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Rooting the LG Optimus V from a Mac

I gained root access on my Optimus V last night, and I wanted to share the resources that I used. There is plenty of information out there on how to do it (even from a Mac), but much of it is squirreled away among forum posts.

Like most of the posts on this topic will say – I’m not responsible for anything bad happening to your phone. This is the process that I followed, but there is no guarantee that it will work for you.

I got a good overview of the process from this post: Using a Mac to Root the LG Optimus S.

The exploit I used was rageagainstthecage.apk, which I pulled from here (along with su and busybox: [How-To] Root LG Optimus S.

I sort of sanity checked that process against the one here:[How-To] Root the LG Optimus V. That post is informative, but reliant on SuperOneClick, a Windows program that simplifies the process.

I was surprised how easy it was to root the device. After I figured out exactly what I wanted to do, it didn’t take more than 10 minutes.

The reason I jailbroke rooted (still thinking like an iPhone user) my Android phone is simple: the battery is terrible. My LG300C spoiled me: I got used to getting a week’s worth of use out of a single charge (I’m not a big talker). Even my iPhone with a two or three day lifespan wasn’t bad. The first few days, I was getting less than ten hours on a charge, which I think is pretty ridiculous. To improve battery life, I’ve installed a few apps:

I chose these applications based on recommendations from here and here (second post). I’m still tweaking the settings, but I easily get 15 – 16 hours out of a charge now, and I don’t notice any loss of performance.