The LG G Vista isn’t LG’s flagship phone, and in the US this smartphone only sold through Verizon (VS880) and AT&T (D631). Since it is not popular as the LG G3, there’s no Android development for this device, even a specific root utility for LG G Vista also does not exist. It’s unfortunate because the owner did not have a chance to get the most out of this phone.
The LG G Vista has a potential to be a great device, the hardware specs are not much different from the G3, both equipped with a quad core processor. Even the G Vista has a larger display 5.7 inches, although with lower pixel density. The battery capacity is also quite larger on this phone, 3200 mAh compared with LG G3 which only has 3000 mAh.
Although until now there’s no developers who support this devices, but we still have pretty active community in the xda forums, which can be used as a place to exchange ideas about this device. From there, you could find a working method to root the LG G Vista (Verizon) by utilizing IOroot, which actually developed for some LG smartphones, including the LG G2, G3, G Flex, etc.
Manually root LG G Vista – recovery method
Although we are going to use IOroot utility, but we could not take advantage of its one-click feature, we need to manually flash the root exploit to the phones via stock recovery. The procedures require a MicroSD card and a computer with adb enabled, the following are the requirements:
- A computer (Win, Mac or Linux).
- Adb files from Android SDK.
- MicroSD card formatted to ext2, you can use Minitool Partition Wizard to format the MicroSD card, then use the Ext2 Volume Manager to copy a file to the card (in Windows).
- An IOroot utility by autoprime.
Here’s the step by step how to get it done.
- Extract the IOroot package, open it and search for “datroot.zip” file inside the “bts” folder. You need to rename it to “update.zip” and put it into the root folder of external microSD.
- Connect the LG G Vista to the computer and make sure it recognized. Use Ethernet mode (VS880) or MTP mode (D631).
- Open the folder where you save the adb files, then run the following adb command:
adb reboot recovery
- Your phone should reboot into stock recovery, from there choose “apply update from external sdcard”. Once flashing done, reboot the phone.
- Install the SuperSU app from Play Store, run and setup the su binary for the first time. Your AT&T or Verizon LG G Vista should rooted now, check it with Titanium Backup or similar apps.