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Root LG G3 (D850/D851/D855) Using One-Click Root Solution

LG G3 received several root solutions by now though so far it seems that all these root methods aren’t compatible with all the G3 models. Now, if you own the LG G3 model number D850, D851 or D855 then you should know that a new one click root solution has been made available for your smartphone. This new PurpleDrake root exploit is provided by those of xda-developers (we should thanks the devs for the same) and provides a quick and safe unlock operation that can be anytime applied for the LG G3 that runs on any version of Android OS.

Unlocking your LG G3 by gaining root access should be the first step to make when trying to use your Android device on full power. Why? Well basically because with root access ensured you can install various custom apps on your LG G3 and you can also perform different unofficial operations in order to spice things up and for customizing the Android OS, or for optimizing and powering up the general performances. These custom operations are including the following processes: removing the bloatware, overclocking the CPU frequency, installing a custom recovery image, flashing a custom ROM firmware (such as CM 11, AOKP or Paranoid Android), applying a custom kernel and so on.

So, all these operations are requiring root access; as you can see, completing this guide is a must especially if you are tired of using the stock Android OS with the default and factory restrictions pre-installed. Basically, that’s why you should use this new one click root solution for unlocking your LG G3 model number D850, D851 or D855.

Of course completing this guide implies in performing an unofficial operation that has nothing to do with LG. Due to the same reason, by applying this tutorial you will void the warranty of your smartphone. So, if you think that you might end up in soft bricking your Android device, maybe the best will be to stop from going any further. Anyway, if you are using the steps from below and if you are properly preparing your LG G3 for the root process, nothing bad will happen and your phone will be in safe hands.

Therefore, before doing anything else you need to make sure that a computer can be used. Then, on your computer you have to temporarily deactivate the antivirus, antimalware and any other security protection program because these tools might interfere with the root operation. You should also charge your phone because if it gets turned off in the middle of the process, it might also get bricked. On the other hand, on your LG G3 you need to enable developer options (go to menu – settings – about phone and tap on built number seven times), check the USB debugging option (once more, go to menu – settings – developer options) and to enable installation of apps from Unknown Sources (head towards menu – settings – security – check Unknown Sources box).

A backup is also recommended because we are dealing with a complex and risky operation – your data might get corrupted or even wiped out during the root process. You should save everything that’s important to you starting with personal info and accounts and ending with more general data such as contacts list, call logs, internet settings, market apps, videos, images or audio files. In that matter you can use compatible backup cloud services or dedicated apps from Google Play. Also, if on your phone a custom recovery image is being installed use the same and make a Nandroid backup.

Do remember that this one click root method is being compatible only with the LG G3 model number D850, D851 or D855. Don’t use the steps from below in case you own a similar or different Android smartphone as you can end up in bricking your device.

How to Root LG G3 (D850/D851/D855) Using One-Click Root Solution

  1. Download the root package from this page.
  2. Save the root file on your computer, preferable on your desktop.
  3. Unzip the downloaded file; you should get three different executable files: purpledrake_windows.bat (for Windows), purpledrake_osx.command (for MAC) and purpledrake_linux.sh (for Linux).
  4. Connect your LG G3 with your computer – use the USB cable in order to establish the mentioned connection.
  5. From your computer run the purpledrake_windows.bat executable file and follow the on screen prompts in order to root your device.
  6. In the end, remove the USB cord and reboot your handset.

If you encounter problems, such as a boot loop, enter recovery mode on your LG G3 and wipe the data and clear cache by using the same. Also, for fixing any other issues make a hard reset. In case you are still dealing with issues and you don’t know how to address the same, don’t hesitate and share your problems with us by using the comments field from below – we will assist you as soon as possible.

So, that was all for now; that was how you can easily root your LG G3 model number D850, D851 or D855.

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  • Kenny Bateman

    Thank you soooo much!!! Been waiting for a windows version of purpledrake! Now if only it was the full version that installed TWRP too! LOL but thank you very much!

