For those savvy with rooting and similar Android hackery, today has great news for you, especially if you have the T-Mobile version of the LG G3 or the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, 7.0-inch model. If you happen to have any other carrier variant or unlocked version of the G3, then sit tight, time will pay off with your locked bootloaders. Now, to the T-Mobile and Team Win news. Team Win, a development team behind the ever-popular and feature-packed TWRP (Team Win /recovery Project) custom recovery for Android devices, has announced that they now have TWRP 2.8 support for the T-Mobile G3 and Galaxy Tab 4. If you will remember back to the launch and directly-following weeks of the LG G3, many were interested, but many also had a single question on their breath: Can I root it and get some custom recovery onto it?
Many users that prefer more control than many devices allow ‘stock’, or unmodified, and that includes myself. I upgraded to the Nexus 5 because it was easy to root and had great custom software, namely TWRP and ClockWorkMod recoveries. Sadly, due to the newness of all devices right after they launch, there is a delay between ‘get the device’ and ‘get to root and customize the device’, but that delay is over for those owners of the LG G3 on T-Mobile’s network in the United States. Team Win warns that there are differences between the T-Mobile and other LG G3 variants, carrier-locked and not, and that is namely the locked bootloader (which allows, or disallows if locked, the installation of custom software) and its unlocked state on the G3 from T-Mobile. It is also worth noting that the Galaxy Tab 4 is not specific to or for T-Mobile’s network, so any variant should work with Team Win’s recovery.
To install the recovery, users can head over to the Galaxy Tab 4 page and the T-Mobile LG G3 page on Team Win’s site for instructions, but they’re old hat for any experienced rooter and hackers. If you own an LG G3 on T-Mobile, will you be installing TWRP to get that full control of your device and its backups, or leave it stock and just remove files from the /system partition to slim down and maximize storage capacity? And if you own the Galaxy Tab 4, will you be installing TWRP, and what fun things are you going to do with that root-and-recovery duo you likely have on your tablet? Let us know.