How-To: Root LG G Pad 8.3 And Install Custom Recovery

Root LG G Pad 8.3

LG’s G Pad 8.3, also known as the G Pad 3, runs Android 4.2.2 out of the box.  In this post, we show you how to gain root access to this device and also install a custom recovery (TWRP or CWM).

First, let’s look at why you might want a custom recovery on your device and also why you might want to root it.

Custom Recovery

  • Allows the installation of custom ROMs and mods.
  • Allows you to make a Nandroid backup which will allow you to return your phone to its previous working state
  • If you want to root the device, you need a custom recovery to flash
  • IF you have a custom recovery you can wipe cache and Dalvik cache.


  • Gives you complete access to data which would otherwise locked by manufacturers.
  • Removes factory restrictions
  • Allows for changes to be made to the internal system and the operating systems.
  • Allows you to install performance enhancing applications, remove built-in applications and programs, upgrade the devices battery life, and install app which needs root access.
  • Also Allows you to modify the device using mods and custom ROMs

Now, before we begin, make sure of the following:

  1. This guide is only for use with an LG G Pad 8.3 V500.  
    • Check model number: Settings > About device> Model
  2. Charge your phone to at least over 60%
  3. Back up important SMS messages, contacts and call logs
  4. Back up important media content by copying it to a PC.
  5. Have an OEM data cable to connect your PC and your phone.
  6. Has USB debugging mode enabled?


Note: The methods needed to flash custom recoveries, ROMs and to root your phone can result in bricking your device. Rooting your device will also void the warranty and it will no longer be eligible for free device services from manufacturers or warranty providers. Be responsible and keep these in mind before you decide to proceed on your own responsibility. In case a mishap occurs, we or the device manufacturers should never be held responsible.


Root the G Pad 8.3

  1. Install LG’s USB drivers.
  2. Enable USB debugging mode. To do so go to Settings>developer options > USB debugging mode > Check. If you don’t see developer options in settings, then tap About device and tap the build number 7 times this should get developer options enabled in settings.
  3. Connect device to your PC.
  4. Download the file and extract.
  5. Run Root.bat file and in the root.bat window, press Enter.
  6. Follow the on screen instructions and it should be rooted in a while.

Install Custom(TWRP) Recovery on the G Pad:

  • Your phone must be rooted by following the instructions above.
  • You must have installed ADB and fast boot
  • Download the recovery package file and extract it.
  • Open like-master that you extracted and open the bin folder in that.
  • In bin folder, press and hold shift key + right click on any empty screen area. Click on “Open Command Window Here”.
  • A command prompt should open in bin folder now.
  • Enable USB debugging mode on G Pad and connect to PC.
  • In the command prompt type the following commands:

ADB push openrecovery-twrp- /data/local/tmp

adb push loki_flash /data/local/tmp adb shell su /data/local/tmp/loki_flash recovery /data/local/tmp/openrecovery-twrp- exit exit ADB reboot recovery

You should find that you have installed  TWRP recovery and you should see G Pad in the recovery mode now.

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