How to Root the LG G Watch

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Tech-savvy Android users have long enjoyed the process or rooting (gaining administrative control) their phones, but what about your smartwatch? By rooting your LG G Watch today, you can improve responsiveness and battery life a bit with a lot more options and mods coming in the near fture. Here's how to gain root access to your LG G Watch.

Note: This method only works on Windows so you need a Windows computer to complete this procedure. 

1. Navigate to the Android SDK site if you don't already have the Android SDK with the latest updates. If you do, skip to step 9.

SDK Site

2. Click on Get the SDK for an Existing IDE > Download the Stand Alone SDK for Windows.

Stand Alone SDK

3. Check that you agree to the terms and click Download the Stand Alone SDK for Windows.

Download SDK

4. Save the SDK to your Desktop.

Save to Desktop

5. Double click the exe file and follow the prompts.

Run SDK

6. Make sure it is c:\android-sdk\ in the text field when prompted before hitting Next.

Install Location

7. Continue until it installs and then check the box that says Start SDK Manager and hit Finish.

Finish

8. Check off Tools and click Install.

Check Tools

 

MORE: LG G Watch Review

9. Double tap on the Watch Face to bring up the voice prompt for Google Now.

Google Now

10. Scroll down and select Settings > About.

About

11. Continue to tap Build Number until it says you are a developer.

Developer

12. Go back and then tap on Developer Options and check ADB Debugging on.

ADB Debugging

13. Connect the watch to your computer via USB.

USB

14. On your paired phone, check the Always box and tap Allow.

Allow RSA

15. Navigate to C:\android-sdk\platform-tools\ on your PC, hold shift on your keyboard, right-click in any blank area, and select open command window here.

Open Cmd Window

16. Type the following into the command prompt with hitting enter at the end of the line:

adb reboot bootloader

Reboot Bootloader

17. When it reboots, type the following into the command prompt with hitting enter at the end of the line:

fastboot oem unlock

OEM Unlock

18. On the watch, tap the right arrow and then the circle to accept.

Unlock Bootloader

19. Download the Root Boot image for the G Watch and save it inside the c:\android-sdk\platform-tools\ folder.

Root Boot Image

20. Type the following into the command prompt with hitting enter at the end of the line:

fastboot boot LGGW-rootboot.img

Flash Root Boot

21. Pair the device with your phone and renable ADB Debugging.

Reenable USB

22. Type the following into the command prompt with hitting enter at the end of each line:

adb shell
su

SU

If you see root@dory, you are all set!

Root Access

 

David Cogen's site, TheUnlockr.com, is a popular site for rooting, jailbreaking, hacking, modding, and other how to's to show you how to unlock your device's true potential.

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