    • Greg


      This worked without a hitch? which version do you have I am about to get the D855

      • Kenny Bateman

        Yes this worked perfect. No problems at all! I have the D851

  • Shai Cohen

    thank you!
    is it reversible?

    • faisal

      Please am using the lg g3 d850 in the UAE-dubai. But my phone goes off wen battery u is lessthan 30%.
      And sometimes when it charges to 99% it doesn’t charge to 100% .
      Any time i unplug from charge after 99% or 100%, the battery drain quickly but when it drain to 75% n it will start to drain normally.
      Will rooting the device solve the problem for me or changing the battery.

  • g3

    Hanging at waiting for device. What could be the problem?

  • Mar1us

    my version is D851 and on windows 8.1, after setup usb debugging on mobile then connected to pc and after hit enter I get only “waiting for device” and dots going and going constantly! What should I do? What Im doin wrong?

    • Kelvin Ng

      What i did was just wait. Don’t do anything on windows like watch a video and such, just let the CMD run it’s thing

      • Ck

        i got three lines of dots so far and im still waiting… im using the D855 what else am i suppouse to do?

        • mitch

          if it does that you have to go on your phone and switch your debugging mode to the other one, i got d855 and worked for me, i had the same problem aswell

          • Chris Black

            Hi. what exactly is “the other mode” that youve choosen? Maybe can you share a screenshot of the developer options of your G3? Thanks

    • Wes H

      When you connect your phone to your computer you should see an icon that says tap for more usb options. Set it to PTP and then run the program. It should find your phone.

      • TheGamingWaffle_

        Didnt work

        • Geoff S

          Try just using adb root script. The auto root did not work for me either. But usig the simple root script was done in 1.5 minutes tops. Autoroot just takes out the person entering a few numbers thats all . just make sure you have the sdk files on your comp open the command prompt and follow easy xda thread instructions.

  • name name

    It rooted smoothly D855 Kitkat 4.2.2

    • Benjamin S.

      You dummy, everyone can root a 4.2.2 phone, but if u have 5.0 its hard

  • Yhurie

    its just waiting for my device. but ill do everything said.

  • Zac Goodwin

    does it work for android L

    • iamjohn

      No. No one has been able to find a loophole for lollipop yet.

      • th3r0n

        It actually does now, I rooted my LG G3 D-851 with this.

        • iamjohn

          True. When I made my original comment 5 months ago there was no solution for lollipop. There is now, though.

        • Still no go for D855 on Lollipop. Anyone got any update?

          • th3r0n

            The LG root script didn’t work for you?

          • reyhan1110

            didnt work for me. lg g3 d855 running android 5.0. said error no vulnerable mode detected or something like that

          • th3r0n

            The LG root script by vicohh should work

          • sparkie hi

            Can you install the xposed framework?

        • David Garcia

          I have a tmobile LG G3
          Model: D851
          Android: 5.0.1
          Software Version: D85120g
          Windows PC : version 10

          Will it work on mine? I have tried thousands of ways and no luck it either gets stuck on waiting for device or on the download mode at 0% for like 20min.

          Any help would be massively thankful.

  • Jake

    Stuck at waiting for device……………………………………………. 🙁

    • Wes H

      Enable PTP

      • Jake

        Oh I’ve been rooted for a while since that comment, but thank you for your response!

  • Stelios

    How long does this take????10 min so far,4 lines of dots and still counting….

  • john

    my one has error in command prompt what to do i also have 5.0 software and also it is an lg g3 d855 solution pls

  • Henk-Jan de Bruin

    does your handset have to be powered on at the 4th step

  • rasheed

    lg g3 not get battery life heating problem for upgrading lolipop what do pls help me……………..

  • guest

    Does it work with lollipop lg g3 d855

    • Mark Boltz


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  • Darth~~

    Hey guys I was just about to root but after my Phone restarted Purpledrake closed down with a error so quick that I cant read it.

    • M8

      I got e same error

  • M8

    Hello I am currently using the lG G3 Stylus and have tried the purpledrake method but after the funnal stage to install the permanent root it says error and the program closes. Can someone pls help me
    Thank You

  • TheMilkMan

    purple drake is registering my lg g3 as a “SAMSUNG-SM-N900A” and the SW field is blank. this doesn’t seem right….

