Your LG Optimus Zone is a mid range Android based smartphone that might be running slow and with lags wen trying to test new apps or programs. Well, if you are experiencing problems with your phone, maybe it’s time to consider in improving its performances and in updating its operating system. How you can achieve all that? Well, you can start by ensuring root access and by installing CWM recovery. These are two basic operations that are great, even when talking about mid range devices such as your LG Optimus Zone.
If you are on your first root experience then you first need to know some extra info related to this operation. The first thing to start with is the following one: when you first buy your LG Optimus Zone, and any other Android powered device, it will be delivered with stock and factory restrictions as default settings. These restrictions are ensuring that you are not removing in built programs or changing the stock Android system. Well, if you want to spice things up a little bit, then you defenetely have to remove all these default restrictions.
And that’s exactly what root provides: full control and instant access to your LG Optimus Zone internal system. Thus, by completing this guide you will be able to unlock your Android smartphone. But, playing with your Android system isn’t that easy, as if you are not a developer you will have no idea how to tweak your Optimus Zone for optimizing the performances and customizing the looks. So, in that matter, CWM recovery must be installed. This is a custom recovery image that will replace the stock recover that is currently running on your phone.
CWM recovery will create a link between you and your phone’s system and by using this “hidden” menu you will be able to perform various custom operations. These custom processes include operations such as: updating with a custom ROM firmware based on Jelly Bean or KitKat (like CM11, AOKP or ParanoidAndroid), installing a custom kernel for being able to overclock the CPU, remove the bloatware for speeding up your LG Optimus Zone and lot more. So, if you want to obtain all that, first you will have to root and install CWM recovery on your Android device.
So, here is when this step by step guide will become helpful for you. Now, before heading towards the proper steps from below, it should be clear for you that these procedures are not official. The guidelines from this tutorial have nothing to do with LG or with Google. These are operations developed by third party devs and we should thank them (those of xda-developers) for this opportunity. Now, due to same reasons, if you choose to root and install CWM recovery on your Optimus Zone, you will also agree with losing the warranty of your handset – after applying the steps from below you will no longer be able to reclaim your warranty, so proceed to the proper guide only if you agree with this aspect.
Also, before doing anything else you should backup your data. Since these operations aren’t official and since you will make changes within the internal system of your device, your data might get corrupted or even wiped out. Thus, for being able to protect your personal info, data and accounts, a backup is indicated – you can ease your work by using backup and restore apps from Google Play and by using a cloud service (in that matter you will be able to easily save your contacts, call logs, market apps, internet settings and everything else you might use afterwards).
A manual operation will require dedicated pre requisites. Thus, at this point you should ensure that you can use a computer, your smartphone and its USB cable. On your phone you need to go to “menu – settings – developer options” for enabling the USB debugging option – in order to make sure that you can properly connect your devices. On your computer, you should deactivate your security protection – antivirus, antimalware and Firewall are all features that can interfere with the root operation. Your Optimus Zone should be charged or at least it should have more than 50% power left; else you will have to plug in the charger first (your phone might get bricked if it gets turned off in the middle of the flashing procedure).
Remember that this step by step guide is taking you through the root operation and through the installation of CWM recovery with one restriction: use only the LG Optimus Zone and no other Android based device.
How to Easily Root and Install CWM Recovery on LG Optimus Zone
- From here download the root package on your computer and from here download CWM recovery.
- Extract both files on your computer; preferable on desktop.
- Connect your smartphone with your computer by using its USB cable.
- Next, go to the folder where you have unzipped the root package. From there run the SuperOneClick executable file.
- Select rageagainstthecage from the exploit dropdown menu and click on Root key.
- Your LG Optimus Zone will be automatically rooted.
- In the end, go to Google Play and download SuperSU.
- Now, copy the recovery.img file from your desktop over to the root of your internal storage.
- Then, unplug the USB cord and go to Google Play.
- From there download Terminal Emulator.
- From your App Drawer launch the new app.
- In Terminal Emulator enter the following commands: “su” and “dd if=/sdcard/recovery.img of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p17”.
- CWM recovery will be now installed on your Optimus Zone.
- In the end enter recovery mode on your Android device and test the same.
Note: if in the end your phone will get stuck in a boot loop, from recovery mode select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”. Of course, finally pick “reboot system now” and you are done.
Congratulations; your LG Optimus Zone is now rooted and installed with CWM recovery. So, you have successfully completed our step by step guide which means that we are done for now. Before closing this page don’t forget to share your experience with us and tell us how things worked for you by using the comments filed from below.