As you might know, while trying to complete certain Android customizations or optimizations, you will have to enter your LG G7 into dedicated mods or environments. These environments will enable Android states from which these customizations and optimizations can be applied and in that respect knowing how to enter and use download mode is not optional. Well, that’s exactly what will be discussed during this dedicated step by step guide – how to enter download mode on the LG G7 ThinQ.
Download mode is a special environment that can be entered on your LG G7 ThinQ. This environment is featured by default within the Android core system and enables a special state in which you can access the Android system that runs on your smartphone. And, in our case, the download mode will be required during update or flashing operations – a very important aspect when discussing about the Android platform. That’s why, each time you will want or have to manually update or downgrade your LG G7 you will need to use the download mode.
Thus, during this step by step guide we will talk about this environment, about the advantages of using it, about the risks that might be implied and about the pre-requisites that must be first followed. Of course, in the end we will describe the steps that will put your LG G7 into download mode, so read everything from below for learning why and how to use this environment on your handset.
Accessing download mode can be done without using third party apps or risky tools. As already outlined, it is a mode featured by default so you won’t risk anything while trying to complete the steps from below. Moreover, his environment can be used even if your LG G7 was rooted, or tweaked in any other way – from this perspective this is a general, universal tutorial.
Now, download mode will help you install updates and Android packages on your smartphone. We’re discussing about manual update or downgrade procedures that implies in using KDZ files and the LG Up software. LG Up is the official flashing program used on LG branded devices, so it’s an official tool developed and offered by your OEM.
A manual update operation can help you install the latest Android OS when the OTA cannot be received – that happens when tweaks were applied or when a custom ROM is running instead of the default Android OS. Moreover, a manual installation process of official Android firmware can help you address the most common Android related issues such as boot loops, lags, hangs, screen freeze, battery drain, heating problems, signal strength issues, total blackouts and so on.
A backup should be completed before choosing to enter download mode for initiating a new flashing procedure. That’s required because during certain update or downgrade operations a wipe might be applied. So, for avoiding unpleasant situations and for being able to secure your personal data you should choose to sync your files with your Google Account, to use built-in cloud storage apps or to download dedicated backup and restore apps from Google Play. Then, you will be able to save your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and everything else that might be still required afterwards.
You must charge your LG G7 before starting the steps from below, if the power left on your device is currently lower than 50%. When the power goes under that value, your handset might get turned off right while you try to complete the steps explained below. And if that happens, different malfunctions can be caused. Bottom line, plug in the charger before entering download mode if you want to protect your device.
How to Reboot Download Mode on LG G7 ThinQ
- Power off your LG G7 – press and hold the Power key for a few moments or press the Power button once and select ‘power off’.
- Take your phone’s USB cable and plug it into your computer (only into your computer for the moment).
- On your smartphone start pressing and holding the Volume Up key.
- While holding down this button plug in the USB cable on your phone too.
- Release the Volume Up button when the downlad mode will appear on your smartphone.
- That’s all.
A computer must be used during this method. On this computer your LG G7 drivers must be first installed; afterwards you need to set up Android SDK – learn how to install Android SDK on Windows or how to install ADB on MAC OS X / Linux. Additionally, on your smartphone you have to enable Developer Options: from About Phone start tapping repeatedly on Built Number until the ‘you are a developer’ message shows up. Finally, from Developer Options check the USB Debugging option and, in the end, follow the next steps:
- Power on your LG G7.
- Switch on your computer.
- On your PC access the Android SDK folder.
- Connect your smartphone with your computer with the help of the USB cord.
- From Android SDK folder open a command prompt window: press and also hold the Shift keyboard key and while doing that right-click on any blank space; then, from the list that’s displayed choose ‘open command prompt window here’.
- In the cmd window type ‘adb reboot download’ and press Enter.
- Now the download mode should be automatically rebooted on your LG G7.
A third party app can be used for rebooting your LG G7 into download mode. There are different solutions available on Google Play, though in some situations the apps will require root access enabled on your smartphone. Anyway, you can, for example, use the Quick Boot tool – download and install this app on your phone; run it and by using on-screen prompts choose to boot into the desired mode.
You should now be able to enter download mode on your LG G7 ThinQ without hassle. So, use the comments field available below for sharing your experience with us and tell us how the update process worked for you in the end. Also, stay close for further similar Android related tips, tricks and useful tutorials compatible with your LG G7. Enjoy.