    • Mark Boltz

      You sure you don’t have a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 xD

  • gBone

    I just tried this to root my LG D855 running Android 5.0, but it failed.
    The window closes before an error can be displayed but it appears
    “ps | grep brd” does not find a process.

  • CJ Ruscin

    hanging on waiting for device? D850

  • Dave

    I have problem after purple duck finds LG G3 D855 it says error SU fake something or other fails and the window closes so quick don’t get time to read. any help please.Device running android 5.0

    • Mark Boltz

      It doesn’t work with Android Lollipop 🙁

    • Adler

      No one has been able to find a loophole for Android Lollipop (5.x) yet. I’ve been waiting for a loophole to update my d850 to Android L. Still on Kitkat 😛

  • Dave

    Anyone have a fix with the D855 running 5.0 software, tried going from MTP to PTP cannot get past Press [enter] to continue…

    Waiting for device… ………….

    Thanks !

  • Rbt

    Thnks ir works fine

  • Sts

    Hi there. I have the D855 running on 4.4.2. It is stuck at waiting for device too. I tried changing it from MTP to PTP. Do I need to disable the firewall of my computer as well? Also can you tell me how long should the waiting for device message appear typically?

  • th3r0n

    I’ve seen things that say once you are rooted you can unlock your phone via software, my D-851 on 5.0.1 is rooted and works well, but I can’t use it for my carrier yet. Anyone know a reliable method? I was going to pay for a code, but currently don’t have a way to pay for it.

  • Timmy855

    The program won’t run…. Idk if I’m doing something wrong or what, but when I double click ._purpledrake_windows.bat , a command prompt comes up and very quickly goes away. I took a video and found that it just says “command not found”… I unzipped it to my desktop..

    • Tanya Spain

      click the other .bat the one without the underscore in front if it and the cmd window will open and stay open with purple drake initial setup instructions

  • Timmy855

    I have D851

  • grunt0300

    Can this really root the D850? AT&T is notorious for making it nearly impossible to root their phones. If this works, is there a one click unroot tool, like for my N5?

  • grunt0300

    I haven’t seen any comments from people with the D850 on 5.0.1. Guess it doesn’t work.

  • Jack Davidson

    After waiting for device with dots, it just closes itself, I can’t even see what it says.

  • Balasubramanian .M

    does it work with 5.0 d855??

  • Paresh Jesani

    My lg g3 is not starting and i try to reboot its saying no operating system can it work if u do the above? Can the phone start?

  • Jesus G. Torres

    It didn’t work on my d851 with 5.0.1. It didn’t install supersu and i went and download it on play store and and it shows as i don’t have root.

  • Unknown Unknown

    Does this work D850 Lollipop? Please respond quickly, I would like to root my phone.

  • Ayoub Moubarak

    it doesn’t work for me on my LG G3, windows 8.1 i had this message

    • Tanya Spain

      I also got this same error message except i am running a D850/ATT SWV/20q.

  • Geoff S

    Purple drake does work EXCEPT ON TMOBILE D851. There is
    A workaround on Xda. The other thing to point out is that some g3 varieties lose Bluetooth as soon as the install Any custom rom. It’s a real hassle. So buyer beware.

  • Adriana Solé

    If I have the phone locked and since I spend all attempts to enter the unlock code and now remain permanently locked to AT & T, this procedure I can solve that and unlock?

    Thank you

    • Mauricio

      Hola Adriana.

      Vi que tenías un problema con tu celular LG que estaba bloqueado permanentemente.

      A mi me acaba de pasar lo mismo con un LG Flex 2 de AT&T, te quería consultar si pudiste solucionar el problema, ya que ví que AT&T te dijo en su momento que no se podía hacer nada.

      Gracias de antemano Adriana.



