Easily root Verizon LG G Vista, manually with IOroot utility

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.

Update!, New 2015 LG root toolkit should work with this phone, the one-click solution was available too.

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.

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Image: LG / Verizon Wireless

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Connect the LG G Vista to the computer and make sure it recognized. Use Ethernet mode (VS880) or MTP mode (D631).
  3. Open the folder where you save the adb files, then run the following adb command:
    adb reboot recovery
  4. Your phone should reboot into stock recovery, from there choose “apply update from external sdcard”. Once flashing done, reboot the phone.
  5. 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.


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10 Responses

  1. tay
    February 4, 2015 at 1:28 PMReply

    in stock recovery there is not “apply update from external sdcard” only power down, wipe cache, reboot, factory wipe. is there something i gotta do like unlock through verizon (vs880)?

  2. An0nYm0u5
    March 31, 2015 at 4:06 AMReply

    Not possible. Either your not in recovery or your phone is non existent. ALL android stock recovery has that. Reboot
    Wipe factory reset
    Apply from adb
    Apply from cache
    Apply sd card
    Wipe cache
    Something is bad wrong if all you have is the formerly stated…

    • Ben
      April 6, 2015 at 8:26 PMReply

      I’m experiencing exactly the same thing, “in stock recovery there is not “apply update from external sdcard” only power down, wipe cache, reboot, factory wipe.”, on exactly the same model, the (VS880) Verizon one.

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        Robbie S.
        April 6, 2015 at 9:01 PMReply

        Have you try the new root toolkit? Manual or One-click.

        • Ben
          April 7, 2015 at 8:17 AMReply

          Noooooooooo, which one?????

  3. An0nYm0u5
    March 31, 2015 at 4:14 AMReply

    Will gladly aid you with this. Find me on xda An0nYm0u5.bat drop a pm. And a screen shot of this one of a kind recovery. Especially the power down option. I’ve GOT to see this. Lol

  4. Ben
    April 4, 2015 at 10:25 PMReply

    Is it possible that they got something wrong? I can’t find an “Ethernet mode” USB connection mode. I have the (Vista 880) Verizon model.

    • Ben
      April 5, 2015 at 10:36 AMReply

      Never mind, I went ahead, and tried the “adb reboot recovery” command, just as you stated to do it, in step 3. I have the (VS880) It must be that, whoever wrote this article got the two model names, and the two connection modes confused, because it (sort of) worked for me. Although, even though it worked, it only got me as far as rebooting the phone, not “reboot[ing] to recovery mode”.

  5. Dale
    May 14, 2015 at 6:32 AMReply

    I tried this method and got the android lying on its back with the red triangle.

  6. TekniSean
    June 24, 2017 at 8:44 PMReply

    Has noone figured out this vs880 recovery?

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