way. It is intended for both techies and non-techies alike.
1. Once you have your phone activated and have it connected to your computer with the provided USB cable, you will need to go to the Android Market and search for and install ApkInstaller
- this will allow to install applications that Verizon intentionally blocks you from installing via the Market.
2. Once that is installed, go to Setting -> Applications -> Development and put a check mark in the box for USB debugging.
3. Assuming that you still have the USB cable connected to your computer and your Ally, there should be a three arrow (trident like icon) on the notification bar (same bar your clock is on). Tap and hold, and drag down the notification bar and it will display a bunch of notifications from various apps on your phone. Tap the USB connected and it will display the USB Mass Storage app; tap the Turn on USB storage button to have your phone use your microSD like a USB drive.
4. Assuming your are using Windows operating system, it should create a removable drive in "My Computer". Go to and double click on "My Computer". In "My Computer" you should see a removable drive with the disk space equivalent to that of the microSD card you have in your Ally. Take note of that drive letter and download the following Apps:
- this did not work my Ally and I assume it is due to Froyo 2.2.2
- download the latest version (this one worked for me)
Save one (or both recommended in case one doesn't work) to the root directory of your microSD card (e.g. J:\gingerbreak.apk).
5. Go back your Ally and drag down the notification bar again to access the USB storage app and disable USB storage.
6. Go to your app drawer and open apkInstaller - it should already be on your root directory of your microSD card - and look for z4root or gingerbreak, and then tap one of the aforementioned apps to install them.
Note: Both gingerbreak and z4root are pretty much self explanatory, but if you need help there are useful guides on this forum or you can Google it.
7. Once one of the above apps is installed open it up and Permanently
root your phone.
8. Assuming the app successfully rooted your phone, it should reboot and then you should be able to install and enjoy many of the apps for root. To check and see if you were successful, just open the Android Market and install Root Checker
as this will verify whether you have root or have more work to do
One Problem: Verizon blocks Wi-Fi Tether
Note: Indeed you could just download it to your microSD card and install it through apkInstaller, but this guide is meant for those who want turn their Honda Civic (LG Ally) into a street racer with tints and rims.
9. Now go back to the Android Market to download and install Rom Manager by ClockworkMod. Once installed open the app.
10. In Rom Manager scroll down to Flash Alternate Recovery (DO NOT USE THE Flash ClockworkMod Recovery, unless you know what the you are doing!!!).
11. Once the recovery is successfully installed, you will need to follow one of the many guides here (or Google is your friend) and follow the backup instructions. It is imperative that you do this, because I will have no sympathy for you, if you did not follow the directions and create a backup of your rooted stock rom.
If you have any important data on your microSD card, please back this up immediately on to your computer, dropbox, etc, because the next few steps will blow away any data stored on the microSD card.
12. Open Rom Manager and select Partition SD Card, and select the desired size of your ext# (# = the ext number, e.g. ext2 in my case) and the size of your swap file. It may request that you install ClockworkMod Recovery, you can do so now, but make sure to re-install the alternate recovery the next time your phone reboots. This will prepare your phone for some major tweaks in the coming steps.
12. Assuming that you have done the above, you can follow any of the guides for installing custom roms, etc
Note: from here on I will assume that you have successfully installed Velocity 1.1 custom rom on your Ally and that you have partitioned your microSD card with either Rom Manager or some partitioning program.
13. Now that you have Velocitiy installed its time for some massive tweaking and installing apps. You should already noticed that your Ally has been tricked out and more responsive than ever. Go to Android Market and install the following apps:
- this will allow you to move some of the apps that would normally require to be installed directly on your phone's memory to the microSD card; hence this is why you needed to partition your microSD card earlier.
ES Task Manager
- this is useful for ending those pesky programs that eat away your phone's memory and battery by running in the background.
Startup Cleaner 2.0
- block apps from starting up automatically (be careful which ones you chose, because you may mess something up).
Lookout Mobile Security
- this is a great app, because it will scan apps for viruses and allows you remotely sound an alarm and track your phone if someone steals it (or if you missed placed it).
- great way for removing apps that even Velocity's rom image won't allow. Please be careful using this app, because you might really brick your phone if you remove the wrong apps.
14. Use Link2SD and follow its instructions on how to move apps (like Facebook) from your phone's memory to your microSD card.
Please feel free to make suggestions or comments about this guide, because I intend it to be dynamic and for the broadest audience (including those who are not so computer savvy).