Filed Under (LG Android Phones, LG Optimus Series, LG Phone Problem and Solution) by lg-phones on 28-05-2011

How to root LG Optimus C via Gingerbreak? I asked my friend to do me a favor. And they did give me the method. I browsed the and root my LG Optimus C successfully. Here is a possible solution for obtaining root access on the Cricket LG Optimus C via the Gingerbreak APK. This crazy method has spread like wildfire and can root many phones. LG Android Phones

The original thread is located here:
[22.04.2011][v1.1] GingerBreak APK (root for GingerBread) – xda-developers

(this is still a work in progress)


The GingerBreak APK is a wrapper around the newly released GingerBreak exploit (credits to The Android Exploid Crew), which is meant to attain root access on GingerBread. This specific exploit may work on various Froyo and Honeycomb versions as well. LG Phone Problem and Solution

What the APK and exploit do is as follows: LG-Optimus info
– The APK puts the right files in the right place to run the exploit
– The APK runs the exploit
– The exploit attempts to attain root access
– If it succeeds, the exploit remounts /system as read-write and runs the installer script
– The installer script attempts to install the su binary and superuser APK, and reboots

Some important things to know:
– You must have USB debugging enabled on your LG Optimus C
– You need to have an SD card (formatted and) inserted – if it doesn’t work, try formatting the SD card in your computer, or switching it with a different (or old, etc) SD card
– The APK must be installed to LG Optimus C, NOT SD card
– The exploit may take a while to run, but not more than 10 minutes, if it does, get me a logcat, and reboot the LG Optimus C. In rare occasions, even if your LG Optimus C does not reboot, you may still have root. So check that out after you manually pull battery after 15 minutes or so of being stuck.
– Always reboot between root attempts!
– While (temporary?) root access may be attained, due to locked bootloaders, efuses, S-ON, and whatnot this may still not work on your LG Optimus C. For temproot purposes, use the raw binary exploit (linked below), not this APK.
– The GingerBreak exploit should not be used to attain temproot and continue using the device. It fscks vold, you do not want to be running like that. You want to reboot! So if the root doesn’t stick, you (still) have a problem.

– Optional: Press the Thanks button below this post
– Make sure USB debugging is enabled
– Make sure you have an SD card (formatted and) inserted
– Get the APK on the LG Optimus C somehow, and install it
– Open the APK, press the root button
– Wait a few minutes. If there are no problems, the device will reboot (note that the reboot itself can take like 10 minutes due to cache wipe)
– Make sure the Superuser app is install and working
– Optional: Install BusyBox from Market (I personally prefer the stericsson installer)
– Optional: Uninstall GingerBreak, you don’t need it on your LG Optimus C anymore
– Optional: Make a donation

WARNING: Apparently on some devices the root exploit causes the SD card (internal or external) to be formatted. Also, if it gets stuck but you do see the card mounting/unmounting, try formatting your SD card yourself and try again (or use a different SD card) – often this works (a fix for both issues is being looked at)

GingerBreak-v1.20.apk download:

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jordan on 4 December, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

This worked for my lg-lw690 perfectly, so easy to do, now I can tether, use audio hack and move to sd enabler, and I have Super user control!!! Thank you so much! This was a piece of cake, and my phone is still fully functional after rebooting 🙂 Thanx again!!! My LG Optimus C (from cricket) will never be the same!!!

Joe on 30 December, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

It worked for my phone as well. The wifi will pick up on my computer but I can not get it to work on my dvd player. The dvd player sees the network but it can not connect for some reason. Anyone know a way to fix the problem

Tammy on 2 January, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

I have the Lg Optimus cricket and I followed all directions but I seem to be missing a step. Phone rooted successfully and all programs installed but how do I get it to show up as a hotspot?

Anonymous on 5 July, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

do I have to do it while plugging my phone up to computer or just install switch sd card and run gingerbreak

Heather on 9 October, 2012 at 5:46 pm #

The gingerbreak file (from the official place to get it) has a virus attached. My antivirus caught it & is now doing a full scan. Would be nice to be able to root my stupid cell phone without any additional files – if it’s Linux based why the hell can’t anyone find out where the .profile is at & edit that?

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