Just five days after root access was achieved for the AT&T and Verizon LG G2 superphones comes news that their locked bootloaders can be bypassed and the TWRP custom recovery can be installed on them. Dan Rosenberg’s Loki tool has been updated to include the AT&T and Verizon LG G2 among the devices for which it can bypass the locked bootloader.
The instructions for bypassing the bootloader via Loki and using it to flash TWRP are not for the faint of heart, though of the two options listed on the relevant XDA thread for installing TWRP it may be the safest (technically the original post lists three options, but the third will not work). You should read the thread before installing Loki or TWRP, but here are the instructions for using the first option:
- You must first download the .zip file from Dan Rosenberg’s GitHub repository (you’ll see a “download zip” button on the right side of the page) and extract the loki_flash file from the /bin folder in the zip.
- You must then download your TWRP images for AT&T or Verizon
- You need a working knowledge of how to set up and use adb, because you’ll be using it to install the Loki bypass and the TWRP recovery.
- Enter the following adb commands in sequence (AT&T users substitute “openrecovery-twrp-18.104.22.168-g2att.img” for the Verizon image used in the example below):
adb push loki_flash /data/local/tmp/loki_flash adb push g2vzw.img /data/local/tmp/openrecovery-twrp-22.214.171.124-g2vzw.img adb shell cd /data/local/tmp chmod 777 loki_flash ./loki_flash recovery openrecovery-twrp-126.96.36.199-g2vzw.img exit adb reboot recovery
Two things that need to be noted: first, Loki is not a bootloader unlock – it’s a way to bypass the locked bootloader that enables you to flash a custom recovery. Second, there are no custom ROMs available yet for you to flash for the AT&T or Verizon variants of the G2, but naturally a custom recovery is a necessary first step in that direction. The usual disclaimer applies – you flash Loki and/or TWRP at your own risk, and neither Dan Rosenberg, the TWRP developers, XDA, RootzWiki nor myself can be held responsible for anything that happens to your device as a result.