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[GUIDE] LG G STYLO How to root the T-Mobile 6.0 update

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This guide was made before Kingroot was able to root the official update. But thanks to @oskar and @TheDerekHarper on XDA and to @josephwv on Android forums it is now comfirmed that Kingroot will root the official update. But first you must still follow steps #1 through #6 so Kingroot can root your device.


Now before Kingroot was able to root the update I figured out how to root the official update and it is not all to complicated. The following guide will walk you through the root process. But I am not responsible for anything that happens to your devices by using this guide as you are responsible for your device.


What you need:

1. A computer running Linux or Windows with adb and fastboot installed. (I used Ubuntu)

2. If you are using Windows you need all the drivers for your device installed. Linux users will not have to worry about this.

3. A functioning USB cable for your device.

4. Battery charged at least 50% just for safety.

5. The TWRP revovery.img, this is the same TWRP recovery we already have for the LG G Stylo I have just renamed it to recovery.img to make it easier to type the name in while typing fastboot commands.

6. The SuperSU-v2.65-20151226141550.zip by Chainfire. (All credit to Chainfire for this awesome zip.)



How to root your device:

1. I suggest you first go to Settings/General/About Phone/Software info and tap on the "Build number" until it says"You are now a developer". Then back out of until you are in Settings/General and go to "Developer options" and turn "Enable OEM unlock" on. This is to allow TWRP recovery to be able to boot. Also turn on "USB debugging" while you are there.

2. Download the SuperSU-v2.65-20151226141550.zip to your device. You need to move the zip file from your Downloads folder to somewhere on your external SD card as it will not be deleted from there when you use the "fastboot oem unlock" command in step #6.

3. Download the recovery.img to your computer. If you do not have adb and fastboot setup globally for linux or in your path for windows you need to move the recovery.img to the directory your adb and fastboot is in and open a terminal or command line (depending on your OS) in that directory or cd to that directory. If you do have adb and fastboot globally or in your path you can just open a terminal or command line in the directory you have the recovery.img or cd to the directory you have the recovery.img.

4. Once you have the terminal or command line open run the command "adb devices" to make sure your devices is detected by adb. You may get a toast pop up on your device asking if you to "Allow usb debugging". Except this as this is the RSA key you need to allow your computer to communicate with your device via adb. You should see something like "LGH631dffacad9 device" in your terminal or command line. If you see "unauthorized" instead of "device" you have not excepted the RSA key.

5.Now type the following command in your terminal or command line. Type "adb reboot bootloader". This will reboot your device to fastboot mode. Once in fastboot mode use the "fastboot devices" to make sure your device is recognized by fastboot. You should see something like "dffacad9 fastboot". If you are in Linux and get a error message you may have to use "sudo fastboot devices" for fastboot to work. (If you are using Windows and are having trouble with fastboot recognizing your device you need to install the device drivers. If it still does not work install the drivers again with your device connected to your computer in fastboot mode.)

6. To fully unlock your bootloader you have to use the command "fastboot oem unlock". You have to do this or this root method will not work. But be warned that if you do use this command it will factory reset your device. Plus you will get a line of text saying the bootloader is unlocked on the splash screen when you boot your device.

6-1: If you are wanting to use Kingroot to root your device you can reboot your device now. Open the Kingroot app and let it root your device and then use Flashify, Rashr, or a similar app to flash the recovery. Then boot to recovery and flash the SuperSU.zip in recovery and it will remove Kingroot and have SuperSU installed on your device.


7. Now you can do this two ways if you do not want to keep the stock recovery you can use the command "fastboot flash recovery.img" to install the recovery and then use the command "fastboot reboot recovery" to boot to the TWRP recovery. (If this command gives you issue like it seems to be for many then just use the the following method and then use Flashify or Rashr app to install TWRP after you are done rooting.) If you want to keep the stock recovery you can use the command "fastboot boot recovery.img" to boot to the TWRP recovery.

8. Once you are booted to the TWRP recovery you should make a full backup first so you have a backup to restore to in case things go bad. After you make a backup then select install and then find the SuperSU-v2.65-20151226141550.zip and install it. Once it is installed reboot your device to system. If TWRP gives you a warning about the su binaries missing and asks if you want to install thee su binaries before you reboot select no or it will interfere with the rooting process of the SuperSU.zip. When your device reboots it will boot to the LG splash screen and then reboot again. But then it will boot to the OS but it will take a minute. Make sure you let your device reboot all the way to the lockscreen or home screen depending on if you have a lockscreen enabled or not. You should be fully rooted after this, enjoy.
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target reported max download size of 268435456 bytes
sending 'recovery' (11300 KB)...
OKAY [ 0.359s]
writing 'recovery'...
FAILED (remote: unknown command)
finished. total time: 0.359s
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ok so i know this is 100% my fault for not reading, but why would you even include step 6? it wipes everything including the supersu.zip. the files i'm pissed about, but i can get over. mostly music plus some ****ty pictures. contacts can text me. but the main thing is i had to restart my phone, get it started up and everything, then put the super su.zip back onto the phone. just a tedious task.
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Can I use this guide with my G4 Stylus (H635)?
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wtf... i get this same error

