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[GUIDE] How to Root T-Mobile KitKat

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1st April 2014, 04:07 AM   |  #1  
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Hi everyone. After scouring the forums here for hours, multiple failed attempts, and tons of misery; I've finally successfully rooted my T-Mobile G2 on 4.4.2.

As many are finding, people who have bought their G2 recently are having colorful lines whenever you try to turn on your screen when on KitKat Roms. This method fixes that (with this ROM only).

This is for people who are currently running the latest firmware (D80120A_00). I assume it'll also work with newer updates, but I can't make any promises.

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As we've all seen, IORoot does not work on 4.4.2 on Tmobile devices for some reason. To get around that, we need to downgrade our devices to stock firmware. We will be following hyelton's guide, and lrwjr1964's discovery.

--Downgrade to 4.2.2--

First, navigate to hyelton's guide. Download the 4.2.2 stock firmware, from his link. On his Storage Cow site, navigate to the TMobile G2 folder, and then download the D80120C_00.kdz file. This is our stock firmware that we will be flashing to our device. You will also need to navigate to the link to the R&D Flash tool. The file is the LGMOBILEAX file. Install the LG Mobile Support tool. Launch the tool.

Next, we will be using lrwjr1964's discovery (post 2902 in the same thread). Plug in your phone, install any drivers needed, and let it get connected. Once you're all good to go, click 'options' in the top right hand corner, and then 'upgrade recovery'. What this will do, is download the latest D80120A_00.kdz file, and install it to your phone. How the program works, is it downloads the file to your computer, then transfers the file and flashes it. What we are going to do, is interrupt that process, insert our .kdz, and let it flash for us. Pretty nifty, huh?

You'll want to watch it super closely as it downloads. As soon as it finishes, yank the usb out of your phone. (I've done this twice without consequence. I don't make any guarantees, though.) This interrupts the file transfer, and throws you an error screen. Navigate to the folder "C:\ProgramData\LGMOBILEAX' . ProgramData is a hidden folder, so you'll need to make hidden folders visible. Rename your D80120C file exactly to what the file name of the other file is. Then, copy it over. Once it's finished, replug in your phone, let it connect, and let it resume the process. When it finishes, your phone will be running 4.2.2. How sweet is that?

--Root 4.2.2--

Now, this should work just as you're used to if you've done this before. Autoprime explains how to do this really well, so take a look at his thread here

--Install TWRP--

Again, if you've done this before, you're right at home. If not, WACOMalt has a thread you should check out here Make sure you download the correct .img for your phone. The Tmobile one. There's many different methods of flashing TWRP, but using the app Flashify worked easiest for me. It's on the Google Play store, and makes flashing it a cinch.

--Install KitKat and Re-Root--

This is one step you want to be careful with. Mess this one up, and you could be back at page one. SmiLey497 has the stock rom here. Ensure you not only snag the rom itself but get the SU file in the 'attached files' section.

Copy both files onto your phone, and boot to TWRP. You can do this easily from within the Flashify app.

Within TWRP, you need to do a standard wipe. After that, flash the ROM file first, and then the SU file after. DO NOT reboot your phone in between the files. If you do, you'll have just flashed the rom you had two hours ago when you began, and still not have SU. Once you do have them both flashed, reboot your phone and you're done.

--Celebration--

Congrats!! Your phone should now be running 4.4.2, and you should have root access. Go have some fun. Watch some Community, go for a jog, take a nap, eat dinner...do something FUN! You've earned it.

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I hope this guide is helpful. It very possibly could not work for you, or even mess up your phone. As far as I know, only myself and lrwjr1964 has used this method. I have very limited developing knowledge, so I likely won't be able to help with any too technical problems. Still, I'll be around to help as I can.

If this works for you, comment to let others know.

The best of luck!
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1st April 2014, 04:13 AM   |  #2  
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Exactly what I was looking for! I ended up on the G2 when my wife decided she didn't like it and I was waiting on the M8 to switch us from VZW to T-Mobile. She put it on KK in the few days she had it. I've always had HTCs and know my way around them quite well. This will go a long ways towards helping do the same on LG.

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Exactly what I was looking for! I ended up on the G2 when my wife decided she didn't like it and I was waiting on the M8 to switch us from VZW to T-Mobile. She put it on KK in the few days she had it. I've always had HTCs and know my way around them quite well. This will go a long ways towards helping do the same on LG.

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I hope it works out for you. I was looking at the M8 myself, but decided to go for the G2 last week. The battery combined with the cost was more than enough to sway me. I was surprised at how rough it was to root myself, coming from an HTC sensation and having rooted a Samsung Note 10.1 2014.

Let us know when you go for it, and how it goes for you.
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I hope it works out for you. I was looking at the M8 myself, but decided to go for the G2 last week. The battery combined with the cost was more than enough to sway me. I was surprised at how rough it was to root myself, coming from an HTC sensation and having rooted a Samsung Note 10.1 2014.

Let us know when you go for it, and how it goes for you.

I'm loving the G2 so far. It was my back-up choice in case there was something I really didn't like about the M8 so I'm not exactly suffering here. My ultimate goal is to get on an AOSP ROM so I really just need to get back to JB so that I can get root and recovery.

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Thank you sooo much! Just what the doctor ordered!

---------- Post added at 10:25 PM ---------- Previous post was at 09:54 PM ----------

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Thank you sooo much! Just what the doctor ordered!

Dang it. Tried you method to the letter but it fails at 49% on the LG and 47% on the pc. once I reboot and factory reset it boots back into kitkat 4.4.2
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Thank you sooo much! Just what the doctor ordered!

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Dang it. Tried you method to the letter but it fails at 49% on the LG and 47% on the pc. once I reboot and factory reset it boots back into kitkat 4.4.2

Damn, that's a bummer! I'm assuming that it's failing while flashing the .kdz, right?

Sorry I can't be of much help on this one. Only thing I could suggest is to try it again. Maybe something went wrong? Make sure you've got the correct files and everything. You probably already know all of that, though.

I hope it works for you the second time around...or at least, the IORoot gets updated to work with our devices soon.
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Yeah something has changed since my flash to stock kitkat. When I attempt to boot into recovery it isn't there (that's why ioroot25 won't work) but anyways. I think for one reason or another I am stuck...But that being said I work 12 hour night shifts and its my last night off with nothing to do.. So will attempt this again in a few different scenarios.
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Hello guys, for rooting back from 4.4.2 to 4.2.2 on a Tmobile d801, do you use the d80110c_00 kdz or the d80110g_00 kdz ? I am not sure what the differences are either.
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Hello guys, for rooting back from 4.4.2 to 4.2.2 on a Tmobile d801, do you use the d80110c_00 kdz or the d80110g_00 kdz ? I am not sure what the differences are either.

I used the 'C' .kdz file.

The 'G' one is another update. It is still 4.2.2, I believe.
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Use d80110c
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Hello guys, for rooting back from 4.4.2 to 4.2.2 on a Tmobile d801, do you use the d80110c_00 kdz or the d80110g_00 kdz ? I am not sure what the differences are either.

To avoid issues, you must use the D80110C .kdz. Users reported screen artifacts (lines) when using D80110G.

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