How To Root LG Optimus Black With Gingerbreak

In case you own an Optimus Black and were waiting for root, then there is some great news for you! As soon as this handset made it to XDA forums, the folks got root privileges courtesy of Single Click Gingerbreak App. Although the phone ships with stock Android 2.2 Froyo topped with crappy Optimus UI, but Gingerbreak does the job without any botheration regarding ADB or device drivers.

And why should you root ? Good Question and you can find your answers in our post on the top 10 reasons to root an Android device.


Here is the step by step guide to root your LG Optimus Black with Gingerbreak:

Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.

  1. The first step is to download Gingerbread.apk from the XDA thread linked at the end. LG Optimus Black P970
  2. Now connect your phone to the computer, mount SD Card as flash drive and copy the downloaded APK to SD card root.
  3. Once done, enable USB Debugging on your phone by going to settings > Applications > Enable USB Debugging.
  4. After this download Astro File Manager from Market and install the APK on your phone following onscreen instructions.
  5. Once the APK is installed, launch the app by tapping on the Gingerbreak icon in your app drawer and tap on root.
  6. Wait for the process to finish and your device should automatically reboot after that.
  7. Once your device reboots, verify root by searching for SU app or download root checker from Market for this purpose.

And there you go! You now have a rooted LG Optimus Black ready for receiving awesomeness in shape of custom ROMs, kernels and recoveries. You can also follow the instructions provided in this XDA thread to install Custom Recovery on your phone.

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  • ANOMM

    I’VE TRIED THIS …! ALL IT DOES AFTER I PRESS ROOT IT SAYS IT’S ROOTING… AND I LEAVE IT FOR OVER AN HOUR AND IT IS STILL ROOTING!!!!
    IT NEVER ENDS… I LEFT IT ALL KNIGHT AND NOTHING!!!

    • Anoyed

      I agree, This doesn’t work, I’ve been waiting on the “rooting” screen for about 45 mins now and nothing has happened…

      Disappointing.

    • Kjimnakos 99

      Download Gingerbreak from sampzzmarket.And it’s going to work!! I just do that! 
      Haha Trust me ;)

  • rje

    It doesn’t work. I did it all. It doesn’t finish.

  • mohammed

    not working

  • Ryan

    Sorry, but this just not work. I’ve followed the steps carefully and I left it overnight and the next morning it was still going.

  • Harsh.ghost

    It worked for me
    i only downloaded gingerbreak apk and installed it. then rooted my LG O B.
    Wait for few minutes. auto reboot and its done

    • Victor

      Hi. What carrier and software version (i.e V10a,V10b..) is your phone using? 

    • Victor

      Hi. What carrier and software version (i.e V10a,V10b..) is your phone using? 

    • smoke666

      from where you download it please give me a link

  • Pete

    Didn’t work for me neather. I’ve got Android 2.2.2. with FRG83G and software v10e. I tried so many things now, gingerbreak, z4root and superoneclick. Can someone please help me out!

    • Tyrone Hall

      apparently rooting the O B is not available yet i believe they are working on a method

      • Tyrone Hall

        If anybody does find a way in the near future please could you post it as i am also having a problem and none of the rooting tools are working

        • Raoulcooijmans

          Yeah me too. I also tried all the methods as written here above. I m also going to believe that there isnt a way

  • http://www.facebook.com/samrat42 Swagatam Saha

    thanks a lot ..
    it worked … :)

  • B.M.harsha Vardhan

    hello sir the nova rom download link is dead plz reconstruct the download link. i have a rooted lg optimus black i just want  this kernl plz plz 

  • Smoke666

    so if i want my original system back i can get it back or i lost the original system that comes with the cellphone (( this is the first time every rooting my device and i have no experience in this case )) sorry for my english ..

  • ap73_bp

    Megaupload link is not available, please give another to download!