Even though the LG smartphones aren’t as popular as it used to be the Korean company is still triyng to keep up with the trends. So, the Android 8.0 Oreo update for the LG G5 comes as a pleasant surprise, though the roll out has been expected for a while by those who aren’t planning to change their G5 with a newer Android based device. So, for those in particular, and for anybody else who is still using the LG G5, the official Android 8.0 Oreo update is available and can be manually installed without hassle by using the LG Up program.
In that respect we are here to help you out – if you choose to follow this update tutorial you will be able to learn how to quickly and easily set up the new Oreo firmware on your LG G5. Of course, the software should be automatically receieved on your phone, in form of a new Android notification as it’s OTA available. But, since LG is gradually rolling out the Oreo UI some users might not be able to receive the software yet. Thus, the manual update process is the best alternative especially if you are too excited about this new OS improvement that promises to improve the overall LG G5 Android experience.
LG UP is the official flashing tool developed and offered by LG for these types of updates / downgrades operations. Thereofre, your update experience will be fully secured as you won’t have to use risky programs or unofficial third party tools. Also, you don’t have to worry about losing your phone’s warranty or access to built-in apps as that happens only when custom ROMs are being used.
The Android 8.0 Oreo firmware that’s available for your LG G5 is fully stable and will smoothly run on your device. You will get everything that’s new in the Oreo platform and you will be able to test the new features, apps and capabilities recently introduced by Google. And since this is going to be the last major update released for the LG G5, you have all the reasons for setting it up – the ROM will ensure a fast Android UI and new customization options which can help you obtain better results from your phone while the battery life will be upgraded.
Since we will be using the full firmware package this update tutorial can help you resolve some specific problems. Firstly, you can use this guide if you want to restore your LG G5 back to its initial state: so you can revoke tweaks in term of unrooting the Android OS, relocking the bootloader, reinstalling the stock recovery image and re-applying bloatware. Aditionally, you can use the steps from below as troubleshooting solutions in order to fix different software related problems including issues such as boot loops, lags, hangs, screen freeze errors, battery drain, heating situations, signal strength malfunctions, total blackouts and more.
A backup must be completed before setting up the Android 8.0 Oreo firmware. This process is recommended because during the update operation your data might get corrupted, or a full wipe might be initiated. So, protect your personal files that are saved on your LG G5: contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, IMEI / NVRAM data, EFS folder and other packages that might be required afterwards. As backup and restore solutions you can use LG’s own cloud storage apps, you can sync files with your Google Account, or you can save data by downloading dedicated and already tested backup and restore apps from Google Play.
Then, you have to prepare a few other stuffs which are all required for the manual update procedure that will shortly follow; don’t worry, you have it all explained during the following list:
- LG Up must be installed on a computer (preferable a Windows based computer); so, make sure that you can use a PC, your handset and its USB cable.
- On this computer make sure that you first set up the right drivers for your LG G5 – you can download the drivers from LG’s official website.
- On your smartphone you have to enable the USB Debugging option. This feature is located under Menu - > Settings - > Developer Options.
- If Developer Options isn’t displayed, don’t worry as you can enable it quickly: go to About Phone and start tapping repeatedly on Built Number; after 7 or 10 repeated taps you will receive the ‘you are a developer’ message.
- Verify how much power is left on your device – hint: it will be great to have more than 50% power left before you start the Android 8.0 Oreo update operation.
- If the power is low, charge your LG G5 as otherwise it can get turned off in the middle of the flashing process. If a sudden shut down occurs you risk in experiencing software related problems on your handset.
- Make sure you follow and apply the steps explained below only if you own the LG G5 – this step by step guide is compatible only with this particular Android based device.
How to Manually Update the LG G5 to Android 8.0 Oreo OS
- On your computer download and set up the LG UP software – you can get this file from this page.
- Then, download the Oreo package available for your particular LG G5 model – you can succesfully download these firmware files from here.
- Next, run the LG UP software on your computer.
- Copy-paste the ‘common’ folder located in the LG UP folder to C:\Program Files (x86)\LG Electronics\LGUP\model.
- Switch off your LG G5 and wait a few moments; then reboot download mode on your G5.
- Connect your smartphone with your computer via USB cable.
- On LG Up go to Process tab and select the Upgrade option.
- Pick up the KDZ firmware file that was downloaded earlier.
- Click on Start when you are ready and wait while the update operation is being automatically completed.
- When done, remove the USB cable, reboot your smartphone and also perform a full wipe – make a hard reset and clear app data cache.
That’s perfect. Now you should be able to boot the new Android 8.0 Oreo firmware on your own LG G5. So, start testing this update and wrote down your results: check the battery life, try the new features, test the new Android functionality and so on. Of course, in the end return here and share your impresions and your update experience with us and with the other users who are ready to try this update tutorial. You can quickly contact us by using the commens field from below. Of course, if you need our further assistance try to explain your problems in detail – based on the details you offer we will try to assist you as soon as possible.
Enjoy and stay close for further update opportunities available for your LG G5. Remember that this is the last major OS update released for your device so, from now on you might have to choose custom ROMs instead (such as Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android) – such update solutions are also explained during dedicated tutorials, so don’t hesitate and check our ‘how to’ section in that respect.