How to Root the LG Optimus V (Virgin Mobile) and Rid Yourself of theBloatware

5:28 PM

So far all the guides and how to's I've read on how to root the LG Optimus V (Virgin Mobile) have been outdated. Here's an up to date guide on how to root the LG Optimus V (Virgin Mobile) without ever touching the command line.

WARNING: This process involves deleting all the data on your phone. Make sure you have a backup and be aware you may total your phone attempting this!

  1. Download gingerbreak.apk and store it on your LG Optimus V's SD card.

  2. Go to Settings > Applications and select Unknown Sources.

  3. Still in Settings > Applications, navigate to Development and select USB Debugging.

  4. Use a file manager from Android Market like Astro to navigate to the gingerbreak.apk file and install it.

  5. Run the Gingerbreak exploit to root your phone. Wait for your phone to reboot. This may take a few minutes. Do not interrupt this process!

  6. Download ROM Manager in Android Market and use it to create a backup of your LG Optimus V's current data.

  7. Download the stock and optimized ROM for Virgin Mobile's LG Optimus V. Move it to your LG Optimus V's SD card.

  8. Shut down your phone.

  9. Hold down the volume down button and the home button while pressing the power button to reboot in to Recovery mode.

  10. Using the volume buttons to navigate, go to wipe data/factory reset and press the camera button.

  11. Navigate to yes and press the camera button. Wait for the application to finish clearing the LG Optimus V's data.

  12. Select install zip from sdcard, navigate to the zipped stock and optimized ROM, and select it using the camera button. Once the installation process has finished press the back button and select reboot system now using the camera button.

  13. Make sure you re-activate your LG Optimus V using the activation link on the home screen.

Now your LG Optimus V should be running the original Android Froyo operating system minus all the bloatware default applications like AirG Chat and WHERE.

BTW, these phones make awesome Christmas presents as introductory Android phones. The 3G plans are cheap, unlimited, and non-contracted.

xjonquilx | Sabayon, Ubuntu, Fedora, Linux, Oh My!

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  2. Thanks for the article, I would really appreciate anyone helping me out, I downloaded Google voice for my virgin mobile lg optimus V, I thought I could use it without using my plan minutes, since a guy in Best Buy had the same phone with sprint and it didn't use minutes. So, is there any way to get my phone to not use plan minutes with Google voice or is there any program/app out there that can let me do the same thing. Thank you very much!

  3. Just a followup to my question, I don't think I made it clear, the problem is that I am using my plan minutes with Google voice even though have unlimited internet allowed with Virgin Mobile so would like to find a way that I can disguise using the app. so i am not charged minutes. Again thank you very much

  4. I don't know of any way that you can accomplish that. Google Voice is one of a kind, and if it doesn't work that way on Virgin Mobile then your best option is to switch phone carriers. Still, switching phone carriers would wind up being more expensive than just going ahead and ponying up the $45 or $55 for a plan with plenty of minutes.

  5. Having some difficulties...

    When I get to the recovery menu, I can only select using the home button. After wipe data/factory reset clears the phone, there is no option for install from zip. There is only "apply" option.

    Should I reboot or what?

  6. Use the apply option to install the new firmware.

  7. Looks like I keep getting the stock recovery. Tried renaming the ROM image to, but that didn't work. Flashing CWM seems to go fine, but no matter what I do I can bring up the CWM recovery, only stock.

  8. I don't know what to tell ya then. I'm baffled. :-/

  9. I've tried this several times, but with no luck. The first couple of times the phone rebooted, but I still didn't have superuser status. Tried again, but it just keep "running exploit" now, endlessly, until I cancel the operation.

    This should work with 2.2.2, right? I've got an Optimus V... don't know why this isn't happening for me.