The Verizon branded LG G2 has been officially updated to Android 4.4.2 KitKat and almost all Verizon customers have received the update. The build number for latest firmware is VS98024A or it is also known as 24A build for LG G2 Verizon. New KitKat update brings with it the usual KitKat goodies like smooth performance, better battery management and less lag, if any faced before. The batter life of the KitKat running device should also be increased, adding few more hours in the usage capacity.
In this new KitKat update for VS980, LG has introduced some UI changes like transparent status bar, which is also because of Kitkat update. There are some security bug fixes in this update and stability improvements as well. Unfortunately, Verizon did not include knock code in this update, which is expected to be included in next updates. The D802 variant also received knock code in a small OTA update after official KitKat update. Knock code is improved version of tap to wake system. Using knock code, you can unlock the device by tapping on the screen in a specific pattern in specific spaces with screen turned on or off. The pattern is set by the user. it is a convenient and safe way of locking down a device since it is very hard to track or mimic.
LG G2 is powered by a Snapdragon 800 based Quad core processor. Although the screen size is quite huge and processor is super powerful, yet this device is quite light on the battery. This phone proved to be exceptional in battery tests. On a normal usage, it can squeeze up to 2 days of battery life. This is remarkable since most of the devices of same tier do not support such a great battery life. The OIS feature of LG G2 camera also works flawlessly. It can take amazing photos in outdoors and indoors equally well. The low light condition is quite good and it seems to work better than Xperia Z1’S camera sensor in some conditions.
If you have update your Verizon LG G2 VS980 to Android 4.4.2 KitKat VS98024A official firmware, then you must have lost the root access. Good news is that root access can be regained on Vs980 VS98024A firmware using a simple rooting tool. For those who are rooting for the first time. rooting grants admin rights to the owner of Android device. Virtually, all files are unlocked and available for you to add, delete or modify. Most famous use of rooted phone is debloatnig in which users delete pre-installed applications to clear up some space for better speed and more free RAM. Other than that, it can be used to install tons of cool applications from Play Store. Root applications like Titanium Backup make “messing with the phone” more secure since you can make a backup of each and every element of device’s OS. There is another famous tool used in rooted phones called Xposed installer which is used install custom mods and applications ported from famous smartphones. This also include the LG’s own knock code mod. If you want to root your device, then keep reading on.
1. ADB and Fastboot Drivers:
ADB is basic tool for any Android related operation and fastboot is one of its applications. ADB installs all the necessary ADB drivers for Android powered devices and activate the developer mode on device. Various tools require ADB and other components to be installed on the PC for proper functioning. Fastboot is used to issue various commands like for flashing a recovery or a kernel. It is also used in commands related to bootloader unlocking. You can use any of the two tools listed below for ADB and Fastboot commands. First one is a full custom guide, and requires heavy installation while Minimal ADB and Fastboot Installer require a mere ~2MB install. However, the first one is more stable and long-lasting. Choose the one suitable for you.
2.Verizon LG G2 VS980 USB Drivers:
Sometimes, you might get the error, waiting for device or similar errors while issuing commands or using any tool. This is mainly due to faulty connection. If you have properly connected your phone with your pC, via a healthy cable and phone is being charged but not being recognized, then the problem is USB drivers. When a phone is connected, PC searched for drivers online and also on PC. You can install USB drivers beforehand and when you’ll connect PC with phone, it will install all the USB drivers automatically.
To install these USB drivers, extract the files and put the folder anywhere on your PC. Connect your smartphone with PC using OEM cable and when it will search for USB drivers, select manual mode and direct to the folder where these files are placed. It will install all essential driver files automatically.
3.Battery must be charged over 50%:
This is one pf the most important precautions and requirements. You must be aware of the fact that most OTA updates can be installed only if battery is charged more than 50%. This is for the safety of device. The device must not turn off during the whole process. Since these are custom methods, phone may enter a bootloop or may plunge into some other problem. Low battery can be a critical issue in these cases. Therefore, you must charge your phone above 50%.
4.Check your Phone Model:
Many times I have seen people bricking their devices because of their negligence. Note that there are several model numbers, with prominent changes for almost every device out there. Therefore, you must confirm that the given guide is for your device’s model number. As an additional precaution, you must also check that the guide is for your phone’s Android version. This is not necessary in all cases. You can check model number and Android version by navigating to Settings > About Phone.
This guide is only for rooting Verizon LG G2 VS980 KitKat VS98024A Firmware
5.Do not turn off Computer during Rooting Process:
If either your phone or PC goes down in the mid of process, you might end up bricking up your precious device. Therefore, make sure that your PC will not turn off or restart during the process. If you are using Windows, make sure that there are no pending updates to be installed in, for example ten minutes. PC will restart automatically, disturbing everything. Therefore, make sure that your PC will remain turned on during the whole process.
Also note that devices are not bricked in every case. It is very rare indeed. however, we must always choose the safe path.
6.Backup all your important Data:
Most custom methods will wipe all dat stored on the device. Some methods might not do so but a custom method can make your phone end up in a bootloop and then a factory reset will be essential. Therefore, always make a backup of your device before anything custom. Here is a guide for non-rooted phones, which guides your through all steps to back up a non-rooted device.
You must backup all media files stored in internal storage. As a safe precaution, you might remove SD Card while doing it, however it has never caused anyone any kind of issue. All deleted applications can be installed from Play Store My Apps tab.
6.Use correct file for your smartphone:
Using a wrong file can potentially brick your device. Every file is listed below and all the supported models are listed as well. Use the file made for your phone. Do not try anything you do not know about. Follow the guide to the letter to avoid any damage to phone.
7.Enable USB Debugging:
Developer Options are, as the name indicates, for development purposes. They are available in all Android devices. The most used and talked about option is USB Debugging. It allows your phone to be handled by PC. You can execute direct commands to your phone via PC. Here is the list of ADB commands, which can be used with USB Debugging enabled. You can also recover data using ADB commands. Here is complete guide.
To enable USB Debugging, navigate to Settings > Developer Options and enable USB Debugging. Note that in Android 4.2.x and higher, developers options are hidden by default. To unlock these, navigate to Settings > About Phone and locate the build number. Tap is 7 times and you will see a pop up message saying “You are now a developer”.
Also select “Ethernet mode” otherwise rooting will not be done. While connecting to PC, set connection mode as “Charging Only”. Disable all screen locks and keep it on during the whole process.
How to Root VS980 on VS98024A Firmware (Verizon LG G2)
- Make sure that USB Debugging is enable and lock screen is disabled
- Now connect your phone with PC using OEM data cable
- Once connected, extract IORoot tool and locate root.bat
- Run root.bat
- Device is connected and then press any key to continue
- Now this tool will take it from here and you just have to press few buttons when prompted
- Once done, you Verizon G2 will reboot and you will find Super User application in app drawer
- That’s all! Your device is successfully rooted now
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