      • Adriana Solé

        Si, solucioné. Si el teléfono esta simplemente bloqueado es fácil, en la pagina de samsung pedis el codigo de desbloqueo y en un par de dias te lo envian gratis o sino hay sitios en internet donde por unos pocos $ te lo envian en el dia. Pero mi problema era que ya tenía el codigo de desbloqueo pero mi hijo se había gastado los 10 intentos porque no sabia que estaba bloqueado pensando que le pedía el codigo de la tarjeta sim. Ahi lo que hice fue llevarlo a consultas@gprs.com.uy y me lo solucionaron. Yo creo que lo que ellos hicieron fue ponerle un ship de at&t y ahi engancha con at&t entonces luego con el chip de aca te vuelve a pedir el codigo de desbloqueo. Y ahi pones el que te mando samsung o el sitio que sea. El tema es conseguir un ship de at&t o sino llevalo ahi que en un dia o dos te lo solucionan.

        • Mauricio

          Muchas gracias Adriana por contestarme. A mi me pasó lo mismo con los intentos. Voy a probar eso que me indicas.

          Saludos, que tengas un buen día 😉


  • candm

    LG g3 d851 20e…tmo.. Not working for me I’ve tried several times… Grrr it all looks good and goes smoothly I notice when it’s done it does some sort or app updates? Lollipop 5.0.1

  • Sal Faadel

    i found the best solution…. im gonna throw this lg-d851 out the window going 200mph -___-

  • Ck

    it has been dotting over and over, i had it rooted before but i had an update lolipop 5.0… right now all it does is dot over and over and over my usb debugging is enabled and the screen been dotted for the last hour doing nothing else….anyone got any solution for that?

  • Jesus G Dark

    Will the runfile open on a mac

  • Jarod Glenn

    does it work with lollipo 5.0.1?

  • rpresson

    I have an AT&T LG G3 D850 on Lollipop 5.0.1. I’ve tried every root solution I’ve seen on the web – One Click Root v1.3, 1.2 script, PurpleDrak, etc., and have not been able to root. Is the AT&T LG G3 D850 just not rootable? If anyone HAS achieved root, how did you do it? I have not gone back to KitKat and tried to root. If that’s the only way, never mind.

    • thisguy111

      I realize this is a few months old, but wondering if you ever got it rooted? I’ve been trying for a week and did all of those methods you tried as well. Any luck?

  • Skyfall627

    Hello plz i need help i litteraly cant root my lg g3 d855 phone i launch the program it push the file ect and when it finush i find nothing ;c the su dont appear i tryed root checker and he say that its not rooted plz HELP !!!

  • skuck

    This batch file will not stay open to do anything. It starts and shuts back down too fast.

  • Cryptid

    The method shown above only does a partial root on AT&T Lg G3 Lollipop not a full root.

  • Setmecky

    Failure Report
    Model LG G3 D851
    Carrier T-Mobile
    Software Version: D85130d
    Kernel 3.4.0
    Android 6.0
    Android Security Patch Level: 2016-04-01
    Build Number: MRA58K
    Security Software Version: MDF v1.1 Release 2

    Attempted: PurpleDrake-Lite_R03
    Windows 7

    Finds my phone, reboots it, then comes back because apparently the Temproot didn’t work.

  • Luis Robinson

    Not working in GNU/Linux, and Lollipop, G3 D855p

  • skullfl0wer

    Been trying to root my D851 on 6.0 M and when the program runs it seems to get stuck at “Waiting for Device” and nothing happens. Ive installed the lg driver and lg pc suite. Any help is welcomed

  • Adam Badar

    how do you run the script? because every time i click on the link nothing happens

  • Almir Canella

    I have Android 5.0 on a LG G3 d855P . Brazilian model. It’s fine?

  • James Orr

    I have an LG G3, D851 running 6.0 MM, software version D85130e. Will this rooting method work for this device? I’m kinda new at this, but, would like to get more potential from my device. Thanks.

  • Robert Castillo

    I tried your method for rooting my LG G3(D850), and a pop-up appeared stating that it does not support the current software version my phone is on, which is marshmallow. Is there a root solution for my phone? Will you let me know? Thanks