How to Root LG Optimus Elite- Easy rooting guide

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LG Optimus Elite was pretty decent Android smartphone. It was available to Sprint and Virgin mobile customers and has done pretty fine with sales. Now, there was no tutorial on the net for rooting it. We have tried our best to arrange sources and create Tutorial for rooting Optimus Elite but this works on Virgin Mobile right now. We will be soon providing a different tutorial for Sprint version. The procedure is a bit difficult so we would suggest you to try only if you are clear with the process.

Root LG Optimus Elite Easily OneClick Guide

Warning: Please follow the below mentioned methods and steps carefully, as they can damage or brick your phone completely for which neither we nor the developer will hold any responsibility. Also, you should know that rooting voids warranty of your device, therefore proceed keeping all these in mind.


  • The methods and steps in this article are only for the users who own Virgin Mobile’s LG Optimus Elite.
  • Please charge your device so that at least 70% charge must be there with it, to assure that there is no Power interruption during the process.
  • You should backup all essential data’s on your phone, so that there is no data loss during the process.
  • Disable all Security programs like Firewall and Antivirus from your computer and uninstall the same from your phone, as these security programs generally tend to interrupt the process.
  • Enable USB Debugging in your Virgin Mobile’s LG Optimus Elite from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”. The option of USB Debugging should be ticked.

Download, LG-LGNPST12.rar and VM696.dll from here to your computer.


Procedure to Root Virgin Mobile’s LG Optimus Elite:

Step1: Reboot your phone so as to enter it in the Download Mode. To do so, press and hold Volume Up + Volume Down buttons and then connect USB to the phone. The phone will display an LG logo followed by a circular double arrow and then display “Download is in progress. Do not disconnect cable.”

Step2: Now, open Device Manager and mark your COM port in Download Mode.

Note your COM port number from:

Ports -> LGE Android Platform USB Serial Port -> Properties -> Port Settings -> Advanced -> COM Port number.

Step3: Now, unplug the USB cable and power off the phone by pulling out the battery. Replace the battery, power up the phone and once it power’s up, plug the USB cable.

Step4: ##DIAG# with your MSL and check your com port
On your phone go and dial the code ##3424# and it should ask for your MSL.  Input and check Ports -> LGE Android Platform USB Serial Port -> Properties -> Port Settings -> Advanced
If it is NOT the same as the COM #, change it so that it matches. You may see get a prompt regarding the conflict Ignore the same.

Step5: Now, select the dll in LGNPST:

Open up LGNPST and you should see 1 port connected.  Go to File > Select DLL > VM696.dll

Step6: Further, choose your phone by double-clicking on the phone that is on standby and the Phone setting should light up.

Step7: Now, select the bin file to flash it, ensure that you are on the Upgrade Setting, and then in the Bin File section click the folder to browse to your tot file.

Step8: The flashing will begin and end after a few minutes.

Once the new firmware is flashed, enable USB debugging and push su and the root script. Pay attention to the paths, do not push to a different path or it will not work.

adb push su /data/local/tmp/su

adb push /data/local/tmp/

adb shell chmod 755 /data/local/tmp/

adb reboot

When the phone reboots, SU will be installed, also download Superuser app from Google Play store.

You’ve successfully rooted your Virgin Mobile’s LG Optimus Elite. Share with us if you have any problem, we will try to resolve the same.

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4 thoughts on “How to Root LG Optimus Elite- Easy rooting guide

  1. Can you please make a video of this? I’ve searched and searched, and there are no video tutorials of this. Many people are confused, and don’t know how to perform this tutorial, not just me.

    I would truly appreciate it, along with many others, I’m sure.

  2. I have tried everything I can find to do to get my MSL, Virgin mobile will not come off it, and I have tried QPST/hex editor to get it and the only numbers that process shows is all Y’s… Please help me.

  3. Please reupload the three files required to root the Optimus Elite.

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