C:\adb>fastboot flash recovery v10.img
target reported max download size of 268435456 bytes
sending 'recovery' (11230 KB)...
OKAY [ 0.390s]
writing 'recovery'...
FAILED (remote: unknown command)
finished. total time: 0.390s

I've tried multiple versions of the TWRP for the g stylo on adroidforum and none of it flashes with the fastboot flash recovery .....img option. Every single one fails. Please tell me how you flashed the recovery... Also I cant run it through Flashify because my SuperSU says no binary is installed... I'm completely lost at this point
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Originally Posted by aaron2z

wtf... i get this same error

C:\adb>fastboot flash recovery v10.img
target reported max download size of 268435456 bytes
sending 'recovery' (11230 KB)...
OKAY [ 0.390s]
writing 'recovery'...
FAILED (remote: unknown command)
finished. total time: 0.390s

I've tried multiple versions of the TWRP for the g stylo on adroidforum and none of it flashes with the fastboot flash recovery .....img option. Every single one fails. Please tell me how you flashed the recovery... Also I cant run it through Flashify because my SuperSU says no binary is installed... I'm completely lost at this point

Someone mentioned using the Kingroot app and I gotta admit, I was skepticle at first but after testing. I can confirm it works.

Just go go KingRoot.net, download their apk, install and run the root program. Igll work out of the box after, sadly I couldn't get the above method to work either with super su.
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wtf... i get this same error

C:\adb>fastboot flash recovery v10.img
target reported max download size of 268435456 bytes
sending 'recovery' (11230 KB)...
OKAY [ 0.390s]
writing 'recovery'...
FAILED (remote: unknown command)
finished. total time: 0.390s

I've tried multiple versions of the TWRP for the g stylo on adroidforum and none of it flashes with the fastboot flash recovery .....img option. Every single one fails. Please tell me how you flashed the recovery... Also I cant run it through Flashify because my SuperSU says no binary is installed... I'm completely lost at this point

do the fastboot boot recovery.img so it boots up twrp then flash the supersu zip then boot your phone you should be rooted then flash twrp using flashify
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I was getting the same error, ( in step 7 don't flash the recovery )
just use "fastboot boot recovery.img" and it will boot to TWRP without installing it
you can then install SU, ( note ) when you exit or re boot from TWRP it will say SU in not installed do you want to install it, I did the first time and it seemed to hose up, so I did everything over and the second time selected no to re install.

once booted I used flashify to install the TWRP img, and I am able to boot to recovery using Quickboot apk

on a side note I have SU installed, I can use root explorer and other apps that ask for SU access, but Titanium backup
doesn't seem to uninstall apps anymore, they seem to re install after a reboot

Hope this helps yall's

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Originally Posted by aaron2z

wtf... i get this same error

C:\adb>fastboot flash recovery v10.img
target reported max download size of 268435456 bytes
sending 'recovery' (11230 KB)...
OKAY [ 0.390s]
writing 'recovery'...
FAILED (remote: unknown command)
finished. total time: 0.390s

I've tried multiple versions of the TWRP for the g stylo on adroidforum and none of it flashes with the fastboot flash recovery .....img option. Every single one fails. Please tell me how you flashed the recovery... Also I cant run it through Flashify because my SuperSU says no binary is installed... I'm completely lost at this point

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Someone mentioned using the Kingroot app and I gotta admit, I was skepticle at first but after testing. I can confirm it works.

Just go go KingRoot.net, download their apk, install and run the root program. Igll work out of the box after, sadly I couldn't get the above method to work either with super su.

I gotta be honest... I'm pretty skeptical to try it. I've read of everyone having either a softbrick boot loop or the root just not staying after reboot. Yours worked for H631 T-mobile 6.0 and stayed? If you confirm T-mobile variant and 6.0 I'll try it. There's a lot of headache with this method for me (not saying it doesn't work). I bricked my phone trying to get the binary files for SU by trying to reroot. But unbricked it with LG Flash Tools and a stock kdz. So I don't want to brick it again twenty minutes later lol
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