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Can someone walk me through a first-time root?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by xrae, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. xrae

    xrae Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Could someone walk me through rooting my V? I'm a first-timer. Here are my specs:

    LG Optimus V
    Model: VM670
    Android 2.2.1
    Baseband: VM670ZV4
    Kernel: 2.6.32.9 lge@android-build #4
    Build # FRG83
    SW Version VM670ZV4
    HW Version 1.2

    I want to root to free up space and allow some larger apps to be installed. I don't necessarily care about custom ROMs, though I can be persuaded :) The phone is about 14 months old, WAY past warranty.

    From what I'm seeing, looks like i can use Gingerbreak or the SuperOneClick methods. Does one have an advantage over the other? I'm all for simplicity.

    After rooting, do I need to reinstall any of my apps?

    Should I use my spare, smaller SD card during the root process, then reinstall my current one in case a mid-root format happens?

    Thanks ... I'm comfortable around computers, have a tiny experience programming, but this makes me nervous!
     



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  2. kwknott

    kwknott Android Expert

    Well first off the Standard Warning.. Rooting your phone can be hazardous to your phones health and can turn it into a brick. Though this is very unlikely anything is possible. If you are ok with the risk continue on...

    I would recommend Gingerbreak as it can be done on the phone alone. SuperOneClick runs on a pc and requires the phone to be plugged into the pc to root.

    1. Download Gingerbreak v1.20 from this thread [App] [26.04.2011][v1.2] GingerBreak APK (root for GingerBread) - xda-developers

    2. Place the file on your sdcard.. If you have a spare sdcard I'd use it. *If switching memory cards with phone turned on make sure you unmount the current in Settings > Storage before you remove the current sdcard

    3. Go to Settings > Applications and check Unknown Sources

    4. Go to Settings > Applications > Development and check USB Debugging

    5. Using a file manager browse the sdcard and click on the Gingerbreak file to install it

    6. Once it installs go into your app drawer and open the app

    7. Select Root device and let it work it's magic. The phone will reboot when it's done. If it doesn't, reboot it manually once it's finishes

    8. Once the phone reboots check your phone for a new app called SuperUser. If you see it you should be rooted. You can download an app called root checker from the market to check if process worked if you are unsure.

    *If you don't see superuser or the process fails keep trying as it can take a few tries. You can download an app called root checker from the market to check if process worked if you are unsure.

    Rooting your phone should not affect any of your current apps, data or settings. Me personally I could never see going back to stock after running a custom rom for this long. The phone just runs so much better with a custom rom. If you decide to try and install a custom rom read through the stickies at the top of the forum for more info.

    My suggestion is to read everything thoroughly before attempting anything.... And by all means AVOID Rom Manager. For a custom rom I highly recommend BACKside
     
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  3. xrae

    xrae Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Thank you! Will mount my other SD card and give it a whirl. I'll let you know how it goes.
     
  4. xrae

    xrae Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

  5. kwknott

    kwknott Android Expert

    It's an exploit for android code which is how it works. Prob why it's flagging it. I've used it 3 times with no issue.
     
  6. xrae

    xrae Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Thanks - just wanted to check.
     
  7. xrae

    xrae Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    After four attempts, I now have Superuser! Now what? :D

    My goal is to move as many apps to SD card as possible to free up space on the V. Thanks.
     
  8. cpcollector

    cpcollector Newbie

    Download Link2SD from the Play Store. That's how you move apps to SD.
     
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  9. xrae

    xrae Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Thank you!

    Does that replace App2SD, or can they both be used?
     
  10. xrae

    xrae Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    So far I've:
    • Rooted
    • Backed up with Titanium
    • Created the 2nd partition
    • Link2SD is booting up to mount the 2nd partition

    So far so good, crossed fingers, knock on wood, all that. At first I though the reboot was locked up as the clock was showing 12:01, then I realized it was actually 12:01. :D
     
  11. xrae

    xrae Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Link2SD went well after I figured out that I needed to move SD apps back to the phone and then link them (reading comprehension fail). The only app I've had issues with so far is Dolphin browser. I completely uninstalled it, then reinstalled, linked, now it works fine.

    I really appreciate all the tutorials and tips to get this done right..
     
  12. benslgdroid

    benslgdroid rockstar

    Link2sd now will move and link everything for you.
     

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